Missions Misunderstood » Definitions

Posted January 20th, 2011 by E. Goodman

I’ve been watching an interesting, if asymmetric, discussion on Ed Stetzer’s blog about MissionShift, the book he co-edited with David Hesselgrave. Participants were given copies of the book and asked to post their thoughts on their own blogs and discuss them in the comments section of Ed’s post. We started by reading the first section […]

Tags: armchair missiologists, Ed Stetzer, Missiology, MissionShift

Filed under:Definitions, Missiology, Missions Posted August 13th, 2010 by E. Goodman

Is New England the new “American missional frontier?” Vermont pastor Jared Wilson thinks so. He writes about it in a recent post on the Resurgence. Wilson points to statistics showing that the Northeastern U.S. is the least churched region in the country, and that existing churches are not thriving. “New Englanders have little desire for […]

Tags: Jared Wilson, Missiology, New England

Filed under:Definitions, Misunderstood 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 January 4th, 2010 by E. Goodman

The biggest obstacle to a church truly becoming missional is a mistaken sense of citizenship. Missionaries to foreign lands understand quite well (and quickly!) that ministry among a different people requires them to change the way they see things- they learn language in order to communicate, they study culture in order to relate, they build […]

Filed under:Church, Definitions, Missions Posted November 10th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Most of the time, when people make decisions, they’re not really choosing from among all the options. Call the filters, call them limitations; but things like popularity, availability, accessibility, cost, visibility, availability, and ignorance all come into play- narrowing the field of choices to (usually) just a few. Many of us who would like to […]

Tags: Alternatives

Filed under:Definitions, Missiology, Missions, Trends Posted July 6th, 2009 by E. Goodman

When I was a kid, the use of certain words would get my mouth washed out with soap. A mouthful of soap (usually a bar, the liquid kind, in a pinch, and laundry detergent once) is a pretty effective deterrent, so I had to find creative news ways to express the same sentiments. My parents […]

Filed under:Communication, Culture, Definitions 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 Posted April 18th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Obviously, I’m not Mark Driscoll. I couldn’t be, even if I tried. The man is an amazing communicator, a fearless preacher of the scriptures. Through his sermons, interviews, debates, and seminars, Pastor Mark makes the Truth understandable, accessible, and applicable for thousands of people on a regular basis. Beyond the teachings of Mark Driscoll is […]

Tags: apostolic, Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill

Filed under:Church, Definitions, Missiology Posted April 7th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Previously: Impractical Worship Megachurches don’t just happen. And they’re certainly not the inevitable result of God’s blessing. They are the results of decisions throughout the lifetime of a church. Say a church plant starts out with three couples meeting in a living room. That’s six people meeting regularly to worship God and be a local […]

Tags: Counterintuitive, friendly takeover, Impractical, indigenous

Filed under:Church, Definitions, Incarnation, Missions, Misunderstood Posted January 14th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Not Biblical, no longer helpful: -”the 10/40 window,” “last frontier,””edge of lostness.” When the world was two-dimensional (and to most Christians, that was until very recently…), it made sense to think of people as places on a map and to put them into categories (population, religion, demographics, reached-ness, number of churches, accessibility, etc.). Today, people […]

Tags: 10/40 window, nations, reached, vocaublary

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