Encountering Theology of Mission

Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues
Author: Craig Ott,Stephen J. Strauss,Timothy C. Tennent
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 0801026628
Category: Religion
Page: 383
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Leading evangelical mission experts offer a comprehensive theology of mission text, providing biblical, historical, and contemporary perspectives.

The Mission of the Church

Five Views in Conversation
Author: Craig Ott
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1493405772
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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Leading Voices from across Christian Traditions Discuss the Mission of the Church What is the mission of the church? Every seminarian and church leader must wrestle with that question. No matter what designation a church uses to describe itself, it must also think critically about why it exists and what it should be doing. In this book, five leading voices representing a range of Christian traditions engage in an enlightening conversation as they present and compare their perspectives on the mission of the church. Each contributor offers his or her view and responds to the other four views. Contributors include Stephen B. Bevans, Darrell L. Guder, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Edward Rommen, and Ed Stetzer. The book's format is ideal for classroom use and will also benefit pastors and church leaders.

A Trinitarian Theology of Religions

An Evangelical Proposal
Author: Gerald R. McDermott,Harold A. Netland
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199930880
Category: Religion
Page: 352
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Named by the International Bulletin of Missionary Studies as an Outstanding Book of 2014 for Mission Studies Over the last four decades, evangelical scholars have shown growing interest in Christian debates over other religions, seeking answers to essential questions: How are we to think about and relate to other religions, be open to the Spirit, and at the same time remain evangelical and orthodox? Gerald R. McDermott and Harold A. Netland offer critiques of a variety of theologians and religious studies scholars, including evangelicals, but also challenge evangelicals to move beyond parochial positions. This volume is both a manifesto and a research program, critically evaluating the last forty years of Christian treatments of religious others and proposing a comprehensive direction for the future. It addresses issues relating to the religions in both systematic theology and missiology, taking up long-debated questions such as contextualization, salvation, revelation, the relationship between culture and religion, conversion, social action, and ecumenism. It concludes with responses from four leading thinkers of African, Asian, and European backgrounds: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Vinoth Ramachandra, Lamin Sanneh, and Christine Schirrmacher.

Consuming Mission

Towards a Theology of Short-Term Mission and Pilgrimage
Author: Robert Ellis Haynes
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1532639198
Category: Religion
Page: 248
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Short-term mission trips are commonplace in American church life. Yet their growth and practice have largely been divorced from theological education, seminary training, and mission studies. Consuming Mission takes important steps in offering a theological assessment of the practice of STM and tools for subsequent mission training. Using relevant academic studies and original focus-group interviews, Haynes offers important insights into this ubiquitous practice. While carefully examining the biblical and historical foundations for mission, Consuming Mission engages more contemporary movements like the Missio Dei, Fresh Expressions, the Emergent Church, and Third-Wave Mission movements that have helped shape mission. The unique role of United Methodist mission is illustrated through its historical roots and contemporary expression in the ubiquitous STM movement in the United States. Haynes uses original field research data to gather the implicit and explicit theologies of lay and clergy participants. Cultural influences are significantly influencing STM participants as they use their time, money, sacrifice, and service, applied in the name of mission, to purchase a personal growth experience commonly sought by pilgrims. The resulting tensions from mixing mission, pilgrimage, and tourism creates are explored. Haynes offers important steps to move the practice away from using mission for personal edification.

Global Church Planting

Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication
Author: Craig Ott,Gene Wilson
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441213678
Category: Religion
Page: 480
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With nearly fifty years combined global church-planting experience, Craig Ott and Gene Wilson are well qualified to write a comprehensive, up-to-date guide for cross-cultural church planting. Combining substantive biblical principles and missiological understanding with practical insights, this book walks readers through the various models and development phases of church planting. Advocating methods that lead to church multiplication, the authors emphasize the role of the missionary church planter. They offer helpful reflection on current trends and provide best practices gathered from research and empirical findings around the globe. The book takes up a number of special issues not addressed in most church planting books, such as use of short-term teams, partnerships, and wise use of resources. Full of case studies and real examples from around the world, this practical text will benefit students, church planters, missionaries, and missional church readers.

Encountering the History of Missions (Encountering Mission)

From the Early Church to Today
Author: John Mark Terry,Robert L. Gallagher
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 1493406221
Category: Religion
Page: 416
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This new addition to a highly acclaimed series portrays the sweep of missions history, revealing how God has fulfilled his promise to bless all the nations. Two leading missionary scholars and experienced professors help readers understand how missions began, how missions developed, and where missions is going. The authors cover all of missions history and provide practical application of history's lessons. Maps, tables, box inserts, sidebars, and discussion questions add to the book's usefulness in the classroom.

