Centre for the Study of Bible & Mission

Fools for the sake of Christ - Michael Barram articleMichael Barram is an important figure in the field of missional hermeneutics. While his work relies on a missio Dei lens he often takes his readings in new directions. In particular I appreciate the ways in which he roots his missional reflections in the ‘locatedness’ of contemporary contexts. It’s not always comfortable reading, but always valuable.

A recent article by Barram focuses on Paul’s letters to the Corinthian Church. You will need access to the journal, or an ATLA subscription, to read it but it is another important contribution to the developing missional conversation. Here is the abstract:

Paul’s rhetoric in the Corinthian correspondence suggests that at least some of the Corinthians understood wisdom, power, freedom, and knowledge as being at the heart of Christian identity and practice in the world. Paul counters each of those terms hermeneutically, missionally—underscoring the import of foolishness, weakness, slavery, and love—with respect to his…

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