Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity

Author: Norman E. Thomas

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 346

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Classic Texts in Mission & World Christianity, a unique sourcebook on the history and mission of the church. Nearly two hundred selections covering the two millennia of the Christian era are represented, including both classic and contemporary voices of persons in mission - women and men, from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe - and key texts for understanding the mission of Christ, the vocation of the church, and the nature of Christianity. Following the outline of David Bosch's monumental Transforming Mission, Classic Texts offers its readers the full texts cited throughout that best-seller, as well as dozens of additional primary sources from every era and every part of the world. From the seventh century abbess Bertilla of Chelles (who directed both women and men missionaries in England) to the Nestorian Monument detailing struggles with issues of contextualization in 8th century China, to David Livingstone's oft-cited espousal of civilization, commerce, and Christianity (seldom quoted in its entirety), Classic Texts provides a depth and breadth of resources unparalleled elsewhere.

Constants in Context

A Theology of Mission for Today

Author: Stephen B. Bevans,Roger P. Schroeder,Roger Schroeder

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608330281

Category: Religion

Page: 488

View: 8407

"Mission is handicapped without a sound biblical theology of mission and an understanding of the history of mission leading up to our current context. Constants in Context offers both of these elements. It is mission theology in historical perspective and/or a history of mission that is grounded theologically. The authors describe it as a systematic theology with mission at its core, and a church history shaped by the constant but always contextual Christian traditions. Furthermore it is a constructive contribution to how mission theology needs to be practical and lived out through today's church and in our world. Written collaboratively by Roman Catholic writers Stephen Bevans and Roger Schroeder, both Missionaries of the Divine Word (SVDs). It is a particularly insightful in regard to the history and the various streams of Catholic mission but it also addresses and learns from the other traditions of the church. In fact, one of the book's strengths is its attention to neglected aspects and hidden stories of church and mission history. As a result it is gratifying to be inspired by non-European mission, women in mission and various forgotten or often ignored branches of the church. The book is in three sections: first, there is a framework for cultural contexts and theological constants; second, an in-depth exploration of historical stages and different models for mission; and third, a presentation of theological frameworks for mission. The third section concludes with a case for 'mission as prophetic dialogue' being the most appropriate model for 21st century mission." --

Christian Mission

A Case Study Approach

Author: Alan Neely

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781570750083

Category: Religion

Page: 295

View: 5297

The case study method has revolutionized higher education, becoming the favored technique of presenters who want to help groups entertain options outside their normal repertory of programmed responses. Neely has adapted this educational tool to the study of cross-cultural ministries and mission.

Bread for the Journey

The Mission of Transformation and the Transformation of Mission

Author: Anthony J. Gittins

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1579108318

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Bread for the Journey stakes out new territory for all who are engaged in the many facts of mission, whether in the urban deserts of the modern United States, working with AIDS sufferers in rural Uganda, or trying to make sense of conflicting data on church, world, and gospel. This book makes available a wealth of mission experience, bread for the journey for all those engaged in ecclesial work, whether in the First World or the Third. While many speak about the importance of wisdom theologyÓ as something there ought to be more of,Ó Gittins simply does wisdom theology. Bread for the Journey bridges the boundaries between spirituality and theology, mission and anthropology. It will transform your view of Christian vocation.

Missions and Unity

Lessons from History, 1792--2010

Author: Norman E. Thomas

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608996026

Category: Religion

Page: 346

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This study is the first comprehensive history of the impact of the modern missionary movement on the understanding of and work toward Christian unity. It tells stories from all branches of the church: Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant in its many types (conciliar, evangelical, Pentecostal, and independent). Part 1, "Historical," highlights the contribution of modern missions to Christian unity, from William Carey and his antecedents and peers to present-day missions. Part 2, "Ten Models of Unity," takes an inductive approach to history, asking not "how should Christians cooperate?" but "how has the missionary movement helped Christians to work together at the local, national, regional, and global level?" Part 3, "Wider Ecumenism," broadens the evidence to include how the missions movement has helped not only institutional churches but also broader society to have concern for the unity of the entire human family. Included here is the story of how the Protestant missionary movement influenced the forming of the United Nations as well as the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The study also covers the movement's impact on Christian attitudes toward, and relations with, persons of other faiths. Mission and Unity is the standard reference work in the field for persons studying modern history, modern church history, missions, and ecumenics.

World Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit

Author: Darrell L. Whiteman,Gerald H. Anderson

Publisher: Providence House Pub

ISBN: 9781577364245

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 358

View: 1184

World Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit documents how Wesleyan mission has been understood and practiced from biblical, theological, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives. --from publisher description

What is Mission?

Theological Explorations

Author: J. Andrew Kirk

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781451409963

Category: Religion

Page: 302

View: 7425

How should today's Church shape its response to the Gospel? How can we set about "making disciples of all nations" in our post-Christian, multifaith world? What does mission mean in our times? Here is a book that addresses these issues - and many more - with honesty and openness. It strips mission of its old associations with colonialism and militarism. It looks anew at the underlying theology, reminding us that our task is God's mission, not a human construct. It explores key aspects of contemporary mission, from the familiar (such as the relation of mission to evangelism, and to people of other faiths) to the unusual and thought-provoking (such as mission and the environment, justice for the poor, and the overcoming of violence). Students of mission and Christians who wish to engage with today's world, to integrate faith and life, will find here an inclusive, comprehensive, and lucid presentation of all the relevant discussions.

Theology and Practice of Mission

God, the Church, and the Nations

Author: Bruce Ashford

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 1433675420

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 5893

Theology disconnected from mission is not Christian theology at all. The pastors, professors, and missionaries writing Theology and Practice of Mission provide a clear biblical-theological framework for understanding the church's mission to the nations. Toward that goal, the book holds three major sections: God's mission, the church's mission, and the church's mission to the nations. Part one explores the canon of Christian Scripture from narrative and systematic angles, explaining how the mission of God-to redeem a people who will be a kingdom of priests to the praise of his glory, bear witness to his gospel, advance his church, and dwell with him forever on a new heaven and earth-is communicated in the Bible's four movements: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Part two sees the mission of God's people in the light of God's mission, emphasizing not only preaching and church planting but also gospel witness in every dimension of human culture-glorifying God in family, church, work, community, through the arts, sciences, education, business, and the public square. The writers encourage us to live missionally, leaving all of our resources at God's disposal for the sake of his kingdom. Finally, part three contends that the North American church must come to terms with its missional calling-just as international missionaries do-and gives a starting point and parameters for conceiving the church's mission to all people groups and cultural contexts. Chapters here include ones on unreached people groups, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Postmoderns.

Missiological Hermeneutics

Biblical Interpretation for the Global Church

Author: Shawn B. Redford

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608994023

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 9703

The first is a historical case considering the missional and theological hermeneutics employed when addressing African polygamy. For the most part, authors addressing polygamy have failed to consider God's missional response to polygamists in order to buttress their own convictions regarding African polygamy. As such, authors have not typically utilized a missional hermeneutic when trying to address polygamy. Instead, they have based their arguments on the false assumption that a given theological stance is the starting point for addressing the practice. The second case study considers the role of mission praxis in an Islamic context related to missiological hermeneutics. The case study demonstrates the impact of modern-day mission practice, especially when it correlates closely with the missionary dynamics in a given portion of Scripture.

Millennials and the Mission of God

A Prophetic Dialogue

Author: Andrew F. Bush,Carolyn C. Wason

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532633432

Category: Religion

Page: 198

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As mainstream media cries out that the millennial generation has killed everything from cereal to office jobs, it must also be asked: have millennials killed Christian missions? With the rise of new technologies, social and political movements, and increasing numbers of religious nones, the church as we know it is facing serious turmoil at the hands of this new generation of adults. Here, a millennial and a baby boomer invite the reader into a dialogue about the future of missions and the future of the Western church. From a missiological reading of the Bible to the contemporary debate over Christian social justice and the ethical dilemmas of evangelism, this book plays out the intergenerational tensions within the church, and provides a platform from which to view the present and future of an institution that is so rapidly changing.

