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Check out Missional Apologetics

May 25, 2007

Great new site… Missional Apologetics

Here is a bit from the site:

A Missional Apologetic Manifesto

  1. Missional Apologetics applies the insights of missiology, recognizing that all Jesus-followers are called to be missionaries wherever they are.
  2. Missional Apologetics emphasizes the importance of cultural studies and cross-cultural principles.
  3. Missional Apologetics understands the importance of contextualization.
  4. Missional Apologetics flows out of relationships.
  5. Missional Apologetics employs reason, experience, and emotion, understanding the limitations of all.
  6. Missional Apologetics incorporates one’s ears as well as mouth.
  7. Missional Apologetics relies on the gospel lived, as well as taught.
  8. Missional Apologetics requires serious reflection flowing from a mature biblical and theological foundation.
  9. Missional Apologetics is engaged in by people who are lifelong learners.
  10. Missional Apologetics is patient, recognizing that most people process new or difficult ideas over time.
  11. Missional Apologetics recognizes that sometimes the best apologetic is an apology.
  12. Missional Apologetics isn’t afraid of mystery and wonder. Rather, this compliments our understanding of a God who is immanent, yet transcendent.
  13. Missional Apologetics values honesty over pretending to know it all.
  14. Missional Apologetics seeks to create an environment where it’s safe to challenge, confront, and critique the Christian faith.
  15. Missional Apologetics is centered on the Gospel, which is for everyone who believes. Therefore, Missional Apologetics does not discriminate.
  16. Missional Apologetics is most effective in an environment where practitioners are allowed to fail, risk, dream, and imagine.
  17. Missional Apologetics is comfortable with doubt.
  18. Missional Apologetics is sociologically informed.
  19. Missional Apologetics encourages dialogue, not merely monologue.
  20. Missional Apologetics takes questions seriously.
  21. Missional Apologetics is used as a tool for mission.
  22. Missional Apologetics stands on the shoulders of its historical precursors, yet presses forward to contextually and relevantly apply apologetics in today’s world.
  23. Missional Apologetics is humble, recognizing the role of the Holy Spirit.
  24. Missional Apologetics understands it’s limitations, and that there is One Savior, Jesus Christ.
  25. Missional Apologetics is ethical, and therefore uses the mind and hands to address social injustices, evil, and suffering in the world.
  26. Missional Apologetics is dynamic, not static, as will likely be demonstrated by the additions, deletions, and revisions to this manifesto as time and relevance demands.

Blessings,

iggy

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