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Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (2/4)

Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (2/4)

Section 2: Moravian Thought The central though of Zinzendorf and the Moravians was Christ and His suffering.  Zinzendorf stressed that instead of giving elaborate proofs for God’s existence, the missionary should cut to the chase and simply tell the story of Jesus.[1]  Christ is the only way to personally experience the love of God in an intimate relationship; therefore it is of utmost importance to make Him known.  Zinzendorf emphasized the blood and wounds of Christ since this is how…

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Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (1/4)

Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (1/4)

Section 1: Life of Zinzendorf One of the most important missionary movements to develop in the history of Christianity was that of the Moravians led by Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf.  Zinzendorf was a German aristocrat born in 1700.  His life was extremely influenced by Pietist Lutheran leaders and their principles from the onset of his life.  Pietism was an interdenominational movement occurring after the Reformation that sought to revitalize the churches that had grown stagnant, emphasizing a personal conversion,…

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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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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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Luther’s Theology of the Cross

Luther’s Theology of the Cross

Martin Luther’s theology of the cross, in contrast to a theology of glory, greatly pervaded many of his other theological systems.  This theme is immensely significant because it attacks the very root of all our sinful tendencies—pride.  A robust theology of the cross not only draws us to exult in the glory of Christ in his humiliation, but it also calls us to imitate his ‘kenosis’ even to the point of death on a cross.  The cross and the crypt…

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