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Christian Missions In The 21st Century: Trends, Challenges, Opportunities

조나단 봉크(Jonathan J. Bonk) 박사

26Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord”

(1 Corinthians 1:26–31).

Introduction.

Koreans are passionate about missions, skilled in statistics, and ingeniously practical in bringing the Gospel to unreached peoples in the most difficult mission fields of the world. You follow the international news. Your mission research centers study the contexts and challenges facing Christian mission in our world. Bryant Myers lays them all out in vividly graphic detail in his book, Exploring World Mission: Context and Challenges, and its accompanying PowerPoint CD.1Bryant L. Myers, Exploring World Mission: Context and Challenges. Monrovia, CA: World Vision International, 2003. Many Korean mission scholars will by now have seen the stupendous Atlas of Global Christianity, 1910–2010 edited by Todd Johnson and Kenneth Ross, published by Edinburgh University Press in December 2009. You know about the World Christian Encyclopedia, and you will have read and pondered the wise and sometimes provocative words of Ralph Winter. Many of you read the International Bulletin of Missionary Research and other serious missiological journals—some published in Korean and some in English.

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