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Shift

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Yesterday I was at Willow’s youth leadership conference called Shift. A full day but lots of fun. I’m not a youth minister, obviously — nor was I a very good one when I gave it a whirl, but if I […]

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Missional Jesus: All of it

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This will no doubt be the longest post I’ve ever had, but I’ve had enough requests so here it is … all 60 posts of the Missional Jesus series.

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Missional Jesus 60

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This is it. We finish off with Acts 1:8. First the text:

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Missional Jesus 59

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Two more texts to look at in this series on Missional Jesus. Today we look at Luke 24:36-49.

Missional Jesus 58

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The Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) is one of the last things Jesus says that shapes our perception of Missional Jesus.

Missional Jesus 57

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From the sublime to the obscure. The text today (Luke 22:35-38) is not clear.

Missional Jesus 56

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We come to the last week of this lengthy series on missional Jesus, which was begun for one reason: because I wanted to sort out for my own thinking what a full sweep of the Gospels would reveal if we […]

Missional Jesus 55

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Now, how does one talk about Matthew 24 in one day? By keeping it short and to the point. I’ll do my best.

Missional Jesus 54

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The harshest words Jesus ever uttered can be found in Matthew 23. It is not possible to do a full study here, so I will make a few points. In essence, his point is this: “hypocrisy” transcends the common contradiction […]

Missional Jesus 53

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Missional Jesus points his own way. Here we find a story, in Mark 12, that perfectly illustrates the first beatitude: Blessed are the poor. The way to the kingdom, the way to peace in the Land, is not the way […]

Missional Jesus 52

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Next, missional Jesus is emplotted by the Pharisees who want to get Jesus to say something that will get him in trouble — which is still a preferred technique by lots of Christians today. As they refuse to sing the […]

Missional Jesus 51

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Missional Jesus, facing the evidence of rejection by the seat of power in Jerusalem, tells a parable that reveals once again the potency of judgment in the theme of Jesus. In essence the point is simple: Jersualem is about to […]

Missional Jesus 50

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When I was a kid we sang about Zacchaeus, who was for us the arch-type of a “wee little man.” Zacchaeus, as seen in Luke 19:1-10, was a short guy but that’s not the point. Missional Jesus makes that clear:

Missional Jesus 49

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Missional Jesus is now approached by his followers, two of his favorites, who have the wrong thing in mind. They want to be MVP’s of the apostolic band; Jesus lets them have it with words that penetrate.

Missional Jesus 48

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Missional Jesus made powerful impressions. So powerful that once a rich man (Mark 10:17-31) comes up to Jesus and asks how he might find eternal life. Jesus’ answer surprises many today when they read the text with honesty:

Missional Jesus 47

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Missional Jesus thought it couldn’t be clearer. God’s redemptive plan was at work. Who knew?

Missional Jesus 46

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Missional Jesus warned, and he warned with the severest of warnings. The word often used for this theme is “wrath,” but the term is not often understood carefully enough to realize what the NT writers had in mind. So, today […]

Missional Jesus 45

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Our theme from yesterday, sabotaging an incorrect elevation of Torah to the point that living a life of love was restricted, continues in today’s passage about missional Jesus from Luke 13:10-17:

Missional Jesus 44

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan is deeply beloved by Christians. I don’t know why for it is as challenging a teaching as anything Jesus teaches. In essence, I think it is this:

Missional Jesus 43

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Speaking of missional Jesus — in our passage today, from Luke 10:1-12, missional Jesus extends himself by sending out some missional disciples.

Missional Jesus 42

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Here’s a challenge tossed out by missional Jesus and it is a challenged that shakes human relations to the core, opens up the potential for a society constituted on the basis of grace, and presents the follower of Jesus with […]

Missional Jesus 41

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No one, I’m prepared to announce, has figured out this text, but it needs to be factored in if we want to sketch all the texts about missional Jesus. So, let’s first read Mark 9:38-41 and then I’ll offer some […]

Missional Jesus 40

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Missional Jesus now reveals a fundamental principle of missional discipleship and it is one tough one to do well:

Missional Jesus 39

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Some of this I anticipated yesterday but will now state.

Missional Jesus 38

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What to say about missional Jesus and the confession of Peter? I’ll provide the text, ask you to comment what you will, but here are a few points to observe:

Missional Jesus 37

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Missional Jesus continues to be opposed; he keeps on walking.

Missional Jesus 36

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There are good reasons for missional Jesus experiencing difficulties at home. Opposition to Jesus derived from his behavior, his attitude, and his remarks to those who questioned his behavior and the chutzpah he had to do what he was doing.

Missional Jesus 35

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Life for missional Jesus was not easy; especially not in his own home of Nazareth.

Missional Jesus 34

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Missional Jesus works with all kinds of people — not just his followers and not just his family. In this passage today we find missional Jesus revealing what “missional” means.

Missional Jesus 33

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Matthew 13 is a collection of Jesus’ parables and I want to provide brief summaries of each today. Why? Each of these parables reveals a dimension of missional Jesus and his mission.

Missional Jesus 32

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Missional Jesus likens his own missional teaching to someone who teaches and spreads a message but who draws differing responses. Notice this parable and its interpretation:

Missional Jesus 31

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Missional Jesus establishes and forms the kingdom of God, and he does so in the form of a new family of faith.

Missional Jesus 10 (again)

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I discovered yesterday from a reader named “grace” that my Missional Jesus 10 post never saw the light of day — though it was sitting in my computer and we thought it was public. So here it is again:

Missional Jesus 30

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Jesus’ missional work generated criticisms of who he was, what he was doing, and whether or not God was in his work at all. In fact, his work is charged as inspired by Satan. This is no small charge against […]

Missional Jesus 29

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Missional Jesus incorporated women in his missional work.

