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Missionary Monks: An Introduction to the History and Theology of Missionary Monasticism

Missionary Monks: An Introduction to the History and Theology of Missionary Monasticism
Edward L. Smither (Cascade Books, 2016)

Missionaries go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, while monks live cloistered in a monastery and focus their lives on prayer and studying Scripture--correct? Not exactly. When we study the history of Christian mission, especially from around 500 to 1500 CE, the key missionaries that we constantly encounter are monks. 

In fact, if we don't have monks in this period then we have very little in the way of Christian mission. Our aim in this book is to examine the phenomenon of missionary monks--those who pursued both a monastic and missionary calling. We will meet the monks and monastic orders, narrate their journeys in mission, and evaluate their approaches to and thoughts about mission.

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City Church: Working Together to Transform Cities

City Church: Working Together to Transform Cities
Kelly Malone (Urban Loft, 2016)

In the world’s cities, the church must not only give people hope for eternal life. We must also help them realize their most basic hopes for physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being in the present world. 

An individual Christ-follower can feed a hungry child, and a single congregation can provide food for the hungry families in their neighborhood. But it will take all God’s people working together to stamp out the problem of hunger in a city. And hunger is only one small piece of the puzzle of human suffering that plagues our world’s cities. The Christian community, moved by Christ’s compassion, can bring lasting change to a city. The world’s cities are not only large concentrations of people. Cities form nuclei through which people, money, materials, information, and ideas flow to energize our globalized world. A businessman in a village in India can sit in a coffee shop reading the Wall Street Journal online before making his investments in the London and Tokyo markets. This is only possible because of the kind of interchange taking place between cities like New York, Paris, Delhi, Nairobi, and Sao Paulo. The results of globalization ripple out from these great hubs to engulf the smaller cities, villages, and rural areas of the surrounding hinterlands.

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God's Image and Global Cultures: Integrating Faith and Culture in the Twenty-First Century

God's Image and Global Cultures: Integrating Faith and Culture in the Twenty-First Century
Kenneth Nehrbass (Wipf & Stock, 2016)

Globalization has raised numerous questions about theology and culture for Christians. How should we respond to outsourcing and immigration? How does anti-Western sentiment affect the proclamation of the gospel? What is the role of the church in society? This book argues that Christians will be most fulfilled and most effective if they embrace their cultural activity rather than feel ambivalent about it.

The central question of this book is, how does bearing God's image relate to cultural activity? Nehrbass explains that "spheres of culture," such as political, technological, and social structures, are systems that God has instilled in humans as his image bearers, so that they can glorify and enjoy him forever. Therefore, a theology of culture involves recognizing that the kingdom of God encompasses heaven and Earth, rather than pitting heaven against Earth.

The text surveys anthropological explanations for humanity's dependence on culture, and shows that each explanation provides only partial explanatory scope. The most satisfying explanation is that a major functional aspect of bearing God's image is engaging in culture, since the Trinity has been eternally engaged in cultural functions like ruling, communicating, and creating.

Each chapter contains a summary and questions about what it means to be a world-changer in the twenty-first century.

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Becoming Native to Win the Natives: Cross-Culturally Becoming All Things to All Men

Becoming Native to Win the Natives: Cross-Culturally Becoming All Things to All Men
Tabor Laughlin (Wipf & Stock, 2016)

In the author's ten years living in China, Chinese friends and foreign friends alike have told him that in many ways he is more like a Chinese person than an American. He sees himself as an "egg," which is white on the outside and yellow (Chinese) inside. For cross-cultural ministry, we learn from the apostle Paul: "I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some" (1 Cor 9:22). Paul's purpose in becoming all things to all men is so that some may be saved. We can see this displayed in his preaching to the Athenians in Acts 17, how he becomes a local by relating to them through their culture.

This book first looks at how we are to imitate Christ's love and humility to effectively love the locals to whom we are ministering. Then the book covers many specific aspects of life abroad and how we can better live like the locals in many areas that some may be saved. Though this book is particularly targeted for those readers who are ministering cross-culturally, it is also a very beneficial book for Christians aiming to be light in their home country.

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Astonishing Grace: A Mentor’s Ministry in Haiti and Beyond

Astonishing Grace: A Mentor’s Ministry in Haiti and Beyond
Edwin S. Walker III (WestBow, 2015)

In this new autobiography, 
Edwin S. Walker III describes his 23 years in Haiti. 

