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Theology of Mission

John Howard Yoder
Theology of Mission
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Theology of Mission

John Howard Yoder

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John Howard Yoder was one of the most important ethicists in the twentieth century, known in particular for his defense of Christian pacifism and his seminal work, The Politics of Jesus (1972). The material in Theology of Mission shows he was a profound missiologist as well. Working from a believers or free church perspective, Yoder effortlessly weaves together biblical, theological, practical and interreligious reflections to think about mission beyond Christendom. Along the way he traces the developments in the theology of mission and argues for an understanding of the church that is not merely a corrective but a genuine alternative. The church is missionary by nature, called to bear witness to the coming kingdom, because it serves the missionary God of the Bible "who comes, who takes the initiative, who reaches across whatever it is that separates us." Decades later, these lectures read just as fresh and relevant as if they were written today. As the editors state in their preface, "those who have followed Yoder’s work over the years will find this book to be some of his most striking unpublished material since The Politics of Jesus." Not just a volume for Yoder enthusiasts, Theology of Mission is for anyone who cares about the mission of the church today. It only reinforces Yoder's status as one of the most important and prophetic theologians of the last century.

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John Howard Yoder was one of the most important ethicists in the twentieth century, known in particular for his defense of Christian pacifism and his seminal work, The Politics of Jesus (1972). The material in Theology of Mission shows he was a profound missiologist as well. Working from a believers or free church perspective, Yoder effortlessly weaves together biblical, theological, practical and interreligious reflections to think about mission beyond Christendom. Along the way he traces the developments in the theology of mission and argues for an understanding of the church that is not merely a corrective but a genuine alternative. The church is missionary by nature, called to bear witness to the coming kingdom, because it serves the missionary God of the Bible "who comes, who takes the initiative, who reaches across whatever it is that separates us." Decades later, these lectures read just as fresh and relevant as if they were written today. As the editors state in their preface, "those who have followed Yoder’s work over the years will find this book to be some of his most striking unpublished material since The Politics of Jesus." Not just a volume for Yoder enthusiasts, Theology of Mission is for anyone who cares about the mission of the church today. It only reinforces Yoder's status as one of the most important and prophetic theologians of the last century.
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John Howard Yoder

John Howard Yoder taught at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana) and later was professor of theology and ethics at the University of Notre Dame. He is known especially for his influential book The Politics of Jesus.

Table Of Contents

  • Editors' Preface, By Gayle Gerber Koontz And Andy Alexis-baker
  • Introduction: John Howard Yoder's Mission Theology: Context And Contribution, By Wilbert Shenk
  • Author's Introduction
  • 1. The Prophets: Israel And The Nations
  • 2. Jesus's Public Ministry And The Nations
  • 3. The Great Commission And Acts
  • 4. The Ministry Of Paul In Salvation History
  • 5. Other Texts And The New Testament's Theology Of Mission
  • 6. Mission And Systematic Theology
  • 7. Church Types And Mission: A Radical Reformation Perspective
  • 8. Pietist Perspective On Mission
  • 9. The Church As Missionary
  • 10. The Church As Responsible
  • 11. The Church As Local
  • 12. The Church As Laity
  • 13. Ministry In A Missionary Context
  • 14. People Movements And The Free Church
  • 15. Salvation Is Historical
  • 16. Salvation Is For The World
  • 17. Message And Medium: Presence
  • 18. Message And Medium: Servanthood
  • 19. Theology Of Religions: Particularity And Universalism
  • 20. Radical Reformation Perspectives On Religion
  • 21. Christianity And Other Faiths
  • 22. The Missionary Challenge Of Non-non-christian Faiths
  • 23. Judaism As A Non-non-christian Faith
  • Index

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  • Catalogue Code 386490
  • Product Code 9780830840335
  • ISBN 0830840338
  • EAN 9780830840335
  • Pages 432
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Jan 2014
  • Sales Rank #59077
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 38 mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

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