A Missional Orthodoxy
The emerging and missional church movements have raised decisive questions about what it means to embody the Christian faith in a post-Christian and postmodern world. A common reactionary response denies the significance of the context and reasserts the supremacy of...
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The emerging and missional church movements have raised decisive questions about what it means to embody the Christian faith in a post-Christian and postmodern world. A common reactionary response denies the significance of the context and reasserts the supremacy of classical orthodoxy. An equally common position at the other end of the spectrum involves a rejection of orthodoxy as contextually insensitive and incapable of being inclusive and missional at all. The one asserts its orthodoxy at the expense of being missional and contextual; the other emphasizes generosity at the expense of its fidelity to "the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints" (Jude 1:3). The church today needs a theology that is both orthodox and missional--doing justice to both aspects. Gary Tyra has written just such a book. In A Missional Orthodoxy he critically engages with the works of Brian McLaren and Marcus Borg for the sake of developing a comprehensive missional theology that retains what he calls the "four Christological verities" at the heart of Christian doctrine. Tyra discusses the methodological question of contextualization, offering an incarnational model of recontextualization that unites the postmodern insights of the culture with the truths of the biblical text. On the basis of this missional foundation, he examines all the major Christian doctrines in order to overcome the false antithesis between a fighting fundamentalism and a too-accommodating liberalism. The result is a humble, modest, missionally faithful orthodoxy that provides a compelling witness within a world of competing extremes.
Gary J. Tyra (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Biblical and Practical Theology at Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA. His areas of Specialization: Theology, Spiritual and Ministry Formation, and his first book which deals with the problem of Pharisaism in evangelical churches it is entitled Defeating Pharisaism: Recovering Jesus Disciple Making Method and Beyond the Bliss: Discovering Your Uniqueness in Marriage with his wife, Patti .
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- Part One: The Foundation Of A Missional Orthodoxy
- 1 Needed: A Theology Both Missional And Orthodox
- 2 Our Current Ministry Context: Searching For The Right Response
- Part Two: The Forging Of A Missional Orthodoxy
- 3 Revelation And Preparation: Toward A Missionally Orthodox Doctrine Of The Bible
- 4 Great And Good: Toward A Missionally Orthodox Doctrine Of God
- 5 Lion And Lamb: Toward A Missionally Orthodox Doctrine Of Christ
- 6 Evangelism, Edification And Equipping: Toward A Missionally Orthodox Doctrine Of The Holy Spirit
- 7 The Need For A New Humanity: Toward A Missionally Orthodox Doctrine Of Human Beings
- 8 Escape And Example: Toward A Missionally Orthodox Doctrine Of Salvation
- 9 Nice And Necessary: Toward A Missionally Orthodox Doctrine Of The Church
- 10 Now And Not Yet: Toward A Missionally Orthodox Doctrine Of The Final Things
- Name And Subject Index
- Scripture Index