Mission and the book of Ezekiel

The intriguingly titled Crazy Squirrel blog posted on Mission and the book of Ezekiel a while ago. He highlights some interesting resonances between mission then and now. Here are a couple of quotes

The book of Ezekiel is a good example of God seeking to be known by all nations, and wanting Israel to be His example. Ezekiel was written during a period of exile. Exile occurred primarily because Israel was not following God’s commandments of living a pure and holy life. They were not following their missiological purpose and lifestyle.

I like the last sentence (though would prefer the term ‘missional’ rather than ‘missiological’), making as it does the important connection between calling and behaviour.

Ezekiel’s contribution to mission theology of Israel shows that God’s work in the world aims at something larger than one nation. We can see here that Israel is not the sole desire of God; He wants the nations to know Him as well. In order for the nations to know God, Israel must be a pure witness, cleansed of their sin. Israel was to operate with the awareness that God’s range of vision is decidedly on all the world’s nations. At the time of the exodus, God’s intention with Pharaoh was made clear: Pharaoh, and also “all peoples of the earth,” were to acknowledge Yahweh (Exodus 14:18).

Here, purity, calling and God’s desire for the nations is tied together. If you want to read the whole article visit the Crazy Squirrel blog

mission-net

mission-net congress 2009
mission-net: congress 2009

On 8-13 April 2009 there will be a congress in Oldenburg, Germany, to motivate young people (roughly 16-30 year olds) to engage in mission. I will be doing a couple of sessions in the seminar programme on the Old Testament and mission. I came to faith at a similar kind of congress when I was 17.

Here’s a bit of blurb from the mission-net website. Maybe see you there?

it promises to be one of the most significant European events devoted to the subject of missions. If you are interested in worshipping and learning together with over 6000 others from many other European countries, then this event is for you!

It will be a chance for you to grow in your faith, discover what God is doing in your country, continent and world, and to find your part in it!

So make sure you don’t miss mission-net 2009! It promises to be a unique time together. See you there!

God’s Blessings

Andy Juliff, Director, mission-net 2009

Welcome! So what’s it all about?

Hi and welcome to the bible and mission blog! A few brief comments about myself and the reasons for this blog.

I’m a UK-based lecturer in Biblical Studies at Redcliffe College, a centre for mission training in Gloucester, England, and a PhD candidate in Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire.

I want to use this blog as a forum for exploring two of my passions, the Bible and mission. How does mission feature in the whole Bible? How does the Bible shape our mission thinking and practice? These are my two main questions, but I’m sure others will crop up along the way.

In April 07 I edited an edition of Encounters, an online mission journal. It was on the theme of Mission and the Old Testament and illustrates the kinds of things I want to develop here on this blog and elsewhere.

I hope you will join me on this journey, Tim