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Sep 14, 2007

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kerryn

Awesome stuff Michael...

i think that understanding this 'missional' focus is critical to understanding how we might apply this epistle today... we can only 'suppose'...but i agree with you that it would likely be very different to the 1stC recipients...

it doesn't seem too hard for us to consider what in our culture might be an appropriate application for 1 peter 5:14... ie a handshake instead of a kiss ? or ? yet it seems so hard for some to consider the cultural context of 1 peter 2 and 3 to be just that - cultural context for which peter suggests relevant missional tactics for forwarding and not hindering the gospel.
as you hinted - it's not a hard qn to ask
does placing limitations on women in terms of their expressing their giftings (simply because of gender)forward or hinder the gospel in our 21st C western culture today?

looking forwards to Eph 5-6 still! it's been a long wait...

thanks again.
kerryn

Michael W. Kruse

Thanks Kerryn. I think for too long we have tended to look at these NT letters as legal codes and instruction manuals. I think they are more accurately divinely inspired and preserved records of the missional strategy and tactics of people struggling to come to grips with what it meant to be the people of God in their context.

Ephesians is coming. I will be out of town all of next week so the posts may be slower in coming but I hope to jump into Ephesians by the end of next week or early the week after.

Dana Ames

Michael,
please consider publishing this in book form after you're done with your current project.

Hope your travel is for something pleasant.

Dana

Michael W. Kruse

I may edit this into a pdf book.

Next week is General Assembly Council in Louisville. Usually pleasant but a lot of work.

:)

historyloveralways

I loved your comment:

I think for too long we have tended to look at these NT letters as legal codes and instruction manuals. I think they are more accurately divinely inspired and preserved records of the missional strategy and tactics of people struggling to come to grips with what it meant to be the people of God in their context.

I was still looking at NT letters as legal codes and instruction manuals. Your statement that they are actually "divinely inspired and preserved records of the missional strategy and tactics" is really awesome. I had never thought of them in this way before but it makes complete sense. Thank you for your insight.

Michael W. Kruse

h.l.a., I'm glad that connected. I know when I approach the NT letters this way it really helps bring things into clear focus.

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