The Church and the Mission of Jesus

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the church and the mission of jesus

Messages and Essays on the Church and the Mission of Jesus

Why Penal Substitution Damages Asian-Americans: Medical Substitution From the Patristic Period

Medical Substitutionary Atonement, Personal Healing, and Social Justice A presentation given at the Honor-Shame Conference 2017, a gathering of missionaries, scholars, and ministry practitioners

Jesus' Mission:  Being Light in Darkness (Ephesians 5:8 - 14)

Christian Spiritual Development Based on the Gospels:  A Diagram

Developing a Spiritual Rhythm of Life

Community:  A Gift and a Responsibility, But Never a Goal (TBD)

Books and Articles on the Church and the Mission of Jesus

Trevin Wax's summary of Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became a Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries

C.S. Lewis, "Christian Apologetics" in God in the Dock

Helland, Hjalmarson, and Hirsch, Missional Spirituality: Embodying God's Love from the Inside Out

John W. O'Malley, The First Jesuits

Ralph Winter and Steve Hawthorne, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader

Randall Nolan, A Mediating Tradition: The Anglican Vocation in Australian Society (dissertation, Griffith University, May 2007)

Stanley Hauerwas, Go With God: An Open Letter to Young Christians On Their Way to College (First Things, Nov 2010)

Ed Stetzer, Proselytizing in a Multi-Faith World (Christianity Today, Mar 28, 2011)

Mike Breen, Why the Missional Movement Will Fail (blog, Sep 14, 2011)

Joshua Throneburg, Highrock College Message (video, 2012) explaining why Highrock does not have college-specific groups and encourages college students to be part of the mission to the campus through on-campus fellowships

Robert Woodberry, The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy (American Political Science Review, May 2012)

Daniel Darling, Millenials and the False Gospel of Nice (Belief blog, Apr 3, 2014)

Ed Stetzer, Dropouts and Disciples: How Many Students Are Really Leaving the Church? (Christianity Today, May 14, 2014)

Helen Lee, New Church Growth Strategy: Intentional Ethnic Diversity (Faith Street, May 20, 2014)

Darren Summer, Christianity's Decline? What the Pew Research Doesn't Tell Us (Out of Bounds blog, May 18, 2015) a bit optimistic about unaffiliated Christians

Donald T. Williams, Philology the Handmaid (Lantern Hollow Press, Oct 19, 2015)

Anthony Bradley, The Church's Urban Focus Overlooks Working Class Whites (World, Jul 25, 2016)

Nik Ripkin, What's Wrong with Western Missionaries (Desiring God, Sep 12, 2016)

Charles C. Chaput, (Re)Building the Kingdom: Secularism, Christianity, and Cultural Renewal (Witherspoon Institute, May 5, 2017)

Honor-Shame Conference, June 2017 messages and resources

Willie James Jennings, Can White People Be Saved? Reflections on the Relationship of Missions and Whiteness (Fuller Theological Seminary, Nov 2, 2017)

Peter Schadler, John of Damascus and Islam: Christian Heresiology and the Intellectual Background to Earliest Christian-Muslim Relations (Amazon book, Dec 2017) and review by Joshua Mugler, Reimagining Christian Identity in an Islamic World (Marginalia, May 25, 2018)

Lyman Stone, John Chau’s Death Was A Missionary Failure Nobody Should Emulate (The Federalist, Nov 28, 2018) and by contrast, see Eric Chew, Meet The Indian Anthropologist Who Respectfully Made Contact With The Sentinelese In 1991 (You Offend Me You Offend My Family, Dec 3, 2018)

Nurith Aizenman, Malaka Gharib, American With No Medical Training Ran Center For Malnourished Ugandan Kids. 105 Died (NPR, Aug 9, 2019) a self-appointed white American evangelical “missionary” demonstrates the cost of white supremacist attitudes and funding sources in Christian missionary work

Анастасия Столярова, Mission Fruitless When Damaged in Faith – 18 years in India and Malankar Church (Uranupolis, Sep 3, 2019)


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