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.

Competency two: discerning God’s calling in communal processes of discernment

I think the single biggest assumption that should inform the practice of ministry in congregations is this: God is living and active. Now you would think that this would be a no-brainer. After all, we all would say “Amen” to … Continue reading

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Competency one: developing a shared biblical imagination for mission

Communities of faith participating in the life of God in a new missional era have the capacity to develop a shared biblical imagination. The really big word in this sentence is “shared.”My sense is that there are few biblical texts … Continue reading

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Things that put our faith communities on a missional journey

So, I’ve stopped using the phrase “missional church,” as if its a destination. When you use the phrase “missional church,” the most frequent asked question is “what does one look like?” Fair enough. But the answer to that is tricky, … Continue reading

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Is your church becoming missional, or simply a more active version of itself?

We perform what we can imagine. That is, we make choices, evaluate consequences, and act in keeping with the world that we have imagined. And some of that imagination is shared, or social. We share narratives, or deep imaginative structures, … Continue reading

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What counts as biblical preaching? Jen and Ben know

I heard two great sermons at Streaming this past weekend. And it occurred to me that both qualify under my definition of biblical preaching. Jen Christy and Ben Ries both preached texts from Hebrews (in keeping with the theme of … Continue reading

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Words of Loss, Words of Hope

I was in need last Friday. My friend, Jannie, was suddenly and unexpectedly dead. He was gone. Someone so alive and so indicative of what being alive has come to mean to me was now gone, not living in my … Continue reading

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My friend, Jannie Swart: Memory and Tribute

I got the call last week late in the evening from my doctoral advisor and friend, Pat Keifert. Jannie Swart died earlier that day from a massive heart attack. I was stunned. Jannie and I were students together under Pat’s … Continue reading

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Big Boy Music: The Avett Brothers and Being an Adult

I recently attended an Avett Brothers concert that included Old Crow Medicine Show as the opening act. Both bands were full of frenetic energy and incredible musicianship. Old Crow is one of those bands that for me is much better … Continue reading

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Musing on Corinthians, Galatians and the American church

I preached today at a local congregation. I was given the topic, “This is my story, This is my song.” I liked the topic and immediately went to the autobiographical statement of Paul in which he claims the cross as … Continue reading

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“Christian leadership” is not an oxymoron, part 5

Recently, I visited with a group of church elders who felt the need to do something related to the issue of gender inclusion in their worship. Their instinct was to begin with a Bible study. This is because, in my … Continue reading

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