Michael Goheen is director of Theological Education at Missional Training Center, scholar-in-residence for the Surge Network of Churches (Phoenix), and professor of missional theology at Covenant Theological Seminary (St Louis). He is married to Marnie and together they have four adult married children and eleven grandchildren. He splits his time between Surrey, B.C., Canada and Tempe, AZ, USA.
Professor of Missional Theology
Covenant Theological Seminary
Here you will find books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, and book reviews by Michael Goheen that have been published. For more information on any listed item, please click on the title (it will open in a new window).
“As the Father Has Sent Me, I Am Sending You”: J.E. Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Ecclesiology. Zoetermeer: Boekencentrum Publishing House (2000).
The Gospel and Globalization: Exploring the Religious Roots of Globalization (Vancouver: Regent College Press and Geneva Society, 2009). Co-edited with Erin G. Glanville. Preface and Introduction co-authored with Erin Glanville, 7-9, 11-25.
“The Finality of Christ and a Missionary Encounter with Religious Pluralism: Newbigin’s Missiological Approach”, in Mark T. B. Laing and Paul Weston, (eds.), Theology in Missionary Perspective: Lesslie Newbigin’s Legacy (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012), 244-259.
“The Identity and Role of the Church in the Biblical Story: Missional By Its Very Nature,” in Stanley E. Porter and Cynthia Long Westfall (eds.), The Church—Then and Now. McMaster New Testament Studies 3 (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, Pickwick Publications; Hamilton, ON: McMaster Divinity College Press, 2012), 187-215.
“Nourishing Our Missional Identity: Worship and the Mission of God’s People,” in David J. Cohen and Michael Parsons (eds.), In Praise of Worship: An Exploration of Text and Practice (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, Pickwick Publications, 2010), 32-53.
“Bible and Mission: Missiology and Biblical Scholarship in Dialogue,” in Stanley E. Porter and Cynthia Long Westfall (eds.), Christian Mission: Old Testament Foundations and New Testament Developments. McMaster New Testament Studies 1 (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, Pickwick Publications; Hamilton, ON: McMaster Divinity College Press, 2010), 208-235.
“Probing the Historical and Religious Roots of Economic Globalization,” in Michael W. Goheen and Erin G. Glanville (eds.), The Gospel and Globalization: Exploring the Religious Roots of Globalization (Vancouver: Regent College Press and Geneva Society; Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2009), 69-90.
“Mission and Unity: The Theological Dynamic of Comity,” in Michael W. Goheen and Margaret O’Gara (eds.), That the World May Believe: Essays on Mission and Unity in Honour of George Vandervelde (Lanham, MA: University Press of America, 2006), 83-91.
“Delighting in God’s Good Gift of Competition and Sport,” in Richard Edlin and Jill Ireland (eds.), Engaging the Culture: Christians at Work in Education (Sydney, Australia: National Institute for Christian Education, 2006), 173-186.
“A Critical Examination of David Bosch’s Missional Reading of Luke,” in Craig G. Bartholomew, Joel B. Green, and Anthony C. Thiselton (eds.), Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection, Formation (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005), 229-264.
“The Gospel and the Idolatrous Power of Secular Science,” in Jill Ireland, Richard Edlin, and Ken Dickens (eds.), Pointing the Way: Directions for Christian Schooling in a New Millennium (Sydney, Australia: National Institute for Christian Education, 2004), 33-54. Republished in Kindle version 2014.
“The Gospel and the Idolatrous Spirit of the Western Academy,” in John B. Hulst and Peter Balla (eds.), The Word of God and the Academy in Contemporary Culture (Sioux Center: Dordt Press; Budapest, Hungary: Karoli Gaspar Press, 2003), 21-38.
“The Missional Calling of Believers in the World: The Contribution of Lesslie Newbigin,” in Thomas F. Foust, George R. Hunsberger, J. Andrew Kirk, and Werner Ustorf (eds.), A Scandalous Prophet: The Way of Mission After Newbigin (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001), 37-54.
“Charting a Faithful Path Amidst Postmodern Winds,” in Hans Boersma (ed.), In the LambLight: Christianity and Contemporary Challenges to the Gospel (Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2001), 17-31.
“Creational Revelation, Scriptural Revelation, and Science,” in Jitse van der Meer (ed.), Facets of Faith and Science. Volume 4: Interpreting God’s Action in the World (Lanham: The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science/University Press of America, 1996), 313-330.
“Organism of Revelation,” in Jitse van der Meer (ed.), Facets of Faith and Science. Volume 4: Interpreting God’s Action in the World (Lanham: The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science/University Press of America, 1996), 331-345.
