Learning How to Live and Thrive with Post-Postcolonial Missions
Colonial missions were out of date and hopelessly connected to imperialism. The image of a brave new world of missions, however, was an illusion.
Most people I know who are engaged in missions (overseas or at home) seem to reflect one of two orientations: either they are old-school colonial-era missionaries and the nationals who work with them, or they are postcolonial missionaries and nationals. I suggest that both options are a dead end. My conviction is that the only way forward that honors the whole of biblical theology and authentically Christian mission is post-postcolonial missions.
Colonial-era missions were the way it was when the West served as a New Jerusalem radiating into ...