Transforming Mission

Transforming-Mission-BoschDavid Bosch’s Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission stands as a heavyweight in regards to historical-missiological studies. Matter of fact, anyone that wants to take up studies in missiology should plan on reading this text at some point.

It stands in at a whopping 600+ pages and covers the theological history of mission like no other I’ve come across.

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Hans Küng on the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church A Short HistoryFrom beginning to end, Hans Küng’s book, The Catholic Church: A Short History, provides a critique of the Roman Catholic Church through and through. Yet, here is a voice from inside the ranks, if you will, with Küng having served as official theological consultant to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), appointed by Pope John XXIII himself.

Still, because of the challenges Küng has voiced over the years, most of them summed up in this book, the Vatican withdrew his ecclesiastical teaching authority in 1979, especially in light of his criticism to the doctrine of papal infallibility.1 Nevertheless, through it all, Küng calls the Church of Rome his “spiritual home to the present day.”2 I’d say quite a testimony and challenge to many modern Christians who so easily exit stage left when things get challenging and tough within their own church context. Continue reading

Simply Good News

simply good newsOn Christmas Eve, a nice little gift arrived in the mail, thanks to HarperOne Publishers. It was N.T. Wright’s newest book, Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good. It’s set to release on January 6th.

The book comes in the vein of a few of Wright’s other releases in recent years:

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Being the Church in a Not-Quite-Yet Postmodern Era of Today

churchA couple of months back, I posted an article reviewing a new book entitled Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. I claimed it was one of the best books I had read in my nearly 18-years of following Jesus. I believe it offers much for the church to consider on how to be the local church in our western, 21st century world today.

Postmodern has been emerging for the past few decades – but we’re not there quite yet in America. We are still driven my a more modernist approach, especially within the church. Continue reading