“A Conversation with N.T. Wright about a Missional Hermeneutic and Public Truth,” Presbyterion 45, 2 (Fall 2019): 8-16.
“Pastoral Theology in a Missional Mode,” Journal for Biblical and Theological Studies (2018): 118-138.
“The Legacy of Lesslie Newbigin for Mission in the 21st Century,” Trinity Journal for Theology and Ministry (Special Issue: The Gospel in the Public Square: Essays by and in Honor of Lesslie Newbigin) 4, 2 (2010): 8-21.
“Historical Perspectives on the Missional Church Movement: Probing Lesslie Newbigin’s Formative Influence,” Trinity Journal for Theology and Ministry (Special Issue: The Gospel in the Public Square: Essays by and in Honor of Lesslie Newbigin) 4, 2 (2010): 62-84.
“Continuing Steps Toward a Missional Hermeneutic,” Fideles, 3 (2008): 49-99.
“The Urgency of Reading the Bible as One Story,” Theology Today, 64, 4 (January 2008): 469-483.
“The Surrender and Recovery of the Unbearable Tension,” Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 11, 1 (Spring 2007): 7-21.
“A Missionary Encounter with Western Culture,” ACT 3 Review, 15, 1 (2006): 155-171.
“The Significance of Lesslie Newbigin for Mission in a New Millennium,” Third Millennium, 7, 3 (2004): 88-99.
“The Future of Mission in the World Council of Churches: The Dialogue Between Lesslie Newbigin and Konrad Raiser,” Mission Studies, 21, 1 (2004): 97-111.
“Liberating the Gospel from Its Modern Cage: An Interpretation of Lesslie Newbigin’s Gospel and Modern Culture Project,” Missionalia, 30, 3 (November 2002): 360-375.
“Is Lesslie Newbigin’s Model of Contextualization Anticultural?” Mission Studies, 19, 2, 38 (October 2002): 136-158.
“The Missional Church: Ecclesiological Discussion in the Gospel and Our Culture Network in North America,” Missiology. 30, 4 (October 2002): 479-490.
“‘As the Father Has Sent Me, I Am Sending You’: Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Ecclesiology,” International Review of Mission, XCI, 362 (July 2002): 354-369.
“Who Turned Out the Light? Educational Light in a Dark World,” Journal of Education and Christian Belief, 6, 1 (Spring 2002): 41-55.
“Scholarship at the Crossroads: Exploring Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Model of Contextualization,” European Journal of Theology, 10, 2 (2001): 131-142.
“Gospel and Cultures: Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Contribution,” Philosophia Reformata, 66, 2 (2001): 178-188.
“Scholarship at the Crossroads: Exploring Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Model of Contextualization,” Contact: The Newsletter of the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education, 13, 1 (November 2001). Academic insert, 1-8.
“Educating Between the Times: Postmodernity and Educational Leadership,” Journal of Education and Christian Belief, 5, 1 (Fall 2001): 27-39.
“Building for the Future: Worldview Foundations of Sand and Rock,” Religion in Eastern Europe, 20, 5 (October 2000): 30-41.
“Toward a Missiology of Western Culture,” European Journal of Theology, 8, 2 (1999): 155-168.
“Mission in the Ecumenical and Evangelical Traditions,” Pro Rege (December 1992): 1-10.
“Gospel, Story, Mission, and Culture,” What is the Gospel? Mission Fest Vancouver 2018 (January 2018): 16-17.
“Introducing Christian Mission Today. STR Interviews Dr. Michael Goheen,” Southeastern Theological Review, 6, 1 (Summer 2015): 29-44.
“The Church: Who and Whose We Are,” Calvin Theological Seminary Forum: Engaging the Church, 20, 2 (Spring 2013): 3-5.
“Mission as the Key to Unlocking the Grand Story of the Bible,” Calvin Theological Seminary Forum: Engaging Scripture, 19, 2 (Fall 2012): 3-4.
“A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story. STR Interviews Michael Goheen,” Southeastern Theological Review, 2, 2 (Winter 2011): 109-116. “Review Essay of Michael Goheen, A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story”, Bruce Riley Ashford, 117-126.
“The Lasting Legacy of Lesslie Newbigin: A Missionary Encounter with Western Culture.” Q Ideas For the Common Good, Legacy Series.
“Missional Code of Conduct,” Comment (August 2011).
