These days, (5-9 May, 2014), a Lausanne International Leadership meeting will take place at Institut Biblique et Missionnaire Emmaus (Switzerland). One of the evening sessions will feature a panel-like discussion touching on new Lausanne initiatives.
One of my friends in Lausanne, Bobby Ryu, was asked to prepare to respond to one of the questions and has asked a few of us to suggest what would we respond to it.
Here is the question, and, below, what would be my answer.
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“Bobby, you’re representing the Younger (or Emerging) Theologians Initiative, a new Initiative spearheaded by the Theology Working Group – a linking of emerging theologians with their more experienced counterparts in order to mentor and raise up a new generation of theologians for the Global Church. My question for you is this: The world is moving towards action and application. Even universities are abandoning courses and programs focused on thoughts and ideas. So tell me, why does the world need a new generation of theologians?”
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- kerygmatic – meaning not just verbal witness, but also martyria;
- doxological – theology as worship and as tooted in prayer and leading to growing intimacy with God, and
- ecclesiological – community based and community building theological reflection.
- integral – aimed not just at proclaiming the good news, but also being transformational in the world, in kingdom terms.