As we wind down 2011 over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to take a look at some of the topics and ideas covered on the blog this past year. I hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
Today, we look at some of the topics we've covered in our "Monday is for Missiology" series this year.
Some helpful definitions in response to some questions a doctoral student sent me.
Differing on the mission must not become a point of division between gospel-preaching pastors and other leaders. We can, and must, recognize that good and godly people can hold different views of what the mission is -- particularly how it relates to deeds.
Some of the frustration experienced by churches for a lack of community response, might be diagnosed by asking questions like these:
1. Who is in your community?
2. Where do they gather? 3. What do they think as they do? 4. Do I even love them? Really?
Some thoughts about how we can collaborate in the mission of God without walking the path of what would come of the World Missionary Conference at Edinburgh.
A discussion on missiology around several essays from a new missiology book that I co-edited with David Hesselgrave.
Video of the speaker panel at the Desiring God National Conference where we discussed issues of missiology, mission, and the definitions of key issues.
Those who would respond to the gospel must have some basic understanding of what they are being asked to consider. Understanding something of the environment in which the original action took place and how the gospel impacts the conditions of their own setting is essential for a person to respond to the gospel message. It is not what the gospel means tothem, but what the gospel means for them, as it is the objective, real work of the Son of God.
My hope is that as people debate the mission they might not get distracted from it. On that we can be united.
The Anglican Church (and its U.S. counterpart, The Episcopal Church) has seen seismic shifts in both theology and practice in the last few years. These shifts have led to the formation of new Anglican fellowships that are often in the news-- and these new groups broke into the news again.
Relationships matter to God. They matter to people as well. And in a multihousing context where relationships can be easily formed and quickly grown, organic churches sown with gospel seeds and watered through gospel-centered discipleship can produce gospel fruit even in the hardened soil of urban population centers.
Every mission board I know says most of its missionaries are women, yet I see less writing and teaching on the unique role and situation that women have faced in the mission endeavor.