TC ERT Jul 2011 Vol 35 No 3


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Theme: A Century of Mission and More!


  • Editorial: A Century of Mission and More!
  • The Tale of a Centenary: Edinburgh 1910 to Edinburgh by Rose Dowsett
  • The Mission of the Spirit and the Mission the Church: Towards a Trinitarian Missiology by Adam Dodds
  • The Work of God as Holistic Mission: An Asian Perspective by Samuel Jayakumar
  • Luther , the Royal Psalms and the Suffering Church by Michael Parsons
  • The Righteous Rich in the Old Testament by Christopher J. H. Wright
  • Out of Context—the Gospel According to Jesus by James P. D Anaher
  • Confirming the Christian Scholar and Theological Educator’s Identity through New Testament Metaphor by John M. Hitchen
  • Reviews
    • The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology, edited by Gerald R. McDermott Oxford: University Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0-19-536944-1 Hb, pp 524, index.

Editorial: A Century of Mission and More!

We introduce this issue with a review of a century of mission by experienced missiologist, Rosemary Dowsett (Scotland) who examines the period from the original Edinburgh missionary conference in 1910 to the conference held to mark its centennial. She notes how it was ‘a vivid expression of the phenomenal growth of the world church… [and how many] delegates came from places where a hundred years ago there was no known Christian witness, or maybe just an infant church’. A statement issued by the conference is also included.

Next, Adam Dodds (New Zealand) explores the relationship between the post-Pentecost mission of the Spirit and the mission of the church. This covers a broader historical scope than the last century but is in its own way, complementary to the first article because, Dodds argues, ‘the missions of Spirit and church [are] inter-dependent’ and therefore ‘the church can be confident that the weight of God’s mission does not rest on her shoulders and that the Holy Spirit will complete God’s mission’. Thus the church ‘has been invited to genuinely contribute to God’s mission, to participate in the central meaning of creation itself, the summing up of all things in Christ’.

Some practical aspects of this calling are depicted by Samuel Jayakumar in his report on holistic mission in his country of India, focusing on the outstanding work of the Dornakal Mission amongst the Dalit people. He concludes, ‘The chief purpose of the Edinburgh 1910 was to prepare the church for the final onslaught on the powers of darkness—poverty, social evils, violence and injustice—that reigned supreme in the non-western world. The Asian church has done well to some extent, but has not yet realised the full expectation.’

Having been reminded of the needs of the poor and outcast, we can turn to three biblical articles—Michael Parsons (UK) provides insights from Martin Luther’s exposition of the Psalms for the suffering church while Chris Wright (UK) provides balance with his treatment of the ‘righteous rich’ in the Old Testament. Then James Danaher (USA) reminds us of some of the most challenging aspects of our Lord’s earthly ministry. Taken together, these essays show some of the complexity of our world and its inhabitants over against the richness of the gospel of grace. As Parsons observes, ‘We can and should learn a great deal from Luther the pastor—his deep concern to apply Scripture directly to situations of suffering and struggle, his true and uncomplicated love of people whom he discerns to be in need, his vulnerability which allows him to get close to others in genuine empathy and fellowship.’

In our final article, John Hitchen (NZ) shows how a Christian scholars and educators can have a self-understanding of their role which will help them to contribute significantly to the type of ministry advocated in our other articles.

Thomas Schirrmacher, General Editor
David Parker, Executive Editor