Archives for tag: Keith Whitfield

Briefly Noted: History with a Beer Chaser; Or, Why Theology is Best Done in Community

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Not at Southeastern Seminary, mind you, but at Ithaca College. That’s where they have a Beer’n’History club. So writes Michael B. Smith in a recent edition of The Chronicle Review (Dec 14, 2012). In the article, Smith tells the story of a small group of faculty members who get together … Read More »

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 7: Concluding Thoughts, Challenge to Define, and Timely Question

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 7: Concluding Thoughts, Challenge to Define, and Timely Question By Keith Whitfield (2) Being missional is living a life that is shaped by the Mission of God With the broadening of the idea of mission, we must have a clear understanding of the relationship … Read More »

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 6: Concluding Thoughts, Challenge to Define, and Timely Question

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 6: Concluding Thoughts, Challenge to Define, and Timely Question By Keith Whitfield Note: A couple of weeks ago we published five articles in a series by Keith Whitfield titled “What is the Missional Gospel?” We noted at that time that some concluding thoughts would … Read More »

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 5: The Evangelical Missional Church

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 5: The Evangelical Missional Church By Keith Whitfield At a recent conference, Tim Keller addressed the challenges of evangelism in a post-modern context and gave six principles on how to pursue evangelism in this context. The first principle was “Gospel Theologizing,” and what he … Read More »

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 4: The Emerging Missional Church

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 4: The Emerging Missional Church By Keith Whitfield Brian McLaren announced in 2004 at “The Billy Graham Center Evangelism Roundtable” that “we are in need of radical strategic rethinking of our current strategy as gospel-oriented Christians seeking to follow the Great Commission” (“The Strategy … Read More »

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 3: The Ecumenical Missional Church

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 3: The Ecumenical Missional Church By Keith Whitfield The ecumenical missional church arises from a growing dis-ease with an approach to church that they claim was inherited from Christendom. Their concern with this approach to the church is that it views the church as … Read More »

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 2: A Brief History of the Term “Missional”

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 2: A Brief History of the Term “Missional” By Keith Whitfield The “missional” phenomenon is rooted in a broad movement to engage culture with the gospel. From Vatican II, the ecumenical movement, the rise of the megachurch, and seeker-sensitive churches, to the Gen-X churches … Read More »

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 1: A Survey of Perspectives

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What is the Missional Gospel? Part 1: A Survey of Perspectives By Keith Whitfield An adjective is causing a controversy. The adjective “missional” has become a popular description of the church and its ministry for many people in recent years. The use of this modifier has attracted concern and criticism … Read More »

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