Posts tagged “incarnation

Incarnation & Fragmentation

Posted on August 12, 2009

It’s not a new thought that incarnational mission in Western contexts is fraught because we cannot assume that towns, cities, schools, or even neighbourhoods have a relatively uniform culture. Most practice of incarnational mission involves taking on aspects of the culture I am serving, and affirming the aspects of the culture that are Christ-like. But cultures are not monochrome,  not even within a neighborhood. Even in the small housing commission where I live it’s impossible to incarnate in accordance with a dominant culture. Different friendship groups have different norms, there are transient groups, stable groups, elderly, youth etc. And within these groups splintering occurs. I’m nowhere near working all this out, but one initial thought is: perhaps we need to be a distinctive community…

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Shitting in your own nest

Posted on May 13, 2009

Just saw a very simple article on moving into the neighbourhood as an essential step in ‘exegeting’ our neighbourhood as well as the Bible. As a lover of words, this image of reading our neighbourhoods attracts me.  You can find it here. When we first moved to Bendigo, another church plant also had moved from Melbourne not long before. They wanted to plant a church in the community where we live, and did a fantastic family fun day at a local primary school to let people know who they were. Though they believed in the theory of incarnational mission, none of them lived in the local area. In fact, the nearest home was 5km away! Needless to say, their efforts broke down quickly. One of the ‘marks’…

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