December 1, 2019

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Letter from the General Editor: Volume 5, Issue 1

It has been a long time coming since the last issue. Thank you for your patience! However, a lot has taken place. We now have a completely redesigned and updated website, and the Journal now finds a new institutional home, Missio Seminary, which has been experiencing its own transitions, most notably, moving the main campus into the city of Philadelphia from Hatfield, PA.

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The Life and Ministry of an Urban Pastor Manuel (Manny) Ortiz (1938-2017)

It is impossible to speak of the impact Manny has had on urban ministry without taking a quick look into who he was as a man of God. Manny never pretended to be perfect or above anyone else. He saw himself as a sinner saved by the grace of God. His keen awareness of his own failings kept him humble, always giving credit to the Lord for his achievements, and non-judgmental, knowing that God forgave him for his sins so how could he do otherwise with others.

Man from Mina / Ruth Naomi Floyd / Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Taking the Narrow Gate: How Lament Shapes Multicultural Ministry and Discipleship

A narrow gate is more difficult to pass through than a wide gate. So why take the narrow gate? Christ once charged his disciples with these words: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

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Review: Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation

Most books about race focus on individual racism; others on systemic racism. David Leong’s book addresses systemic issues in a mission context and delves into how place affects and is affected by racial differentiation, how the way the places we inhabit has been formed for the sake of exclusion, and how place must therefore be considered when working for reconciliation and mission.