there could be no mistaking where Paul got his marching orders: they came from the Old Testament. The case for evangeliszing the Gentiles had not been a recently devised switch in the plan of God, but had always been the long-term commitment of the Living God who is a missionary God.
“While the missio Dei is never less than personal, it envisions something that is more than merely personal. To reduce the missio Dei to God’s work among individuals neglects the larger frame of community that joins us as individuals to the church, the body of Christ, the corporate expression of the Trinity in the world and the bride of Christ in the eschaton.”
From time to time I post something about my perception that Evangelicals, even Bible translators (or a talk here), don’t pay sufficient attention to the Old Testament. However, it isn’t often that I come across someone suggesting that we may not actually need the New Testament; but that is the excellent issue that John Goldingay raises […]
When considering the significance of tongues throughout the pages of Scripture, one may begin to wonder why God desires to hear His praise in every language. Why not just teach everyone Korean, the language of Heaven? Instead, He seems to desire strongly both an array of languages and praising lips from each one. In Revelation […]
The missionary meaning of the New Testament grows out of the Old as a tree is rooted in the ground, as a rose expresses the sweet heart of the rosebud. One who reads the New Testament with no background of knowledge of the Old would punctuate many pages with interrogation points, and much of the […]
The comparison between Abraham’s descendants who constantly turn away from their side of the covenant and God who never fails to keep his side of the bargain is incredibly striking. Here we see the relational God being pushed to the limits. Abraham’s descendants owe him everything. He created them, chose them for his own, gave […]