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Complete SFM August 2009

Complete SFM August 2009

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Complete issue of St Francis Magazine, Volume 5:4, August 2009. A journal about Christian witness in Muslim contexts.
Complete issue of St Francis Magazine, Volume 5:4, August 2009. A journal about Christian witness in Muslim contexts.

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From the Editor’s Desk,
John Stringer 
 Moving on from the C1-C6 Spectrum,
Roger L. Dixon 
 An Assessment of the Insider’s Principle Paradigms,
Jay Smith 
Report on the Common Ground Consultants Meeting,
John and Anne Span 
Inside What? Church, Culture, Religion and Insider Movementsin Biblical Perspective
, Kevin Higgins 
A Response to Kevin Higgins’ ‘Inside What?’,
Bill Nikides 
A Response to Kevin Higgins’ ‘Inside What?’,
The Insider Movement as a strategy for evangelizing Muslims
,William Steele 
Rethinking the Insider Movement Debate: Global HistoricalInsights Toward an Appropriate Transitional Model of C5,
 Abdul  Asad 
 A Few Thoughts made while Crossing a Minefield,
 Basil Gafas
Book review by Callum Johnson of 
From Seed to Fruit: GlobalTrends, Fruitful Practices and Emerging Issues among Muslims
by J. Dudley Woodberry.
St Francis Magazine 5:4 (August 2009)
Insider Movement 
, also called C5 or 
Messianic Islam 
, has been a pervasive, outspoken presence in the world of missions for the last threedecades. Missiological journals, Christian magazines and newspapershave been awash in anecdotes from the field extolling this purportedlynew, biblical, approach to ministry. At times, it has seemed almost un-thinkable to offer criticism of this broad movement. Those that do areoften labeled as extreme and chastised into silence. We feel that it istime to reply to the proponents, practitioners and supporters of this ap- proach. That is why this entire issue is dedicated to a detailed examina-tion of the Insider Movement, its theology, methodology and tactics.This is a subject of vital importance to missions and to the Church asa whole. It would have been important if its significance was confinedto a discussion about missiology, but the fact is that the subject goesmuch further. The issue strikes at the heart of the biblical meaning of  being Christian, and of the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of theChurch. It is clear from these discussions that the future of the Church isgenuinely at stake.Is the heart of the Christian faith a matter of making an individualchoice? Is it fundamentally just a matter of having a personal love for Jesus? Or is the Church, organized and visible, at the heart of God's planfor the world? The subject sounds alarm bells. Evangelical Christians become increasingly susceptible to the siren song of post-structuralist(some might say anti-) postmodernism and liberalism, lacking a founda-tion in a theology that biblically respects the historic Church as the bodyof the Lord Jesus Christ.We plan to dedicate part of the next issue to responses to these arti-cles, by Kevin Higgins and others. If you would like to comment on any-thing you have read here, write us and let us know what you think.Rev Dr John Stringer 
St Francis Magazine 5:4 (August 2009)
The one who states his case first seems right,until the other comes and examines him (Prov. 18:17)
 New models of work among Muslims have been proliferating over the past 20 years. In general, these approaches reflect sympathy for Muslimthought and life style that is characteristic of the experiences of mostworkers among Muslims. But it seems to me there is a dramatic differ-ence in some of these models. That difference is seen in their shift fromthe way missionaries have traditionally understood and presented the person and work of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.This shift represents a sea change in mission theology. Due to rea-sons of ‘security’, much of the propaganda disseminated by these practi-tioners of a new approach to Muslims is not being discussed and ana-lyzed by the general missionary community. This lack of exchange hascaused leaders of some mission agencies to buy into this new philosophywithout really understanding all that it entails. Younger workers of some mission agencies that work among various faith traditions are be-ing indoctrinated in these new methods before they are capable of con-ceptualizing incisive questions about their intrinsic value. It is vital thateveryone hear all sides of the issue. This paper is an effort to outlinesome of the critical issues I have observed with the appeal to bring all points of these issues to the worldwide Church for consideration in lightof Scripture.
From my perspective, all the primary issues emerge from a lack of theo-logical moorings and consequently a lack of a comprehensive biblical

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