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Wednesday, March 07, 2007
  Theologians without boarders!?
I've always found most strange the English "translation" of the French organisation name Médecins sans frontières which renders it as "Doctors without borders". But when it is adapted to theologians - who less well paid than doctors of medicine - one can imagine taking in boarders to pay the rent, it becomes bizarre! Yet the concept is not - take theological teachers on sabbatical and put them for some of the time in contexts where there is a desperate shortage of theological teaching... Theologians without borders may make no sense as a name, but the idea is great.

My colleague George has tried it, and his guest post on the TWB blog includes this gem:
The Gospel really Works!

For me, as a product of Christian influence filtered through many centuries of Western culture and assumptions, it was startling to see the tangible effects of embracing Christian faith seen in a very short period of time, with cleaner villages, better health, valuing of education, improved housing, etc. From my own context in which church growth is slow, incremental and individual, seeing families and communities that have come to faith was very refreshing.

Time and again I found myself thinking, what if B hadn’t pressed on with that translation, and there had been no NT for the churches mushrooming in the 80’s and the communities continuing to come to faith today? What if the pioneers and others in their wake… had just not bothered? I’ve always believed that “your labour in the Lord is not in vain” but it was thrilling to have the chance to see such fruit from service in the (relatively) recent past, and I’ve come away with renewed desire to invest wisely whatever gifts and opportunities I have and work diligently.


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