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Monday, June 09, 2008


Hi Andy (D) and welcome
I guess I see the Lukan narrative as conceptually pretty different and so cannot think of obvious correlations right now - however, the main Matthean theme, I think lies in the claim to universal authority that Jesus now makes post-resurrection. That seems to me to articulate a political claim (specifically counter-imperial in Matthew's case) that in turn generates a community with a new politics shaped by the authority of the Son of Man. My point in my work on Matthew 28 is that this is too easily detached from the authority manifest in Jesus' own ministry - and it is that understanding of authority and power that should in turn shape the politics and mission of the church ... or something like that.

Hi Sean

I'm looking into the missiological promise of a couple of contemporary political theologians and a crucial christological moment for both missionary and theo-political articualtion is the ascension. I'd be interested in how this admittedly Lukan theme interacts with Matt 28 in your sources, if at all. How does it correlate in your links between Jesus' earthly ministry and the future parousia?
(another) Andy (keeping up a Regent's connection)

Hi Andy
You may be right, but two comments:
1. Arguably the text derives its importance from the fact that it was a Baptist who 'rediscovered' it: William Carey. The first part of my paper will deal with this.
2. Given that it is so wisely used, it is probably a good idea to use it well: hence the need for a closer look at what it is actually saying about mission.
Hope all is well

I find it interesting that Baptists seem so overly attached to Matt 28, as it shapes declaration of principle and national strategy. I find it an overly-cited and -used text ...

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