I am looking forward to teaching “Biblical & Theological Foundation for Mission” at Regent College. I am excited to workshop biblical texts and discover their missional dynamic, together with others. This is an intensive course, held January 3, 4, 5, 6, 2018. Please consider enrolling or sending the info to someone who might be interested.
Many contemporary ‘missional church’ discussions have led either to creative practices without deep theological roots or to rigorous theology that lacks freedom to experiment with missional practices. This course will unfold a missional reading of Scripture that inspires deeply-rooted, creative leadership. We will trace the missional arc of Scripture and bring alive the original missional contexts in the biblical law, prophets, wisdom literature, gospels, and Pauline epistles. Using this exegetical approach, we will trace the contours of a missional theology, examining how this lens enlivens our doctrines of God, the Spirit, and the church. Through workshops and discussion we will imagine a fresh missional ecclesiology. We will ask how the missional core of the biblical narrative informs the church’s cultural engagement—locally, globally, personally, and structurally—and what practices can form and sustain the deep engagement of a missional community.