When Paul announced the message about Jesus Christ in Greece and Rome, he had to use all sorts of terms that had a completely different sound to his hearers than what he intended.
A biblical approach to mission avoids both simply trying to apply Paul’s methods in an ahistorical fashion and also adopting the latest insights from anthropology and sociology without any biblical reflection.
I get the impression from some writers and opinion formers in the West that they won’t respect church leaders in Africa (and elsewhere) unless they are fluent in Western (generally, Reformed) theology. In other words, unless Africans think and talk like us, we won’t listen to them.
If you do the job I do, or train others to do that job, then you should put this on your reading list.
A few good quotes on language, culture and mission from an excellent book
I really wanted to like this book…
From Carey’s Enquiry to agency Twitter feeds; thoughts about mission communication.
They weren’t evangelicals and they weren’t missionaries, so how come they are examples of evangelical mission?
Our theology impacts the way we do mission; whether we think in those terms or not.
Five reasons why we need to be involved in mission.