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Mission and World Christianity

The Gailyn Van Rheenen Endowed Session on Mission and World Christianity

When: June 8, 2022, 8:15 am - Wednesday

Where: Burton 184

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Session Abstract

The Bible refers to the presence and activity of the Spirit not only at Pentecost but also as a “wind” at creation. In the biblical story, this breath from God engages in a world of many spirits and is not limited to the people of Israel. In the New Testament, the Spirit appears as the Spirit of mission. Extrapolating from the biblical material, the Nicene Creed names the Spirit as “the Giver of Life,” and theologically, the Spirit, like the Son, is sent from the Father. In other words, there is a mission of the Spirit to the world. This lecture aims to bridge between the Spirit of mission and the mission of the Spirit to integrate Spirit, spirits, and Holy Spirit in a theology for mission.


Greg McKinzie, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Kirsteen Kim, Fuller Theological Seminary, “The Spirit of Mission and the Mission of the Spirit”
  • C. Leonard Allen, Lipscomb University, Respondent

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