Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Missional Theology

Recently I've been reading Brian McLaren's A Radical Orthodoxy: Why i am a missional + evangelical + post/protestant + liberal/conservative + mystical/poetic + biblical + charismatic/contemplative + fundamentalist/calvinist + anabaptist/anglican + methodist + catholic + green + incarnational + depressed-yet-hopeful + emergent + unfinished christian (Zondervan, 2004).

Its packed with food for thought and here is something which I have begun to ponder. He writes, "rather than seeing missiology as a study within theology, theology is actually a discipline within Christian mission. Theology is the church on a mission reflecting on its message, its identity, its meaning." (105)

Does this defenition of theology resound with you? How would you define theology? If theology is indeed a 'missional' task, then what implications does this have for how we go about it and why? Post a comment...

1 comment:

Sean du Toit said...

Pinnock's Unbounded Love and Grenz's Created for Community are both examples of THeology, within Christian Mission.

I think this approach has much merit due to the fact that we live in a biblically illiterate society, and thus theological reflection inevitably shapes the worldview of those who read these books, and thus affects their conversations they have with the world, trying to live out their knowledge...

Faith seeking understanding, seeking application which validates and informs and continues understanding and builds faith. Circular, I know. But that's my experience...