This is a great blog on the need for having a localized understanding of your context for mission, instead of importing an understanding from other similar and close, or even different and far off places. Great read and well worth the time to check it out for yourself.
“A prophet,” said Jesus of Nazareth, after a not-too-encouraging trip to his old stomping grounds, “is not welcome in his hometown.”
So we should heed his lesson and maintain our prophetic edge by speaking into new communities from a fresh, outsiders’ perspective. Right?
Well, John’s gospel also says that he came to Israel, and, for that matter, to the big bad world, and was met with plenty of incredulous dishonor in both.
I think that most home town folks actually do want an indigenous prophet. They want someone who is, as someone once said, in that place, but not of that place, so they could be for that place.
The longer I am in Rock Hill, SC, the less attracted I am to the missiological draw of global cities and their cosmic influence. But I am also less and less persuaded that philosophies and practices of ministry that are being…
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