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Modern Believing

Modern Believing is Modern Church's journal, published quarterly by Liverpool University Press, with articles promoting theological liberalism.

Students in universities, colleges and theological institutions which subscribe to the EBSCO database, can access Modern Believing online. Subscription to the journal is included for Modern Church members.

  • Editor: Dr Adrian Thatcher.
  • Assistant Editor: Dr Katharine Sarah Moody
  • Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley

Current issue:

Vol 60:3 July 2019 - Editor: Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

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Evangelism and the Five Marks of Mission

by Jonathan Draper
from Modern Believing Vol 60:3 - July 2019

Abstract

Mission and evangelism need an incarnational basis and focus to have meaning today. That means taking the world as God’s world seriously: through and in which we come to know of God and through which the Holy Spirit works. Mission and evangelism that are not incarnational are not really Christian. Evangelism is not a ‘proclaiming’; our ‘proclamation’ is the way we live our lives. The good news of God’s love for the world in Christ is for everyone, but that does not mean it is the same for everyone. The good news is diverse. Being the Body of Christ in the world is how we do evangelism. The good news, therefore, is about how love is lived in this place and this time, and not about sin and death and despair. Love forms a bridge between our faith as Christians and the rest of the world that is God’s.

Keywords

MISSION, EVANGELISM, FIVE MARKS OF MISSION, INCARNATION, PROCLAMATION, KINGDOM, BOSTON CHRIST, SALVATION, METANOIA

If this is the answer, what is the question?

by Emma Percy
from Modern Believing Vol 60:3 - July 2019

Abstract

This paper argues that typical conservative evangelism answers questions which are very different to those that people are now asking. Evangelism should be attentive to the questions that are being asked, and it is proposed that these are primarily around community. The notion of proclaiming the Kingdom of God is reimagined as proclaiming the Kin-dom of God, and it is argued that building community through acts of service and pastoral care should be a primary concern. 

Keywords

COMMUNITY, ISOLATION, KIN-DOM, INDIVIDUALISM, SALVATION, COMMUNAL LIFE, RECONCILIATION, INCLUSION, COMPASSION, MISSION, EVANGELISM

(Not the) Good News for today

by Mark Waters
from Modern Believing Vol 60:3 - July 2019

Abstract

This article explores some current themes in radical theology in an attempt to find ways forward for progressive evangelism. First, the wide range of social, technological and cultural changes which have occurred over the last two centuries are considered, together with how they have contributed to the deconstruction of the credibility of much traditional doctrine and belief. Then themes of postmodernism, a/theism, a theology of the unconditional, and welcoming the death of God and the disappearance of the big Other are surveyed.

Keywords

DECONSTRUCTION, WEAKNESS OF GOD, EVENT, JOHN CAPUTO, SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK, A/THEISM, UNCONDITIONAL, DEATH OF GOD, POSTMODERNISM

 

Thy Kingdom Come? Mission as reception for redeeming evangelism in the Church of England

by Martin Percy
from Modern Believing Vol 60:3 - July 2019

Abstract

The Church of England Report Faith in the City represented a theology rooted in the Kingdom of God, giving priority to people and the places they lived in over the needs of the church. But now we are in the age of the Mission-Shaped Church, and in danger of letting the growth of the institutional church take priority. This article argues that a liberal theology of evangelism must begin in listening, rather than broadcast, mode, and have the courage both to learn from those around us, and to be still.  

Keywords

EVANGELISM, FRESH EXPRESSION, PIONEER MINISTRY, MISSION, CHURCH, MISSIO DEI, PNEUMATOLOGY, KINGDOM OF GOD