Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Biblical Foundations for Mission

If you've read the long sermons I periodically post here, you've picked up on my fascination with mission. It's a term that comes up over and over again, and an idea I keep coming back to.

In fact, I'm working on another sermon for this coming Sunday in which I hope to trace out the unique role of the church in God's mission.

I've read many books and even more blogs on the "missional church." They seem to direct me to Jn 20.21 and Ex 19 frequently, among a few other proof texts. But I'm longing for something more than proof-texting to encourage this small town church in mission.

Do you know of a good biblical theology of mission or missional ecclesiology?

What would you look for in such a study?

Thanks for any suggestions you send my way.


  1. I'm in the middle of reading Miroslav Volf's A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good. While academically broad, the ideas correlate with the concept of mission well.


  2. I've only every read selections from Volf's Exclusion and Embrace for a great seminary class. I should track this one down.

    I also stumbled on a book called, fittingly enough, The Biblical Foundations for Mission by Donald Senior and Carroll Stuhlmueller, put out by Orbis. The first section on mission in Hebrew Scripture is pretty poor, but the second on the NT is fairly decent--at least as far as it deals with mission in Colossians.


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