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.

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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“Christian leadership” is not an oxymoron, part 4

Sorry for the delay between posts. It’s been a busy few weeks, including the loss of my laptop for a few days. But here we go. Anything that passes for missional leadership must find its focus in the life of … Continue reading

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Top 15 Best Concerts

I went to a great concert Wednesday night. Gary Clark, Jr. is simply an amazing artist. But his virtuosity is not the only thing that made it a great concert. So did the venue (St. Andrews Hall), the proximity we … Continue reading

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“Christian Leadership” is not an oxymoron, part 3

Leading a missional community is different than leading other things. It’s different than leading Google or Apple or a car dealership or a local coffee shop or a farmer’s market. It’s even different than leading a church, at least church … Continue reading

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“Christian leadership” is not an oxymoron, part 2

Some people are leaders. Period. Some people have the capacity to interpret situations through attentiveness and close listening, anticipate outcomes, clearly articulate what’s at stake in situations or decisions, line out processes, effectively engage differences, collaborate and build consensus, motivate … Continue reading

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A Satisfying New Music Find

Just a note for those always on the lookout for a new band, unlike my former colleague Jeff Childers, whose iTunes collection consisted of Boston, Foreigner and ABBA (hey, when you know what you like). My recent bout with illness … Continue reading

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