:"Connecting People.""Grace, Space, Pace.""Have You Met Life Today?""There Is No Substitute." "The Happiest Place on Earth."You may think you heard these phrases in church, but you actually saw them on TV, or you read them in a magazine, or you...
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:"Connecting People.""Grace, Space, Pace.""Have You Met Life Today?""There Is No Substitute." "The Happiest Place on Earth."You may think you heard these phrases in church, but you actually saw them on TV, or you read them in a magazine, or you heard them on the radio. Such is the nature of contemporary Western mission that the good news we offer the world often sounds just like ad copy for the gadgets and brands we surround ourselves with. "Choosy mothers," the church sign shouts at us, "choose Jesus."Believe it or not, this is the least of our problems. Much of contemporary missions has been coaxed, in the name of professionalism or efficiency or scalability, to operate not according to the witness of the Scriptures but according to the values of the free market. We adopt metrics of success that have nothing to do with the state of people's souls or the seeding of the earth with the kingdom of heaven. Our mission is held back by these markers of success.Every year Scott Bessenecker travels the world with thousands of college students, ministering to those in need and learning from the global church about what God is doing in the world. In Overturning Tables he shows, through stories and analysis, that the mission of God reaches well beyond the grasp of the free market, and if we are willing to reach as well, we will see God do amazing things, even as the world sees the gospel in its fullest sense.
Scott Bessenecker is Director of Global Projects for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He holds a Masters in International Development from William Carey International University.
Scott has written from a holistic Christian perspective for publications likeRelevant and Mission Maker magazines and edited the book Quest for Hope in the Slum Community. His active weblog is at www.thenewfriars.com.
He is currently writing a piece of fantasy fiction to portray the dichotomy of a privileged society living alongside impoverished people. Young characters who are radically committed to those at the margins have a central role in the book. These fictional protagonists are drawn from the actual people featured in Scott's Likewise book The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor. and How to Inherit the Earth: Submitting Ourselves to a Servant Savior.
- :prologue1. A Tale Of Two Missions2. From Colonial To Indigenous3. From Profits To Prophets4. From Convert To Cosmos5. From Solitary To Solidarity6. From Mainstream To Margin7. From Independent To Interdependent8. From Growth To Flourishingepiloguenotes