Friday, November 7, 2008

Can Orthodoxy Be Missional?

Can Orthodoxy Be Missional?
by John Bombaro
Modern Reformation Magazine, September/October 2008

Intro: If you know someone heading out of seminary or a graduate school of theology eager to apply that confessional missionary zeal of their denominational fathers to a calling parish, then it's likely they will be in for a rude awakening rather than a great one.
In the Old Testament, for example, the missional enterprise of God's people was carried out through doxology built in to the liturgy. Psalm 105 is one of scores of texts where the outward and mission thrust of liturgical participation is manifest.
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of Abraham, his servant,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
In this song of praise, the imperative carries with it an indicative: "Make known his deeds among the peoples." The "deeds" that are to be made known to the Gentile nations (i.e., unbelieving peoples) are God's gracious deeds, particularly his covenant of grace established with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (vv. 8-11).

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