Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (4/4)

Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (4/4)

Section 4: Contemporary Views [In these series of posts, doctoral candidate, Jay Flinn, underscores the the history of the evangelical holistic mission debate.] In the ensuing decades, much has been written on the topic of holistic mission. Most of what has been written can be summarized into three primary positions related to the relationship of evangelism and social action in mission. One position retains the emphasis on evangelism and church planting with little regard to social action. A second position…

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evangelism vs. social action: a brief history (3/4)

evangelism vs. social action: a brief history (3/4)

Section 3: Evolution of the Evangelical Position [In these series of posts, doctoral candidate, Jay Flinn, underscores the the history of the evangelical holistic mission debate.] In the aftermath of two world wars, and as technology began to bring the needs of the world into living rooms, Christians could no longer claim ignorance to the issues of the world. Evangelicals began questioning evangelism only mission and began to reach back into the Scriptures for biblical support for social action and…

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Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (2/4)

Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (2/4)

[In these series of posts, doctoral candidate, Jay Flinn, underscores the the history of the evangelical holistic mission debate.] Roots of the Dichotomous Views Paul G. Hiebert (1932-2007)[1] and Monte B. Cox, Dean of the College of Bible and Ministry at Harding University, suggest that the roots of the dichotomous view go back to medieval Europe where “The Worldview of the Middle Ages… divided reality between the Creator and the creation,” which led to a “distinction between religious and science,…

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Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (1/4)

Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (1/4)

[In these series of posts, doctoral candidate, Jay Flinn, underscores the the history of the evangelical holistic mission debate.] Introduction Holistic mission is one of those ideas and terms that can mean different things to different people. Likewise, the definition, nature, and objectives of holistic mission have been debated for many years. The nature of the issue can best be described as the debate about the relationship in mission between evangelism and social action and the relative priority that each…

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Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (2/2)

Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (2/2)

[This post is the second of a series by Joshua Melby, a global Christian leader in Chiang Mai, Thailand.] Historical Examples Historically speaking, hymn-singing was emphasized more than prayer in evangelicalism. However, leaders like Jonathan Wesley, teach us that prayer is important. All across the world, Christians incorporate it into their private devotional time. Communal prayer has definitely been a feature of the evangelical movement with regular prayer meetings since the eighteenth century. Scholars like Ian Randall note that prayer…

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