Monthly is a monthly list of readings for those who who are followers of Jesus that are imagining new expressions of church and/or working to become church in the neighborhood or a particular place. Every month I’ll share a few blogs and a book that I’ve found helpful as follower of Jesus in my place. If you stumble upon a resource that you find valuable, send it to me here or on Facebook and I’ll try to include it in a future week.
Blog | Micro Neighbourliness
BY Steve MacDouell
Few things encourage me like seeing everyday people—with everyday jobs, commitments, and schedules—extending small acts of presence, hospitality, and creativity in their localities. This is, in part, why I’m compelled by the notion of micro-neighbourliness: the small, patient, and practical ways that we pivot toward our localities and the people that we share them with. From supporting local entrepreneurs and tending to community gardens to hosting bonfire nights and sitting on our front porches with an openness to connection, small acts of neighbourliness deepen our local presence, move us toward the people we share proximity with, and subvert the loneliness, isolation, and fragmentation that exists in our local contexts.
Blog | Loving Your Actual Neighbour by Walking the ‘Hood
BY Duke Vipperman
Loneliness due to a lack of face-time community is a huge challenge in Canadian society today, and Christians are not immune to this phenomenon. Across North America immigrants have been shown to feed church growth, but the longer they live in Canada, the less likely they are to remain in church.
Blog | Loving Your "Actual" Neighbors
BY Jessica Ketola
Something pretty special is happening in and through our community. Last night, we shared a meal with our neighbors as we do every Wednesday and what goodness is found around the table! Our neighborhood meals are poppin' -- with more neighbors joining in and inviting more friends and neighbors. The last couple of weeks, we've been bursting at the seams with a count of 25!
Book | The Kingdom Life
By Dallas Willard
For six years, spiritual formation leaders such as Dallas Willard, Bruce Demarest, and Bill Hull came together with other colleagues to create a collection of wisdom and honest personal revelation in the areas of discipleship and spiritual formation. The result is The Kingdom Life, a book that offers a fresh approach to the spiritual disciplines through a three-pronged focus on transformation, community, and outreach. Connect in a unique way with God and His kingdom by understanding how He sees grace and doctrine, brokenness and obedience, outreach and justice.