“Contours of the Neo-Calvinist Tradition” (with Craig Bartholomew), All of Life Redeemed: A Reformational Newsletter, 1, 1 (May 2011): 1.
“Dethroning the Idols”—Mike Goheen talks to Peter Hastie, Australian Presbyterian (August 2010): 4-9.
“The Creational Goodness of Sports and Competition in the Biblical Story,” Comment, 14 (March 2009): 52-57.
“Escaping Margaret’s World: The Importance of Worldview for the University,” Christian Week, 22, 24 (March 1, 2009); ‘Focus on Higher Education’ section, 2-3.
“‘Narrating the World’: What Can Church Leaders Do?” Catalyst, 33.3 (March 2007): 4-6.
“Reading the Bible as One Story,” Catalyst, 33.3 (March 2007): 1, 3-4.
“Reading the Bible… and articulating a worldview,” Comment: Reading the Bible (Work Research Foundation Journal), (June 2006): 19-24. Republished in Gideon Strauss (ed.), Comment: Cardus Coursepack. Worldview (Cardus), June 2009, 6-11.
“Making Our Own Confession: A Service for Reformation or All-Saints Day,” Reformed Worship, 77 (September 2005), 32-33.
“The Foolishness of the Cross and ‘The Passion of the Christ,’” The Big Picture: The Gospel and Our Culture, 1, 17 (2004), 1-3. Also published in OCSTA Newsletter, 26, 7 (March 2004): 4.
“Celebrating the Vision of Christian Education: Understanding Our Cultural Context,” The Christian Teachers Journal, 12, 2 (April 2004), 21-25. “Worldview: A Short Annotated Bibliography” also appended to article, 25-26.
“Celebrating the Vision of Christian Education: The Biblical Story and Education,” The Christian Teachers Journal, 12, 1 (February 2004): 16-20.
“Joy in the Journey,” Christian Educators Journal, 43, 3 (February 2004): 23.
“Theology in Context: Lesslie Newbigin’s Contribution,” Christian Courier, 2668 (July 9, 2001): 16-17; “Theology in Context: The Changing Landscape,” Christian Courier, 2667 (June 25, 2001): 14-15.
“Hope for the Christian Family: Family Worship,” Clarion: The Canadian Reformed Magazine, 49, 6 (March 17, 2000): 125-129.
“Mission and the Public Life of Western Culture: The Kuyperian Tradition,” The Gospel and Our Culture Network Newsletter (UK), 26 (Autumn 1999): 6-8.
Nicholas J. Wood, Faiths and Faithfulness: Pluralism, Dialogue and Mission in the Work of Kenneth Cragg and Lesslie Newbigin. Paternoster Theological Monographs (Carlisle, Cumbria: Paternoster, 2009). Reviewed in Canadian Theological Review, 1 (Spring 2012): 91-93.
Paul G. Hiebert, The Gospel in Human Contexts: Anthropological Explorations for Contemporary Missions (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009). Reviewed in Southeastern Theological Review, 1, 1 (Winter 2010): 92-94.
Klaus Nürenberger, Biblical Theology in Outline: The Vitality of the Word of God (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Cluster Publications / Pretoria: CB Powell Bible Centre, 2004). Reviewed in Mission Studies, 25, 1 (2008): 129-130.
Peter Heslam, (ed.), Globalization and the Good (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004). Reviewed in Mission Studies, 24, 1 (2007): 127-129
Meic Pearse, Why the Rest Hates the West: Understanding the Roots of Global Rage (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2004). Reviewed in Mission Studies, 23, 2 (2006): 284-285.
Johannes Nissen, New Testament and Mission: Historical and Hermeneutical Perspectives (3rd edition; Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2004). Reviewed in Mission Studies, 23, 1 (2006): 137-138.
James Brownson, et. al., StormFront: The Good News of God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003). Reviewed in Calvin Theological Journal, 41, 1 (April 2006): 175-176.
Veli-Matti Kärkäinen, An Introduction to the Theology of Religions: Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Perspectives (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2003). Reviewed in Calvin Theological Journal, 40, 2 (November 2005): 403-404.
David K. Naugle, Worldview: The History of a Concept (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002). Reviewed in The Gospel and Our Culture Network Newsletter, 39 (Spring 2004): 4.
Geoffrey Wainwright, Lesslie Newbigin: A Theological Life (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000). Reviewed in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 26, 2 (April 2002): 92.
George Hunsberger, Bearing the Witness of the Spirit: Lesslie Newbigin’s Theology of Cultural Plurality (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998). Reviewed in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 23, 2 (April 1999): 80.
