a local, worshiping community (a missiology for the west)

October 21, 2008 | 7 Comments

(This is the final post in a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)

in the context of the secularized, post-Chrsitian West our witness will be credible only if it flows from a local, worshiping community.

Of all of Bosch’s six distinctives, none resonates with me more than this one.… Read more

laity (a missiology for the west)

October 10, 2008 | 6 Comments

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)

A missionary encounter with the West will have to be, primarily, a ministry of the laity.

I suppose one might argue that the laity are being given more opportunities for responsibility in churches now than they have in decades.… Read more

contextual (a missiology for the west)

September 30, 2008 | 5 Comments

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)

We have, at long last, come to the conviction that mission in the Third World must be contextual. We do not have an equally clear conviction about the need for contextualization in the West.Read more

countercultural (a missiology for the west)

September 22, 2008 | 4 Comments

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)

a mission to the West must be countercultural, though not in an escapist way

I wasn’t planning on spreading the posts in this series a week apart.… Read more

ecological (a missiology for the west)

September 15, 2008 | 5 Comments

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)

A missiology of Western culture must include an ecological dimension.

Thanks to my nature loving Grandma, I’ve always had an appreciation for nature that wasn’t really offered in my Evangelical background.… Read more

believing in the future

September 9, 2008 | 12 Comments

(This post is the introduction to a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the end of the post for links to the rest of the series.)

David Bosch was a missiologist in South Africa who died in 1992. A car accident took his life only a year after he published Transforming Mission — a monumental work which I blogged about last January.… Read more

what do we have to become christians for?

September 2, 2008 | 1 Comment

As we call people (back) to faith in God through Jesus Christ, we must help them to articulate an answer to the question ‘What do we have to become Christians for?’ At least part of the answer to this question will have to be: ‘In order to be enlisted into God’s ministry of reconciliation, peace, and justice on earth.’ It should be natural for Christians to be committed to these values.… Read more

transforming mission

January 14, 2008 | 5 Comments

Some books read like a light snack…maybe a small package of pretzels on an airplane. Snacks aren’t bad, but sometimes you need a hearty feast. Transforming Mission satisfies the belly and fills the mind with memories and Ideas to revisit.

This book is a classic on mission, and rightfully so. David Bosch traces the history of how mission has been understood, and how that understanding has been shaped by context.… Read more

bosch on contextual theology

December 21, 2007 | 1 Comment

Contextualization, on the other hand, suggests the experimental and contingent nature of all theology. Contextual theologians therefore, rightly, refrain from writing “systematic theologies” where everything fits into an all-encompassing and eternally valid system.
— David Bosch, Transforming Mission
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