Review: Insider Jesus by William Dyrness

William Dyrness’s book, Insider Jesus, is an attempt to provide a theological framework for evaluating “insider movements.” He adopts Scott Moreau’s definition of insider movements as, “movements to obedient faith in Christ that remain integrated with or inside their natural community.” (Dyrness 2016, 133) While Dyrness does not attempt to evaluate insider movements he presentsContinue reading “Review: Insider Jesus by William Dyrness”

Who do Missiologists Answer to?

In an entry on “Missiology” in the Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Wilbert Shenk offers, what I take, to be a pretty broad definition of missiology. According to him it is the academic study of all dimensions of the Christian mission. He includes several aspects of what “all dimensions” actually refers to, including, “biblical and theological foundations,”Continue reading “Who do Missiologists Answer to?”

Christological and Trinitarian Missiologies (pt. 1)

Over the next few days I will be examining and comparing the missiology of Samuel Escobar and Stephen Holmes; at the end of the mini-series I hope it becomes evident that our cultural/social/traditional context affects how we do theology. ——————————————————————- Missiology is an interdisciplinary discipline, drawing from various fields like biblical studies, anthropology, linguistics, sociology,Continue reading “Christological and Trinitarian Missiologies (pt. 1)”

Contextual Theologies of Mission: Samuel Escobar and Jeremy Wynne Compared (Pt. 1)

When studying theology from around the world we come to see how much a theologian’s context affects his or her theology. This is partly due to the fact that different situations beg different questions and demand appropriate answers to those questions, but it is also partly due to the theological tradition in which that theologianContinue reading “Contextual Theologies of Mission: Samuel Escobar and Jeremy Wynne Compared (Pt. 1)”

Missiology Book Review: God So Loves the City

Van Engen, Charles and Tiersma, Jude editors. God So Loves the City. Monrovia, CA: MARC, 1994. Charles Van Engen tells us the essence of this book: it is “to explore ways to integrate theology, urban studies, and contextualization in a theologically informed, holistic, and transformational theology of mission.” This book is a collection composed ofContinue reading “Missiology Book Review: God So Loves the City”