Friday, 20 January 2012

Michael W. Goheen on a Missional Hermeneutic

Michael W. Goheen, ‘Continuing Steps Towards a Missional Hermeneutic’, Fideles 3 (2008), 49-99.

Before Michael Goheen published his excellent A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011), he gave us the above essay – which effectively provides something of the hermeneutical undergirding for the book.

The essay has recently become freely available online here, which is great.

It’s 51 pages long, but they’re not long pages, and it’s a fairly easy read; plus, it’s really helpful to have it all in one place summarised so nicely. After a long-ish introduction, his two big points in the essay are (1) that Scripture is a record of God’s mission, and (2) that Scripture is a tool of God’s mission.

There is a much briefer summary of his reflections in the article, ‘Notes Toward a Framework for a Missional Hermeneutic’.

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