Shane Claiborne joins me to talk about influences like Mother Teresa and Rich Mullins; the inception and evolution of his neighborhood faith community, The Simple Way; and how Jesus and his neighbors have helped him stay connected to God and fueled his passion to eliminate gun violence and the violence of the death penalty.

Shane Claiborne is a founder of The Simple Way, a faith community in the inner city Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington. He is a leader of the Red Letter Christians. He writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, justice, and Jesus. He is author of many books, including The Irresistible Revolution: Living As an Ordinary Radical and the forthcoming Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It's Killing Us (June 2016).


Additional Links:
Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove, and Enuma Okoro.
"Death By Blackness," the story of Duane Buck.

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Dan White, Jr. joins me to talk about his journey from the megachurch world to the minimal church world of being a community of Jesus followers rooted in a neighborhood, practices of presence in the neighborhood, the healing power of hospitality, what “discipleship” means and why it matters so much, and the biggest reasons pastors and leaders hesitate to take the plunge into the parish.

Dan White, Jr. co-leads Axiom, a faith-community in the urban neighborhoods of Syracuse; works as a consultant and coach with the V3 Movement, which starts and sustains missional-incarnational communities throughout the country; and cofounded the Praxis Gathering. He is the author of Subterranean: Why the Future of the Church is Rootedness and co-author with JR Woodward of the forthcoming book The Church as Movement (August 2016).
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April 13, 2016

#16 We Are the Seen

In this episode, I pick up on the theme of Episode 15 - being one who sees - and look at it from the other side - being one who is seen. Pastors, leaders, and others in the healing professions are often committed to seeing others, but end up feeling unseen themselves. How might our wounds and the story of Hagar helps us remember we are seen?

April 8, 2016

#15 We Are the Seers

Ancient biblical poems speak of humans being "crowned with glory and honor" and "fearfully and wonderfully made," but do we actually SEE these realities in one another? In this episode, I recount the greatest wedding ever, share stories of Jesus the Seer, and explore some guiding principles to help us truly SEE people in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and third places.

Tom Sine joins me to talk about his come-to-Jesus moments and turning 80, share stories of how churches are innovating in and impacting their neighborhoods, and discuss ageism, Babette's feast, contextual forecasting, and how following Jesus is a design opportunity. Tom is the founder of Mustard Seed Associates and has consulted countless churches and organizations around themes of future, change, and holistic mission. He is author of the forthcoming book, Live Like You Give A Damn: Join the Changemaking Celebration as well as The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed At A Time, and Mustard Seed vs. McWorld: Reinventing Life and Faith For the Future.

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In this episode, I discuss the first of the Five Signs of the Parish Movement, “Centering on Christ,” by talking about road rage, Ephesians 4, and Christian accents.

Parish church expressions are emerging in neighborhoods everywhere. Whatever they are called - neighborhood church plants, missional communities, neomonastic communities, faith-based social enterprises - these diverse expressions seem to exhibit five common signs as they join God’s renewal in their particular places. In this five part series, I explore the Five Signs of the Parish Movement: Centering on Christ, Inhabiting the Parish, Gathering to Remember, Collaborating for God’s Renewal, and Linking Across Parishes.
Centering on Christ: Formed by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we seek to share life together as a tangible expression of Christ’s body in our parish. Saying that Christ is at the center is not just a way of life together. As communities we commit to love one another and grow together with Christ within the grime and beauty of our everyday stories.
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