B. J. Van Der Walt, The Liberating Message: A Christian Worldview for Africa (Potchefstroom: Potchefstroom University for Higher Education, Institute for Reformational Studies), 1994. Reviewed in Pro Rege, 23, 3 (March 1995): 30-31.
Bruce Bradshaw, Bridging the Gap: Evangelism, Development and Shalom (Pasadena: MARC, 1994). Reviewed in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 19, 1 (January 1995): 43-44.
Lesslie Newbigin, Truth to Tell: Gospel as Public Truth (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991). Reviewed in Pro Rege, 21, 3 (March 1993): 23-24.
Leonardo Boff, Faith on the Edge (New York: Harpercollins, 1989). Reviewed in Pro Rege, 21, 2 (December 1992): 24-26.
Here you will find many unpublished resources (articles and powerpoints) by Michael Goheen in the areas of biblical story, worldview, and mission. For more information on any item, please click on the title (it will open in a new window).
[Re]New[ed] Creation: The End of the Story
* Bibliography Popular Biblical Theology
Reading the Bible as One Story
Story & Biblical Theology
The Story-Line of the Bible
The Urgency of Reading the Bible as One Story in the 21st Century
A New Heaven and a New Earth – The Case for a Holistic Reading of the Biblical Story of Redemption (Middleton)
How can the Bible be Authoritative? (NT Wright)
Living into God’s Story (Eugene Peterson)
Systematic Theology (Michael Williams)
The Bible for the Post Modern World (NT Wright)
The Bible: Good News for a Secularised People (Newbigin)
The Book and the Story (NT Wright)
* Annotated Bibliography Worldview
* Starting Bibliography on Basic Worldview Books
Biblical Story and Education
Charting Path Amidst Postmodern Winds
Cultural Story and Education
Between the Times
European Worldview and Education
God’s Good Gift of Athletics
Gospel and University
Gospel, Culture and Cultures: Newbigin’s Missionary Contribution
Hide It Under a Bushel
Joy in the Journey
Mission in the Public Square
Power of the Gospel and the Renewal of Scholarship
Scholarship at the Crossroads
Seeking the Justice of the Kingdom
Surrendering the Unbearable Tension
Who Turned Out the Lights
Our World Belongs to God  (Christian Reformed Church)
Our World Belongs to God  (Christian Reformed Church)
The Cross and our Calling – Redeemer University College
What Needs to be Added to Creation Regained (Wolters)
How to Use the Bible in Christian Scholarship (Donald Sinnema)
Ideas Have Legs (Wolters)
Education and Creation Order
Education and Goodness of Creation
Education and Human Rebellion
Education Restoration and Antithesis
Encountering Secular Scholarship
Five Ingredients of Home Education
Genesis 1-3 in Context
Globalisation and Education
Globalisation, Consumerism, Education
Gratitude and Groaning
Habit of Cultural Critique HSLDA
History of Western Civilization
Hope in a Hurting World
Is Worldview Important for the Local Congregation?
Islam as a World Power
Our Family’s Journey in Christian Education
Resisting the Idolatry of the Western Story
Living at the Crossroads
Science in Secular Culture
Scripture and Science
Sports in Christian Perspective
The Biblical Story and Home Education
The Postmodern Challenge
The Use of the Bible in Home Education
The Western Cultural Story and Education
Thinking About Globalization
Thinking About the Arts
What Time Is It? Understanding the Religious Spirits of Our Age
Why We Home Educated
Worldview and Education
Bible as Record of God’s Mission
Bible as Tool of God’s Mission
Blessed to be a Blessing
Church and Mission
Clash of Kingdom Stories Intertestamental Period
Commissioning of the Church
Comprehensive Gospel, Comprehensive Mission
Confessing Our Faith Today – Contemporary Testimony
Cross & Resurrection for Missional Church
Doctrine for Preaching Mission
Don’t Be Conformed to the World
For the Sake of the World
Gospel, Church, Culture: Three Urgent Issues
Gospel, Story, Worldview, Mission
Islam as a World Power
Kingdom and Holistic Mission
Light to the Nations – Church in the Biblical Story (5 lectures)
Missiological Analysis of Culture
Missional Church Biblical Story
Neocalvinism, Mission, Scholarship
Newbigin Mission of the Laity
Newbigin’s Missionary Ecclesiology
Probing a Missional Hermeneutic
Urgency of Understanding the Bible as One Story
Western Culture: Contemporary Situation
Western Culture: Contextualisation
Western Culture: Modernity
Worldview and Mission of the Local Congregation