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'...Henry Venn of the Church Missionary Society...argued that the fullness of the church would only come with the fullness of the national manifestations of different national churches...'
Andrew Walls, The Missionary Movement in Christian History, p. 12.
For Christians, interpreting Scripture is a difficult task...because it is, and involves, a life long process of learning to become a wise reader of Scripture capable of embodying that reading in life.
Stephen Fowl and Gregory Jones, Reading in Communion, p. 29
The history of Western epistemology might be described as the quest for a method of reasoning that assures certain knowledge. But philosophers have now come to the conclusion that there is no way to reason that both extends our knowledge and certifies the results.
Nancey Murphy, Reasoning and Rhetoric in Religion, p. 53
It is a law of the spiritual life that every act of trust makes the next act less difficult, until at length, if these acts are persisted in, trusting becomes, like breathing, the natural unconscious action of the redeemed soul.
Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life, p. 55
“Unless the church of the West begins to understand this (mission as a permanent and instrinsic dimension of the church’s life, “The church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning.”), and unless we develop a missionary theology, not just a theology of mission, we will not achieve more than merely patch up the church. We are in need of a missiological agenda for theology, not just a theological agenda for mission; for theology, rightly understood, has no reason to exist other than critically to accompany the missio Dei.”
David Bosch, p.32
The ultimate key to self-management is to ground your life in the love of God and others. Unless you do, you will continue to lead the breathless life.
Robert Ramey, Jr. The Pastor's Start-Up Manual
...the knowledge of God which we are invited to cultivate is not that which, resting satisfied with empty speculation, only flutters in the brain, but a knowledge which will prove substantial and fruitful wherever it is duly perceived and rooted in the heart.
John Calvin, The Institutes, bk 1, ch 5
“Unless the church of the West begins to understand this (mission as a permanent and instrinsic dimension of the church’s life, “The church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning.”), and unless we develop a missionary theology, not just a theology of mission, we will not achieve more than merely patch up the church. We are in need of a missiological agenda for theology, not just a theological agenda for mission; for theology, rightly understood, has no reason to exist other than critically to accompany the missio Dei.”
David Bosch, p.32
The church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning.
Emil Brunner
There is no real safety in being negative. As William James pointed out, a negative choice commits the chooser just as much as a positive one does.
Mary Midgley in Science as Salvation p.110
Your emotions result entirely from the way you look at things.
David Burns, M.D., Feeling Good, p. 29
Francis Xavier was the Jesuit director of missions in India, China and Japan in the sixteenth century. He once said that he longed to be back in Paris 'to go shouting up and down the streets to tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.'
Michael C. Griffiths, Give Up Your Small Ambitions, p.6
Desire in itself is movement
Not in itself desireable;
Love is itself unmoving,
Only the cause and the end of movement,
Timeless and undesiring
Except in the aspect of time
Caught in the form of limitation
Between unbeing and being.
TS Eliot, Burnt Norton, in Four Quartets
Those like myself whose imagination far exceeds their obedience are subject to a just penalty; we easily imagine conditions far higher than any we have really reached. If we describe what we have imagined we may make others, and make ourselves, believe that we have really been there.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves, p. 128
'Get all you can; save all you can; give all you can.'
John Wesley

Architecture

27th March 2011

 

Wirkungsgeschichte hopes to develop into a community effort to trace the history of the transmission of the Bible across languages, cultures and generations of human history.  At present, however, the site is nothing more than one person’s “enacted prayer” for its coming.  The “now and the not yet” that follows is a basic structure which now exists, although it is described in terms of its ultimate growth and development.  If you would like to be involved in this project, please contact me through the website.

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The Structure in four movements:  

 

1.  The Bible in Translation is an ever-growing archive developing the master narrative of the transmission of Christianity.  This diachronic approach to Christian history consists of stories which connect the movement of Christianity from one culture to another.  Anyone can add to the articles and stories of this master narrative.  In a format similar to wikipedia, this database will be monitored and edited by the contributing community.  The database can be searched in a variety of ways.  The scholar can use the search engine to extract stories according to theme and subjects.  The church leader can search according to Bible passage to find illustrations for sermons and studies.  This database can even be used as a daily devotional.

 

2.  The second database is a history of the interpretation of the Bible.  The articles in this section use disciplines such as language studies, hermeneutics, and literary and social theory to bridge Biblical themes and their reception in a given culture.  The articles are written by scholars in these areas but are accessible and searchable by anyone.

 

3.  The Reception of the Bible  is a third database of the creative interactions between the Bible and culture in human history.  It includes artistic expressions within and outside of the church.  Sermons, songs of worship, liturgies, doctrines, ecclesiology and ministry forms as well as creative use of Biblical themes in music, visual arts and literature are gathered together with community structures influenced by a Christian view of the world including economic theories, political structures and scientific endavor.  All of these creative interactions are searchable by Scripture reference, theme, as well as date.

 

4.  Redux:  A Grassroots Commentary is a database of the various uses of scripture in human culture listed by Scripture passage.

 

5.  Scripture At Play is a workshop in which the ideas and lessons of the preceding section are used in the application of the mind of Christ to the various contexts of ministry in this generation.

 

Each of these three databases can be cross referenced as well.  Wirkungsgeschichte is a web of interconnections which trace paths between stories, across generations, throughout the world.  The goal is to enable these stories, effects and interpretations to go viral as thinkers, leaders, artists and anyone else who engages this sight makes use of its resources to creatively continue the history of the transmission of the mind of Christ.

 

 

 

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