Welcome to Reformissio! My name is Jonathan Kleis, and I am a Reformed Baptist missionary in northern Italy currently involved in church-planting as well as in finishing up an MA in Applied Theology through Irish Bible Institute in Dublin and York St. John University in England. Given Italy’s religious history, I like to describe my work not as missions in the traditional sense but as more of a “reformission” in the tradition of John Calvin. This blog is home to a series of my own personal reflections on what it means for the church to be continually reformed according to the one Word of God. Since in the present “we see in a mirror dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12), we always have need of the disruptive inbreaking of that Word to dispel the lingering shadows with its radiant light. Thinking out loud about what this might entail is why I started this blog.
Full disclosure: I make no claim to present definitive statements on any of the topics discussed. I admit that I make many mistakes (many of which are likely reflected on this blog!) and that I still have much to learn (don’t we all!). I merely hope to offer provisional ‘stammerings’ that seek to echo the eloquence of the Word of God addressed to the church. It is my prayer that this blog may contribute, even if only in a small and negligible way, to realizing this goal.
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