contextualization

Graham Hill in Global Church (IVP, 2016, 33) quotes Kosuke Koyama, “Contextualization of theology implies two critical movements. First, to articulate Jesus Christ in culturally appropriate, communicatively apt words; and second, to criticize, reform, dethrone, or oppose culture if it is found to be against what the name of Jesus Christ stands for.”(Water Buffalo Theology, […]

the Holy Spirit in mission

After an extensive biblical discussion, particularly anchored in the book of Luke, Gary Tyra argues that that which is implicit in so many volumes on contextualization and missional engagement must be made explicit. “The Holy Spirit will speak to us through our imaginative dialogue with the biblical text and the cultural context. In other words, […]

faithful presence

In Christian theological frames the church is usually seen as existing in the world at the confluence of three circles: Community, Formation (worship), and Witness (Mission). These actions and postures are all the work of the Spirit in the people of God for the sake of the world. What is interesting to me is that […]

Introduction to a Missional Spirituality

Back in 2009 Roger Helland I began talking about the integration of mission and spirituality: that these were never meant to be two parallel tracks, but a rhythm of life in discipleship. That book came out around 240 pages, and is aimed at college and seminary students and others doing serious theological reflection. It left […]

developing missional congregations – Niemandt

“A key aspect where missional leadership is concerned, is “the discernment of (the) missional vocation” (Van Kooten & Barrett 2004:139) of the congregation. The church’s function can thus be described as participation in God’s mission to the world and the whole of creation (Cordier 2014:82). It is for this reason that the first and most […]

Jesus for All Nations

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? What do justice and the good news of reconciliation mean for Canada’s indigenous peoples? What role does the church have in […]

All Things New – Part 2

“I am the true vine, and my Father — is the Gardener.” What if that little phrase tells us something deeply true – about God, and about God’s purposes? In this sermon I am working on the second part of John chapter 20, the disciples first experience of the risen Lord of creation. John’s theme […]