The CGCS on Christian Hospitality (Keelan Cook)

Every Wednesday morning we highlight the writing and work of the folks in the Center for Great Commission Studies. Recently, Keelan Cook, the Urban Resource Coordinator for the CGCS and PhD student at SEBTS, wrote about holiday hospitality and the Christian mission.

Here’s an excerpt:

Throughout the Old Testament, the people of God were commanded to welcome the sojourner (think Deut 10:19). The New Testament does not ease up on the issue either. Instead, the kingdom of God is radically inclusive, making no distinction between peoples. One need look no further than Jesus’ parable of the good samaritan (Luke 10) for a proper understanding of loving your neighbor. . . . Hospitality opens doors. Sharing a meal is more than a way into people’s homes, it is a way into their hearts.

Read the full post here.

CGCS: Ethnolinguistics and the Great Commission

On Wednesday mornings we highlight the work of Southeastern’s Center for Great Commission Studies. A few weeks ago, Keelan Cook wrote about the importance of ethnolinguistics in the church’s efforts to obey the great commission. He offers a helpful definition we thought our readers ought to see. 

Here’s an excerpt:

Ethnolinguistics deals with both language and culture. . . . 

 

Understanding the way people groups break down helps us do missions. If we can understand the way that the peoples of the world gather and identify themselves, then we are better at the task of sharing the gospel with them. We can do proclamation in their language and in their cultural way of seeing the world.

Read the full post here.

The CGCS: No Free Lunches

Wednesday mornings at Between the Times are dedicated to highlighting the work and writing of the Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern. This week we share a post by Keelan Cook (@keelancook), a PhD student in Biblical Studies at Southeastern. Keelan writes about the how churches can provide help that really helps as they plan and go on mission trips. This is the second of two posts.

Here’s an excerpt:

Will this trip position these people to do better later… when we’re not there? Sure, what you do in that two weeks may help them a ton, during that two weeks. However, we must make sure that we do not create an unsustainable system for the people we try to help. I have heard of American churches building whole conference centers out in the bush and building them in such a way that they cannot be maintained. The local churches have neither the money nor the expertise to run such a facility, and it becomes a burden instead of a help. Bigger is not always better. Instead, a good trip will do something that can be carried on after they leave. Perhaps it is training in a skill that can be sustained.

Read the full post here, and the first post here.