Whether in a post-modern setting, a non-Western urban context or among an unreached people group, music serves as a focal point within Christian churches.
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Although Christian mission may seem easily definable, there is a growing divide among evangelicals today regarding the fundamental meaning, role and purpose of this mission.
Consider the following idea from a young person interested in overseas missions: “Maybe there would be merit in removing the categorical labels of ‘short-term’ and ‘long-term’ and instead embracing those who are interested and committed, and giving them tools to help them on whatever journey they are going.”
Over the last twenty years one of the great privileges of my life has been the many opportunities I have had to meet Arab Christians in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine.
“Online outreach is an innovative response to today’s high-tech world. It is possible to evangelize one billion people through this medium.”
—Tetsunao Yamamori, International Director, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization
Few topics have more coverage on the Web than HIV/AIDS. A Google search results in nearly ninety million hits. Having been a major world concern for years, AIDS finally seems to be gaining broad attention by evangelical Christians worldwide.
Are We Really about Church Planting? Several quotes caught my attention in Larry Sharp’s article “Are We Really about Church Planting?” (July 2005). Twice he mentions the “end-in-view” church planting model/strategy; once he notes: “If church planting becomes the work of national believers, missionaries don’t have to pass a baton; the baton is in national hands from the beginning.”
Back in the early 1990s when I read through David Bosch’s
Transforming Mission—not at one sitting, the book is too large for that—my overwhelming impression was of the work’s encyclopedic character.
There is confusion today between process and purpose. That which is a common phase in the conversion of individuals is being made by many into an ultimate objective or strategy. It’s called insider movements.
Eckhard Schnabel has written the most detailed and comprehensive history within the last one hundred years of the Christian missionary movement in the first century AD.