On this page, we explore new ideas in church ministry--
how we can better glorify God by being the body of Christ in a post-Christian culture.
What is the Missional Church?
The Kingdom and the Mission of Campus Ministry by Bob Robinson (at CampusMinistry.com)
"...The gospel stories do not end with “And so, you now have the promise of heaven. Thanks be to God.” No, they end with “Go, make disciples. I am sending you on a mission. I will be with you as you do it… but get to it!!” So, as Christians we are called to a vocation. Campus ministry’s main goal is to call people to the vocation of being in God’s Kingdom..."
(blog series from Bob Robinson)
A website developed by Bob Robinson as a one-stop resource:
Exploring how neo-Calvinism has been and can still be an agent of change for the church.
N.T. Wright on "The Christian Challenge in the Postmodern World"
Here is the transcript from N.T. Wright's Lecture at this year's
Church Leaders' Forum at Seattle Pacific University.
It's in downloadable pdf format.
chart by Bob Robinson
The full four-chapter gospel gets us beyond where the truncated two-chapter gospel can get us in revealing the truth of God's grace.
Appreciative Inquiry Evangelism by Bob Robinson (at CampusMinistry.com)
What if we reframe the gospel presentation around the fact that the gospel is “good news?” What if we approached people in a way that will open them up to the grace and love and hope found in Jesus Christ rather than immediately putting them on the defensive?
Christian + University = ? How to Think Your Way Through College by Brian J. Walsh (at CampusMinistry.com)
"...What happens when we take a Christian and add him or her to the secular university? We'll end up with at least four possible equations..."
a series of excellent articles from Comment Magazine. Highly Recommended!
A BIBLIOGRAPHY WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT Compiled by Brian J. Walsh and J. Richard Middleton
Embracing Incarnational Ministry God in the Flesh Sent on a Mission by Bob Robinson
"...Did you realize that Jesus has two bodies? What? Two bodies? Yes! In Colossians 1, verse 18, we read, “And he (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church.” Or, as the same writer puts it in his first letter to the Corinthians, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor. 12:27) Jesus was God incarnate--God in bodily form. And here is a very mysterious and profound fact as to what that means for us today: God the Son sends us into the world to be the incarnate body of God to the world!..."
Reaching Postmodern Ziggurat-Builders (Today's Towers of Babel)
by Bob Robinson
"...Most have been traveling a long time on their own or with a group of people who are just as clueless as they are about this God-stuff. But the drive within all of us is always there: to build a “stairway to heaven” (a ziggurat), to connect with God. This is a lot like some people whose story is recorded in Genesis 11..."
Getting Beyond Consumer-Christianity by Bob Robinson
"...Have we redefined “church” as a consumer-friendly building, consumer-friendly programs, consumer-friendly preaching, consumer-friendly activities?..."
More by Bob Robinson:
An Emmanuel Apologetic - part 3: The God Who Is Increasingly With Us
An Emmanuel Apologetic - part 4: God with Us in the Incarnational Christian Community
Toward a Proper Christian Response to Postmodernity
by Scot McKnight
"...Here’s my point: if you narrow the emerging movement to Emergent Village, and especially to the postmodernist impulse therein, you can probably dismiss this movement as a small fissure in the evangelical movement. But, if you are serious enough to contemplate major trends in the Church today, at an international level, and if you define emerging as many of us do – in missional, or ecclesiological terms, rather than epistemological ones – then you will learn quickly enough that there is a giant elephant in the middle of the Church’s living room. It is the emerging church movement and it is a definite threat to traditional evangelical ecclesiology..."
A Neo-Kuyperian Assist to the Emergent Church by Vincent Bacote and Daniel Pylman
"...neo-calvinism’s emphasis on common grace offers the same vital support to the postmodern-friendly emergent church as it did to the late nineteenth century Dutch reformed church that sought to engage every area of life while maintaining fidelity to orthodoxy..."
DA Carson and the Emergent Movement: Analysis and Response By Scot McKnight
In April, 2005, Scot McKnight wrote a very detailed analysis and response to DA Carson's book Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church. This document combines all of Scot's posts from his blog "Jesus Creed" in one place.