Thursday, February 02, 2006

The need of our time

"The need of our time is not simply for 'kerygma', the preaching of the gospel; nor for the 'diakonia', service on behalf of justice; nor for 'propheteia', the challeging of the king. The greatest need of our time is for 'koinonia', the call simply to be the church, to love one another, and to offer our lives for the sake of the world."
Jim Wallis (Sojourners)

I love this but I do think it requires a reconfiguring of the Church's socio-cultural frameworks. From a missiological perspective it requires us to affirm other people's starting points - and that just may be the most difficult challenge of all. just as Paul did at Mars Hill in Athens, we will have to look around to find what John Drane describes as a 'touching point', so as to establish a moment or place of connection. the Church needs, with some urgency, to ask how much risk it is prepared to take in order to help others to engage with the mystery of the gospel; for if 'missio dei' teaches us anything; it is that God will most definitely be found in places some people think He/She doesn't belong.

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