I’m continuing to touch base on the readings each of the 5 weeks of our Perspectives Exposure series.
There were 2 articles in Chapter 2 – "Historical Exposure – God’s Story in History." I LOVED reading these articles.
Here’s a handful of thoughts from the articles.
1. "The Kingdom Strikes Back: The Ten Epochs in Redemptive History"
Hmmm…Moment #1 — Ralph Winter got my mind spinning as he divided redemptive history into 400-year "chunks" starting with Abraham:
- Old Testament — (1) The Patriarchs. (2) The Captivity. (3) The Judges. (4) The Kings. (5) The Second Captivity & Diaspora.
- New Testament — (6) The Romans. (7) The Barbarians. (8) The Vikings. (9) The Saracens. (10) The Ends of the Earth.
- Aha! Moment #1 — "In effect…Jesus did not come to give the Great Commission, but to take it away [from Israel who had failed to live our their missionary purpose, & give it to the Church]."
- Favorite quote — "Once more, when Christians did not reach out to them, pagan peoples came where they were [via invasion]. And once more, the phenomenal power of Christianity manifested itself: the conquerors become conquered by the faith of their captives."
2. "Pioneers of the Movement"
Ugh! Moment #1 — "In 1792 the British…had been in India for more than 150 years. In all that time, not one verse of Scripture had been translated into any native language."
- Ugh! Moment #2 — "A [Guatemalan] Indian who could not read the Spanish testaments demanded to know [from Cameron Townsend] , ‘Why, if your God is so smart, hasn’t He learned our language?’ "
- Ugh! Moment #3 — "[Donald McGavran] had long realized that much of the work that was being carried out by missionaries was accomplishing very little toward the goal of world evangelism."
Hmmm…Moment #2 — "McGavran…asserted that the western style of individual decisions was unacceptable to the eastern mind…it is essential that…churches & missions strive to see life from the point of view of a people to whom individual action is treachery…only a rebel would strike out alone, without consultation and without companions."
Post your thoughts/ideas/questions from the readings here. And keep listening for God’s "still, small voice!"