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Animism, the Seed of Religion

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Animism, the Seed of Religion
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This book looks at early humans' belief systems and the ways in which the belief in animal spirits helped spawn today's religions. From the preface: "THIS little book contains more fact than comment, because the departure from the ordinary handling of the subject of Primitive Religion which it makes demands that the presentment of evidence shall precede theories of Origins. The interconnection between subordinate parts and the main theme has rendered it impossible to avoid here and there crossing the margins of areas which will come under survey in other volumes of this series."
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9781502399472
Publication Date: 
2014-09-17

Basic Introduction to Missions and Missiology

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Basic Introduction to Missions and Missiology
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This college-level introduction to the study of missions and missiology provides an overview to the field of study, explains the interdisciplinary nature of missions studies, illustrating why it is essential for missionaries to be educated in a broad range of disciplines including anthropology and history as well as theology. Easy to read with stories and illustrations that bring the subject to life.
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9780977439621
Publication Date: 
2006-03-28

Bible at Cultural Crossroads: From Translation to Communication

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Bible at Cultural Crossroads: From Translation to Communication
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Bible translators have focused their efforts on preparing a text that is clear, natural and accurate, with the expectation that audiences will understand the message if it is in their language. Field research among the Adioukrou of Côte d'Ivoire shows that audiences also need to have access to the contextual information the author expected his audience to bring to the text. When such information is provided, both understanding of and interest in the message increase dramatically. These findings support Relevance Theory's claim that meaning is inferred from the interaction of text and context. To the extent that the contextual knowledge evoked by the text for contemporary audiences differs from that evoked for the first audience, understanding is impaired. The Bible at Cultural Crossroads presents a model to assist translators in identifying contextual mismatches and applies it on the thematic level to mismatches between first-century Jewish and Adioukrou views of the unseen world, and on the passage level to contextual mismatches arising from four Gospel passages. In-text and out-of-text solutions for adjusting contextual mismatches are explored, with field research results showing the effectiveness of various solutions. Context is shown to be both a significant factor in communication and a dynamic one. Translations of the text alone are not sufficient for successful communication.
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9781900650755
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2006-03-30
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Church Planting among Immigrants in US Urban Centers: The "Where", "Why", And "How" of Diaspora Missiology in Action

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Church Planting among Immigrants in US Urban Centers: The "Where", "Why", And "How" of Diaspora Missiology in Action
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This book shows patterns of assimilation and integration that are common among immigrant groups and provides tools of cultural research to get out in the city, talk to people, build relationships, gain entrance into these communities, find leaders, and plant healthy churches. These tools are important because they can be carried to any city and put into practice. In some regard, it is impossible to tell somebody how to do ethnic ministry. The only legitimate answer is, "It depends." This book helps you know what it depends on and how to work effectively in that situation. After reading this book, we hope you feel equipped to walk out your door, look at your neighborhood, and say, "I have the theology, tools, heart, and motivation to understand who is here and how I can begin to reach them with the gospel and work towards the goal of church planting."
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9781502969668
Publication Date: 
2014-10-28

Crossroads of the Nations: Diaspora, Globalization, and Evangelism

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Crossroads of the Nations: Diaspora, Globalization, and Evangelism
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The twin forces of globalization and urbanization are transforming the context of global missions. While the Western church grapples with the challenges of evangelism in an age of globalization, new evangelistic opportunities are emerging that blur the conventional boundaries between local and global outreach. Even as the rise of a persistent post-Christendom presents new challenges for the church, global migration is rearranging the religious and ethnic makeup of our cities. Cities are centers of constant change, and in an urban world, current missionaries will need to become adaptable. Furthermore, contemporary missions strategies will need to engage a world organized along networks that may transcend geographic boundaries. Painting a picture of evangelism and church planting in our urban and global world, Crossroads of the Nations utilizes contemporary data and together with missionary accounts - both actual and recent - tells a story of transnational missions impacting our world.
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9780692438794
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2015-06-06
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Death of a Guru

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Death of a Guru
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Rabi R. Maharaj came from a long line of Brahmin priests and gurus and trained as a yogi. He meditated for many hours each day, but gradually disillusionment set in. He describes Hindu life and custom, vividly and honestly tracing his difficult search for meaning and his struggle to choose between Hinduism and Christianity.

At a time when Eastern mysticism, religion, and philosophy fascinate many in the West, Maharaj offers fresh and important insights from the perspective of his own experience.

