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Portland Trip – Donald Miller & Rick McKinley

Last week I spent 4 days in Portland. I enjoyed a morning with Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz) discussing some of the projects he is working on. Exciting stuff will be coming from him (in the form of books, the Burnside Collective and even radio?…)

I met with Rick McKinley at a pub and I am really excited about McKinley’s next book unfortunately he may push back it’s release 6-months. The book will bring a lot of the work he has done on the Kingdom of God and how that pratically applies to a local church and their ministry. Imago Dei is doing so many ‘Kingdom’ minded things that other churches need to take a look at and learn from. [The more I think about the emergent movement the more I hope churches emerge toward a Kingdom view (versus programatic/fiefdom) of church.]

3 Comments

  1. Hey, Drew, I was born and raised in Portland, so I enjoyed reading a little taste of home. I’m also a big admirer of Miller’s writing, and I too hope to get back to Portland one day and meet him. Anyway, I wonder whether you’d explain/expand on this statement a bit more: “The more I think about the emergent movement the more I hope churches emerge toward a Kingdom view (versus programatic/fiefdom) of church]”

  2. D. Goodmanson

    June 20, 2005 at 3:09 pm

    I see the view of mission changing from the ‘modern’ church which sees mission as a series of programs. (40 Days of Purpose, Big Event Altar Calls, etc.) As I visit churches that consider themselves ’emergent’ most have a holistic, Kingdom view of what the church is. That is, the already of the ‘already/not yet’ is what the church should focus on and bring to the world that is lost around it. This moves Christianity from programs to life. Our life in God’s Kingdom, pointing toward Christ’ reign, should make us an ambassador. Further, Church becomes less ‘this is our building’, lets make sure our church grows to a collaboration with other churches to work together for God’s glory.

    There is a lot more here but this is a start.

  3. One thing I wonder from reading Jazz is, is this guy Miller ever going to get a girl and get married? -)
    What’s the deal Drew

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