A Missional KISS

kinnon —  January 29, 2010 — 6 Comments

I could write another very long post that provided the history behind the present missional impulse – while debating / explaining the desire to either define it or contain it.

We could talk / debate ad nauseum about David Boesch, Lesslie Newbigin, the UK and US versions of the Gospel and Our Culture Network, Missio Dei, missional from a Reformed perspective / Arminian perspective or any number of the finer aspects of "missional". And, at one level, this might be a rather important part of the discussion as we learn how to disciple a mission-shaped people.

But at another level, it is simply more talk – when what we need to do is simplify the talk so that people might consider being formed as mission-shaped.

A suggested Missional KISS

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. And that is what He is calling us to do.

The first sentence is from Eugene Peterson's poetic transliteration of John 1:14
And for those who don't recognize the acronym KISS.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

6 responses to A Missional KISS

  1. A great place to start, Bill. Not much to argue with on that one. Thanks!

  2. And sometimes just doing it…says a whole lot more.

  3. Love it! And instead of “simply more talk,” maybe more story telling might better inform our missional imaginations.

  4. Yes, definitely!

  5. Love Eugene Peterson. Love that quote(from the Message translation of John?) This empowers me with God’s spirit and brings Kingdom to my level, and generally does a lot more for me than “be involved in our big, awesome church.”


  6. Brian in Toronto February 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    why not do a profile on this new work of God? MOVE-IN is taking off as concept for incarnating a Christian presence into urban neighbourhoods where the immigrant population is so high that churches are essentially absent. Launched in May 2009 at a conference at People’s Church Toronto.Sent over 200 people to Urbana!


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