The Mission of God in Latin America
Ricardo Gómez

 

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The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Intercultural Studies (No. 4)

 

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This is a study of the socio-political, economic, environmental and spiritual reality of Latin America and the response of the Christian church. The purpose of this investigation is to provide a paradigm for integral mission based on Luke-Acts that enables the Latin American church to embody missio Dei.

 

Ricardo Gómez’ analysis centers on selected churches in Latin America. However, we would be mistaken if we were to imagine that his study is important only for what it tells us about the state of things in Mexico or Colombia, Peru or Argentina. Instead, he demonstrates the sort of hard-nosed investigation that we need in other contexts, too, if we are to understand how the challenge of the gospel has been domesticated by cultural forces intent on dulling its sharp edges. He demonstrates the hard-nosed investigation that we need if we are to develop sensibilities for how the gospel might take root and grow in other places in ways that are still good news. In this way, he demonstrates how we might engage in critical reflection on our church’s theology and mission practices wherever we are. And he demonstrates how we might be challenged both by the Lukan message of good news to the poor and by exemplars of churches in other places that put that good news into practice. Here, then, is a case study in integral theology.

-Joel B. Green, PhD Fuller Theological Seminary

 

 

 

About the Author:

Ricardo Gómez (Th.M, Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary) is an ordained pastor and full-time missionary with the Free Methodist Church of North America. He was born and raised in Bucaramanga, Colombia. He and his wife Beth live in Santiago, Chile with their two children, where Ricardo and Beth serve on the pastoral team of a new church plant. Ricardo teaches in the local Biblical Institute and lectures throughout the Latin American continent in his role as the Free Methodist Curriculum Coordinator for Theological and Pastoral Training for Latin Americans. He is also an adjunct professor for Asbury Theological Seminary through their distance-learning program and a Research Fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Center in Manchester, England.

 

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