Tagged with Alan (& Debra) Hirsch

Teetering at the edge of chaos

Here’s comfort for those of us who lead without entirely having a clue what we are doing… Peering ahead in the twenty-first century, there is little doubt we are teetering at the edge of chaos.  As we will see, this is a good thing because at the edge of chaos is the sweet spot where … Continue reading

A God like Jesus

It is true that Jesus is like God, but the greater truth, one closer to the revelation of God that Jesus ushers in, is that God is like Jesus! I know that if you have any understanding of the Christian faith, then this is kind of an obvious statement from Alan and Debra Hirsch (in … Continue reading

What do you see when you look at me?

In their book ‘Untamed’, Hirsch and Hirsch (great husband and wife team!) describe two contrasting perspectives to which Christians might, in their missional practice, subscribe.  Now, we are not talking about what those Christians might say is true theologically but what their practices betray about their beliefs. The two sets of assumptions are that: everyone is … Continue reading

Discipling for everyone

Do you think we should be looking to disciple everyone in our network of relationships or just Christians? I think we go for everyone…wouldn’t it be great if we had multitudes of people who were ‘growing and becoming more and more like Jesus’ (Hirsch, Untamed)? I’ve seen this in practice at church.  We tend to … Continue reading

The irreducible minimum

Persecution drives the persecuted to live very close to their message – they simply cling to the gospel of Jesus and thus unlock its liberating power…it enables them to distil the essence of the message and thus access it in a new way….they also have to jettison all unnecessary impediments, including that of a predominantly … Continue reading

Reseeding the church

I’m halfway through yet another book. Sometimes I think that reference of Ortberg’s to half-read books everywhere (see my hurrysickness post) was written to describe my house!  I don’t even know how my husband can bear the fact that in virtually every room there is a book propped open.  I claim to be reading them all.  … Continue reading