The Lord is my Blackberry – contextualising metaphors in the Psalms

As part of our Psalms course at Redcliffe we were looking at Psalms of trust and lament today. One of the preparation tasks was to rewrite Psalm 23 using contemporary imagery. This is a really hard thing to do as metaphors are so vibrant, complex and loaded. What would be a contemporary way of expressing all … Continue reading The Lord is my Blackberry – contextualising metaphors in the Psalms

Foolishness, weakness, slavery, and love – Michael Barram on a missional reading of Corinthians

Michael Barram is an important figure in the field of missional hermeneutics. While his work relies on a missio Dei lens he often takes his readings in new directions. In particular I appreciate the ways in which he roots his missional reflections in the ‘locatedness’ of contemporary contexts. It’s not always comfortable reading, but always valuable. A … Continue reading Foolishness, weakness, slavery, and love – Michael Barram on a missional reading of Corinthians

What has the Levitical Priesthood got to do with Mission?

Nicholas Haydock, a graduate of Redcliffe’s MA in Bible and Mission programme, has recently published a revised version of his very good dissertation under the title, The Theology of the Levitical Priesthood: Assisting God’s People in their Mission to the Nations. Here is the blurb: In this book, Nicholas Haydock explores the biblical presentation of … Continue reading What has the Levitical Priesthood got to do with Mission?

Rollin Grams on six models for ministry remuneration

What is the biblical way for funding missionaries? In an article entitled ‘Issues Facing Missions Today: 6. Remuneration for Ministry’ Rollin Grams suggests this question is flawed because the Bible offers a number of different possible models: The Levitical, Institutional Religion Model; The Radical Missionary Model; The Kingdom Community Model; The Household Model; The Qualified … Continue reading Rollin Grams on six models for ministry remuneration

Brian Russell on Exploring New Language for Proclaiming the Gospel

For an number of years Brian Russell has been an excellent advocate of a missional hermeneutic and how it relates to Church, the Bible and mission. In the latest issue of the online journal Catalyst Brian contributes an article on Exploring New Language for Proclaiming the Gospel. He opens it up by saying: The key to developing … Continue reading Brian Russell on Exploring New Language for Proclaiming the Gospel