Bible and Mission in Edinburgh 2010 Fresh Perspectives on Christian Mission

The Centre has contributed to a newly published book Edinburgh 2010: Fresh Perspectives on Christian Mission. The volume is edited by Kenneth Ross and develops the seven ‘transversal’ themes of the Edinburgh 2010 conference with case studies and vignettes (the themes being: One Church, Many Contexts; Bible and Mission; Women and Mission; Youth and Mission; The View from the Margins; Ecological Perspectives; and Reconcilion and Healing).

My contribution is a short case study on ‘Teaching the Bible and Mission’ in which I give three snapshots from some lectures at Redcliffe. The material is based on blog posts on the Slave girl in 2 Kings 5; the wonderful passage Deut. 10:12-22; and Mark’s gospel.

Here’s the introductory paragraph from the Bible and Mission chapter and a breakdown of the chapter’s contents:

The Christian faith has a foundational text: the Bible. The reading, interpreting and dissemination of this text lie at the core of the missionary task. In this chapter a number of contributors reflect on aspects of the interplay between Bible and mission.

The Role of the Bible Societies in Christian Mission – Fergus Macdonald and Bill Mitchell
Richness in the Biblical Witness – Daniel Patte
Creative Tensions in the Biblical Witness – Marie-Hélène Robert and Jacques Matthey
Teaching Bible and Mission – Tim Davy
The Bible: The Source of Life and Soul of Mission – Bill Mitchell

Bible and Mission at Edinburgh 2010

One of the study topics of this year’s Edinburgh 2010 conference is entitled, ‘Bible and mission ~ mission in the Bible’. It is one of the ‘transversal topics’ (along with Women and mission; Youth and mission; Healing and reconciliation; Contextualization, inculturation and dialogue of worldviews; Subaltern voices; and Ecological perspectives on mission), which are themes that thread across the main study areas of Foundations for mission; Christian mission among other faiths; Mission and post-modernity; Mission and power; Forms of missionary engagement; Theological education and formation; Christian communities in contemporary contexts; Mission and unity – ecclesiology and mission; and Mission spirituality and authentic discipleship.
The intro on the Bible and mission page has the following introduction:
The Bible has a very important place in mission: as source of authority and resource for mission, and because the Bible testifies to God’s mission in many ways. Two main groups are participating in Edinburgh 2010 by addressing this key topic for any Christian approach to mission: the Francophone Association for Mission Studies (AFOM) and the Forum of Bible Agencies International (FOBA-). Find details of their activities on this page, and other links.
For more information visit the Edinburgh 2010 Bible and Mission page