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The Strange New Habitat of the Global Church

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, professor of systematic theology, surveys the new landscape in which the global church finds itself, considering shifts in church movements and traditions as well as the realities of religious pluralism and secularism.

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Rethinking Church in the 21st Century

Ted Cosse, Fuller’s chief operating officer, interviews four leading voices about the state of the church today—the areas in which it falls short, the challenges it currently faces, and the stories of hope it offers.

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Leading with Friendship

In pastoring Beloved Everybody, a church for people with and without disabilities, Bethany McKinney Fox finds value in starting from a place of mutual learning and friendship

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Introduction: In Between

Amos Yong, Dean of the Schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies, introduces this issue’s theme of being and living in between.

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A Home In Between

Vince Bantu, assistant professor of church history and Black church studies, shares his experiences of living amidst and finding home in in-between spaces of race, place, church, and the academy.

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Fuller in Between the Church and the Academy

Chris Blumhofer, visiting assistant professor of New Testament, reflects on how Fuller—and other seminaries—being uniquely positioned between church and academy contributes to the flourishing of the church and its people.

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Reimagining the Church, with Soong-Chan Rah

Soong-Chan Rah reflects on the warped theologies that have shaped the American church throughout history and hopes for a new, anointed Christian imagination in the 21st century.

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Soong-Chan Rah on Suffering and Celebration

In his lecture “Suffering and Celebration,” delivered at the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Soong-Chan Rah spoke on the multicultural church’s need for intersecting theologies of both suffering and celebration.

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Response | Ryan Bolger and Juan Martínez on American Christian Narratives

In response to Soong-Chan Rah’s lecture “Suffering and Celebration,” delivered at the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Ryan K. Bolger and Juan Martínez discussed the problems of American church growth and the varying Christian narratives told in churches.

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Theologies of the Multicultural Church

At the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Soong-Chan Rah spoke about our need to develop cultural competency to address the changes in ethnoracial diversity in the world and in the church.

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God’s Love, Our Limits | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton reflects on how we navigate the tension of God’s relentless love while facing the real-life struggles of ministering to those different from us—or those we may even consider enemies.

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Polycentricity and New Ecumenical Terrain: Transnationality, Race, and the Pluralization of Power

Matthew J. Krabill (PhD ’20), codirector of the Paris Mennonite Center, considers how a deeper sociocultural understanding of the religious transformation in the West can reframe and expand ecumenical relations

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Response | Cecil M. Robeck Jr. on Migration and Unity

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In response to Gioacchino Campese’s lecture “Catholicity: Migration, Religion, and World Christianity,” Cecil M. Robeck Jr., senior professor of church history and ecumenics, speaks about Christian love and unity in the context of migration.

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Migration in Missiological Perspective

At Fuller’s 2020 Missiology Lectures, scholars took a deep dive into Los Angeles’s unique history and culture to explore wider issues of migration, transnationalism, and interfaith engagement through a missiological perspective.

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Alan Roxburgh on The Crisis of the North American Church

In his lecture “Mapping our Location: The Crisis of the Church in North America” delivered at the 2002 Missiology Lectures, Alan Roxburgh, founder of The Missional Network, explained the ways the North American church has become warped by social imaginaries that are incompatible with the narrative of God’s kingdom.

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Alan Roxburgh on Reforming the North American Church

In his lecture “Shaping the Journey: Reforming the Church in North America” delivered at the 2002 Missiology Lectures, Alan Roxburgh, founder of The Missional Network, spoke about the North American church’s need to reform its discourse and practices in order to become the missional church it ought to be.

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Darrell Guder on Missional Communities

In his lecture “The Worthy Walk of the Missional Congregation” delivered at the 2007 Payton Lectures, Darrell Guder, then Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, urged the church to reclaim its missional vocation and its purpose as a witnessing community.

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Q&A | Mark Lau Branson, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, and Darrell Guder

At the 2007 Payton Lectures, Mark Lau Branson and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen discussed the subject of missional ecclesiology following Darrell Guder’s lecture “The Worthy Walk of the Missional Congregation.”

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The Missional Church

Two classic lecture series, now fittingly paired, laid out a picture of a necessary missional theology for the church then and today.

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Idolatry and Marriage | Kutter Callaway

Kutter Callaway, associate professor of theology and culture, speaks a word of caution against creating an idol out of marriage and invites us to reimagine marriage as a means of Christian witness.

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Reordering Power | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair, reflects on Acts 2 and on the power of the Spirit expressed through the church—power not centered on dominion but on justice and love.