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Thanks Andrew for your patient and clear articulation of the value and promise of a narrative historical approach over what is to my mind a tired and unfruitful Reformed/evangelical theological approach. For the life of me I don’t understand whats’s so difficult about seeing that if you start with a the story of the corporate people of God you also get the individual/transformative aspects thrown in while if you push for the priority of the individual and transformative you rarely get a robust corporate ecclesiology or  missiology.

In my experience working with university students in Australia for over 10 years and with a major evangelical mission agency, the relentless emphasis on the individual has generally led to weak discipleship, little sense or commitment to the importance of the corporate/ecclesial nature of the christian life and an anemic mission/vocation in the world. In this context I have found the NP/Perriman approach immensely useful, tranformative and missionally powerfuly in ways which the old and tired individualised, internalised paradigm never delivered.

I went to a Reformed/evangelical theological college and I spent a number of years attempting to do life, minsitry and mission out of that paradigm and concluded that it did not have the biblical faithfulness nor the missional framework needed today. I know there are many who would disagree with me and do so loudly and aggresively but it seems to me that’s the sort of last frantic gasps you’d expect from something is in its final death throes. (I’m being a little provocative here :-)

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