A 20th century church with a mission program usually sees missions as one activity alongside many activities of the church - Christian education, worship, acts of service, hospitality, discipleship, and other programs. A missional church, based on the First Century church model, focuses all of its activities around its participation in God's mission in the world. It is a more holistic approach to reaching the lost.
Those who are astute baseball fans know that only fourteen times in the history of the Major Leagues has "The Triple Crown" been awarded to deserving players. The award is given to the hitter who leads his own league in three hitting statistics: (1) home runs, (2) batting average and (3) runs batted in. The last player to accomplish this amazing feat was Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox in 1967.
The call for a missional church - one that incarnates Christ through culturally relevant evangelism and worship approaches - is being sounded in evangelical circles nationwide. This radical approach, as old as Christianity itself, is being viewed as the last hope for reaching North America with the Gospel.
Most Americans today would have a difficult time naming the man responsible for bringing the recent case to take "Under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Supreme Court, even though Michael Newdow is arguably America's most well-known - and most detested - living atheist. But in the 1960s, no one would have had a hard time remembering the name Madalyn Murray.
Chris Reis, Georgia Tech football team's strong safety, has been called the leader of the Yellow Jacket's defense. From his vantage point in the middle of the field he is essentially the commander of the defense. A recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter wrote of Reis, "He's got the authority that comes with being the team's leader in sacks last season and its fourth-leading tackler."
For years evangelicals started churches on overseas mission fields by shaping the Gospel to fit the culture. The message was never compromised but was presented in a variety of ways in an attempt to strip it from its Western context.
The Air Force has cleared a brigadier general accused of violating the Constitution by proselytizing non-Christian cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The military service determined that the allegation against Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida, the commandant of cadets at the academy, "was not substantiated," said Jennifer Stephens, an Air Force spokeswoman, Sept. 7.
Russian Orthodox Church officials are proposing that a church be built in the ruins of Beslan's School No. 1, where 331 people, more than half children, were killed a year ago in the worst terrorist attack in modern Russian history.
Martha Jean (my wife) and I just returned from a mission trip to Paris, France. Mike Gravette, Georgia Baptist Convention specialist for Mission Volunteers, coordinated the trip stateside with considerable help from International Mission Board missionaries Keith and Deborah Grimaud, who live on the outskirts of Paris near Versailles.
I am writing to "brag" a little bit about our Southern Baptist Convention, our Georgia Baptist Convention, and our disaster relief teams. On two trips down to the Gulf Coast I have had the opportunity to see them at work and I can honestly say that we Baptists are second to none. Our efforts are better than FEMA, better than the Red Cross, better than any other social agency.