Walker relates the stories of his childhood, his process of finding God and his missionary work in Haiti. There, in Haiti, he leads a strong radio ministry and mentors national leaders before returning to the United States to promote strategic missionary action by churches in North America. Along the way, he meets many influential men and women who help him grow as a servant of God. He hopes that his book will inspire others who might feel unimportant to find purpose in their lives. “‘Astonishing Grace’ will create in you a passion to discover the excitement of what God can do beyond all you imagine,” Walker says.

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Christian Exegesis of the Qur'an: A Critical Analysis of the Apologetic Use of the Qur'an in Select Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Texts

Christian Exegesis of the Qur'an: A Critical Analysis of the Apologetic Use of the Qur'an in Select Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Texts
J. Scott Bridger (Pickwick, 2015)

Can Christians read biblical meaning into qur'anic texts? Does this violate the intent of those passages? What about making positive reference to the Qur'an in the context of an evangelistic presentation or defense of biblical doctrines? Does this imply that Christians accept the Muslim scripture as inspired? 

What about Christians who reside in the world of Islam and write their theology in the language of the Qur'an--Arabic? Is it legitimate for them to use the Qur'an in their explanations of the Christian faith? This book explores these questions and offers a biblically, theologically, and historically informed response. For years evangelical Christians seeking answers to questions like these have turned to the history of Protestant Christian interaction with Muslim peoples. Few are aware of the cultural, intellectual, and theological achievements of Middle Eastern Christians who have resided in the world of Islam for fourteen centuries. Their works are a treasure-trove of riches for those investigating contemporary theological and missiological questions such as the apologetic use of the Qur'an.

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Church Planting among Immigrants in US Urban Centers: The Where, Why, and How of Diaspora Missiology in Action

Church Planting among Immigrants in US Urban Centers: The Where, Why, and How of Diaspora Missiology in Action
Enoch Wan and Anthony Casey (Institute for Diaspora Studies, 2014)

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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Cross-Cultural Church Planting for Probies: Envisioning And Facilitating Holistic Church Planting Among Unreached People Groups From Preparation To Closure

Cross-Cultural Church Planting for Probies: Envisioning And Facilitating Holistic Church Planting Among Unreached People Groups From Preparation To Closure
Jan B. Dixon and Roger L. Dixon (CreateSpace, 2014)

This book is different from others on cross-cultural church planting in its emphasis on mentoring, negotiating, and spiritual leadership in unreached people groups. It also has a unique look at contextualization and project planning.


Intersections

Intersections
Ronald W. Brown (www.globalvault.ca, 2014)

INTERSECTIONS is the story of my life and how it intersected with the four streams of missiology; showing my place in the history of missions, showing where cultural anthropology helped me as a missioner to journey alongside other cultures, showing a variety of strategic methodologies used in my missionary career, and then showing how a life based on a theology of mission took me from being a blessed one to then engage with the nations of Africa and beyond.


Mission in the Early Church: Themes and Reflections

Mission in the Early Church: Themes and Reflections
Edward L. Smither (Cascade Books, 2014)

How did Christian missions happen in the early church from AD 100 to 750? 

Beginning with a brief look at the social, political, cultural, and religious contexts, Mission in the Early Church tells the story of early Christian missionaries, their methods, and their missiology. This book explores some of the most prominent themes of mission in early Christianity, including suffering, evangelism, Bible translation, contextualization, ministry in Word and deed, and the church. Based on this survey, modern readers are invited to a conversation that considers how early Christian mission might inform global mission thought and practice today.

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A New Look at Hospitality as a Key to Missions

A New Look at Hospitality as a Key to Missions
Christopher J. Freet  (Energion , 2014)

Many Christians have grown up with a very limited concept of "missions" and "missionaries." In this view a missionary is a person who goes and preaches to lots of people, often in primitive lands, and explains the theology of the gospel. The natives are convinced and become Christians. Thus the gospel commission is fulfilled. Actual missions have not been carried out in this way very much. Missionaries are generally very aware of the personal aspect of their activities, and the importance of hospitality.

But western churches have become much less attuned to hospitality. The days are past when visitors could assume they'd be invited home for lunch or become personally connected to people in a church they visit. But hospitality is a key concept, and a key practice, in the Bible, both in Old and New Testament times. This involved both God's relationship with his people, in which some "entertained angels," in their relationships with one another, and in the way they reached the world with the good news God had given to them. Chris Freet examines the biblical idea of hospitality, the role it played in biblical times, and the example that provides for us. He concludes that the western church needs to be re-awakened to the mutual and reciprocal biblical definition of hospitality; that it must undergo some contextualization in order for the biblical role of hospitality and the "person of peace" to work in it; and it must transition from short-term encounters of hospitality in the West to long-term relationships as the family of God. This is a serious theological examination, but it is also both a challenge and a practical guide to help us get started in giving hospitality the role in our churches that the biblical story envisions.