Sent Forth

African Missionary Work in the West

Author: Harvey C. Kwiyani

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781626981010

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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An African missionary who has served in several Western countries addresses the reality of the need for and the growing presence of African-born missionaries in the West. Kwiyani shows that historically African Christianity has held a missionary in impulse since the days of the early Church, one that continued throughout history in many contexts (including the United States). In our contemporary era, African missionaries witness to the “blessed reflex,” the notion that the continued evangelization of the world will need and profit from the energies of the African churches. Scholars, researchers, and students interested in understanding the current trends within contemporary missiology, in particular the presence and influence of African Christians and missionaries in Europe and North America, will find this book relevant to their work. It will also speak to pastors and congregational leaders who wish to understand how to work effectively with African immigrant Christians showing up in their cities and attending their churches. Finally, the book also speaks to African Christians who wish to understand the current Western mission field and how to be effective missionaries in the West.

Joyful Witness in the Muslim World

Sharing the Gospel in Everyday Encounters

Author: Evelyne A. Reisacher

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9780801030840

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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This up-to-date textbook features global perspectives on current Christian engagement with Islam, equipping readers for mission among Muslims. Evelyne Reisacher, who has worked extensively with Muslims in Europe, helps readers move from fear to joy as they share the gospel with Muslims. Reisacher surveys areas where Muslims and Christians encounter one another in the twenty-first century, highlighting innovative models of Christian witness in everyday life. Drawing on insights from global Christianity, this survey takes account of diverse conceptions of Muslim-Christian relations. The book may surprise those who believe mission among Muslims is nearly impossible. This is the first book in the Mission in Global Community series, which reframes missiological themes and studies for students around the common theme of mission as partnership with others. Series authors draw upon their own global experience and that of their global colleagues to illumine present realities and chart a course into the future. Series editors are Scott W. Sunquist and Amos Yong.

Introducing Christian Mission Today

Scripture, History and Issues

Author: Michael W. Goheen

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830895434

Category: Religion

Page: 449

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2014 Best Texts of Missiology, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore Mission--a driving force in the long Christian story--today is often cast as the embarrassing relative of tall-steeple religiosity. In our wider culture it's now tucked in the endnotes of book-club histories or forms the ghostlike ellipses in the six o'clock news. But in Introducing Christian Mission Today, Michael Goheen brings the vibrant history, motivation and challenges of Christian mission to the fore. Through the centuries Christian mission has always been recalibrating, retooling and reevangelizing. It has repeatedly taken surprising turns as it is carried along by the Spirit of God. Goheen's introduction to mission's biblical, theological and historical dimensions engages the present and anticipates the future. As he unfolds the major issues of the global and urban, the pluralistic and wholistic contexts of mission today, he lays the ground for engaging in God s great kingdom enterprise. This full-scale text incorporates the keen missional insights of Lesslie Newbigin, David Bosch and other formative thinkers. It will be a valued resource not only for those in crosscultural contexts but also for those engaged in reevangelizing the West.

Women in Mission

From the New Testament to Today

Author: Susan E. Smith

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608332926

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Participating in God's Mission

A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

Author: Craig Van Gelder,Dwight Zscheile

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 1467449679

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 3145

Explores how the church has engaged—and should engage—the American context What might faithful and meaningful Christian witness look like within our changing contemporary American context? After analyzing contemporary challenges and developing a missiological approach for the US church, Craig Van Gelder and Dwight Zscheile reflect on the long, complex, and contested history of Christian mission in America. Five distinct historical periods from the beginning of the colonial era to the dawn of the third millennium are reviewed and critiqued. They then bring the story forward to the present day, discussing current realities confronting the church, discerning possibilities of where and how the Spirit of God might be at work today, and imagining what participating in the triune God’s mission may look like in an uncertain tomorrow.