Global Missiology

Doug Coleman Acts 15, Cross Cultural Ministry, Insider Movement, Islam, Missiology Leave a Comment

globalmissiologylogoThe newest edition of Global Missiology (GM) has been published. GM is a free online missiology journal with quality contributions from scholars and practitioners.

This latest edition includes an article from me on Acts 15 in light of the Insider Movement paradigm. This chapter has been one of the most commonly cited texts in support of Insider Movements. My main argument is that the Jerusalem Council’s decision, and the four prohibitions in particular, were based on careful exegesis and ultimately argue against an Insider approach. You can read that article here.

Also of interest are articles debating the biblical validity of Church Planting Movements and an article by Ant Greenham on “The Ethics of Silence in Witness to Muslims.”

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Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam

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In February, The Southern Baptist Seminary announced the establishment of a new center at the school, the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam.

Bridger_200x250This summer, SBTS hired Dr. Scott Bridger to lead the Jenkins Center. Scott and I were classmates in both the M.Div. and Ph.D. programs at Southeastern Seminary. I think Scott’s ministry and academic background make him uniquely qualified to lead the Jenkins Center. I look forward to good things from the center under Scott’s leadership.

The Jenkins Center recently held its first major event, hosting Dr. Michael Youssef for a chapel lecture on “The Imperative of Understanding and Responding to Islamism.” Following the lecture was a panel on the “Christian Understanding of Islam.” The panel was composed of Bridger, Al Mohler, and Michael Youssef. For a video of the lecture, click here. For the video of the panel discussion, click hereContinue Reading

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Kevin Higgins on 1 Corinthians 8-10

Doug Coleman 1 Corinthians 8-10, Acts 15, Insider Movement, Islam 4 Comments

If you have followed the Insider Movement discussion/debate, you’re aware that the International Journal of Frontier Missions has been one of the main advocates of the approach. They have published some critical articles as well, but the editorials and content of the journal are largely positive.

In the January-March 2014 edition of IJFM, Kevin Higgins published an article examining 1 Corinthians 8-10 in regard to insider approaches. The article is entitled “At Table in the Idol’s Temple? Local Theology, Idolatry, and Identification in 1 Corinthians 8-10” and  is available freely online here. (By the way, in spite of the date on the edition, this is the most recent edition of the journal. They are behind in publishing.)

Although I strongly disagree on a number of points, I am glad to see this article published because I hope it will advance a public discussion about this passage. Continue Reading

Doug ColemanKevin Higgins on 1 Corinthians 8-10

A Few Thoughts on David Platt’s Election as President of the IMB

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david-platt-itickets-comThis past Wednesday (Aug. 27) the IMB announced the election of David Platt as its new president. I have some friends who know David, but I have never met him. I have listened to a number of his sermons, heard him preach in person on a few occasions, and have interacted with some of the missions staff at Brook Hills, his soon-to-be former church.

Platt’s election has generated some debate, mostly about his soteriology and his church’s giving towards the Cooperative Program. (For example, see Bart Barber’s post here. Note that Barber wrote a gracious follow-up after Platt was elected.)

A number of people have spoken to these questions. Continue Reading

Doug ColemanA Few Thoughts on David Platt’s Election as President of the IMB

Muslim Kurban Meat: To Eat or Not to Eat?

Doug Coleman Anthropology, Central Asia, Cross Cultural Ministry, Islam 4 Comments

[Note: This is a guest post from a friend and colleague used with his permission. Whether you agree with the conclusions or not, I think the post is a good example of how to think through issues from biblical, theological, and anthropological angles.]

KurbanMy family will likely never forget our first Sacrifice Holiday (Kurban) here in Central Asia. Behind our apartment sat an empty lot with a small car wash. On the morning of the holiday, cows instead of cars occupied the lot. The concrete slab transformed into a temporary slaughter house, and the pressure washer rinsed away the blood. To our westerner eyes, the sacrifice was quite a spectacle.

According to the teaching of Islam, those submitted to Allah cut the yearly sacrifice in remembrance of Abraham’s obedience and as a way to share with others. Typical practice involves keeping a third for one’s immediate family, sharing a third with friends or extended family, and giving a third to the poor. In many ways, the custom truly is an act of kindness and generosity.

In our first couple of years in country, friends and neighbors would show up at our door during the holiday with warm, fresh meat in a plastic grocery bag. We appreciated their kindness and accepted the offering. After all, meat from the market was quite expensive, and we didn’t want to offend our neighbors. However, I always had a nagging thought in the back of my mind: “Should we really accept this?” Continue Reading

Doug ColemanMuslim Kurban Meat: To Eat or Not to Eat?