A word from the father of missional theology, Lesslie Newbigin:
The Spirit is the source of hope – not just hope for ourselves, but hope for the completion of God’s whole cosmic work. ‘In this hope we are saved’ (Romans 8:24). It is because of this work that we are liable to be invited ‘to account for the hope that is in [us]’ (I Pet. 3:15) and so to become involved in the missionary dialogue. Seen from this point of view, mission might be defined as ‘hope in action.’ – The Open Secret, p.63 » Read the rest of this entry «
It is easy when in Seminary only to spend time with Seminarians or, potentially even worse, only to spend time with Christians. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with “believers,” but there is just something special when a friend looks at you from across a steaming bowl of Udon and says, “So what is the deal with the Trinity?” Honestly, where else can we beef up our apologetics? There are significant problems with cross religious interactions, particularly when in Seminary. I know, I come from what we call a “Non-Christian home.” I did not grow up in Sunday school, I did not watch Veggie Tales with my younger sister and I have no idea what Adventures in Odyssey is. I have overheard friends say that I am studying to become a priest, despite the fact that I am 1) female, and 2) Presbyterian. Similarly, when one of my old bosses learned that I was going to Seminary, she asked if I was going to be a “lady pastor.” My roommate has had study sessions over at our house and people have taken one look at my bookshelf, filled with Luther, Calvin, Augustine, Bell, Pinnock, Wright and replied with a stammer so your roommate is…religious?
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