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Preaching Christ Crucified to the World

The task of the Church is not to "do mission work," rather she is to "proclaim" the forgiveness of sins for Jesus' sake. Unfortunately, The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod adopted a series of "Mission Affirmations" at a convention in 1965. These "Mission Affirmations" contained some bad examples of how to "do mission work." Where did this bad theology come from? A more biblical image is that of "witness" rather than the image of "mission." In the end, the church "witnesses" the work that Christ has done--and continues to do--for the world.

Rev. Roy Askins



Rev Roy Askins is the managing editor of The Lutheran Witness (LW) since February 2020. He received a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon (2005) and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (2009). He holds a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Askins served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Livingston, Texas, from 2010 to 2015, and as communications manager for the LCMS Asia Region from 2015 to 2020. He and his wife, Eliza, are blessed with seven children. They are members at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel, Illinois.



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1 History of Martin Kretzmann and the Mission Affirmations
2 The Bad Mission Theology of the Mission Affirmations: How do we deal with it?
3 An Alternative Theology of Mission: The word ‘Witness’ is better than the word ‘Mission'