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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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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 (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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Reaching Tibetans (5/5)

Reaching Tibetans (5/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 5: Nepal: Initial Stages, Nepal: Current Day, Conclusion Nepal: Initial Stages The first Christian mission that had contact with Nepal was the Capuchins from 1703-1715. However, political instability during the reunification of the Nepali kingdoms caused the Capuchins to leave. The early Nepali Christians associated with the Capuchins were kicked out of the country as well. Interestingly enough, the first Capuchins in Nepal had their focus on Tibet.[1]…

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Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 2: Tibet: Initial Stages of Missional Outreach, Tibet: Attempts to reach Lhasa Tibet: Initial Stages of Missional Outreach The earliest Christian presence in Tibet was by a Jesuit missionary named Father Antonio de Andrade. In 1624, Andrade and another missionary named Manuel Marques, set out for Tibet. They finally stumbled upon Tsaparang, the capital city of in the Kingdom of Guge, after an arduous journey.[1] They were the…

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