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First the Kingdom of God: Global Voices on Global Mission

First the Kingdom of God: Global Voices on Global Mission
Daniel Darko and Beth Snodderly, eds. (William Carey International University Press, 2014)

First the Kingdom of God assembles a collection of essays from renowned Christian leaders of diverse cultures at the frontiers of global Christianity to elevate the conversation and to address key aspects of the changing trends aforementioned. 

This volume offers unique perspectives from multiple disciplines, ethno-racial diversity, and confessional affiliations. The lay person, clergy, or scholar is invited to re-examine his/her theological and social framework of missions afresh in the light of a global and interconnected geo-political global landscape. The contributors have aptly married first class scholarship with accessible style for general readership to inform, ignite a new passion, and refocus mission praxis on the Master's vision-to "seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness" (Matt. 6:33).

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Introduction to Global Missions

Introduction to Global Missions
Zane Pratt, M. David Sills, and Jeff Walters (B&H Academic, 2014)

Missions is the work of the church to reach and teach the peoples of the world for Christ’s sake.

The missionary call is a vital part of the life of every follower of Jesus Christ and, therefore, the church. But the effective discipleship of all nations requires a solid biblical, historical, and practical foundation. Therefore, the study of missiology demands the effective application of biblical studies, theology, and history.

This text brings the rich heritage of evangelical missiology founded on conservative theology to a twenty-first century audience passionate for the proclamation of the gospel. Introduction to Global Missions brings the authors’ decades of combined missionary and teaching experience to a survey text appropriate for college or seminary classroom.

The book is divided into four sections and thirteen chapters. The text begins with the biblical and theological foundations of Christian missions, including a biblical theology of missions. Before moving to the practical and strategic issues of twenty-first century missions, the authors consider the historical development of missions with a view toward providing a basis for contemporary strategies. A final foundational set of chapters addresses the impact of cultures on the communication of the gospel. The remainder of the text deals with key issues and opportunities in missions, including church planting, missions in the local church, and strategies for disciple-making.

Introduction to Global Missions provides a foundation for readers to consider their own missionary call, whether as a full-time field missionary or a church member on short-term projects. No matter their role, Great Commission Christians need a framework for doing missions well.

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Rethinking Constantine. History, Theology, and Legacy

Rethinking Constantine. History, Theology, and Legacy
Edward L. Smither (Pickwick, 2014)

What happens to the church when the emperor becomes a Christian? 

Seventeen hundred years after Constantine's victory at Milvian Bridge, scholars and students of history continue to debate the life and impact of the Roman emperor who converted to faith in the Christian God and gave peace to the church. This book joins that conversation and examines afresh the historical sources that inform our picture of Constantine, the theological developments that occurred in the wake of his rise to power, and aspects of Constantine's legacy that have shaped church history.

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Worship and Mission for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook

Worship and Mission for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook
James R. Krabill, Frank Fortunato, Robin P. Harris, and Brian Schrag, eds. (William Carey Library, 2013)

This volume offers theological reflection, case studies, practical tools, and audiovisual resources to help the global church appreciate and generate culturally appropriate arts in worship and witness. From the expertise of numerous practitioners, this volume integrates insights from the fields of ethnomusicology, biblical research, worship studies, missiology and the arts. Learn More


Evangelização Via Relacionamentos

Evangelização Via Relacionamentos
David A. Bledsoe (Brazilian Baptist Home Mission Board, 2013)


Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things: William Carey and Adoniram Judson, Missionary Pioneers

Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things: William Carey and Adoniram Judson, Missionary Pioneers
Allen Yeh and Chris Chun, eds. (Wipf & Stock, 2013)

This book celebrates the 250th birthday of William Carey ("The Father of Modern Missions") and the 200th anniversary of the mission of Adoniram Judson (the first missionary sent from America). 

The contributors include Timothy George and Tim Tennent, as well as voices from World Christianity--namely India and Burma, the destinations of Carey's and Judson's missions. William Carey, often dubbed "The Father of Modern Missions," and Adoniram Judson, America's first intercontinental missionary, were pioneers whose missions overlapped in chronology, geography, and purpose. However, rarely are they both featured in the same volume or compared and contrasted. Here we have unique material by some of the world's leading experts on these two giants of missionary history, with perspectives on these men in ways never seen before. Especially relevant to this current age of World Christianity are the perspectives from India and Burma, the lands which received these men for their missionary enterprise.

