Check out the YouTube clip (right) about Experimental Practices and then Boom! Go! Practice!... and let our community know what sorts of experiments you are doing and experiences you are having through the forum below:
If you, your family, or small group would like some guidance in the realm of tangible Kingdom experiments, check out this foundational resource by clicking on the sample chapter button (below), purchasing on Amazon, or checking out Mark Scandrette's website.
...Many of us had spent years in contexts with good teaching, or been in smaller groups where important topics were discussed and we could be honest. What we were saying, by how we gathered, is that thinking, talking and knowing will lead to transformation. I had often wondered: What if, instead of talking about prayer, we actually prayed; or what if, in addition to studying about God’s heart for justice, we took ac- tion to care for needs? Or what if, instead of just telling each other about our struggles, we committed to a path for change? It seemed like the missing ingredient was a context that would encourage honesty, invite us into community and move us from information into shared actions and practices.
During my formative years I spent time with philosopher and theologian Dallas Willard, who often and memorably told us that to experience the kingdom of God “a group of people should get together and simply try to do the things that Jesus instructed his disciples to do.” We don’t enter the kingdom of God merely by thinking about it or listening to one another talk about it. We have to experiment together with how to apply the teachings of Jesus to the details of our lives. In discussions with friends, I began to say, “It seems like what we need is a Jesus dojo—a space where we can work out the vision and teachings of Jesus together in real life.” In Japanese the word dojo means “place of the way” and is used to describe a school or practice space for martial arts or meditation. Theoretically, a dojo could be created for any skill or discipline. You could have a knitting dojo, a cooking dojo, a karate dojo—or a Jesus dojo. The important distinction is an active learning envi- ronment, where participation is invited and expected. - Mark
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