Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mission and missionary 2

Following a previous post on Mission and Missionary.

Not that the churches in this region do not have community centres or lacking in funding hospitals, orphanages, and schools. These are only certain parts of God’s mission that encompasses more than these infrastructures. It resolves the entire existing landscape where businesses, state-governance, and social developments situated.

God’s rule penetrates and extends into the modal* structures of this world; the ‘ism’ and ‘ies’ that ensure the regulative norms of our world and lives. If the local church is also God’s people, I puzzle over the fact that there is no sufficient, if at all, emphasis given to these modal structures in these places. Theological institutions have all the special ‘tracks’ or academic modules to train up specific pastors, missionaries and even theologians. And the specificities are centred to church liturgies (ridiculously), church administration, pastoral counselling, frontier mission works, and responding to only certain contemporary issues. All these specificities are in one way or another designed to further frontier mission and church administration. But what about other frontiers explored by people like John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, Herman Dooyeweerd, and others? If Missio Dei (God’s mission) were only about evangelism, building and running churches, and constructing good worship liturgies, then I would unreservedly praise the Christian communities in this part of the world for the all the great and wonderful works we have been doing. Too bad, the articles from chapter 1 until 35 in the mission textbook show otherwise about Missio Dei.

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*‘Modality’ used by Herman Dooyeweerd to mean the ‘mode of existing realities. For example, human beings in society exist and function in at least the following ways: numerically, spatially, physically, biotically, psychically, logically, historically, linguistically, socially, aesthetically, juridically, morally, and pistieally.” James W. Skillen, Herman Dooyeweerd's Contribution to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1979/JASA3-79Skillen.html (accessed 30 October 2009).

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