Two Tasks Institute

 

God is on a mission to redeem and restore humanity, indeed, all of creation. This mission finds its climax in the coming of Jesus Christ—the great hope of the world. Jesus is man’s greatest need and highest good. As the people of God, Christians have been called to join God in this great mission by proclaiming to the world a brilliant and beautiful Christ. Or as the eminent statesman and scholar Charles Malik implored, Christians are called by God to engage in two great tasks: “that of saving the soul and that of saving the mind.” (see the full lecture by Malik in The Two Tasks of the Christian Scholar, eds. Paul Gould and William Lane Craig).

At the beginning of the 21st century there are many “defeater beliefs” for Christianity within western culture.[1] Add to this the reality that Christian leaders play a marginal role within the great culture-shaping institutions of the world and the result is a muted Christian voice. The gospel is not heard within this cultural milieu; Jesus is not seen as beautiful or brilliant.

The question then is: “What would be involved in a missionary encounter between the gospel and [the] whole way of perceiving, thinking, and living that we call ‘modern Western culture’?”[2] Part of the answer involves engaging the “defeater beliefs” for Christianity. Part of the answer involves Christian leadership within the great culture-shaping institutions of the western world. Part of the answer involves Christians re-awakening to the reality that Jesus is our greatest need and highest good.

To meet this need, and, more specifically, to empower and free me up to play a unique role in spreading these values and for which I have unique training and experience, I have formed the Two Tasks Institute. The purpose of the Two Tasks Institute (TTI) is to re-establish the Christian voice and conscience within the western world in order to bring about a genuine missionary encounter with the goal of saving souls and minds for Christ.

This is done through requiring fellows of the TTI to (1) do research (largely through philosophy, ethics, apologetics, and biblical teaching) and to practice spiritual formation and seek mentoring themselves so as to be authentically practicing what they preach; (2) participate in lectures, seminars, conferences, radio/TV interviews for the general public or church groups; (3) produce media (social, video, print, web), articles, books and other materials that promote a brilliant and beautiful Christ and the truth of the Christian worldview and spiritual formation; (4) create infrastructure to creatively and continually engage the current and (always) rising “defeater beliefs” to Christianity.

Two Tasks Institute Projects:

The Outrageous Idea of the Missional Professor (Book companion website)

 


[1] A defeater belief is a belief A that if true, would rule out the truth of belief B.

 

[2] Lesslie Newbigin, Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western culture (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1986), 1.