I’m at home in Chicago snooping around my dad’s home office. I usually find some good stuff in here especially since he was heavily involved in world missions for a while with groups like MAF, WEF, TEAM, JARS, etc – what’s with all the acronyms?!) It was here that i came found the gem of a book by Darrell Guder, The Continuing Conversion of the Church

This time I found a journal he subscribes to called, “International Bulletin for Missionary Research.” This journal is put out by a rather ecumenical group (protestants, Catholics)…

Anyways, I am reading an article in the April 2005 issue called, “Missiology After Bosch: Reverencing a Classic by Moving Forward.” Seems the main point of the article is that Bosch’s book, Transforming Mission (a GREAT read) is understood as the foundational study of missiology. As Lesslie Newbigin said it would “surely be the indispensable foundation for the teaching of missiology for many years to come.” Having read half of it (still reading) I think I will have to agree…

Despite the brilliance of Bosch’s work, it is not the “end all” of missiology study. It is instead the foundation for the future missiological work. One of his points is that Bosch’s work comes from a very Western, European perspective. Because the future of the church is in the “2/3 world” there is a lot to be discovered and explored when it comes to future missiological work.

Here he writes,

“Another important volume of the last several years is Justo Gonzalez’s Changing Shape of Church History, in which – using new metaphors of geography – he calls for a new cartography, a new topography, and a new evaluation of continental shifts. In the old church history (in many ways Bosch’s perspective), the center of the historical map was Europe. In the new church history, the map is the entire world. Second, the topography of the old church history was basically orogrpahy (i.e. the study of mountains) – the study of the prominent, the rich males who had influence and power. The new church history will attend to the entire terrain by listening to the voice of all people in the church, especially those on the margins: women, people of color, people involved in ordinary life. Third more attention in church history needs to be given to hitherto neglected “continental shifts”…..

This is some interesting thoughts that I have not completely processed…but thought I would throw them out there while I was midway through this article.