The Role of the Academy in Missiological Formation

Dr. J. Raymond Tallman, March 11, 2010
Academic Convocation

 “The goal of proper theological formation of a student is to teach him or her how to understand the dynamic interface of three cultures: the culture of the Bible, the culture of the student and the culture of the unbeliever,” said Dr. J. Raymond Tallman to the audience of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary students, faculty and staff as he presented his Academic Convocation.

“Over the past century and a half, missionary understanding of culture has changed drastically,” observed Tallman. “Missionaries have probably led the way in probing the questions of cultural difference, bringing major contributions to both verbal culture with an emphasis on Bible translation, and non-verbal culture with an emphasis on adaptation.”

“The potential Great Commission work force we are training will be called by God to go, compelled by the compassion of Jesus Christ to preach and conditioned by the Holy Spirit to be ambassadors for Christ,” Tallman concluded. “They will make their Gospel appeal from God to people from every tribe, tongue, nation, and people group – to every culture.”

Dr. J. Raymond Tallman has had a long career in cross-cultural missionary ministry and training with particular expertise in the Islamic world. He holds a Doctor of Missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts from the University of Kansas. He taught at Moody Bible Institute, where he also served as Chairman of the Missions Department for many years. He is currently the Baker James Cauthen Chair of World Missions and a professor of Global Missiology and Intercultural Studies at Golden Gate Seminary.

It has long been the custom in educational institutions that at the beginning of new terms of study, professors would address gatherings of their colleagues and share the results of their research and study. For many years Golden Gate Seminary has continued this tradition.

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