Reclaiming Mission as Constructive Theology: Missional Church and World Christianity
Yip, Man-hei, Currents in Theology and Mission
Reclaiming Mission as Constructive Theology: Missional Church and World Christianity. By Paul S. Chung. Eugene. Ore.: Cascade Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-6109-7227-7.316 pages, Paper, $36.00
Is mission still relevant today? While reminiscences of past mission endeavor, were swarming with pride and egoism generated by Western colonialism, what justifies the proposal for "reclaiming" mission as Christian imperative? Whose mission are we talking about?
In his critical re-evaluation of the history of Western mission, Paul S. Chung believes a missional church does nor necessarily associate with any form of imperialist and expansionist intents. Underneath God's mission lies the issue of hermeneutics. Chung does nor explicitly explore the hermeneutics of suspicion. In line with his previous works, Chung reiterates the theological hermeneutics of word-event in dialogue with Hans Georg Gadamer's hermeneutical method. The communication of God's word manifests God's promise to all peoples across cultures. If Christianity needs an adjective that precedes it, that be "World" Christianity; a truly missional church is one that transcends geographical and racial boundaries, while faithfully witnessing to the grace of God in Jesus Christ. …