Missiology

(See also: THEOLOGY OF MISSION)


ARTICLES (GENERAL)


THE THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MISSIOLOGY by Gailyn Van Rheenan
All missiological decisions must be rooted, either implicitly or explicitly, in theology so that they mirror the purposes and mind of God. Frequently, however, missions practitioners take the theological foundation of missions for granted.

THE MISSIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF THEOLOGY by Gailyn Van Rheenan
Some years ago systematic theologian Martin Kahler wrote the often-quoted statement that mission is “the mother of theology.” Theology, said Kahler, developed as “an accompanying manifestation of the Christian message.” In other words, theology was formed when church planters and waterers (1 Cor. 3:6) reflected upon God’s will within specific cultural contexts.

SIX SPHERES OF MISSION OVERSEAS by Ralph D. Winter
This unique article addresses the fact that that all mission endeavor falls under at least one of six main categories of mission. The title link (above) takes you to the introductory page. After reading the introduction, click on the next six articles listed on the side bar to the left.


WEBSITES


MISSIOLOGY.ORG

GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY
A quarterly publication in several languages with original research and contributions from researchers, practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives.


CONTEXTUALIZATION


WEBSITES

REDEMPTIVE ANALOGIES AND CONTEXTUALIZATION LINKS

MISLINKS ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
Extensive listings.

ARTICLES

WORLD-VIEW AND CONTEXTUALIZATION by David Hesselgrave
The Indian peasant may well ask “What is progress?” and inquire as to why he should adopt a method of rice-growing simply because it is more efficient. The American of European origin may see the exchange of horse and wagon for a pickup truck as a case of unquestioned progress, but for the Navajo Indian it is simply a desirable substitute, not “progress”

BEHOLD THE OX OF GOD by Joy Anderson
In his books Peace Child and Eternity in Their Hearts, missionary writer Don Richardson proposed that God has placed within every culture certain concepts that find their fulfillment only in the gospel. Richardson called these cultural concepts “redemptive analogies.” As I have studied several scholarly works on the Dinka people of Sudan, it has become obvious to me that the Dinka culture displays many such bridges to the gospel.

CONTEXTUALIZATION WITHOUT SYNCRETISM by Rick Brown
(Int’l Journal of Frontier Mission – July 1, 2006)
We use the term ‘worldview’ to refer to a person’s framework of core beliefs and values. It has been common in the past to treat worldview as one aspect of culture, but this is unhelpful for our purposes. Different individuals in a community can share a common culture yet hold to different worldviews. For example, they might all drive on the same side of the road (culture) but have different views regarding the value of compliance with traffic laws (worldview). Except for isolated communities, it is increasingly common to find a diversity of worldviews within the ethnic groups of the world. So I will use the term ‘culture’ in a more limited way to refer to the shared and transmitted social conventions of an ethnic community and ‘worldview’ to refer to the network of core beliefs and values that some people have, whether the whole community shares them or not.

BOOKS

CONTEXTUALIZATION by David J. Hesselgrave & Edward Rommen
This classic textbook brings together the meanings, proposals, and tasks involved in contextualization. Hesselgrave and Rommen explore the history of contextualization in the Bible and the Church while examining the proposals of prominent thinkers on this subject. They conclude with their own definition and approach to contextualization.


LOSTNESS OF MAN


ARTICLES

LOST by Roberston McQuilken
The Bible uses the word “lost” to describe an even more terrible condition. Those who are away from the Father’s house and haven’t found the way back to Him are “lost.” Jesus saw the crowds of people surging about Him as sheep without a shepherd, helpless and hopeless, and He was deeply moved.

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