WATS Matriculation Speaker

WATS Matriculation Speaker

During my first week here in Lagos Nigeria, I had the pleasure to be the guest speaker at the West African Theological Seminary (WATS) Matriculation service.  For those unfamiliar, Nigeria is rooted in the British education system and honors the start of the school year with a formal ceremony similar to a Baccalaureate service honored in the United States.

 

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Vision is not determined by the leadership of the pastor, but by the gifting and empowerment of the Holy Spirit upon the whole church.

— J.R. Miller

The African Church in the Third Millennium

The African Church in the Third Millennium

Vision is not determined by the leadership of the pastor, but by the gifting and empowerment of the Holy Spirit upon the whole church.

— J.R. Miller

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

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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.

Vision is not determined by the leadership of the pastor, but by the gifting and empowerment of the Holy Spirit upon the whole church.

— J.R. Miller

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