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ca. 1690 map of Jerusalem by Daniel Stoopendaal

The map of content serves as a natural starting place for someone wanting to interact with networked notes. Since these notes do not run in a straight line, it's best to think of them as a web of interrelated ideas. This web works more like a landscape (a notescape perhaps) than a traditional outline. There is no central thesis for these notes, and they are more a space to be explored than an argument to be traced. Like any other landscape, those unfamiliar with the terrain likely need a map to find their way.

This is your map.

The map can be navigated in two different ways: diachronic and synchronic.

A diachronic (or narrative) approach starts at a particular location, say a burning question, and follows the breadcrumbs through the notes watching an answer unfold. I have listed several questions I am trying to answer with these notes below. You can pick up the beginning of the thread with any of those. Navigating the notes this way is like taking a stroll through the city.

A synchronic (or thematic) approach to the notes will start with a broad topic in mind. Think of these like neighborhoods or regions on the map. Listed below are a number of high level topics that can be considered regions of this notescape. Navigating the notes this way is like canvasing a neighborhood.


Important Questions I'm Trying to Answer

  1. What is my understanding of the Biblical Theology of MissionBiblical Theology of Mission
    This note is on my list of [[Important Questions to Answer]].

    Outline

    [[A Whole Bible Theology of Mission]]
    [[Mission and Missions]]
    The Mission of GodMission of God
    Summary:

    The Bible tells the story of the Triune God who has a cosmic mission for his ultimate glory that is accomplished first through the creation of a place and (more importantly) a people and subsequently through the redemption and recreation of that people and place. The missio dei is Trinitarian in essence, cosmic in scope, and developed through God's covenants, which all find their telos in the person and work of Christ.




    Summary of God's Reign Motif
    [[This summary is an adaptati...

    The Mission of God's PeopleMission of God's People
    The Bible tells of how God has selected for himself a people through which he will accomplish special purposes within his mission of redemption and recreation. This mission of God's people is the central way in which they participtate in the [[Mission of God]].

    There is one people of God, but the church does not replace Israel. Continuity and discontinuity exist between the Old Testament people of God and the New Testament people of God. Though, the church does not replace Israel. While this...



    Key Resources

    Goheen, Michael W. A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story. Baker Academic, 2011.
    Kostenberger, Andreas J., and Peter T. O’Brien. Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. Leicester, England : Downers Grove, Ill: Apollos / I...
    ?
  2. How can a deep understanding of immigration and missions to immigrants in the past help us do better ministry today?
  3. How can we develop a Local Church Strategy for Diaspora MissionsLocal Church Strategy for Diaspora Missions
    This note is on my list of [[Important Questions to Answer]].



    North American cities are currently experiencing one of the largest international migration movements in world history. It is changing the very fabric of the U.S. city, and it is an opportunity for the growth of the gospel. [[New Immigration is a Missionary Occasion]], and the church must rise to meet the opportunity. A framework for culturally relevant and biblically faithful gospel ministry toward the increasing diaspora popul...
    in the 21st century?
  4. What is my position on Contextualization on the Mission FieldContextualization on the Mission Field
    This note is on my list of [[Important Questions to Answer]].



    History of Contextualization
    In 1972, the term "contextualization" was coined by the co-directors of the Theological Education Fund for the World Council of Churches.[[Nicholls1979-jt, 21.::rsn]] The person usually attributed with the term was Shoki Coe.[[Keller2012-ln, 91.::rsn]]

    The Ecumenical Version
    In it's initial uses, the ecumenical version of contextualization often equated the context with Scripture in determining theo...
    , and how would I teach others to do it well?
  5. How might the local church Equip Potential North American MissionariesEquip Potential North American Missionaries
    This note is on my list of [[Important Questions to Answer]].
    What is meant by "reaching a city"?
    The term reach has a broad definition in Christian mission and ministry today. At the maximalist end is the aspiration to "redeem culture" and transform social and cultural norms, affecting a lasting and holistic change on the city that presses it closer to the kingdom of God. At the other end of the spectrum, a common minimalist definition is the distribution of gospel literature on someone's do...
    to reach cities for Christ?
  6. How can we effectively evaluate missionaries and ones sents for Great Commission ministry?
  7. What are the Critical Issues Facing North American MissionariesCritical Issues Facing North American Missionaries
    This note is on my list of [[Important Questions to Answer]].



    Move Past the Rhetoric of Multiplication
    North American missionaries must find a way to move past the rhetoric of multiplication and facilitate churches shifting from a recruitment paradigm to a development paradigm.

    Proofs:

    We need more planters tweet from Kevin saying the pond is drying up.
    2018 study by Send Institute




    Prepare for the Wave of Dying Churches
    A wave of church deaths is looming on the horizon for North ...
    today?

Regions of the Notescape

These are a sampling of general categories that give shape to the network of notes. You can find a particular theme or subject of interest here.

Theology of Mission

  • Biblical Theology of MissionBiblical Theology of Mission
    This note is on my list of [[Important Questions to Answer]].

    Outline

    [[A Whole Bible Theology of Mission]]
    [[Mission and Missions]]
    The Mission of GodMission of God
    Summary:

    The Bible tells the story of the Triune God who has a cosmic mission for his ultimate glory that is accomplished first through the creation of a place and (more importantly) a people and subsequently through the redemption and recreation of that people and place. The missio dei is Trinitarian in essence, cosmic in scope, and developed through God's covenants, which all find their telos in the person and work of Christ.




    Summary of God's Reign Motif
    [[This summary is an adaptati...

