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DOON THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL 7.1 (2010)

Jesus’ Use of the Jewish Scripture in Mark and its Missional Implications in India - Biju Chacko

In this article, the author examines interpretive methods employed by Jesus in his discursive milieu. He points out through solid exegesis of some select passages from Mark that Jesus’ methods demonstrate a “deliberate option for the poor.” This deliberate option for the poor is manifested in the way Jesus challenged purity laws imposed by the rich and the powerful on the poor for economic exploitation. Jesus’ views on wealth and the wealthy, his demand for anti-greed attitude to inherit eternal life, and his attempt to amalgamate the ‘impure’ lepers into society, demonstrate Jesus’ bias towards the poor and the marginalized in society. Such lessons derived from Jesus’ use of the Jewish Scripture are then applied to the mission context of India. The author proposes a missional hermeneutics – having a “pro-people attitude in reading the Scripture”; a missional Christology – that “responds to the cries of the poor and disenfranchised of the world”; mission praxis in “solidarity with the poor”; and finally, sets the goal of Christian mission as transformation, and calls for a life-style of sharing.

Missional Critical-Openness: The Bible and Religious Plurality Revisited - Matthew Kuiper

Matthew Kuiper seeks to bring clarity to the biblical understanding of and response to religious plurality amidst a cacophony of voices. He points out that the Bible presents us the framework of “missional critical-openness” which can be used as a useful model in our engagements with people of other faiths. In missional critical-openness, the critique and openness towards other religions are brought together in “dialectical relationality,” and the missional purpose of God in Christ as revealed in the Scripture holds these two together.

Reformed Theology and Missions: Reviving the Basics - Matthew Ebenezer

This article is an effort to restate the relationship between Reformed theology and missions. This article looks at the theological foundations of Reformed theology with special focus on those topics that have a direct bearing on the understanding of mission, which is followed by a historical survey of missions in the Reformed tradition throwing light on the mission practices of William Carey, Alexander Duff and David Livingstone. He points out the holistic nature of Reformed missions, and calls for the restoration of such holistic understandings and praxis of mission, in the light of the many crises faced by church and society.

A New Mission? - Terry Muck

Muck attempts to evaluate the different mission paradigms that were employed by the church in the past and proposes a new model/ paradigm/framework for mission in the contemporary environments and its challenges. He critically presents “The Chosen People Paradigm” and “The Jesus Only Paradigm” – models of mission from the past – its biblical-rootedness, usefulness, and abuses. He argues that “wild facts” or anomalies in contemporary contexts around the world demand a paradigm shift in the understanding and praxis of mission, and goes on to present “The Reconciliation Model.” He considers the contemporary emphasis on Trinitarian theology, the ecclesiological suggestions of the emerging church movement and the emphasis on holistic mission as “signs of hope” in the transition to the newly proposed model of mission.

The New Mission Worker - Frances Adeney

Frances Adeney presents the innovative mission worker who critically engages with his/her context, sees the anomalies of the existing mission model, and develops novel ways of interacting with the world, in order to bring the gospel alive in the given context. She argues from her own experience that such a mission worker goes through a “spiral of knowledge acquisition” – acknowledging experiences, bracketing convictions, encountering the strange situation with openness, evaluating the strange culture, fusion of horizons and new praxis. She discusses the potential dangers and possibilities in each of these steps, punctuated with autobiographical experiences and the valuable lessons learned.

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