What is the Biblical Support for Insider Movements?

Part 3 of Understanding Insider Movements begins: Are insider movements biblical? Or are they merely a missiological strategy with scant theological legitimacy, as some critics assert? (Kindle loc. 4234) This part of UIM contains a dozen biblical and theological studies that advocates of insider movements believe form the biblical foundation for insider movements. Frankly, I'm not convinced. …

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Insider Movements: Other Religions

The term 'religion' is a hot topic of debate in the literature on Insider Movements. Some even question whether it is a meaningful concept. In this post we will explore three questions: "What is religion?", "What is the source of non-Christian religions?" and "Is God at work in non-Christian religions?" What is "religion"? In Understanding …

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Insider Movements: Understanding the Issues

"Over the past fifteen years missiologists have produced a massive amount of literature related to the contextualization debate surrounding the proposals of Insider Movement proponents." So begins J. Henry Wolfe in his article, "The Development of the Insider Movement Paradigm" (published July 2015, http://www.GlobalMissiology.org). I have tried to digest a good portion of that material …

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Review: From Seed to Fruit, 2nd Edition

The Second edition of From Seed to Fruit: Global Trends, Fruitful Practices, and Emerging Issues among Muslims, edited by J. Dudley Woodberry contains reports and analyses of the Global Trends and Fruitful Practices Consultation in 2007. The consultation included almost 500 people from around the globe involved in outreach to Muslims. The book is a …

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So what if they have their own sacred books?

Revelation is the foundational theological issue in contextualization (see my "Contextualization: Theological and Cultural Issues in Evangelical Models" on the SEND U wiki). Evangelical Christianity maintains that the Bible is God's unique self-disclosure. Our SEND statement of faith says, "that it is the only infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority in …

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