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Encountering Theology of Mission - Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues (Encountering Mission Series)

Craig OttStephen StraussTimothy C Tennent

Encountering Theology of Mission - Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues (Encountering Mission Series)

Craig OttStephen StraussTimothy C Tennent

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Theology of Mission Meets Missionary PracticeThe theology of Christian mission has undergone dramatic shifts throughout the history of the church, particularly in the twentieth century. Encountering Theology of Mission provides biblical clarity and global awareness regarding the mission of the church in the twenty-first century. Leading mission experts discuss biblical theology of mission, provide historical overviews of the development of various viewpoints, and address current theological issues in global mission from an evangelical perspective. They offer creative approaches to answering some of the most pressing questions in theology of mission and missionary practice today."Good maps can be hard to find. Thankfully Craig Ott, Stephen Strauss, and Timothy Tennent have drawn up a comprehensive yet easy-to-navigate guide to the complex terrain of theologizing about Christian mission. It is hard to imagine a more careful presentation of this vast subject."--J. Nelson Jennings, Covenant Theological Seminary; editor, Missiology"Deep gratitude to our three writers for a rich and textured work! It is rooted in Scripture, history, and context; it is challenging yet very readable; it is antiphonal--moving from theology and theory to the highly practical and engaging--with some excellent sidebars and case studies. Although the book will be seen as a text by some, I would highly recommend this book to my global colleagues, the reflective practitioners of mission today."--William D. Taylor, Mission Commission, World Evangelical Alliance"This globalized world needs a relevant theology of mission that articulates a cogent 'biblical direction for the church's fulfillment of its missionary mandate.' This excellent book moves us from a paternalistic mind-set to a fraternal one that seeks to proclaim Christ from everywhere to everywhere. I would strongly commend this book not only to professors and students in seminaries but also to practitioners and missions committees in local churches."--Junias Venugopal, CIU Seminary & School of Missions, Columbia International University

- Publisher This fresh, comprehensive text fills a need for an up-to-date theology of mission. It offers creative approaches to answering some of the most pressing questions in theology of mission and missionary practice today. The authors, who are leading mission experts, discuss biblical theology of mission, provide historical overviews of the development of various viewpoints, and address theologically current issues in global mission from an evangelical perspective. This readable yet thorough text integrates current views of the kingdom of God and holistic mission with traditional views of evangelism and church planting. It also brings theology of mission into conversation with ecclesiology and eschatology. Topics covered include contextualization, the missionary vocation, church and mission, and theology of religions. Sidebars and case studies enable readers to see how theology of mission touches real-life mission practice.

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Theology of Mission Meets Missionary PracticeThe theology of Christian mission has undergone dramatic shifts throughout the history of the church, particularly in the twentieth century. Encountering Theology of Mission provides biblical clarity and global awareness regarding the mission of the church in the twenty-first century. Leading mission experts discuss biblical theology of mission, provide historical overviews of the development of various viewpoints, and address current theological issues in global mission from an evangelical perspective. They offer creative approaches to answering some of the most pressing questions in theology of mission and missionary practice today."Good maps can be hard to find. Thankfully Craig Ott, Stephen Strauss, and Timothy Tennent have drawn up a comprehensive yet easy-to-navigate guide to the complex terrain of theologizing about Christian mission. It is hard to imagine a more careful presentation of this vast subject."--J. Nelson Jennings, Covenant Theological Seminary; editor, Missiology"Deep gratitude to our three writers for a rich and textured work! It is rooted in Scripture, history, and context; it is challenging yet very readable; it is antiphonal--moving from theology and theory to the highly practical and engaging--with some excellent sidebars and case studies. Although the book will be seen as a text by some, I would highly recommend this book to my global colleagues, the reflective practitioners of mission today."--William D. Taylor, Mission Commission, World Evangelical Alliance"This globalized world needs a relevant theology of mission that articulates a cogent 'biblical direction for the church's fulfillment of its missionary mandate.' This excellent book moves us from a paternalistic mind-set to a fraternal one that seeks to proclaim Christ from everywhere to everywhere. I would strongly commend this book not only to professors and students in seminaries but also to practitioners and missions committees in local churches."--Junias Venugopal, CIU Seminary & School of Missions, Columbia International University
- Publisher

This fresh, comprehensive text fills a need for an up-to-date theology of mission. It offers creative approaches to answering some of the most pressing questions in theology of mission and missionary practice today. The authors, who are leading mission experts, discuss biblical theology of mission, provide historical overviews of the development of various viewpoints, and address theologically current issues in global mission from an evangelical perspective. This readable yet thorough text integrates current views of the kingdom of God and holistic mission with traditional views of evangelism and church planting. It also brings theology of mission into conversation with ecclesiology and eschatology. Topics covered include contextualization, the missionary vocation, church and mission, and theology of religions. Sidebars and case studies enable readers to see how theology of mission touches real-life mission practice.
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Craig Ott

Craig L. Ott (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He occupies the EFCA International Mission (EFCA-IM) Chair, which was established to better link the mission agency and seminary, integrating mission theory and practice.

After twenty-one years of missionary experience with the EFCA-IM in Germany as a church planter, consultant, and theological educator, he joined the Trinity faculty in 2002.

He is co-editor with Harold A. Netland of Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity (Baker Academic, 2006) and is author of Das Trainingsprogramm fr Mitarbeiter (Brunnen, 1996) and most recently Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication (Bakerbooks, 2010) with Gene Wilson.
Koorong - Editorial Review.

Timothy C Tennent

Timothy C. Tennent (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is president of Asbury Theological Seminary. He was the professor of world missions and director of missions programs at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he continues to teach annually at the Luther W. New, Jr. Theological College of Dehra Dun, India, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor since 1989. He has also ministered and taught in China, Nigeria and Eastern Europe.

His publications include articles in various missions journals and Indian publications. Dr. Tennent is the author of several books, including, Building Christianity on Indian Foundations (ISPCK, 2000) and Christianity at the Religious Roundtable (Baker Academic, 2002). His newest books are Theology in the Context of Global Christianity: Studies in Theological Translatability and Invitation to World Missions (Invitation to Theological Studies Series).

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
    part One: Biblical Foundations Of Mission
    1. God And The Nations In The Old Testament
    2. God And The Nations In The New Testament
    3. The Justification Of Mission: missio Dei
    4. The Purpose And Nature Of Mission
    5. The Task Of Missions: Convictions And Controversy
    6. The Task Of Missions: Convergence And Conclusions
    part Two: Motives And Means For Mission
    7. The Motivation For Missions
    8. Church And Mission
    9. The Missionary Vocation
    10. Spiritual Dynamics And Mission
    part Three: Mission In Local And Global Context
    11. Contextualization And Mission
    12. Christian Encounter With Other Religions: Toward An Evangelical Theology Of Religions
    13. The Necessity Of Mission: Three Uncomfortable Questions
    references
    indexes
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