    The Mission of God's PeopleMission of God's People
    The Bible tells of how God has selected for himself a people through which he will accomplish special purposes within his mission of redemption and recreation. This mission of God's people is the central way in which they participtate in the [[Mission of God]].

    There is one people of God, but the church does not replace Israel. Continuity and discontinuity exist between the Old Testament people of God and the New Testament people of God. Though, the church does not replace Israel. While this...



    Key Resources

    Goheen, Michael W. A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story. Baker Academic, 2011.
    Kostenberger, Andreas J., and Peter T. O’Brien. Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. Leicester, England : Downers Grove, Ill: Apollos / I...
  • Mission of GodMission of God
    Summary:

    The Bible tells the story of the Triune God who has a cosmic mission for his ultimate glory that is accomplished first through the creation of a place and (more importantly) a people and subsequently through the redemption and recreation of that people and place. The missio dei is Trinitarian in essence, cosmic in scope, and developed through God's covenants, which all find their telos in the person and work of Christ.




    Summary of God's Reign Motif
    [[This summary is an adaptati...
  • Mission of God's PeopleMission of God's People
    The Bible tells of how God has selected for himself a people through which he will accomplish special purposes within his mission of redemption and recreation. This mission of God's people is the central way in which they participtate in the [[Mission of God]].

    There is one people of God, but the church does not replace Israel. Continuity and discontinuity exist between the Old Testament people of God and the New Testament people of God. Though, the church does not replace Israel. While this...

Missiology

  • Contextualization on the Mission FieldContextualization on the Mission Field
    This note is on my list of [[Important Questions to Answer]].



    History of Contextualization
    In 1972, the term "contextualization" was coined by the co-directors of the Theological Education Fund for the World Council of Churches.[[Nicholls1979-jt, 21.::rsn]] The person usually attributed with the term was Shoki Coe.[[Keller2012-ln, 91.::rsn]]

    The Ecumenical Version
    In it's initial uses, the ecumenical version of contextualization often equated the context with Scripture in determining theo...
  • Critical Issues in North American Missions
  • Gospel Conversion as Worldview Transformation
  • Urban MissionsUrban Missions
    This is a topic note that compiles all the notes that relate to urban missions. Look below to see all of the notes linked to this topic. Below the linked notes is a list of more broadly related notes.

Church Ministry

  • Local Church Strategy for Diaspora Missions
  • Preparing a Church to Equip for Sending
  • Transformational DiscipleshipTransformational Discipleship

    Incorporate Bloom's learning domains
    Adapt Kolb's cycle
    Find some illustrations of both
    Biblical foundations for it



    Working definition: At its best, [[Discipleship]] is transformative learning. It's the kind of learning that changes someone's life. Biblical discipleship is being on Christ's mission and taking others with you.



    [[Transformational Discipleship has much in common with habit formation]]. The overall process develops rhythms within a person's life that engages all ...
  • Spiritual DisciplinesSpiritual Disciplines
    Spiritual disciplines are a type of [[Deliberate Practice]] which serve as the primary means of grace through which the Spirit sancitifies the believer and are essential to [[Transformational Discipleship]]. A number of these practices can be found throughout Scripture and include things such as: the regular study and memorization of the Scriptures, prayer, fasting, evangelism, corporate worship and fellowship, confession, and accountability.

    Scripture does not provide an exhaustive or syste...
  • Church Renewal
  • A list of Christian PodcastsChristian Podcasts
    The following is a list of podcasts on an array of topics within Christian life and practice. Podcasts range from popular level, designed for anyone interested in casual Christian conversation, to academic in nature, for pastors, theologians, and aspiring scholars.



    General Topics
    Gospelbound
    Gospelbound, hosted by Collin Hansen for The Gospel Coalition, is a podcast for those searching for firm faith in an anxious age. Each week, Collin talks with insightful guests about books, ideas, and ...

Notetaking

  • Taking Smart Notes
  • Digital Gardens
  • Starting a Personal WebsiteStarting a Personal Website
    I am convinced more people need their own personal website, and I am not alone. A whole movement has cropped on on the internet to reclaim the idea of individuals carving out their own space on the web independent from large social platforms.

    Meet the Indie Web.

    The Indie Web
    In the world of increasing social media fragmentation, it's getting harder than ever to know have a clear presence and identity on the web. Furthermore, with so many differnent social platforms, the unfortunate realit...

Metacognition

  • Learning DomainsLearning Domains
    In the 1950s, an educational theorist named Benjamin Bloom proposed a significant concept that completely changed the way we think about education and learning. If you're an educator, you may be familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy. As part of his theory, Bloom suggested that learning happens across three different but interconnected domains.



    The cognitive domain is probably the one most of us associate with learning, it's all about the head. It's knowledge and facts and concepts. But there were...
  • Experiential LearningExperiential Learning
    In 1984, an educational scholar named David Kolb published a theory about how people learn. His goal was to highlight the extreme significance of experience in learning. Kolb claims that people learn through acquiring new concepts that are usually abstract in nature but can be applied to real life circumstances. In other words, new knowledge is best gained when abstract concepts can be put into practice. The reason people want to learn, in Kolb’s theory, comes through having new experiences t...
  • Locus of Control
  • Focus on What is GoodFocus on What is Good
    Attention plays an outsized role in determining the quality of our life.
    In his book Deep Work, Cal Newport engages the relatioship between the object of our focus and our contentment. For Newport's thesis, he is concerned with the difference between focusing on deep, meaningful work and shallow work or distraction. Ultimately, focusing on deep work as opposed to mindless distraction actually makes someone happier. Newport relies heavily on the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Flow...