Salt, Light and a City (2nd Edition)
Graham Hill's pioneering classic remains the seminal work on missional ecclesiology. The bestselling first edition redefined theology for the missional church. Hill builds biblical foundations in conversation with major theologians, including Sarah Coakley, John Zizioulas, Stanley Hauerwas, Miroslav Volf, and...
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Graham Hill's pioneering classic remains the seminal work on missional ecclesiology. The bestselling first edition redefined theology for the missional church. Hill builds biblical foundations in conversation with major theologians, including Sarah Coakley, John Zizioulas, Stanley Hauerwas, Miroslav Volf, and Jurgen Moltmann. In this major update, he offers new insights and provides fresh examples of missional churches. In the first edition, Hill interacted with twelve major theologians to build a missional ecclesiology. In this thoroughly updated edition, he interacts with sixteen major theologians from the Western world. This edition includes five new chapters and an expanded treatment on the key convictions of global missional theology. It also offers a new study guide that has been uploaded on an innovative website linked to this book. This expanded edition now becomes volume 1 in a series on missional ecclesiology. In volume 2, Hill will turn our attention to voices from the Majority World. Known for his groundbreaking approach to theology--theology for the global missional community--Hill shows how God is releasing his global church to mission, across all cultures and Christian traditions. This extensive update to Hill's influential work offers pioneering theology and practices that will continue to shape the global missional church for generations. ""If you want to know the theological conversation, and if you are tired (as I am) of everybody and her brother shooting up missional rockets that are supposed to solve all our problems (and don't), then Salt, Light, and a City will slow it all down to a genuine conversation with biblical foundations interacting with the major theologians and issues. This is the most important book I have ever read on the church and its mission. Graham Hill has a profound grasp of important theologians and he shows how each theologian contributes to a robust missional ecclesiology."" --Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary ""Graham Hill ranges far and wide in order to construct a viable ecumenical, but distinctly missional, ecclesiology. In so doing, he provides us with a classy, intelligent, and passionate contribution to one of the defining issues of our time."" --Alan Hirsch, Founder of 100Movements ""Salt, Light, and a City is no cloying attempt at a simplistic universal model for the missional church. Graham Hill insists we do the hard work of engaging Trinitarian theology, contemporary missiology, and broad understandings of ecclesiology to find a way forward. In brief, it is an invaluable addition to any library of research into the missional paradigm."" --Michael Frost, Vice Principal, Morling Theological College ""It is increasingly clear to me that Christian understandings of both the nature and the mission of the church are in considerable disarray today. Graham Hill's highly important book offers the beginnings of a profoundly important exploration of both questions, together. Salt, Light, and a City is a must-read."" --David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University ""Graham Hill writes from a Protestant evangelical perspective, but this is a broadly based study, drawing on insights from all the historic traditions as well as biblical understandings and case studies that highlight the experience of those who are operating on the missional edge today. This is a significant contribution to the ongoing discussions about missiology and ecclesiology that will take the conversation forward in creative and well-informed directions."" --John Drane, Affiliate Professor in Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary ""Salt, Light, and a City is a global tour and an expounded select bibliography all in one package. Dealing with key traditions and themes, the book considers what can be said about mission and the church through key voices in the conversation. An
Graham Hill is Senior Lecturer in Applied and Pastoral Theology at Morling College in Sydney, Australia (a theological college affiliated with the MCD University of Divinity and the Australian College of Theology). He is the author of Salt, Light, and a City: Introducing Missional Ecclesiology (Wipf & Stock, 2012). Graham's ministry experiences include church planting, pastoring in a large growing congregation, and coaching pastors and planters of missional experiments.