27 April 2008

Missionary Conquest

imageJust about the time you think it's safe to tell someone you are a follower of Christ. I found this game on a website advertising board games, card games, puzzles, and other useful paraphernalia.

The blurb by the company says:

Missionary Conquest

Don't miss this exciting game of laughter and strategy! Travel around the world as a missionary and learn to finance your trips with wise investments. Good decisions and risks are major factors in this wonderful game. No Bible knowledge is required to play, win or to enjoy this game.

I especially like where it says, "learn to finance your trips with wise investments." Of course, "no bible knowledge is required to play, win, or enjoy this game." Just like real life.

On another, more serious note, David Bosch wrote in Transforming Mission,

If the "missionary text" of Greek Patristic period was John 3:16, and that of medieval Catholicism Luke 14:23, then one may perhaps claim that Romans 1:16f is the "missionary text" of the Protestant theological paradigm in all its many forms.

My question is, what is the "missionary text " of the emerging/Postmodern era? I'm not sure what I'd say, but John 10:10 isn't too bad:

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

Let me know what you think.

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  1. Anonymous29/4/08 21:11

    Howard... not sure that this is the quintessential missionary verse of the emerging church... but this is the benediction that Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community uses each week . . . more Christ-focused and Red-letter Christian-like. About living right and not getting discouraged along the way. And yes, they say Jesus at the end insted of "Him."

    From Hebrews 12
    "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider [Jesus] who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

  2. Hi Howard,

    It's a little off topic, but have you read "The Man Nobody Knows" by Bruce Barton....

    Jesus as a business entrepreneur.... I do like the image he makes of Jesus as a rather happy fellow.



  3. Tom:
    Kind of takes the focus on me, doesn't it? Hmmm....

  4. Craig:
    I haven't read the book you mentioned, I'll have to dig it up. I also see that you have a blog, thinking of resurrecting it?