Author Archives: Mark Love

About Mark Love

I am the Dean for the School of Theology and Ministry and Director for the Resource Center for Missional Leadership at Rochester College. Part of my job includes directing a master's degree in missional leadership, a distance learning degree. I have a son, Josh Love, who is a practicing new monastic in Abilene, TX.

The Practicalities of Having Been Found a Charismatic: bigger than the indivdual or the church

If you place the Holy Spirit at the heart of your theology, you have to be open to the idea that God might be present in places you don’t expect. If there’s one thing I’m sure of regarding the Spirit, … Continue reading

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The practicalities of being found charismatic: built for “it seemed good” moments

Some of you have responded to my recent posts with the question, “what difference would this make?” So, let me state the question this way: what difference would it make to move the reality of the Holy Spirit closer to … Continue reading

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A charismatic view of salvation: got some full gospel?

Whenever I pass churches that have the words “full gospel” on their sign, I think to myself “I should be for that.” No one wants half a gospel or even three quarters. You don’t want mostly good news, or only … Continue reading

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Holding together the Theology and the Holy Spirit: Leonard Allen is coming to Streaming

It was my first semester of grad school, and I was excited to be taking a class from Tom Olbricht, who had achieved legendary status in my circles of influence. Alas, the opening class session brought a different professor, a … Continue reading

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On Being Found a Charismatic: clarifications and reflections

In yesterday’s blog I claimed the mantle of “charismatic,” which to many sounded like a confession of a new found status. It wasn’t. I’ve considered myself a charismatic a long time. By that I mean that my Christian existence is … Continue reading

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Why I’m a Charismatic: and you should be too

At my recent dissertation defense, my primary advisor made some observations at points that called into question my theological commitments. He wondered if I might be a legalist, a Barthian (I’m not sure which is worse to him), and on … Continue reading

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Singing Release for the Captives: Claire Davidson Frederick is coming to Streaming

The most impressive gospel stories I know these days come from people who spend time in prisons. Go figure. I’m a little surprised too. But sit with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove for awhile who advocates for prisoners in Durham, NC, or my … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Graduate Program (one that’s perfect for you)

I’ve written here before about our master’s in missional leadership at Rochester College. It’s our effort to design a degree more in lines with the demands and opportunities for ministry in a new missional era. Simply put, the way we’ve … Continue reading

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Christian as an adjective. I don’t think that word means what you think that word means…

Luke tells us that the first time the early disciples were called Christians was in Antioch. This is significant because Antioch was the first place where Jews and Gentiles worshiped together, causing no little consternation for the church in Jerusalem … Continue reading

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Salvation and the Church, Bacon and Eggs: A Reflection

The last few days, I’ve been at an excellent conference hosted by the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and The Parish Collective. If you don’t know the work of the Parish Collective, you should. And the place to start … Continue reading

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