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The voice behind the mask that is Brother Maynard has emerged.

He is none other than my good friend and confidant, Brent Toderash. I’m glad the rest of you will join those of us who’ve known Brent for a while. And I’m glad I can finally stop fixing my almost posted posts that have called him Brent Maynard, Brother Toderash or some combination thereof.

Now I need to get back to moving things. Especially as the kids have just finished loading the U-Haul whilst I’ve been in the loft “doing things.” Oh. And we aren’t leaving the loft. We’re just expanding our coverage of Southern Ontario, so to speak. More on that later.

Thanks to the Missional Tribe, Andrew’s production gear has begun the trek to reach him in points beyond. Thanks to all who contributed to making this happen. Soon we should see the Jones Family missional travelogue appearing on Vimeo and YouTube. Stay tuned.

Of Greater Importance

kinnon —  June 23, 2009 — Leave a comment

Enough of the nonsense in the post directly below.

My friend, Rick Meigs, one of the Instigators of the Missional Tribe is in recovery mode from a very serious motorcycle accident. That recovery will take a rather long time.

As Rick is self-employed, this directly and adversely impacts his family’s income. You can help by clicking on the widget in the upper left corner of this blog and use the PayPal link to support Rick and his family.

You can further help by installing the Widget on your blog. It’s available via the link on the bottom of the widget @ my humble corner of blogdom – or via WidgetBox.

Please Pray for Rick Meigs

kinnon —  June 13, 2009 — 3 Comments

I just found out (via Brother Maynard & Rob Robinson) that our good friend, Rick Meigs was badly injured in a hit and run accident earlier today.

I wanted to let everyone know that Rick Meigs was at a Motorcycle rally at Hell’s Canyon and was clipped by a vehicle whom crossed the line and clipped him head on. It was a hit and run.

He is in critical condition with two collapsed lungs and a ruptured spleen. His wife Fran is in Texas and trying to get to Baker City before they fly him to Boise.

Please pray for Rick and his family.

UPDATE: Brother Maynard has more details. See his updates, please. The prognosis is much better today. Thank you, Lord.

Missional Tribe site is down

kinnon —  March 1, 2009 — 3 Comments


We have a sad cat on our hands.

It would seem our host, Media Temple has had a major crash – taking us, along with Brother Maynard and many others, offline.

This isn’t supposed to happen.

Built in redundancy and all, you know.

So much for that.

We are looking @ alternate hosts and do hope to be back up very soon. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

Some Writers Make Me Tear Up…

kinnon —  February 5, 2009 — 2 Comments

…and saline is really not good for my Mac keyboard. (I know there's lots more to tears than salt. Whatever.)

The twoshirts website - click to visit and to join!

Jason Coker is one of those writers. He's also the co-founder of with his wife, Jenell. You need to check out TwoShirts. If there was ever a missional enterprise, this would be it.

I met Jason at Sundance this year. (He was one of those guys asking the intelligent questions during the Windrider Forum. I was smart enough to keep my mouth shut. You can read Jason's Sundance reports here.) My regret was not spending more time with him. One of the 'gators @ MT, Rick Meigs, had been blog-conversationing with Jason earlier in the week and suggested Jason introduce himself. He did. I didn't take enough of an advantage of the time. (I can hear Napoleon Dynamite in my mind's ear.)

Jason has posted about Two Shirts at MT. Please read his post and comment there. Check out TwoShirts. (I know. It's not supposed to be capitalized.) Get involved.

And if you need your tear ducts cleaned out – read the story of Kelli and Donna @ TwoShirts.

Light Blogging

kinnon —  January 13, 2009 — 1 Comment

This may be one of my busiest weeks ever. Then again, I may just be old and can’t remember how busy things were back in my 20’s, 30’s and early 40’s. (I can remember a few things from my mid-40’s ’til now. At least I think I can.)

As a result, I doubt will be getting the updates it deserves. My discipleship post still lives as a MindMap – yet to become the post it should be. There are a few other things in the hopper, but there they shall remain.

So, let me point you to a few things. First, Missional Tribe. The response has been above and beyond our expectations. In under a week, 300 folk signed up and over a hundred blogs have been created. You can check mine out here. The Ed Stetzer and Dave Fitch missional conversation video will pass 700 plays this evening. I hope to have part two up by late tomorrow but the busyness may not allow that to happen until Saturday morning. I’ll do my best.

Speaking of Ed, he’s written a very good article for Catalyst asking the question, Converts to What? It fits well with the video mentioned above.

