How should the church engage the challenges of our present moment in the West? What is the place of narrative, history, and missiology? This episode explores these question as Andrew Perriman and Michael Cooper discuss the frameworks of narrative-historical and missiological perspectives.
Dr. Andrew Perriman presents his work at the P.OST website. He has lived in various parts of the world over the last 30 years: the Far East, Africa, the Middle East, the Netherlands, and now London. He has combined theological studies and writing with pastoral and missional work in a wide range of contexts. He has a degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford and an MPhil and PhD from the London School of Theology, of which I am an Associate Research Fellow. His overriding theological interest at the moment is in how we retell the biblical story as we negotiate the difficult transition from the center to the margins of our culture following the collapse of Western Christendom.
In addition to some articles in academic journals, he has written Speaking of Women: Interpreting Paul (IVP, 1998); Faith, Health and Prosperity: A Report on “Word of Faith” and “Positive Confession” Theologies (Paternoster, 2003); The Coming of the Son of Man: New Testament Eschatology for an Emerging Church (Paternoster, 2005; reprinted by Wipf & Stock); Re: Mission: A Vision of Hope for a Post-Eschatological Church (Paternoster, 2008); The Future of the People of God: Reading Romans Before and After Western Christendom (Wipf & Stock, 2010); and End of Story: Same-Sex Relationships and the Narratives of Evangelical Mission (Wipf & Stock, 2019). He also published a collection of blog posts on hell and heaven called Hell and Heaven in Narrative Perspective (2012).
Dr. Michael Cooper works with Ephesiology, a missions agency, training national leaders in evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, and church planting. He is the former president and CEO of an international NGO. In 2010, he founded a Business as Mission initiative that focused on helping alleviate spiritual and economic poverty in the developing world. For a decade he equipped undergraduate and graduate students at Trinity International University with skills to engage culture. He has thirty years of ministry and missions experience, ten years as a pioneer church planter in Romania after the fall of communism. He holds a MA in Missions from Columbia International University and a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Throughout his career, Michael has focused on creative ways to engage difficult-to-reach people with the gospel.
Michael has contributed numerous academic articles in Nova Religio, Pomegranate, Journal of Nature, Religion and Culture, Sacred Tribes Journal, Common Ground Journal, Missiology, Evangelical Missions Quarterly and he has presented academic papers at the University of Utah, London School of Economics, University of Bordeaux, University of Craiova and others. Michael is the author of Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement (William Carey Publishers, 2020), Unwrapping the First Christmas (Ephesiology Press, 2019), Contemporary Druidry: A Historical and Ethnographic Study (Sacred Tribes Press, 2010) and co-editor of Social Injustice (The Timothy Center Press, 2011) and The Peaceable Christian (The Timothy Center Press, 2011) and Perspectives on Post-Christendom Spiritualities (Morling Press, 2010).
Re: Mission: Biblical Mission for a Post-Biblical Church (Faith in an Emerging Culture) by Andrew Perriman
Ephesiology: A Study of the Christian Movement by Michael T. Cooper
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