Missional Journal Vol. 4 No. 2 – The Founder Effect

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4 Responses to Missional Journal Vol. 4 No. 2 – The Founder Effect

  1. Dave says:

    This just in from a Missional Journal reader:
    Thank you for your journals…I learn somthing from it. Different perspective is needed sometimes for more plentiful God’s communities. I agree with it. I was comfortable to hear that white theology was not always good for the kingdom of God. The “founder effect” theory is very interesting to me as a new one. Add to it, I’d like to comment that we, as missional christians, need to pick the real sound of holy spirit among many many voices around us. Thank you again!

  2. Todd says:

    Good stuff Dave! They just keep getting better. I’m excited about your message getting to an ever wider audience!

  3. Dave says:

    This post just in from Jack Merzig:

    Dear Dr. Dunbar,
    This snowy day…I found the Peterson quote again and an explanation! (See page 59 of his book, Living the Resurrection.) Here is a brief treatment.

    Our general decline of hospitality (and the decline of the relational skills associated with sharing meals)may be what Peterson has in mind when he writes of “a culture of inhospitality.” Peterson notes that within the context of meals together, spiritual formation can best take place. (Well do I remember the conversations in the Gordon-Conwell student lunch room when a few faculty would steer clear of the faculty room and plunge in with us students.)

    Peterson states: “Two of our Gospel writers — Luke and John — insist on the importance of resurrection meals. The unimaginable transcendence of resurrection is assimilated into the most routine and ordinary of actions — eating a meal. We have a long tradition among Christians, given shape and content by our Scriptures, that practices the preparing, serving, and eating of meals as formational for living the resurrection. A culture of inhospitality forebodes resurrection famine.”

    Our evangelical churches may think it weathered the storm of modernism but it is now more of a splintered boat. Yes, all the little splinters are floating but the ship of old Christendom will not likely be reformed. Switching metaphors… We are currently in a “resurrection famine” among the diversity of churches. But a renewal and rediscovery of hospitality attitudes and skills could portend a renewed family life among God’s people. Like the grace which faithfully accompanies humility, marginalization in our culture need not mean ineffectiveness in manifesting Jesus’ transforming love.

    In MJ4.1 you argue for the value of “theological hospitality” for promoting a more biblical unity among the people of God. I heartily agree. And although Peterson is making application for individual and local church formation, I see an application of his writing to the broader strengthening of the “gene pool”(MJ4.2)

    Along with a consideration of “aligning the message lived with the message proclaimed,” might there be some reflections on the inner attitudes and the social skills which will foster theological hospitality?

  4. Dennis says:

    Dr. Dunbar,
    thank you for your writings. I am an African American pastor and educator who is ordained in the Mennonite Church, but my journey has taken me from a charismatic “Jesus Only” church of my childhood, to a Baptist church in my college days, to quite a number of years in the Evangelical Free Church.

    I’m not yet 50 years old but believe younger people resonate with what you shared about “theological hospitality.” Many of the young people I meet in my urban ministry context do not think much about denominations. They also don’t use words like “evangelical” very much. However, their zeal for the Lord is real and is not simply emotional. Amen to your point about “broadening the theological-cultural-ethnic gene pool of our churches.

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