…my Reformed friends, let’s not only read 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John (that is, John Calvin, John MacArthur, and John Piper), let’s go plant some more churches. My emerging church friends, let’s take a pause from the theological rethink and head into the neighborhood and to tell someone about Jesus. My missional friends, let’s speak of justice, but always tell others how God can be both “just and justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” My house church friends, let’s have community, but let’s be sure it is one focused on redemption. My Baptist friends, let’s focus more on convincing pagans than Presbyterians. And, my charismatic friends, let’s focus less on getting existing believers to speak in tongues and more on using our tongue to tell others about Jesus.

Make a point of reading Ed’s post from today, as well. Ed unpacks the latest Barna stats in Choosing My Religion.

My friend, David Wayne, the Jollyblogger updates his thousands of readers on how he is coping with cancer. I found it hard, but important to read. Keep praying for him, please.

Back over at MT, may I encourage you to read two Erika Haub posts from The Margins archives, The Church That Came to Me and Missional: Is it Rocket Science?

Please also make a point of reading Sarah @ Emerging Mummy. This Mum can write! Read her post on Ed’s Converts to What?

I’ve got two good podcasts recorded with Darryl Dash and Dan MacDonald but have not had a chance to finesse them for podcasting. I’m going to try to work on them on the plane to Sundance on Sunday, and get them up while I’m there – before they are stale dated (at least in terms of my humor.)

Speaking of Triple D, he points to Trevin Wax’s interview with N.T. WrightResponding to Piper on Justification. A must read. (Hopefully you are always reading Triple D, as well.)

Canadian Blogfather Jordon Cooper tells a great story of cold snaps, broken furnaces and “good karma.” I think Someone is looking out for the man and his family who pour their lives out for the poor and the oppressed in Saskatoon.

Oh. And just in case anyone wants to Bless My Heart™ – I really, really like the new Palm Pre.

Len has cross posted a great blog post called mission driven? @ MT. Len says,

This debate rages on. I see posts all over the internet that play it out in the way popularized by Frost and Hirsch as Christology > missiology > ecclesiology. I think it is short sighted.

(Len immediately goes on to talk about his love and respect for Mike and Al.)

Our mutual friend, Dave Fitch also engages with this on his blog, based on the conversation going on around Ben Wheatley’s post @ MT. Dave will probably cross post to MT as Len has done.

Missional Tribe has hit the ground running and some very thought-provoking discussion is taking place. I think what’s important is that our good friends like Al Hirsch, who may be perceived as a Missional Guru, can be strongly questioned and debated in a conversation that is life giving. Hopefully we are all able to grow in our understanding together – very much what we hope MT is about.

What I’ve recommended Len do is create a Theology Forum at MT where we can all learn from folk like him, Dave, Mike, Al et al as they engage in theological debate and discussion. (And I know Brother Maynard will be in there, too.)

OK. It’s been up at Missional Tribe for three days and has had almost 500 views (from there and at a number of other sites who have embedded it). As the video was done by Imbi and myself, for both MT and, I think it’s time to show it here. Just in case you have yet to make it over to MT. (Note the video is also available via the Vimeo bar in the right sidebar of this blog.)

Ed Stetzer & David Fitch – a missional conversation from Missional Tribe on Vimeo.

One of the interesting things for me in our Missional Tribe social network is to see the difference in viewership between an Open Source approach to videos like this – the fact that anyone may embed them into their blogs -as opposed to keeping them behind a walled garden.

If it really is ultimately about the church, where possible, should we not want the widest audience possible to see these productions. And I say that fully aware of the costs involved, as Imbi and I via our company, bore the costs for travel and production on this video and the other parts to come (while being hosted in Chicago by the ever gracious Rae Ann and Dave Fitch). And both Dave and Ed gave freely of their time for the benefit of the wider church community.

Whether via tent-making or the willingness of funders to come along side, we hope we can produce a lot more of this kind of content – as well as telling more of the great missional stories from around the planet. (While encouraging lots of other folk to pick up cameras and begin to effectively tell stories, too.)

Other Tribal Access

kinnon —  January 9, 2009 — 3 Comments

Some of our friends (yes, Al, I’m looking at you) prefer to use Incarnational rather than Missional. For them, they simply type into their browser – and can feel good about where they land.

Other brethren and sistren, who don’t necessarily want to have anything to do with these tribes – as they’ve convinced themselves we aren’t part of the family, can always just type in – ending up amongst some of the finest Photoshop-loving bloggers on the planet.

What’s important is finding your Tribe. Or, maybe not.