Mission Round Table

The OMF journal for reflective practitioners, Missison Round Table focuses on contemporary mission in Asia viewed from the perspective of active missionaries, students of mission, or interested supporters. Articles are designed to provide biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for thinking about mission and real-life examples that anchor the theory in practice.

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The cover photographs show different ways in which OMF workers have shared the gospel in East Asia since the 1950s.

Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in all its fullness

Mission Round Table Vol. 14 no. 2 (May-Aug 2019)

Some five years ago OMF leadership made a decision to reformulate our mission statement with the goal “not to change or review our mission but to in order to better express it and explain it.” And whether we read the old statement that proclaimed the Fellowship exists “To glorify God by the urgent evangelization of East Asia’s millions” or the new one that declares “We share the good news of Jesus Christ in all its fullness with East Asia’s peoples to the glory of God,” the center is the revelation of God’s glory through the proclamation of the gospel. The connection between God’s glory and the preaching of the gospel is significant. God is glorified as the gospel is preached and as it is believed. For this reason, it is essential that we know what the gospel is, how it is good news for people today, and how it can be rightly shared in our context.

During the first week of June 2019, OMF held its sixth Mission Research Consultation on the theme “Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in All its Fullness” and discussed how it impacts our ministry. Four of the major papers from the Consultation form the bulk of this issue of Mission Round Table, each one pushing our understanding of the gospel in a slightly different direction.

The articles in this latest edition are:

  • Dialoguing and Decentring in the Search for the Full Gospel in Local Contexts by Paul Woods
  • The Good News in a World of Aesthetics by Jean-Georges Gantenbein
  • A Response to “The Good News in a World of  Aesthetics” by David Eastwood
  • The Gospel of  Liberation and the Implications for the Church in Relation to People with Disabilities by Peter Rowan
  • Living with Disability by His Grace by Jonathan Yi-Deh Yao
  • Presenting  the Good News as a Blessing: A Case Study among Filipino Folk Catholics by Andy Smith
  • Sharing the Gospel as a Blessing in Taiwan by Nathan Keller
  • How would They React? by Brian Powell

Browse individual articles in the latest issue of Mission Round Table

How would they react?

Synopsis: The article supplies a model for delivering a first-person, narrative talk based upon a biblical text. Assuming the persona of a witness to the healing of the lame beggar by Peter and John, Brian Powell considers all of the people present and asks, “How would they react?” Brian Powell worked with the Manobo people [...]

Sharing the Gospel as a Blessing in Taiwan: A Response to “Presenting the Good News as a Blessing”

Synopsis: Nathan Keller describes ways in which Andy Smith’s approach in "Presenting the Good News as a Blessing" can be applied to his own ministry situation in Taiwan where people also desire to be blessed. But whether people seek blessing or something else, gospel messengers need to understand their cultural context, identify things that are [...]

Presenting the Good News as a Blessing: A Case Study among Filipino Folk Catholics

Synopsis: This paper examines the way the gospel answers the ardent longings Filipino folk Catholics have for blessing. By examining the way his preunderstandings interfaced with the ideas of those with whom he worked, Andy Smith helps us see the importance of cultural exegesis of oneself and one’s target culture so that the gospel can [...]

The Gospel of Liberation and the Implications for the Church in Relation to People with Disabilities

Synopsis: This paper is about the liberating message of the gospel and makes some applications to the church in relation to people with disabilities. Rowan encourages us to adopt Jesus’ agenda as laid out by Luke who shows that the liberating message of the gospel is first preached in peripheral places, integrates the teaching of [...]

A Response to “The Good News in a World of Aesthetics”

Synopsis: Picking up Gantenbein’s call in "The Good News in a World of Aesthetics" to thinking and engagement, Eastwood applies these ideas to his own interaction with people while growing up in England and working in Taiwan. His reflection on these concepts in the light of artistic and architectural aesthetics in traditional Chinese culture calls [...]

The Good News in a World of Aesthetics

Synopsis: This paper demonstrates that aesthetics challenges Christians in our contextual relationship with an aesthetics-dominated society, in our formulation of a theology that will make sense in this world while remaining faithful to Scripture, and in our practice of being the church. It shows the missiological implications are so great that we need to invest [...]

Living with Disability by His Grace

Synopsis: Rowan’s ideas in "The Gospel of  Liberation and the Implications for the Church in Relation to People with Disabilities" are personalized by Yao who describes his own experience. Knowing that Jesus journeys with him in his disability helps Yao in day-to-day life and as he accompanies and ministers to people with different disabilities. He [...]

Dialoguing and Decentring in the Search for the Full Gospel in Local Contexts

Synopsis: Many churches are better at converting people than discipling them, and in many situations discipleship needs to go beyond traditional ideas of prayer, Bible reading, and church attendance. In that sense, the gospel delivered to those new to the faith can often be reductionist or truncated. This paper considers different ways in which both [...]

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Jan-Apr 2019 “As the Father
has sent me, I am sending you.”

Sep-Dec 2018 The Bible
The Church in Mission and the World

May-Aug 2018 The Bible
in Mission and in the World

Jan-Apr 2018 Thinking
Christianly in a Pluralistic World

Sep-Dec 2017 Suffering
and the Church

May-Aug 2017 Ministry to
Diaspora & Sojourning Peoples

Jan-Apr 2017 Mission
Agencies in the 21st Century

Sep-Dec 2016 Mission
from the Majority World

May-Aug 2016
Journeys with Jesus

Jan 2016 Tell Them
the Old, Old Story

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Sep 2015
Christ Meets Culture

MRT v10.3 (Sept 2015) Christ Meets Culture

May 2015 Identity in
Christ and in the World

Jan 2015 Fellowship and
Partnership in Mission

Sep 2014 Discipleship
in east Asia

May 2014
Missional Creation Care

Older volumes (Jan 2005 to May 2014)

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