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The difficulties of defining "closure"

“Finishing the task” is a phrase that is widely used in some of the mission circles that I travel in. I’ve used it myself. The technical/missiological term sometimes equated to “finishing the task” is “closure.” Both of these phrases are … Continue reading

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Why is the remaining task not getting finished, when…

One of the questions I am frequently asked is, “Why are the numbers of unevangelized not going down (or % unevangelized) when I know that … [x] … is happening?” “X” could be a lot of different things, including these examples … Continue reading

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Can the task be finished?

Last night I saw a twitter conversation going back over a subject that is near and dear to my heart: can the Great Commission be finished? Eddie Arthur says no–but if you read closely what he’s saying, he’s just saying … Continue reading

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The end of the task is getting further away

Simply put, 93 million children are born into non-Christian homes, and 45 million are born into Christian ones. Aside from the births, Christianity gets 15 million converts and loses 12 million defectors per year. Yes, “evangelicals” (a subset of Christianity) is growing … Continue reading

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Closure: don’t rush it

Trying to finish the Great Commission “impossibly fast” can lead to failure and abandonment of the project altogether. What is “impossibly fast”? Let’s think about the idea of “closure” (e.g. the task is finished) at three levels. First is the … Continue reading

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Its not that we have failed to finish the task

In many if not most places where the Gospel is not present, we the Church simply haven’t yet tried. We haven’t got Gospel workers sent to many places and peoples for the first time. We don’t know what strategies and … Continue reading

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After the task is finished, Jesus will return

Finishing the Task will not bring Jesus back – in the sense that it will force him to return (or, inversely, not finishing the task will not keep Jesus away). I recognize that some interpret Matthew 24 very differently – as a … Continue reading

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The task requires discipleship, which requires time

There are several aspects to the task (“The Great Commission”) Jesus gave us. Matthew 24:14 is often cited by those passionate about finishing the task – “This Gospel shall be preached in all the world, as a witness to all the … Continue reading

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Finishing the Task will not bring Jesus back

There is a fairly addictive idea, which we get from reading Matthew 24:14. Matthew 24 is all the signs of the end. There’s a long litany that are called “birth pangs,” so many have concluded that (like birth pains), the … Continue reading

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Does discipling the nations mean each individual nation or all the nations, generally?

I am writing an ongoing series about Closure Conundrums. Here’s the original post, with links to the individual articles. This is Closure Conundrum #3: “Ethnos” in Matthew 28:19 shouldn’t be interpreted as “tribes” but rather “all the rest of the world” … Continue reading

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