Missions Misunderstood » Incarnation

Posted January 27th, 2011 by E. Goodman

“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by […]

Tags: blessing, community, decisions, incarnation, neighborhood, Values

Filed under:Culture, Incarnation Posted November 30th, 2010 by E. Goodman

Why not… Require all church members to have a valid passport and go on at least one international trip every couple years? Invite representatives of unbelieving people groups into your church to speak about what they believe and what they think of Christianity? Send a care package to a missionary you don’t (yet) know? Start […]

Tags: Christmas, Why not?

Posted July 13th, 2010 by E. Goodman

This the the third in what I didn’t realize was going to become a series on the relationship between missiology and ecclesiology. I believe this is an extremely helpful conversation. One that needs to happen more and more. Missiologically-driven folks need to hear more about the centrality of the church in the Great Commission. Many […]

Tags: Church, Missiology, sending church

Filed under:Incarnation, Missions Posted March 10th, 2010 by E. Goodman

No, I’m not referring to that guy you’ve known since Jr. High that only calls when he needs something (though, come to think of it, watch that guy). “False Friend” is a philological term that refers to a word in the language being learned that sounds similar to a word in the student’s own language. […]

Filed under:Communication, Culture, Definitions, Incarnation Posted March 5th, 2010 by E. Goodman

Most churches actually require unbelievers to be the missionaries. In order for them understand the gospel and its effect on their lives, they have to enter our church culture and extrapolate for themselves what a relationships with Jesus would mean for them. They have to learn a new language in order to hear the gospel. […]

Filed under:Incarnation, Missiology, Missions Posted December 18th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Believers often look to the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul as the model for missions. He did, after all, travel around telling people about Jesus and leave a trail of networked churches in his wake. But Paul isn’t the best picture of a missionary. Paul didn’t seem to0 concerned with contextualization- mostly because […]

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Filed under:Christianity, Incarnation, Missions Posted June 7th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Contextualization is the active work of translating the gospel into a culture that doesn’t have an indigenous expression of Christianity. The problem is that we all seem to be “contextualizing” for a culture that we don’t live in. We all look alike because we were all mentored by the same six guys (John, Rick, Mark, […]

Tags: contextualization

Filed under:Communication, Evangelism, Incarnation, Missions Posted May 19th, 2009 by E. Goodman

We’ve got to stop distinguishing between “missions” and, well, “not missions.” The old paradigm was this: ministry is sharing the gospel. If you preached to believers, you were called a “pastor.” If you preached to non-Christians in your own culture, you were an “evangelist.” If you needed a passport to get there, you were a […]

Tags: missionary, Missions, tribes

Filed under:Evangelism, Incarnation, Missions Posted April 30th, 2009 by E. Goodman

For many would-be ministers, missionaries, and church planters, a full-time, paid position is not going to happen. Some might intentionally reject the paid-clergy model. Others might just not be able to raise the kind of funding that would allow them to quit their day jobs. Either way, lots of ministers are looking for ways to […]

Tags: community development, ethics, marketable skills

Filed under:Incarnation, Missiology, Missions, Strategy Posted April 28th, 2009 by E. Goodman

In missiological terms, it’s called a “platform.” It’s how you enter into the community, what you do, how you present yourself, in order to make a connection. Many missionaries aren’t “missionaries” at all, but doctors, teachers, businessmen, artists, social activists. A good platform allows for natural interaction with the people to whom you’re ministering while […]

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