Mission Is The Telos Of Theology

Mission: The Telos of Theology I have just had the privilege to re-read Martin Kähler’s “Schriften zu Christologie und Mission” (of course, auf Deutsch) and among many issues that he discusses, I really like his suggestion that mission is the mother of theology. To say that theology “comes out of mission” makes perfect sense to…

Getting Beyond the Clash of Christianities

The arrival of world Christianity in the second half of the twentieth century has implications that we are yet to begin to comprehend. To borrow the language of Samuel Huntington who talks about the clash of civilizations, my long engagement (as an African) with Western Christianity in Europe and North America has led me to…

Umunthu as Missio Dei

A person, in the umunthu sense of the word, is one who humanizes others through selfless and sacrificial generosity. This is what the mission of God is for humanity. The missionary God–the Great Munthu–through the Crucified Son, sacrificially shared God’s own personhood with us, humans, to give us life, make us persons, and draw us into a…

Quoting Nina Gunter

“If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers.” — Nina Gunter

Wanted: Talking Strangers.

At the center of contemporary Western missiology (or missional theology/ecclesiology) is the voice of Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, a British missionary theologian who spent some thirty years working in India. When he returned to England in the mid-70s, he was shocked to see that the Christian Britain that had sent him to India in the 30s…