Missions Misunderstood » Definitions

Posted November 26th, 2006 by E. Goodman

Every six months or so, I have to post my thoughts on “the missionary task.” In my opinion, this is the single most important topic that no one is talking about. In another attempt to incite some discussion, I’ve also posted this to the Church Planting Forum. Below is an outline of my current thoughts […]

Filed under:Definitions, Missions, Misunderstood Posted November 5th, 2006 by E. Goodman

I’ve posted about this before, but I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about “contextualization”of the gospel. If you’ve every read my blog before, you likely know that I believe that we the church should do all that we can to minimize the cultural differences that hinder the communication of love and truth to the […]

Filed under:Culture, Definitions, Planting Posted August 15th, 2006 by E. Goodman

This is part 76 in my long-running series about word definitions… Whenever someone shares a fresh perspective, or wants to challenge the status quo, he or she is bound to be misunderstood. It starts like this:Copernicus: “Hey guys, I’m thinking that maybe the Earth isn’t the center of the solar system.”Well-Intentioned Misunderstanding Guy: “So the […]

Filed under:Definitions, Misunderstood Posted August 2nd, 2006 by E. Goodman

It’s time to change the lingo of missions. (Including the word “missions.”) Really. Hardly any of the words that we use to talk about cross-cultural ministry accurately describe the work of our people on the field. Many of our words actually work against us. Take, for example, the idea of “reaching” people. What does that […]

Filed under:Communication, Definitions, Missions, Misunderstood Posted June 25th, 2006 by E. Goodman

For the last few days, I’ve been reading about Jesus in the Gospels. (I got the idea from Mentanna) I’ve been thinking about how all followers of Jesus see Him through their own cultural lenses. All of them. And I’m struck by the idea that our different interpretations of Jesus can be so, well, different. […]

Filed under:Christianity, Definitions Posted May 2nd, 2006 by E. Goodman

Lately I’ve been accused (and by “I,” I mean someone else entirely, but with whom I mostly agree) of wanting to “pick and choose” from contradictory “systems” of belief. The accusation sounded a little bit like this: “Your concern for social justice is clearly “Social Gospel.”Your anti-death penalty stance is taken from the Liberal’s political […]

Filed under:Christianity, Communication, Definitions, Misunderstood Posted April 29th, 2006 by E. Goodman

I recently attended a conference workshop where the speaker asked a lot of questions. She was talking about postmodernism (yeah, we still have to have the “Postmodernism” talk every time we get together), and sharing from her experience with a postmodern European guy. She presented their interaction as a case study, to illustrate the challenge […]

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