I read this quote today and thought it would be a good preface to our discussion on mission. Sometimes the technicalities and practicalities of missiology seem to eclipse the focus of mission instead of serve it. In Mission we must always be motivated by the fact that we cannot be silent because of the things we have seen and heard:
“Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy. The news that the rejected and crucified Jesus is alive is something that cannot possibly be suppressed. It must be told. Who could be silent about such a fact?
The mission of the Church in the pages of the New Testament is like the fallout from a vast explosion, a radioactive fallout which is not lethal but life-giving.”
—Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989), 116
Keep checking in for the first Q&A on mission which will be with Jamie Arpin-Ricci who blogs over at A Living Alternative. I am very pleased he agreed to join in on the conversation as he has some great insights.