Welcome to Reformissio! My name is Jonathan Kleis, and I am an evangelical missionary working as a church planter in northern Italy. I have recently completed an MA in Applied Theology from York St. John University in England through the Irish Bible Institute in Dublin. 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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