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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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Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

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 first Europeans to have crossed the Himalayas and reached Tibet. A…

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Reaching Tibetans (1/5)

Reaching Tibetans (1/5)

Introduction. In this five-part series we will discuss the history of missional outreach among the Himalayas while specifically focusing on the Tibetan and Nepali stories in hopes that missiological implications will inform and shape any future outreach efforts. We will explore both Tibetan and Nepali Christian history in four phases: Pre-Christian, Initial Stages, Church Growth, and Current Day. Common barriers to the gospel will be discussed along with significant missionaries that played a part in the missional story and the…

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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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Book Review: What is the Mission of the Church?

Book Review: What is the Mission of the Church?

[Editor’s Note]: Kellen Criswell, student in the MAGL program at Western Seminary, has contributed a thoughtful and well-reasoned review of What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. It is imperative that the people of God discern the church’s God-given purpose. That noble and essential task is why Kevin Deyoung and Greg Gilbert wrote, What is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. This review will summarize the…

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