"A unique revelation of the inward struggles of a Hindu and the ultimate triumph over death that he discovered. I found it challenging and inspiring. Must reading."--Hal Lindsey

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9780890814345
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1984-06-01
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Ghosts, Spirits & Afterlife in Native American Folklore

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Ghosts, Spirits & Afterlife in Native American Folklore
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Death. We deny it. We fear it. Some of us welcome it. No matter what age we live in we keep the traditional feelings for our departed. We try to ease the soul into the afterworld as best we can. "Celebrations of life" provide a time for friends and loved ones to gather, share food and stories and grieve. Some who pass on are cremated to free the soul. Some are buried believing that the body will not become corrupted but will survive until the final judgment day. "Grave goods" are still commonly buried or are cremated as well with the body. While we believe we are more "advanced" than those who lived before us, we actually do the same things they did to honor and to provide for our deceased loved ones. We are not so very different after all. This book provides a brief survey of how America's first people reacted to death, how they disposed of their dead, their thoughts about the spirit world and the possibilities of being reborn.
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9780557480104
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Harvest Waiting

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Harvest Waiting
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This series is for churches and individuals desiring to reach out to a specific ethnic group. Each book looks at the historical and sociological background as well as the culture of an ethnic group. Includes insights to help you communicate and reach out with the Gospel.Helps congregations wishing to undertake a cross-cultural ministry. Includes step-by-step guidelines for successful outreach.
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9780570099369
Publication Date: 
1999-02-01

How to Respond to The Cults - 3rd edition

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How to Respond to The Cults - 3rd edition
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The cults' perversions of the timeless truths of God challenge the Church to be faithful in presenting its message to the world more clearly and aggressively.

Chances are you know someone in a cult. Today millions of people are involved in some kind of cult activity. What exactly is a cult? Why do people get involved in these groups? This book gives you the answers to these questions and more.

Be informed and respond.

Topics include:

  • characteristics of cults and their leaders
  • reasons for cult members' commitment
  • the difference between cults and the Christian Church
  • how to confidentially share your faith with cult members
  • Most important, this book shows how you can share the Gospel-with gentleness and respect-when you are confronted by a cult member.

    This insightful series equips Christians with detailed information on contemporary non-Christian religious movements. Each book compares the teachings of these movements with Scripture and shows how to respond with the Gospel.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758616210
    Publication Date: 
    2010-09-01
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    How to Respond to the Mormons

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    How to Respond to the Mormons
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    Mormonism (Latter Days Saints) replaces the Gospel with a new law. The grace of God in Jesus Christ needs to be clearly proclaimed.

    Who are the Mormons? It is common to see Mormon missionaries-usually two young men, clean, shaven, dressed in white shirts and ties-knocking on doors in your neighborhood. What do these missionaries stand for? What do the Mormons believe? This book gives you the answers and necessary information to understand what Mormonism teaches.

    Be informed and respond.

    Topics include:

  • founder Joseph Smith and the origins of the Book of Mormon
  • the Mormon view of salvation, eternal life, and more
  • differences between Mormonism and the Christian Church
  • how to confidentially share your faith with Mormons
  • Most important, you will be prepared to confidently and sincerely share the Gospel with Mormons.

    This insightful series equips Christians with detailed information on contemporary non-Christian religious movements. Each book compares the teachings of these movements with Scripture and shows how to respond with the Gospel.


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    9780758616241
    Publication Date: 
    2010-09-01

    I Am Not Afraid

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    I Am Not Afraid
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    While Africa and Madagascar seem like strange and faraway places, the world in which we now live has become much smaller than many of us could ever have imagined. Moreover, even our neighbors visit the local fortuneteller, read the horoscope page in the newspaper, and attend séances that seek to reach departed friends, lovers, and family members. Consequently, as we begin a journey into faraway places, we may soon find they are not as far away as we may have expected.

    - Chapter 3

    I Am Not Afraid is Rev. Dr. Robert Bennett's fascinating first-hand account of the spiritual warfare found within the Lutheran Church of Madagascar. Is spiritual warfare something new to the Church? Bennett reviews what the Bible, Church Fathers, and contemporary Lutheran leaders have to say.

    Part One includes recent conversations dealing with spiritual warfare, an introduction into the Malagasy Lutheran Church, and the traditional Malagasy worldview. These are the stories of those who have been rescued from the darkness of sin and brought into the light of the Gospel.

    Part Two looks to the Bible and the Church for explanation and historical perspective on the spiritual warfare found in the Malagasy Lutheran Church. Is it something only found in the time of Jesus and the apostles? What has the Church said in the past about such activities? Bennett explores the views of Martin Luther and other Lutheran leaders, and finally provides some helpful contemporary material and resources for dealing with spiritual warfare in today's context.

