Friday, September 25, 2009

Reading the Bible Missionally

My friend, Shawn, sent me this link on a new series of blog posts discussing "Reading the Bible Missionally." Looks like this is right up my alley. I look forward to this discussion.
“It is not enough, however, just to say that mission has a solid biblical foundation, we also need to see that the Bible has its roots in mission. That is, the Bible is the product of God’s engagement through God’s people in God’s world for God’s ultimate purposes for the nations and the world…So from beginning to end, the Bible is missional, by its very existence and by its comprehensive message. Mission then has to be a prime hermeneutical key for our own Bible reading and teaching.” [Quoting C.Wright's The Mission of God]


Joshua Butcher said...

Oh John, you're such a Puritan; your thoughts God's mission for the world through his people would make Cotton Mather grin with joy, I think.

Dave said...

A thought came to mind to day about a post you made once-upon-a-time-way-back-when (can't seem to quickly find), wherein you were arguing that parents shouldn't discourage their children to marry at a relatively young age. I think that I commented that I hadn't personally seen all that much of that up here (although average age at first marriage is fairly similarly increasing).

Just wondering what your thoughts on the impact of the educational system funding on this. I'm not sure what the funding situation is like in Peru, but in Canada most major universities are publically funded to quite a high degree. Tuition + fees charged the student for a public university in Canada is probably $5k-6k (CDN), whereas the situation seems much, much higher in the U.S. given that a much larger percentage of institutions seemed to be private (e.g. I think that the school Jon W. is now teaching at charges $50k US/year, and his alma mater was charging something that inflation-adjusted is probably close).

It always amuses me that Trinity Western U in B.C., Canada - charging the highest tuition fees of any Canadian university and receiving no public funding, has traditionally attracted a high percentage of American students (~50% IIRC) due to it being comparatively cheap.

Basically, the higher the (personally assumed) debt from post-secondary the most likely it seems to be to cause a delay in average age at marriage. i.e. based on average educational costs directly born, it seems much more likely south of the Canada/US border.