Video: The Future of Theological Education

JR Rozko, a friend, blogger and co-creator of this video penned these provocative words about the future of theological education:

"to the extent that our current systems of theological education have been shaped by Christendom presuppositions, they have lost their missiological bearings and are wholly inadequate to prepare Kingdom leaders. Incremental changes and clever adaptations to these current systems only serve to distract from the opportunity we have before us to develop a Kingdom, and therefore missional, vision of theological education. At the heart of this vision is the conviction that the proper telos of theological education is an “accreditation” of students based not merely on the degrees they earn, but on the development and fit of their character and competency for life and leadership in the Kingdom of God.""

For a visually compelling expansion along these lines, check out the video he collaborated on, as well.

Re-Imagining Theological Education | 3DM from 3DM on Vimeo.

The Gospel for Postmoderns Part 2

When the earliest Jewish church was faced with the challenge of giving the gospel into the hands of Gentiles, they wrestled with what this meant. And yet there was no denying that God's Spirit had been given to Cornelius and his household on no precondition of circumcision or kosher diet.  So, after prayerful consideration they wrote these words to the Gentile believers... 

It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell. Acts 15: 28-29

When you think about all the layers of custom and law that constituted the Jewish practice of following Jesus, the brevity of this list is remarkable. Don't mess with idols, don't eat blood and don't stray from sexual purity. And then, "Farewell." In other words, we trust you to God--Ciao.
What would it look like for Modern-Enlightenment believers to give this sort of list to Postmodern-Emergentiles?

Hendrik Kraemer's "The Christian Message in a Non-Christian World" (1938): Summary

Hendrik Kraemer (1888-1965) was a lay Dutch missiologist and prominent figure in the ecumenical movement from Dutch Reformed Church in the Netherlands.  Kraemer worked for the Dutch Bible Society in Indonesia (1922-1937), was professor of the history and phenomenology of religion at Leiden University (1937-1947) and served as the first director of the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey (1948-1955).  Kraemer was an excellent linguist with a deep understanding of Islam, of the importance of independent churches, the role of the laity, and the encounter between God and man in the midst of social and religious crises. 

The Christian Message in a Non-Christian World (1938)
This 477 page tome was commissioned for the World Missionary Conference held in Tamram, India in 1938, and it had a wide impact on overseas mission.  Its task was to “state the fundamental position of the Christian Church as a witness-bearing body in the modern world, relating this to different conflicting views of the attitude to be taken by Christians towards other faiths, and dealing in detail with the evangelistic approach to the great non-Christian faiths” (v).