The value of consciously functioning within a Christ centered trinitarian matrix is, in part, its utility for disrupting fossilized theological systems. It stimulates a kind of healthy "strategic chaos," which encourages lateral thinking about what really matters in the Christian confession. At the same time it can be fruitfully (and faithfully) creative within concrete historical and social contexts. Exploring the features of this matrix is the task before us.
We have been saying much about the Trinity. But it must be emphasized that we are advocating a Christ-centered trinitarian model. This is critical. A theology whose christology cuts loose from its trinitarian moorings quickly sails away from Orthodoxy. But a trinitarian approach that is not sensitive to the primary historical, redemptive and revelatory function of the Son, runs the risk of being an abstraction. The faithful Christian confession must be both christocentric AND trinitarian.
The christological focus keeps us close to the missio Dei, and thus to the heart of things. Those theologians who are moving towards a "missional" theology, and the churchmen [/women] who follow in their trail, are to be celebrated. Perhaps it is time to critically and prayerfully reread David J. Bosch's monumental work, Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission.
In his closing section ("Whither Mission?"), Bosch writes, "The missio Dei purifies the church. It sets it under the cross — the only place where it is ever safe. The cross is the place of humiliation and judgment, but it is also the place of refreshment and new birth" (p. 519). May the Lord purify the church today!