Missional Jesus 28

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Missional Jesus moves on. Wherever he goes, missional Jesus happens. Today we look at a long-ish text, Luke 7:36-50, and we will see missional Jesus at work.

Missional Jesus 27

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Missional Jesus sympathized with the poor and the marginalized and the powerless. As his mother was a widow and suffered, so Jesus was sensitive to widows. Here’s a story that opens a window on missional Jesus:

Missional Jesus 26

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Matthew is not only one who passes on information about Jesus, but also one who shapes what he passes on. And in this text Matthew “interprets” Jesus in a way that clarifies who the missional Jesus was. For Matthew, Jesus […]

Missional Jesus 25

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Not only is Jesus the “Sabbath rest” himself (Matthew 11:28-30), Jesus embodies what he means by being the Sabbath rest in 12:1-8 (where Torah expresses mercy and love of others) and in 12:9-14 (where he shows that showing mercy to […]

Missional Jesus 24

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Missional Jesus, plain and simple, didn’t follow the rules. And here’s something to think about: there is very little difference at the phemenological level between the Torah and one’s interpretation of the Torah. So, even if we say, “Jesus didn’t […]

Missional Jesus 23

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Missional Jesus is self-oriented. I once referred to this as the justifiable egocentrism of Jesus. Some don’t like the expression; I do. Here’s why:

Missional Jesus 22

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Missional Jesus implored his contemporaries to realize that there are final and earthly consequences for how they live now. He warned his contemporaries who saw his deeds — deeds that evoked the presence of God’s kingdom — and who were […]

Missional Jesus 21

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We are now back from Denmark and will resume our summer-long series on Missional Jesus. Today we look at Luke 7:18-23, a passage that deserves far more attention in gospel preaching than most permit, and it deserves more attention because […]

Missional Jesus 20

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Missional McKnights are landing and working their way to a hotel in Copenhagen as many of you look at this post this morning. We will be here (until next Saturday) to teach and fellowship with some like-minded missional Christians in […]

Missional Jesus 19

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Missional Jesus was fearless; his missioners are exhorted to be fearless as well. Not reckless or foolish, but ones who do not fear what others say, who are not afraid to tell the truth, who are not afraid to live […]

Missional Jesus 18

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Missional Jesus was rejected; missioners of the missional Jesus will be rejected too. So Matthew 10:17-25. (Just make sure the rejection is due to being a missioner of Jesus.) Missioners of the missional Jesus, like Jesus, hang on until the […]

Missional Jesus 17

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Not only is the missioner’s mission the mission of Jesus, the missioner represents Jesus. One can say that the missioner is the presence of Jesus wherever the missioner is. Think about that.

Missional Jesus 16

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Missional Jesus depended on God to provide daily necessities through those who were committed to the missional Jesus’ vision of the kingdom. There’s a lot there, but do take it in. The text for today is Matthew 10:9-10.

Missional Jesus 15

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Now we look a second time at the missional discourse of Jesus, the singularly most important text in the Gospels that clarify how Jesus understood missional activity. We’ll look at Matthew 10:5-8.

Missional Jesus 14

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Now we enter into a self-identified passage of missional intent and direction by Jesus, often called the “missionary discourse.” Matthew 9:35-11:1 is our passage, and we’ll break it down into manageable units for a few days. I begin with 9:35-10:4.

Missional Jesus 13

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One of my all-time favorite characteristics of missional Jesus emerges in our next passage, Matthew 9:32-34:

Missional Jesus 12

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Missional Jesus encounters two blind men in Matthew 9:27-31 and what Jesus does reveals the nature of his misison.

Missional Jesus 11

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Missional Jesus series takes another step: in Mark 2:13-17, cited below, reveals new features of Missional Jesus. There is a dual feature here that reveals something significant:

Missional Jesus 10

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Missional Jesus attracts crowds, summons folks to follow him in order to participate in the kingdom mission, invites all sorts of folks to trust him, and both names and engages the powers of evil. And, as has been indicated a […]

Missional Jesus 9

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Missional Jesus attracts crowds, summons people to follow him, extends mercy and healing to anyone with faith — sometimes when that faith is second-hand — and now manifests that his missional is loaded with power.

Missional Jesus 8

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Missional Jesus attracted crowds and from that crowd summoned people to follow him by becoming doers of God’s will. What is God’s will? You can say it a number of ways, but the two most succinct summaries of Jesus are […]

Missional Jesus 7

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Missional Jesus not only drew a crowd, he summoned people to get with the kingdom mission and vision. In other words, he called people to “make a decision” or, what is better, to come to him and with him work […]

Missional Jesus 6

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What was Jesus’ ministry? It is a safe bet to infer from what Jesus did to what his intent and what his vision were. I suggest that Matthew 4:23-25, which has a near parallel in 9:35, is a great place […]

Missional Jesus 5

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Missional Jesus summons others to attach themselves to himself and doesn’t care what ties they have to break in order to be attached to him and the mission of God he has come to preach and enact.

Missional Jesus 4

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The missional Jesus enlists others in his mission — and one can see this as an evangelistic summons into the work of the kingdom by attachment to Jesus. A good place to see this is the fuller story of Peter’s […]

Missional Jesus 3

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With Mary and John Baptist now watching from the sideline (as it were), Jesus becomes the center stage as we work our way through the themes connected to Missional Jesus.

Missional Jesus 2

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Yesterday we looked at Mary. Today we look at John the Baptist’s understanding of the mission of God. The principle text, of course, is Luke 3:1-18. How did J-B understand the mission of God?

Missional Jesus 1

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I begin a new series today — and it could last a good, long while. The series is on Missional Jesus. Our question: How did Jesus understand the missional life? This, of course, involves two “missions” — his mission and […]

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