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My latest post "Christian Witness After the Culture War," in which I sort through SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage, Charleston, and 21 martyrs through the grid of global urban mission... 

https://medium.com/urban-mission/christian-witness-after-the-culture-war-ba8a617e48ae

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My latest post: "Justice Churches." Is the term "justice churches" all that helpful? Or for that matter, "gospel churches"? 

https://medium.com/urban-mission/justice-churches-739d399f4477

#urbanmission   #gospel  

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This morning's run: Frozen Schuylkill River from Martin Luther King Drive. #philly #hipstamatic #jane #blackkeysextrafine
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*Letter from the General Editor: Journal of Urban Mission Volume 4 Issue 1*

http://jofum.com/news/letter-from-the-general-editor-volume-4-issue-1/ 

Welcome to the new issue of Journal of Urban Mission!

You may be puzzling over the appearance of a new issue on this site though (I hope) you are glad to see it, since we announced the merger of JofUM and the New Urban World last year [http://jofum.com/news/journal-of-urban-mission-and-new-urban-world-to-merge/]. We did produce a joint issue for November 2014, and you can watch out for it on the International Society of Urban Mission site [http://newurbanworld.org/publications/]. However, due to unforeseen developments, all agreed that it would be better for us to remain separate journals after all. With a growing multiplicity of voices advocating urban mission around the world, it is my prayer that this important field will gain the attention it deserves and that these voices will edify and energize a variety of creative urban mission efforts around the world.

In this issue, I am excited to introduce you to, first, the husband and wife team of Carl Ellis, Jr. and Karen Angela Ellis (who is actually no stranger to this publication--she has previously written an excellent article, "Identity Satisfaction in a World of Cultural Dissonance," [http://jofum.com/editorial/articles/identity-satisfaction-in-a-world-of-cultural-dissonance/] for this journal). They approach Ferguson and the constellation of issues surrounding it from a united vantage point, yet with different emphases and timbres, in "Racism Alone? – Reflections on the Current National Divide," [http://jofum.com/editorial/articles/identity-satisfaction-in-a-world-of-cultural-dissonance/] and in "'Step Out The Boat': Following the Urban Disciple Maker." [http://jofum.com/editorial/urban-voices/step-out-the-boat-following-the-urban-disciple-maker/] You will appreciate their commitment to Scripture, experience in on-the-ground realities of urban ministry, and clarity of vision which is nevertheless nuanced, and which frees them from the trappings of easy answers that have too often been offered in the national discourse.

I am also thrilled to include Ryan Kellermeyer's wonderful reflection on the biblical text of Jeremiah 32 that weaves his experiential knowledge of city tax foreclosure laws, community development, exegesis, and biblical theology: "Restoring Shalom in the Citadels of Dead Capital: The Church and Vacant Land." [http://jofum.com/editorial/articles/restoring-shalom-in-the-citadels-of-dead-capital-the-church-and-vacant-land/] It is an exciting study of how an ancient prophetic act could open up new vistas of possibilities for imagining urban discipleship in the context of urban problems today.

Speaking of experiential knowledge, how can theological education be better suited to the realities of urban ministry? Many will agree that we have a long way to go. My last introduction for this issue belongs to Easten Law's case study, "Praxis Education for Ministry in Urban Contexts: A Pedagogical & Programmatic Review of Wesley Theological Seminary’s Urban Fellows Program." [http://jofum.com/editorial/case-studies/praxis-education-for-ministry-in-urban-contexts-a-pedagogical-programmatic-review-of-wesley-theological-seminary’s-urban-fellows-program/] He explores how pedagogical perspectives of experiential and praxis education are incarnated in the practice of the Urban Fellows program of Wesley Theological Seminary. This case study could prove helpful for all who are wrestling with the question of theological education that is fit for the realities of urban, global 21st century.

Please enjoy, think, converse, imagine, and act. And may we as his people more faithfully respond to the call of the missionary God.

Shalom,
Kyuboem Lee, D.Min.
General Editor

Philadelphia, January 2015

#UrbanMission   #Ferguson   #race   #UrbanBlight   #TheologicalEducation  

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I am happy to announce that I started as the Doctor of Ministry Program Director at Biblical Theological Seminary this month. It's an amazing opportunity; I am humbled and thankful. Thank you friends for your support and love, and for those of you who pray, your prayers for my wisdom will be greatly appreciated in the months and years ahead.

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I published "A House Divided" on +Medium. How is the church doing re pluralism? Ferguson says: mixed at best. http://t.co/HkD3JmHnCh 

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I wrote an article on +Medium called "Homogeneous Unit Principle, Revisited." Please take a look and let me know what you think: https://medium.com/urban-mission/homogeneous-unit-principle-revisited-7751bc3308d

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My article, "An Urban Missional Reading of Genesis 1," got published in the New Urban World Journal May 2014 issue. Mad props to +Douglas Green for his invaluable help.
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ODDyssey Half Marathon is now in the books: 13.1 miles distance, 1:37:12 time; 7:26 min/mi pace. Came in 13th in my age group (40-44)!

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My latest post on Biblical Seminary Faculty Blog is up: "Immigrants in the Kingdom" #urbanmission   

http://www.biblical.edu/faculty-blog/96-regular-content/910-immigrants-in-the-kingdom
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