Chris Wright, notes in The Mission of God, p40, that, ‘It is the common witness of those, including myself [Wright], who have lived and worked in cultures other than their own that reading and studying the Bible through the eyes of others is a challenging, mind-blowing and immensely instructive privilege’.
This year we have the privilege of welcoming Laurence Gatawa, a Filipino scholar and lecturer in New Testament Studies as our visiting scholar. In his first lecture on Luke-Acts he challenged the class to read Luke 9:1-6, (Jesus sending out the 12 saying, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics….” (ESV)), from a position of someone from the Majority World/Global South. Following this line of thought he asked ‘What would their interpretation be? Would they hear this as a call to mission, if so what would be their response?’
Is it easier for those from the Global South/Majority World to follow Jesus’ teaching here?
He further challenged the class to reflect on how we (the West) have a tendency to build resources first before embarking mission. Do we neglect this passage in our Missional understanding?
How would you respond to both the lecture questions and the Biblical passage?