Missions Misunderstood » Philosophy

Posted May 14th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Syncretism is a key missiological concept that refers to the all-too common practice of overlaying one set of beliefs with another, disparate one. People often go to great lengths to reconcile different, even opposing, belief systems in order to make sense of the world around them. When African tribes were (forcibly) “converted” to Christianity by […]

Tags: Christmas, Culture, Easter, Syncretism

Filed under:Definitions, Missiology, Missions, Philosophy Posted April 2nd, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY:  Let’s Be Clear Some might read my commentary about widespread pragmatism in the American church today and ask, “So what?” Others might share my concern, but see few alternatives. I have never wanted to be merely a critic, so here I’d like to draw some conclusions. Next, I’ll try to share some ideas for […]

Tags: Church, Counterintuitive, Megachurch, Pragmatism

Filed under:Church, Misunderstood, Philosophy, Trends Posted March 30th, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: The Gaps Another way the church has fallen into the trap of pragmatism is the way we distribute our resources. Let me explain: Say I’m in a mid-sized church that meets in small groups throughout the week. We only have so many leaders willing to  lead these groups. Of those who are willing, we’re […]

Tags: church leadership, distribution, Rationing, resources

Filed under:Church, Ministry, Misunderstood, Philosophy, Strategy, Trends Posted March 24th, 2009 by E. Goodman

“The first will be last,” Jesus said. “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” A quick perusal of Jesus’ words will turn up all sorts of instructions that don’t seem to line up with what we’d consider “common sense.” He told his followers to “Turn the other cheek” (didn’t He know about […]

Tags: Counterintuitive, Pragmatism, Values

Posted June 18th, 2007 by E. Goodman

I’ve always been taught to do what Jesus would do. So much so, that the question of “what” Jesus would do completely eclipsed the concept of “why.” Jesus was selfless and always put other people’s needs before His own. He spent time in public with people who were known as sinners and drunks. Jesus kept […]

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