Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Interview with AWAF Participant Simon Chan

Christianity Today's Christian Vision Project has recently published an online interview with Simon Chan. Dr. Chan will be among the theologians participating in our conference June 4-6, 2009. In this interview he discusses (among other things) the role of mission within the broader ministry of the Church:
If we see communion as central to the life of the church, we are going to have an important place for mission. And this is reflected in the ancient fourfold structure of worship: gathering, proclaiming the Word, celebrating the Eucharist, and going out into the world. The last, of course, is mission. But mission takes its place within a larger structure. It is this sense of communion that the evangelical world especially needs. Communion is not just introspection or fellowship among ourselves. It involves, ultimately, seeing God and seeing the heart of God as well, which is his love for the world.

This summer, Dr. Chan (together with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary professor Edith Humphrey) will be specifically addressing "Worshiping in the Great Tradition." He is the author of Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community (IVP 2006) and Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life (IVP 1998). He is Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College in Singapore.

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