We think we own our possessions, but too often they own us.

— Randy Alcorn

As I prepare to speak at the upcoming conference in Nigeria, I wanted to share some updates on the event itself.

Flyers

Keynote Address

Below is the abstract of the paper and talk I will be presenting.

 PRACTICING MISSIONAL IN THE FACE OF POST-MODERNITY:
HOW TO HIT THE TARGET WHEN THE TARGET DOES NOT EXIST

Living out the mission of the Gospel in a Post-Modern culture creates a unique set of challenges for the church. It is important to appropriately reach out to the culture in which we live, but it is an obscenity to God when we compromise His Kingdom culture to do it. (2 Thes. 2:15, Col. 2:8, Gal. 1:13-24). In an effort to create an ongoing dialogue about practicing missional and the face of post-modernity, this paper begins with a survey of the philosophical roots of post-modernity as it developed in the Unites States with a focus on how these philosophies shaped the theology and praxis of the church. Second, with a special focus in the writings of Francis Schaeffer, the paper explores the result of post-modernity in Man’s ability to discern his existence and the search for a unified truth. Third, the paper provides a rubric through which the reader can analyze the Modern, Post-modern and Kingdom worldviews on the topics of Truth, Reason, Meaning, The Human Condition and Faith. Finally, the paper will close by offering practical considerations for how the church can be faithful to our Divine calling, live a missional existence, and reach the post-modern world with the message of Jesus Christ.

We think we own our possessions, but too often they own us.

— Randy Alcorn

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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