    Includes a glossary of key terms, transcripts of personal interviews, bibliography, Scripture index, and subject index.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758641984
    Publication Date: 
    2013-09-20

    Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective

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    Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective
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    What is the role of culture in human experience? This concise yet solid introduction to cultural anthropology helps readers explore and understand this crucial issue from a Christian perspective. Now revised and updated throughout, this new edition of a successful textbook covers standard cultural anthropology topics with special attention given to cultural relativism, evolution, and missions. It also includes a new chapter on medical anthropology. Plentiful figures, photos, and sidebars are sprinkled throughout the text, and updated ancillary support materials and teaching aids are available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.
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    9781540961013
    Publication Date: 
    2019-06-18
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    Introduction to Missiological Research Design

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    Introduction to Missiological Research Design
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    Edgar Elliston's Introduction to Missiological Research Design outlines the basic issues of research design for missiological and church-related research. This book describes the logic of the research process for a wide range of missiological research. Whether this research is from a single academic discipline or a multidisciplinary approach, this text will provide relevant guidelines for the design. Elliston provides instruction, examples, and exercises for inexperienced but serious researchers as they seek to design research that will serve the Church in mission. Elliston also provides experienced researchers with checklists and easy-to-review tables to further aid in research design. This text raises some of the key issues to designing research in a multicultural or cross-cultural context and guides researchers toward ethical and effective study.
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    9780878084753
    Publication Date: 
    2011-06-27

    Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject

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    Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject
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    In an era of rapid growth of false religions worldwide, Christians need information they can trust. This comprehensive new edition of the leading book on cults will equip you--no matter your background--to understand and use biblical truth to counter false religions, including many that masquerade as mainstream Christianity.

    Reflecting the developments in cults and world religions in recent years, this edition, updated by expert Jill Martin Rische (daughter of Walter Martin), gives you the authoritative information you need to know. As our culture becomes less and less outwardly Christian, awareness of the belief systems of those around us has never been more vital.

    Readable and reliable for everyone, whether you're a teacher, a pastor, or a regular church attender, The Kingdom of the Cults remains the go-to reference book on this crucial topic.



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    9780764232657
    Publication Date: 
    2019-05-21
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    Liturgical Mission: The Work of the People for the Life of the World

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    Modern missional movements have often viewed the historic Christian traditions with suspicion. The old traditions may be beautiful, the thinking goes, but they're too insular, focused primarily on worship and on the interior life of the church, and not looking outward to evangelism and good works.

    In Liturgical Mission, Winfield Bevins argues that the church's liturgy and sacramental life are in fact deeply missional. He explores the historic practices of the Christian church, demonstrating how they offer a holistic framework for everyday Christian discipleship and mission in the twenty-first century. The result is a book that not only invites all Christians back to the historic liturgy of the church, but also invites those already in liturgical churches to rediscover the missional life that has too often remained latent in their own traditions.

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    9781514001547
    Publication Date: 
    2022-09-20
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    Meaningful Outreach: An Essential Guide for Churches

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    Meaningful Outreach: An Essential Guide for Churches
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    Outreach is more than hosting community events and hoping they stick! Getting unchurched people through your doors is one thing, but engaging them over time is another.


    Effective outreach helps people move from congregational visitors to committed members and disciples of Jesus. This book addresses what makes for effective, Word and Sacrament based outreach that can help you reach the unchurched people in your community.


    Rev. Mark Wood walks readers through a four-part process for congregations wishing to strengthen or initiate their outreach efforts, including:


  • How to build awareness
  • Create connections
  • Nurture relationships
  • Make disciples.
  • This resource book is perfect for congregation leaders, volunteers, and outreach teams. It is a great supplemental resource both for those who have completed the Every One His Witness workshop and for those who want to learn about effective community outreach!

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    9780758670595
    Publication Date: 
    2022-06-01
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    Missiological Research: Interdisciplinary Foundations, Methods, and Integration

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    Missiological Research: Interdisciplinary Foundations, Methods, and Integration
    $32.99
    This comprehensive volume is one you will pull off your shelf again and again as you delve into missiological study. The editors could not have made a more thorough or straight-forward volume that will serve researchers across disciplines. Each chapter succinctly defines the method, summarizes its process, suggests resources for more advanced interaction, and provides an exemplar journal article with abstract.  
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    9780878086337
    Publication Date: 
    2018-01-15

    Missiology: An Introduction to the Foundations, History, and Strategies of World Missions

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    Missiology: An Introduction to the Foundations, History, and Strategies of World Missions
    $54.99
    A valuable resource for anyone currently involved in missions, considering a life as a missionary, seminary students, or those simply interested in the foundations, history and strategy of missions. The writers offer readers a historical as well as current-day tour of international missions. In the end, the editors make a plea for continued support of missions and what readers can do to support this important cause.
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    9781433681516

    Mission Field: USA: A Resource for Church Planting

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    Mission Field: USA: A Resource for Church Planting
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    9781542478595

