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We had a busy week. After speaking at Willow’s group life conference Thursday morning and then doing a workshop on Missional Jesus Thursday afternoon, we got up at 4:15am Friday and flew to Baltimore where we were picked up by three missional pastors: Brian, Mark and JR Woodward.
JR interviewed me during our trip to the Purple Pastor‘s Eastpoint church in Newark, Delaware, and you can find the interview here. Then we rested up, had some lunch, and had a conversation with a goodly number of pastors in the Ecclesia Project, directed by Chris Backer, about Missional Jesus, but we focused on the relationship of kingdom of God to church. You may know I don’t like either seeing the kingdom as some kind of big scheme with the church only being a little part of this and I don’t like this because I can’t find the kingdom used that way in the New Testament. Nor do I like de-politicizing the church or the gospel. So, we had a good talk.
Dinner that night (somewhere) with about 25 from that group — and we enjoyed conversation with many, including Todd Hiestand, JR Woodward, Gary … from Princeton… and Tom Ward. We met Todd’s friend, Scott Hackman — who roasts One Village coffee — and a bundle of others, too many to name here. We called JR Briggs to tell him we saved a place for him.
Rested up and Saturday morning I addressed Eastpoint Church, led by the Purple Pastor Tom Ward and his father, also Tom Ward, on the themes of Embracing Grace and how we can convert our churches and small groups into missional groups. What a great group with honest and thoughtful questions.
Tom (Sr) and Gloria Ward hosted everyone for a wonderful lunch; we chatted and wondered aloud.
Then John and Tracy Dickerson (Tracy is a North Park seminary student) very kindly took us back to the airport; we had some engaging conversation there and met some new friends. Kris and I relaxed a bit at the airport, and had an uneventful trip home.
It’s good to be home, but we had a wonderful week which we will never forget — we like what God is doing in the church.
Lesson for me that Kris and I talked about: about ten pastors at the Willow conference informed me privately that this blog is having a pastoral influence on them. It made us grateful and even more committed to what is happening in this conversational community we call the Jesus Creed. Thanks to each of you.

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posted October 1, 2007 at 12:39 am

Hey Scot – I am so sorry I was unable to be there this Friday eventhough I was sure I was able to go. Unfortunately I had an obligation that I could not get out of and had to put the Delaware trip aside. I hope if/when you are able to come back on the east coast, I will be able to hang out with you. Apparently Todd made a copy of the message you gave so I hope to hear it when he is able to pass it on. Gary said he really enjoyed the day. Anyway… I hope you are blessed. Thanks for writing from the heart and for challenging me like you did in my reading of Galatians. It has truly been a blessing to read Galatians in new eyes. – TD Miekley

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Tyler Braun

posted October 1, 2007 at 12:40 am

Yes your blog is having an influence. Thanks Scot. I’m a new reader and really liking the conversation and thoughts you create.

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JR Woodward

posted October 1, 2007 at 7:22 am

It was great being able to connect with you and Kris. I have part one of the interview posted now and will post the other parts later this week. After I finish the third one, I will make a series out of it in one blog post.

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Scott Hackman

posted October 1, 2007 at 7:47 am

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and beliefs on the gospel, atonement and the emergent movement. I am thankful there is a place for a guy doing business differently. I guess I am a missional coffee guy… We will see how far these legs can carry me…

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posted October 1, 2007 at 10:24 am

You say you addressed “the themes of Embracing Grace and how we can convert our churches and small groups into missional groups.”
I enjoyed the book and did it with a group, but would love to hear your connecting thoughts from the book into missional groups.

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Scot McKnight

posted October 1, 2007 at 10:27 am

The extension of Jesus Creed and Embracing Grace into missional groups was the subject of my Willow GroupLife conference talk. I borrowed from that talk for the connections.

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posted October 1, 2007 at 2:51 pm

This seems like a good place to say, again, that this blog is indeed very influential for many brothers and sisters around the globe. I praise God for his matchless grace, praise the Holy Spirit for his connecting power, and praise Jesus for the Jesus Creed…and using your “pen” as channel of blessing to his Body–both “virtual” and “local”–in so many and varied ways.
Blessings to you and Kris,

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