A dissertation might be a “dissert” at the end of a long and nourishing meal. It wasthis and more. Thanks to a fairly rigorous process at the front end it never quite grew out of control, although the rabbit trails along the way were enticing.Thanks to the staff and faculty of ACTS Seminaries in Langley, BC for theirencouragement and care. Thanks to many conversation partners, local and abroad. Inparticular, thanks to Roland Kuhl, my advisor, Roger Helland, friend and co-conspirator,David Fitch, professor, blogger and pastor. Many other friends and mentors could be listedhere, but in particular I want to note Paul Fromont of Prodigal Kiwis, a partner in reflectionand pilgrimage, Walter Brueggemann, Old Testament scholar and prophet, Jean Vanier,fellow Canadian and founder of the L’Arche communities, and Alan Roxburgh, a determinedmissional thinker whose work on leadership and transition have helped me understand myown vocation more accurately.Other local friends, particularly those from the Manteo table or the Kelowna theologycafé, have been good conversation partners and have often sharpened my thinking. PaulMartinson, Mike McLoughlin, Stanley Biggs, Nick Fenn, Matt Duffy, Lorne Friesen, ChrisMcGrath, Laurence East. Trans-local conversation partners include those on the RESONATEmailing list: Jamie Arpin-Ricci, Scott Cripps, Norm Voth, George Werner, Frank Emanuel,Jordon Cooper, Leighton Tebay. I am inclined to list a few dead mentors as well, but perhapsa nod to Lesslie Newbigin is singularly important.Finally, John LaGrou and the Millennia foundation made my ongoing studiespossible. Thanks John for your friendship through this journey! My family have had toendure my nose pressed to more books than usual. Thanks to my gracious wife, Betty, andmy daughters Elise and Lauren. You often show me the face of Jesus.