    Mission from the Cross

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    Mission from the Cross
    $34.99
    The author of this book exemplifies the global reach of the Christian faith. Dr Schulz is a German, a South African, an experienced African missionary, who currently teaches pastors and missionaries in the United States. He has written a book that is both informative and inspiring, one that brings all Christians, including us laypeople, into the missionary enterprise. -Dr. Gene Edward Veith If The Spirituality of the Cross by Dr. Veith has enriched your faith, Mission from the Cross: Lay Reader's Edition by Dr. Schulz will do the same. This book will provide a contemporary look at mission, including crucial topics such as cultural anthropology, communication styles and linguistics, strategic and ecumenical issues, and much more related to what mission is and how mission is accomplished. The lay reader edition is more user-friendly and readable than its academic counterpart. Author Klaus Detlev Schulz, chairman of the Department of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, gathers into one place the history, terminology, guiding principles, goals, key topics, ethics, and so much more related to mission. He interacts with key players in the modern mission scene and offers a readable analysis of past efforts and current initiatives in the Christian community. He encourages readers to realize that mission is not simply going to a foreign country but occurs in numerous ways in our immediate daily situations.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758613509
    Publication Date: 
    2009-01-01

    Mission from the Cross - Lay Edition

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    Mission from the Cross - Lay Edition
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    Who is this product for? "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few." Luke 10:2 (ESV®) Whether you go on mission trips or support them through prayer or funds, this book offers a great understanding of your involvement in the mission field. Through this reader-friendly edition, discover the basic theology that underlies mission and connects you to this vital activity of proclaiming the Gospel. What does this provide for you? • A straightforward, conversational overview of mission. • Thoughtful questions offer the opportunity for group discussion as you plan or pray for a mission trip. • A theological understanding of mission, without the seminary degree. What is it? The mission field is all around you-down the street and across the world. We are called to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19 ESV®) and to not be ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16 ESV®), so how do you live that out? Mission from the Cross is a valuable resource as it helps you understand how God blesses His children through your service in His kingdom. This resource explores the Lutheran theology of mission through a contemporary lens and focuses on how it is accomplished through God's grace. Mission from the Cross also dives into crucial topics such as culture, communication styles, language, and strategy. Read Mission from the Cross before venturing on your next mission experience or as a curriculum resource in Lutheran theology. If The Spirituality of the Cross by Dr. Veith has enriched your faith, Mission from the Cross: Lay Reader's Edition by Dr. Schulz will do the same. This book will provide a contemporary look at mission, including crucial topics such as cultural anthropology, communication styles and linguistics, strategic and ecumenical issues, and much more related to what mission is and how mission is accomplished. The lay reader edition is more user-friendly and readable than its academic counterpart.
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    9780758625106

    Mission of God POD

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    Mission of God POD
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    Georg Vicedom gives a whole new slant and dimension to Christianity. Everything in the Scriptures takes on a missionary character, a dynamic of movement. Church, Bible, Baptism, Holy Communion, education, parish life - all are viewed as part of God's burning desire to make all people His own.


    The book leaves no room for the wooden or static idea of truth for its own sake or doctrine for domination over others. It is the fire of Pentecost in printed words to impress the reader with a sense of urgency.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758647658
    Publication Date: 
    1965-01-05

    Mission of the Church

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    Mission of the Church
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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.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780801097409
    Publication Date: 
    2016-08-02
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    New Testament and Mission: Historical and Hermeneutical Perspectives

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    New Testament and Mission: Historical and Hermeneutical Perspectives
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    This book brings together insights from two fields of study: biblical scholarship and missiology. The Great Commission in Matthew's Gospel is often seen as the biblical foundation for mission. The New Testament, however, reflects a variety of models for mission. Each model is examined with regard to historical meaning as well as hermeneutical significance. The final chapter focuses on three issues of great importance for the present situation: unity and diversity in mission, the gospel in relation to cultures, and Bible and dialogue models.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9783631560976
    Publication Date: 
    2006-12-18

    Reaching the City: Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-First Century

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    Reaching the City: Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-First Century
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    Rapid urbanization and globalization processes worldwide have changed the landscape of our times. In Asia and Africa the number of urban dwellers increases by an average of one million per week, according to the United Nations. More than half of the globe's seven billion human beings now live in cities. These realities have far reaching implications for mission in urban contexts at the start of the third millennium. Reaching the City: Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-first Century seeks to address the missiological challenges associated with this new world order. (NEW PARAGRAPH) Each author in this collection respectfully builds upon the significant contributions of seminal writers such as Ray Bakke, Jacques Ellul, Basil of Caesarea and others, while making new and creative proposals for urban mission in our world today. Beginning with the bigger picture of the global challenges of urbanization, and moving through theological, historical, and educational perspectives, this volume concludes with a rich bevy of case studies engaging these new realities of both North American and international cities to encourage a missional thrust to reach these communities.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780878080397
    Publication Date: 
    2012-06-28