Lesslie Newbigin's The Open Secret: Book Analysis

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Much can be learned from a cursory online search of the writings of Lesslie Newbigin. Many well known outlets feature his works, and give tidbits of biographical information. A prolific author, most of his literature revolving around the construction, operation, mandate, message and mission of the Christian church. He is touted as being instrumental to the foundation of the contemporary missional church movement. Newbigin does not consider our selected reading, The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission, to be a work of his own academic scholarship. He readily admits and credits the numerous colleagues who have influenced his philosophy. Parts of the material read were presented as a course at Princeton Theological Seminary …show more content…
Missions were carried on somewhere else - in Asia, Africa, or the South Pacific.” My previous thought was that missions were the outreach to the less fortunate, marginalized peoples where we might find opportunity, almost exclusively in either communities abroad, or if nearby, among the poorest neighborhoods. It was centered, in my mind, around the church’s effort to preach and teach Christ and salvation to those who would not receive it, except for the efforts of some missionary. To put it briefly, the church approved of "missions" but was not itself the …show more content…
Our message being the restoration to the previous intention and will of God, that we live in harmony with Him in his Kingdom, and that he reigns as our King. We intend to live and act out “the central prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to use: ‘Father, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as in heaven.’” Newbigin

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