Mission in Context: In Search of Asian Strategic Communication of the Gospel


Author: Thang Deih Lian Davidlianno
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1387800620
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Page: 198
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There is a profusion of missional issues emerging in the Asian fields that call Christ's followers to actively witnessing the Truth. Missionaries from different continents have come to serve the Asian nations, and yet, these God's loving missionaries' effectiveness often seem to have left in the shade by some damaging fruits and (sometimes) being too much of Westernness stemming from a diversity of lacking knowledge particularly the local contexts to contextualize, and lack of preparation. The irrefutable finding is appealing within the Asian mission study in regard to the essentiality in equipping the Christians so that the ministries in Asia will experience the effectiveness in cultivating the diverse contexts (cultures) with the text (Scripture) they have. Many principles and practical information from this book grew out of the authors' experiences and the reflection of Missiologists and scholars such as Andrew Walls, Christopher Wright, Kazoh Kitamori, Paul Hiebert, etc.

Christianity Encountering World Religions

The Practice of Mission in the Twenty-first Century
Author: Terry C. Muck,Frances S. Adeney
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 0801026601
Category: Religion
Page: 407
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In this major work, two world religion and mission experts present a new relational model for Christians interacting with people of other faiths.

A Case Study in Contextualization

The History of the German Church Growth Association 1985–2003
Author: Fred W. McRae
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630873306
Category: Religion
Page: 254
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The content of the gospel never changes; however, communicating it constantly fluctuates. Conveying the gospel to a homeless, hungry woman may include providing a hot bowl of chili, while an agnostic co-worker might be open after several rounds of golf. The message is the same, but the method of communicating it is as wide and varied as life itself. Finding the correct method is like hitting the sweet spot on a tennis racket or golf club. It takes time, study, and practice, but once you find it you have more success. The sweet spot in missions is called contextualization and involves much more than learning a new language. It means knowing a country's religious, political, and social conditions. Correct theology, financial backing, and language acquisition are meaningless without contextualization. This book tells the story of a German organization struggling to contextualize the gospel in a very hostile environment. Its mission was to revive a dying church, characterized by centuries-old religious pride and pluralism. This study details the challenges of faithfully communicating the gospel in a post-Christian culture and serves as a study to enable missionaries to recognize and respond to cultural issues affecting the contextualization process.

Introducing World Missions (Encountering Mission)

A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey
Author: A. Scott Moreau,Gary R. Corwin,Gary B. McGee
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 1441224491
Category: Religion
Page: 336
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This bestselling textbook by leading missionary scholars offers an engaging introduction to the work of missions in the contemporary world. It provides a broad overview of the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for missions. It also considers personal and practical issues involved in becoming a missionary, the process of getting to the mission field, and contemporary challenges a mission worker must face. Sidebars, charts, maps, and numerous case studies are included. This new edition has been updated and revised throughout and features a full-color interior. Additional resources for professors and students are available online through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

The Changing Face of World Missions (Encountering Mission)

Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends
Author: Michael Pocock,Gailyn Van Rheenen,Douglas McConnell
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441200851
Category: Religion
Page: 392
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The dramatic changes that have taken place both in global society and in the church have implications for how the church does missions in the twenty-first century. These trends include the rise of postmodernism, the spiritual decline in the West and the advance of the gospel in the rest of the world, and the impact of technology on society and missions. The Changing Face of World Missions is for the mission-minded church leader or lay person who wants to understand these trends. Each chapter identifies and evaluates a trend, examines it in light of Scripture, and proposes a practical response. Important terms are defined, and sidebars help readers think through the issues on their own.

Developing a Strategy for Missions (Encountering Mission)

A Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Introduction
Author: J. D. Payne,John Mark Terry
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 1441244824
Category: Religion
Page: 304
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In this addition to the highly acclaimed Encountering Mission series, two leading missionary scholars offer an up-to-date discussion of missionary strategy that is designed for a global audience. The authors focus on the biblical, missiological, historical, cultural, and practical issues that inform and guide the development of an effective missions strategy. The book includes all the features that have made other series volumes useful classroom tools, such as figures, sidebars, and case studies. Students of global or domestic mission work and mission practitioners will value this new resource.

Encountering the History of Missions

From the Early Church to Today
Author: Robert L. Gallagher,John Mark Terry
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 9780801026966
Category: Religion
Page: 432
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This new addition to a highly acclaimed series portrays the sweep of missions history, revealing how God has fulfilled his promise to bless all the nations. Two leading missionary scholars and experienced professors help readers understand how missions began, how missions developed, and where missions is going. The authors cover all of missions history and provide practical application of history's lessons. Maps, tables, box inserts, sidebars, and discussion questions add to the book's usefulness in the classroom.

