Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

How does the gospel judge suburbia?

I’m working on a class at The Well for tomorrow that is basically serving as an introduction / overview to missional theology. It’s been a blast to put it together and I think we’ll spark some great conversation about our specific context and calling here in suburban Philadelphia. Of course, I’ve been looking back through […]

Individual Salvation and Restoration of all Things

Quote of the day from The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World in the chapter by Tim Keller, “In General I don’t think we’ve done a good job at developing ways of communicating the gospel that include both salvation from wrath by propitiation and restoration of all things.” Yeah, I can get behind that! […]

Congregations Aren't Stupid

Eugene Peterson writes in his book Under the Predictable Plant, “The congregation is not the enemy. Pastoral work is not adversarial. These people in the pews are not aliens to be conquered – defeated and then rehabilitated to the satisfaction of the pastoral ego. Thomas Merton wrote, “it is both dangerous and easy to hate […]

The Gospel and The Cycle of Grace in Embracing Grace

I am leading a Bible study on Wednesday nights at our church on the book by Scot McKnight called, “Embracing Grace.” In it, he defines “the gospel” as, “The gospel is the work of God to restore humans to union with God and communion with others, in the context of a community for the good […]

Barth on Discipleship

For your reading pleasure… “Yet there were others and it is here that the word acquires its pregnant meaning-who are called by Jesus and follow Him in the sense that they accompany Him wholeheartedly and constantly, sharing His life and destiny at the expense of all other engagements and commitments, attaching themselves to Him, placing […]

David Bosch on Mission

I learned recently that my dad spent a three day weekend retreat with David Bosch two years before he died. I told my dad, while I would have not been old enough to appreciate it (and i would have likely spent the time playing with my matchbox cars) I am officially mad at him for […]

Missional Food for Thought

I’m writing a paper on Newbigin’s book The Open Secret and quoted this in my paper. I thought it was a helpful quote for thinking about mission… “The Bible, then, is covered with God’s purpose of blessing for all the nations. It is concerned with the completion of God’s purpose in the creation of the […]

Letting the Scripture "Get You"

Reading William Willimon’s book, “Pastor” and came across this thought, “A friend of mine says that there are at least two ways of knowing. One is that of the mathematics and similar endeavors, such as when you are working with a tough mathematical problem, struggling, and then at last you say, ‘I got it!’ That […]

NT Wright on Healing…

The last two weeks we have been talking about healing at The Well from John chapter 5. It’s been a fun two weeks as I looked at the more personal side of the healing passage and Gary looked at the theological side of the topic. You can listen to our two messages off of our […]