What Does “Missional” Even Mean? Or, One Reason Why I Dropped Out of Seminary
I’ve been reading a book by an academic theologian lately. Came across this sentence:
Missional presence and activity is nothing more than participation in the missio Dei and that participation is the praxis of atonement.”
First, let me just say, after one reading, I hope you have no idea what that means.
Second, if you do know what that means after one reading, I encourage you to get out with people more often.
Third, although theology is just a bunch of guys trying to talk smart about God, it’s not a bad thing to know how to dissect their statements.
It’s a good exercise to read complicated theology every once in a while. Not too often, but once in a while. It does stretch the brain. Sometimes it stretches boundaries of word definitions as well.
If theologians made theology easy, they’d be out of a job. Theologians spend a lot of time alone with big books. Their only hope of being of use is to turn others into isolationist book readers who talk above others.
There is no office of “theologian” detailed in the Bible for the Church. Ephesians 4, which tells us all the gifted people we need to be mature in Christ, never mentions a theologian. Yes, there are teachers, but the job of a teacher is to make complex things simple, not to make complex things indiscernible
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