@litabny: Gailyn Van Rheenen sees Biblical Theology as NOT forming the basic questions of Church Growth research.*
@GailynVanRheen: No, you have not rightly read me! In Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies (Zondervan, 2016), I provide what I call the Missional Helix in which I show a move from Theology to Strategy Formation within the context of Cultural Analysis/Historical Perspective
This process is done within the context of Spiritual Formation.
The beginning point of ministry is Theological Formation and intertwined throughout the process of Spiritual Discernment.
Ch. 1 is “The Biblical Narrative of Mission: Entering God’s Story,” Ch. 2 “Spiritual Awakenings for Mission.” Ch. 3 “Theological Foundations of Missions,” Ch. 4 “The Church: The Embodiment of Missions.”
My problem with the Church Growth Movement is the primary focus on “growth” rather than disciple-making reflecting the ministries of Jesus and Paul leading to theologically formed disciples who by their passion and God-focus can only speak for God!
Reconstructing the Gospel – Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Foreword by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II
At Google Books
At a library
5 minute MP3 audio book preview
Every book reviewer lives in a context.
Mine is peppered with influences:
ADRIS Newsletter back in the day (Thank you, David Moberg).
Gailyn Van Rheenen (et. al. from ACU and some professors from FHU) Van Rheenen Thoughts on Church Growth Movement.
Global Church, localized manifestations / incarnations through this lens.
I’m a long-time fanboy of OMSC. Was looking at Thomas John Hastings, What Is This New Thing God Is Doing? in International Bulletin of Mission Research
Saw this in their audio lecture archives this a.m.
Faith and Life: Theological Formation off the Grid – Ruth Padilla DeBorst
While Thomas John Hastings didn’t mention the Spirit’s current emphasis on bi-vocational missioning (Clergy perks, y’all #500thAnniversaryProtestantReformation), Ruth Padilla DeBorst did.
Cybermissiology in global “interdenominational” (church universal / global beloved community / ekklesia)
Also seen recently The Archbishop Romero Trust
Stephen R. Haynes: The battle for Bonhoeffer
Martin Luther King: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution
John Pavlovitz: The Sins of Christians Choosing The Economy Over Morality
Max Keiser interviews Dr. Michael Hudson re: “…and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption — From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year.” #PoorPeoplesCampaign
Eric Toussaint: Debt Cancellation in Mesopotamia and Egypt from 3000 to 1000 BC
Michael Hudson: The Land Belongs to God
The Benefits of Debt Relief December 19, 2013