Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Apologetics and Missions in Conversation
Recently, I came across two fascinating articles dealing with the integration of apologetics and missions. Neither are necessarily new (by blogosphere standards), but I found them both very enlightening.

First: "New and Alternative Religious Movements--Some Perspectives of a Missiologist" by David J. Hesselgrave. He provides five perspectives in bringing together the insights and practices of apologists with missiology. His conclusion?

The Great Commission was given to all of us. It is to be carried out prayerfully, unitedly and wisely in obedience to the dictates of Scripture and in dependence upon the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, as Harry Boer (1961) has reminded us, is also the Missionary Spirit who unites, empowers and directs Christ's church in its mission to the world. Perhaps this is one of those times when He is directing us who take biblical faith, biblical unity and biblical mission seriously to come together in new and exciting ways to the end that the world may know that Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father.

Second: "Studying Missiology with a Presuppositional Methodology" by Mark R. Kreitzer (in PDF format). This journal article seeks to bring the insights of presuppositional apologetics into the realm of missions. In light of most contemporary evangelical materials in cultural anthropology and missions, this article is essential. Kreitzer persuasively argues for the adoption of Dependent Trinitarian Transcendent Creationism (DTTC). Kreitzer provides a biblical way forward in reaching the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.
 
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