loren Eric Swanson: Thomas Friedman--the world's best missiologist

Friday, May 12, 2006

Thomas Friedman--the world's best missiologist

For the past couple of years, I've been coming to the Glocalnet conference sponsored by Northwood Church for the Communities in Keller Texas. Bob Roberts (http://glocaltrekker.blogspot.com/) defines the words "passion" and "focus" and always seems to be a step or two ahead of the church because he is listening to different voices than the rest of us. Bob is challenging church planting paradigms. He observes that some of the best emerging and missional leaders in the states revert to a traditional way of thinking regarding missions. "We need to engage the sectors of society and let the church emerge." Bob thinks in terms of engaging the domains of society. " Historically, he believes that cultures change through communication and transportation. "The world wants to learn but we don't know how to communicate."

"Our testimony should not be "I got saved and now I go hear this guy speak every week."

Now for globalization:
Just as the business people helped the church transform practices, so we need to let globalization shape our missiology. "The best missiologist is a Jewish writer named Thomas Friedman and the best book on missions is "The World is Flat."

See what I mean?


At Saturday, May 13, 2006 6:26:00 AM, Blogger Steve Van Diest said...

I'm 4 hours into the audio of the World is Flat. I'm learning a ton and his insights are fascinating. Great Read!!

At Sunday, May 14, 2006 6:22:00 AM, Blogger Glenn Smith said...

Eric, I haven't thought of Friedman as a missiologist but you are right. I loved is book "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" and now "The World is Flat" is even better. I wish every pastor in America would read it! Thanks!


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