Saint Patrick's Church Schola

Lenten 2006 Class -- Classical Spiritual Disciplines

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

The Saint Pat's community had a great meeting tonight. We have officially crossed the threshold from Stage 1 to Stage 2 of our plant. We are now in the Formation Stage.

When St. Columba left Ireland to bring the good news to the Picts, he took the team he had gathered while in Ireland and settled at the Island of Hy or as the Irish called it Ioua later to be called Iona. At Iona he launched a monastic community (there is still a community there to this day). Columba wanted to prepare for the outward focus of mission by first turning inward to seek God, learning how to do mission with the Picts and forming his team into a vibrant community. Stage 2 in the Saint Pat's plant is sort of a smaller version of that. We (the launch team) are setting up shop at our "Iona" so we can be ready to launch into our world/culture with the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Kyrie Elieson
Christe Elieson
Kyrie Elieson

Amen

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Monday, August 11, 2003

Here are some books that have shaped me (Peter) and Saint Patrick's. I highly recommend getting them and giving them a read! (All the titles are linked to Amazon.com)

Pax, Peter

The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George Hunter. Looks at the mission of Patrick and the Celtic Church to draw lessons for mission in the 21st century.

Ancient Future Faith by Robert Webber. This is a great summary of classical Chrisitianity and how and can be lived in the 21st century.

Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail by Robert Webber. This book is about evangelicals who became Anglican. Tells their stories and gives brief synopsis of the Anglican way.

More Ready Than You Realize by Brian McLaren. One of the best books I have read on personal evangelism. Practical, authentic, real-life stuff. I highly recommend this one.

Missional Church ed. by Darrell Guder. This is a more complex missiological work but worth the work to read. It defines and develops the notion of a missional community.

Church Next by Eddie Gibbs. Develops the themes in Missional Church in a more user friendly manner - i.e., less jargon. If you do not want to dive into something like missional church. this is a good option.


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