• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Global QuickVIEW once again

I was reading again in Globalizing Theology: Belief and practice in an era of World Christianity and I recognized a number of insights which confirmed much of what the WT working group on global trends had discovered.

One of the chapters in this book cites three areas where globalization will continue to have an impact and the opportunities and challenges these present to the church:

  • Because of globalization there is a reason for Christian mission to focus more on promoting holistic transformation.  Local theologizing must address issues of physical poverty along with spiritual poverty.”
  • As urbanization and globalization come together in the megacities of the world, they present incredible opportunities but also tough challenges for the church.”
  • In a globalizing world, we must chart a course through postmodernism with epistemological humility and confidence in the gospel, recognizing the social construction of our own worldviews in a world filled with enormous diversity.”

Granted that third impact is a “mouth full”, but the author seems to be stressing the necessity of having a holistic approach to mission, open eyes to the opportunities and challenges of urban migration, and a firm hold on the truth of Gospel all the while recognizing how our own cultural worldview influences how we ‘work out’ our Christian life.

There are no easy solutions or approaches to the cultural and global shifts occurring around us, but we must prayerfully continue to seek to discern how we will change and respond.  The Global QuickVIEW and Solution Snapshots documents serve as our first stepping stone towards such a change in our approach and work.

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