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A Missional Reading of Scripture: Free Conference Audio

Calvin Theological Seminary, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently held a conference on reading and understand the whole of the Biblical Narrative through the lens of mission.  Here’s what the say about it:

Over the past century a number of scholars have recognized that mission is not simply a peripheral theme in the biblical story. Rather, it is a central thread in the biblical writings and central to the identity of the church. Thus, a missional hermeneutic is a way of reading Scripture in which mission is a central interpretive key that unlocks the whole narrative of Scripture. It does not simply study the theme of mission but reads the whole of the biblical canon with mission as one of its central themes. This conference will explore what it might mean to read both the Old Testament and the New Testament with a missional hermeneutic, and what that might mean for missional praxis of the church, specifically preaching, theological education, and the life of the local congregation.

The Conference featured speakers such as Christopher J.H. Wright, Michael W. Goheen, N.T. Wright, Darrell L. Guder as well as many others.

Here’s a link to the Conference Audio. It’s well worth checking out.  Or you can always read, Christopher Wright’s 500 plus page definitive work on the subject, The Mission of God.

Keller & Clowney: Preaching Christ in a Post-Modern World


I love sharing God’s word through preaching.  Since I’m moving to preaching every week, as we launch The Exchange Community in Jackson, Mo, I thought It would be good to reexamine my preaching and how I interpret and display God’s word.  I remembered a friend of mine shared, a number of years back, that Tim Killer and Edmond Clowney team taught a class at Reformed Theological Seminary on Preaching Christ in a Post-Modern World.  As I started to listen through these teachings, I desired to share them with other church planters, preachers, and pastors that may not be aware of their existence.  Even if you don’t fit in these categories, this is an excellent resource to understand and share scripture.

Free Resources:

Audio from itunes

Course Material in PDF These notes were extremely difficult to find.  I believe they are notes from this course as it was later modified.  They do not seem to match all of the titles found on iTunes, but do seem to follow what is referenced in the class.

Blog posts covering notes from each session in the class:

  1. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Introduction to the Christ Centred Model of Preaching
  2. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Expounding Christ through the Structure of Redemptive History Part One
  3. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Expounding Christ in through the Structure of Redemptive History Part Two
  4. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Applying Christ: Introduction to Christ-centred Application
  5. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Applying Christ: Getting to Christ
  6. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Expounding Christ in through the Structure of Redemptive History Part Three
  7. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Expounding Christ: Telling God’s Story, Narrative Analysis
  8. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Applying Christ: Getting Down to Earth Part One
  9. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Applying Christ: Getting Down to Earth Part Two
  10. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Expounding Christ: The Parable of the Prodigal Son
  11. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Expounding Christ: Christ and the Law
  12. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Applying Christ: Getting inside their world part one
  13. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Adoring Christ: Getting Inside their World Part Two
  14. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Expounding Christ in the Psalms
  15. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Expounding Christ in the Wisdom Literature
  16. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Adoring Christ: Spiritual Reality
  17. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Expounding Christ:Asking Questions, Discourse Analysis
  18. Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World: Adoring Christ: Communion with God

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Great Missional Community Resource: Soma Fast Track Training

I’ve learned a whole heck of a lot from Soma Communities, on Church Planting, Sharing the Gospel, and missional communities that we are implementing in the creation of The Exchange Community in Jackson, Mo.  Recently Soma did a fast track training for their missional community leaders.  This is some great material to go through if you’re leading a missional community or are interested in starting a missional community

Here’s the links to Soma’s Fast Track Training Audio/Video and their notes:

1. The Story of God // Caesar Kalinowski

The Story of God Training Videos One & Two

2. Vision for Missional Communities // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

3. Gospel, Power & Purpose // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

4. Gospel DNA // Jeff Vanderstelt & Abe Meysenburg 

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

5. Gospel in Everyday Rhythms // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

6. Gospel Fluency // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

7. Creating a Disciple-Making Enviroment // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

8. Gospel Shepherding // Abe Meysenburg 

DNA Guide // Your Story, God’s Story

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

9. Missional Community Covenant // Jeff Vanderstelt  

MC Covenant Example

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

10.  Spirit Led Life // Jeff Vanderstelt 

Notes & Assignments 

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

Session 3 Audio

11.  Spiritual Warfare // Jeff Vanderstelt

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

Here’s a link to all of their materials

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GCM Conference Audio 2012

 

For two years in a row we’ve been taking a group from our church plant down to Summitcrossing Community Church in Huntsville, Alabama, for the GCM Conference.  GCM stands for Gospel Communities on Mission.  GCM is maybe the best place to get information from practitioners on Missional Communities.  These people live and breath what others just theorize the life of discipleship could be like.  I encourage you to listen to all of the teachings below.  For more information go to GCM’s website for a lot of free resources or join the collective and ask all your questions on their very active forum.

 

 

Also check out GCM Conference Audio 2011

Great Free Christian Music

There are some great Churches and musicians giving aways some awesome music this Christmas season.  Here are a few good albums and songs that I’ve run into:

Here’s a few songs from Austin Stone church with a great remake of On Christ the Solid Rock I Standhttp://austinstoneworship.com/

 

 

A FREE awesome contemporary Christmas Carol full album from Lifechurch.TV http://www.lifechurch.tv/carols

 

 

A FREE copy of Laura Cooke’s album, Christmas in a Day

 

Here is some great FREE music :Emmanuel byLaura Story, O Come All Ye Faithful byPhillips Craig & Dean, & Christmas Time by Phil Wickham.    This offer is from K-Love radio station.  The itunes Code didn’t pop up right away for me, so here it is in case you run into the same problem: LLJWEJYPPTWA

 

Holly StarrHere are free version of What Child is This by Holly Starr 

 

 

Christmas! Volume 1 Cover Art Here’s 5 great songs from Soma Austin’s Daniel Darnell in a FREE Christmas EP

 

 

Go, Tell It On the Mountain ft. Mark Apel Cover ArtHere’s a FREE version of Go, Tell it on the mountain by Seryn ft. Mark Apel

 

 

Emmanuel Cover ArtHere’s a Free Copy of Soma Community’s Jenny Snipstead’s original song Emmanuel

A FREE copy of the Civil War’s O Come Emmanuel

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