In this final episode of season three of As in Heaven, hosts Jim Davis and Michael Aitcheson welcome Irwyn Ince to discuss the value of churches that seek to be both missional and confessional. When churches hold both in harmony, they become places that people won’t want to leave.

Episode time stamps:

  • Episode and guest introduction (0:00)
  • Confessional versus missional theology (3:43)
  • Why is the language of mission so important? (9:53)
  • Ground level of orthodoxy (18:00)
  • Overflow of the doctrine of the Trinity (25:03)
  • Polarization of the church and culture (32:30)
  • Significance of biblical ethics (37:36)
  • Multifaceted glory of the essence of God (42:55)
  • Practical ways to apply a missional mindset (49:15)
Editors’ note: 

This episode is part of As in Heaven’s third season, devoted to The Great Dechurching—the largest and fastest religious shift in U.S. history. To learn more about this phenomenon on which the episodes of this season are based, order The Great Dechurching by Michael Graham and Jim Davis.

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