an afternoon in the library

such language boils down to an admission that we do not have all the answers and are prepared to live within the framework of penultimate knowledge, that we regard our involvement in dialogue and mission as an adventure, are prepared to take risks, and are anticipating surprises as the Spirit guides us into fuller understanding. this is not opting for agnosticism, but for humility. it is, however a bold humility–or a humble boldness. we know only in part, but we do know. and we believe that the faith we profess is both true and just, and should be proclaimed. we do this, however, not as judges or lawyers, but as witnesses; not as soldiers, but as envoys of peace; not as high-pressure salespersons, but as ambassadors of the Servant Lord (277).

~David Bosch, Transforming Mission, 489, in Walls, Andrew F. 2002. The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission and Appropriation of Faith. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books.


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