A Missional Orthodoxy
The emerging and missional church movements have raised decisive questions about what it means to embody the Christian Faith in a post-Christian and postmodern context. A common reactionary response asserts orthodoxy at the expense of being missional and contextual: those at the other end of the spectrum emphasise generosity at the expense of fidelity to “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). The church today needs a theology that is both orthodox and missional — doing justice to both aspects.
Gary Tyra has written just such a book. In A Missional Orthodoxy he critically engages with the works of Brian McLaren and Marcus Borg for the sake of developing a comprehensive missional theology that overcomes the false antithesis between a fighting fundamentalism and a too-accommodating liberalism. The result is a humble, modest, missionally faithful orthodoxy that provides a compelling witness within a world of competing extremes.