An Introduction to the Theology of Religions

Biblical, Historical & Contemporary Perspectives
Author: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830825721
Category: Religion
Page: 372
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Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen offers a detailed and comprehensive survey of the diversity of biblical, historical and contemporary perspectives regarding the relationship of Christianity to other world religions.

Encountering the Book of Isaiah (Encountering Biblical Studies)

A Historical and Theological Survey
Author: Bryan E. Beyer
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 1441210709
Category: Religion
Page: 304
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Bryan E. Beyer follows previous bestselling texts with this comprehensive introduction to the book of Isaiah. Here is a survey with depth, presenting the prophet's overarching themes and sweeping issues while including copious details that round out a study of the man and his work. Chapters begin with outlines and objectives that allow easy entry into the discussion and end with conclusions and study questions that aid comprehension and recall. Informative sidebars delve further into the language, theological connections, and controversies of Isaiah. This volume is useful to any serious student of the Bible.

Christianity and the Religions

A Biblical Theology of World Religions
Author: Edward Rommen,Harold Netland
Publisher: William Carey Library
ISBN: 9780878083763
Category: Religion
Page: 274
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The essays in this book take a fresh look at the biblical data and address the contemporary questions raised by religious pluralism. The reader will gain a greater understanding of different religions and gain an increased confidence in the majesty and greatness of the one true God.

Globalizing Theology

Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity
Author: Craig Ott,Harold A. Netland
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 9781441201348
Category: Religion
Page: 382
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One of the most powerful forces in the twenty-first century is the increasing phenomenon of globalization. In nearly every realm of human activity, traditional boundaries are disappearing and people worldwide are more interconnected than ever. Christianity has also become more aware of global realities and the important role of the church in non-Western countries. Church leaders must grapple with the implications for theology and ministry in an ever-shrinking world. Globalizing Theology is a groundbreaking book that addresses these issues of vital importance to the church. It contains articles from leading scholars, including Tite Tiénou, Kevin Vanhoozer, Charles Van Engen, M. Daniel Carroll R., Andrew Walls, Vinoth Ramachandra, and Paul Hiebert. Topics covered include the challenges that globalization brings to theology, how we can incorporate global perspectives into our thinking, and the effect a more global theology has on a variety of important issues.

Encountering Religious Pluralism

The Challenge to Christian Faith & Mission
Author: Harold Netland
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830815524
Category: Religion
Page: 368
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Critically analyzes the origins and influence of contemporary religious pluralism. Specifically addresses the theological philosophies of John Hick. Also discusses Christian apologetic-ism.

Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams


Author: Benjamin Myers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0567320278
Category: Religion
Page: 160
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Rowan Williams is a complex, creative and versatile thinker. Not only a theologian and church leader, he is also a poet, a translator, a literary critic, a social theorist and historian. His imaginative vision brings together the streams of modern literature, patristic theology, Russian orthodoxy, German philosophy and Welsh piety. In this lucid and elegant guide, Benjamin Myers explores Williams' thought from the 1960s to the present. He shows that Williams has developed an immensely resourceful - and distinctively Christian - response to some of the major social, moral and intellectual challenges of our time.

The Future of Christian Mission in India

Toward a New Paradigm for the Third Millennium
Author: Augustine Kanjamala
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 163087485X
Category: Religion
Page: 422
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Colonial missionaries, both Catholic and Protestant, arrived in India with the grandiose vision of converting the pagans because, like St. Peter (Acts 4:12) and most of the church fathers, they honestly believed that there is no salvation outside the church (extra ecclesiam nulla salus). At the end of the "great Protestant century," however, Christians made up less than 3 percent of the population in India, and the hope of the missionary was nearly shattered. But if one looks at mission in India qualitatively rather than quantitatively, one sees a number of positive outcomes. Missionaries in India, particularly Protestant missionaries espousing the social gospel, in collaboration with a few British evangelical administrators, dared to challenge numerous social evils and even began to eradicate them. The scientific and liberal English education began to enlighten and transform the Indian mindset. Converts belonging to the upper caste, although small in number, laid the foundation stone of Indian theology and an inculturated church using Indian genius. The end of colonialism in India coincided with the painful death of colonial mission theology. Now, the power of the Word of God, extricated from political power, is slowly and peacefully gaining ground, like the mustard seed of the parable. A paradigm shift from the ecclesio-centric mission to missio Dei offers reason for further optimism. In short, the future of mission in India is as bright as the kingdom of God. In today's new context, theologians, despite objections from some quarters, are struggling to discover the Asian face of Jesus, disfigured by the Greco-Roman Church. And the missionary is challenged to become a living Bible that, undoubtedly, everyone will read.