Category Archives: Missional-Ecumenism

Pope’s Address to the Focolare Movement

The Focolare Movement, which has had a very significant role in my journey over the past three years, gathered in Italy for their annual General Assembly last week. Pope Francis used the occasion to send a special address to the … Continue reading

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ACT3 September Forum on Friendship in Diversity

On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, ACT3 hosted its first fall evening forum. Our subject was Christian diversity and deep friendship. I invited an Orthodox priest, Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth, and a Catholic author and editor, Tom Masters, to join me for … Continue reading

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Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation

Today the second global Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation begins at Mundelein Seminary, near Chicago. I have the joy of leading this small group dialogue. Tonight there is an “open” conversation at Mundelein and you are welcome to come. If you have … Continue reading

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Jeff’s Story

Last week I shared Sophia’s story. If you did not read this blog and see the video then please go back to September 2. Read my words and watch the 90-second video. Maybe even share this material with your church, … Continue reading

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Sophia’s Story

Last week I mentioned my son’s ministry, Crossroads for Kids. Please give me more liberty here, mixed with four parts grace, by allowing me to share another amazing story that marks the deep integrity and impact of Matt’s work. I have watched … Continue reading

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Personal (Non-Scientific) Reflections on Millennials and the Church (Part Two)

Yesterday I shared seven observations that I’ve recently made based upon personal experience and conversation with leaders in the Millennial generation. These reflections are not all rooted in scientific social data but most that I say here can be seen in … Continue reading

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Personal (Non-Scientific) Reflections on Millennials and the Church (Part One)

I have had my fair share of engagement over the last few years with the Millennial generation (born since 1982). I am quite sure that most church leaders have very little understanding of this generation. Large numbers do not see … Continue reading

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Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Five)

Chiara Lubich ends her reflections upon the “inundations” of this love by providing two notes of commentary. 1. First, she says there are times when we think the gospel does not truly solve every human problem. “It brings only the … Continue reading

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Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Four)

The late Paul Harvey had a tag line that any listener to his radio broadcast will always remember. He would tell an intriguing story and then end by saying, “And now you know the rest of the story!” Well, brothers … Continue reading

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Liminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Three)

After being at Wheaton for one semester I returned home for a summer mission experience among the Navajo Indians in New Mexico. When I returned to Wheaton I experienced a deep sense of aloneness and spiritual malaise. The Spirit prompted … Continue reading

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