Book Summary and Reflection – The Word Among Us Contextualizing Theology for Mission Today

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Troy Vargas

A cautious reading of the articles of the thirteen patrons uncovers their conviction that contextualization [defined by Gilligan as “to streamline, explain and give responsibility for Bible and the entire Gospel to the network of confidence in a given spot” (317)], is fundamentally Bible-based and Holy Spirit-drove. Therefore, today is a necessity for a mission. These benefactors from the School of World Mission of Fuller biblical theological seminary are submitted “to comprehend mission with scriptural clearness, social affect ability and profound completeness” (4). The book is separated into two sections which individually contain six and eight articles.

Section 1 is the more hypothetical segment of the book which starts with a conversation of the importance of contextualization and why today is a basic issue in mission. The relevant guideline starts with the principal second when the main message is lectured and proceeds through the planting, supporting and seeing of the congregation. Parts 2-4 show that contextualization is a scriptural rule. Glaser believes that in the Old Testament, God consistently uncovered whom He was in solid manners from inside the way of life, using human circumstances to make Himself known. Gilligan contends that the extension of the gospel into the gentile world requested new images of correspondence and cautious thoughtfulness regarding nearby circumstances while keeping up a predictable, basic gospel. Van Eugen reasonably sees that the contract theme envelops the entirety of Scripture and that logical significance necessitates that the pledge have a contemporary relevant quality as it travels through history. Hebert appropriately noticed that it is basic to comprehend that contextualization is a mind boggling measure including the cautious utilization of social structures to pass on Christian implications. A definitive article in this part from Kraft talks about how God functions at the profound degrees of human receptivity making His Word known through unique channels of correspondence.

Shaw opens Part Two by surveying elements of both scriptural and current settings which sway the interpretation of scriptural writings. In the conversation on measurements of ways to deal with relevant correspondence, Asgard study how the entire region of correspondence and all the specialized offices accessible will deliver results just if the entire setting adds to vital techniques. Clinton concurs that the revelation of pioneers who are socially genuine just as profoundly skilled is a basic cycle wherein the base and application al settings interface in deciding fitting authority. Ways to deal with advancement, Ellison contends, must comprehend the particular human circumstance and discover arrangements that are really Christian just as useful. Wagner presents an intelligent contention that the uniqueness of individuals and the claim to fame of social groupings must be acknowledged and used for anthologizing to happen. The dismissed region of Christian nominal ism is talked about by Gibbs who requires an extraordinary study of recorded and contemporary issues that add to the issue. The last two parts by Tan and Wood berry manage explicit social settings. The previous, exhibited in the Chinese setting, sees that one philosophy for contextualization is to feature social subjects or issues and manage them in a scriptural manner. The last is a test of the Muslim world. At the point when Muslims become Christians and keep on utilizing Muslim structures, Woodberry sees that they are readopting old Jewish and Christian types of love.

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