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Expect Great Things: Mission Quotes that Inform and Inspire

Expect Great Things: Mission Quotes that Inform and Inspire
Marvin J. Newell (William Carey Library, 2013)

Expect Great Things is the most comprehensive collection of mission quotes, contemporary and classical, ever compiled in one book. 

Here you will find over 700 of the best mission quotes ever uttered by Great Commission Christians—250 different authors from Adoniram Judson to John Piper, from J. Hudson Taylor to David Platt. Read them for personal encouragement! Paste them on your website, blog, or other social media. Tweet them to a friend. Include them in sermons, speeches, newsletters, and lesson plans. Pass them on to others to encourage them along their way to Great Commission familiarity and commitment.

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Learning from the Least: Reflections on a Journey in Mission with Palestinian Christians

Learning from the Least: Reflections on a Journey in Mission with Palestinian Christians
Andrew F. Bush (Wipf and Stock, 2013)

With the majority of the world's Christians now living in the non-Western world, Christian mission has become a global movement. The mission of Western Christianity now faces the challenge of laying aside the preeminence and privilege it has long enjoyed in global Christian mission, and embracing a new role of servanthood in weakness alongside its sisters and brothers from Asia, South America, and Africa.

Such a transformation in historic patterns in mission requires not just new strategies and techniques, but a renewal of its spirituality. How can the spirituality of Western mission be renewed? By learning from those non-Western Christians whose lives on the margins reveal anew the One who emptied himself of the prerogatives of glory on the cross to serve humanity out of utter weakness. Learning from the Least invites you to a journey among Palestinian Christians to meet radical peacemakers who are making courageous decisions to reconcile with those who are customarily reckoned as enemies. Their radical servanthood out of weakness is a prophetic challenge to Western Christians, a call to lay aside the prerogatives of power and wealth, to question triumphal theologies, and to discover again the vulnerability of the way of the cross.

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My Mother's Sons: Managing Sexuality in Islamic and Christian Cultures

My Mother's Sons: Managing Sexuality in Islamic and Christian Cultures
Patrick Krayer (William Cary Library, 2013)

My Mother's Sons provides a thoughtful model for how Western Christian workers can respectfully negotiate sexual boundaries and norms in Muslim contexts. 

Westerners are inclined to impose their own culturally shaped notions of gender equality and justice on non-egalitarian communities, alienating the very people they are seeking to serve. The author draws on his own research among Pakistani Pashtuns, intercultural theory, and exegesis of Christian and Islamic sacred texts to show that it is possible to work for transformational change without offending those who live within a patriarchal system.

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One Bible Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal?

One Bible Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal?
Dave Brunn (InterVarsity Press Academic, 2013)

What makes a Bible translation faithful? Is one version superior to others? Do we really need more than one translation? How can answering these questions help us become better Bible readers? 

Dave Brunn has been involved in Bible translation work around the world for many years. From the perspective of this on-the-ground experience in different cultures he helps us sort out the many competing claims for various English Bible translations. By giving us a better understanding of the process of translation, Brunn helps us read and understand Scripture more clearly. He demonstrates how the variety of translations enables us to grasp more fully the meaning of the biblical text. This clear, readable and informative work will be of special interest to pastors, undergraduate and seminary students, missionaries, Bible translators, Bible study leaders and anyone involved in Christian ministry.

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Polemic Missiology for the 21st Century: In Memoriam of Roland Allen

Polemic Missiology for the 21st Century: In Memoriam of Roland Allen
Christopher R. Little (Amazon Kindle, 2013)

Déjà vu has hit the contemporary missionary movement on a global scale. The same unfortunate presumptions and practices which the revered Roland Allen confronted at beginning of the 20th century have returned with a vengeance one century later. 

This book adopts Allen’s polemic style in addressing issues which all those interested in the healthy, cross-cultural transfer of the Christian faith should be aware of and concerned about. Specifically, it draws the readers’ attention to: 1) the contours of Christian mission; 2) foreign subsidy; and 3) business as mission. If the church called into mission on behalf of the world is to avoid unnecessary pitfalls in discipling the nations, then the information presented in this book must be given due consideration.

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Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World: History, Culture, Practice, and Theology

Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World: History, Culture, Practice, and Theology
Edward Lee Smither (Pickwick, 2012)

"From a mission field to a missions sender." 

These words capture the story of the Brazilian evangelical church, which has gone from receiving missionaries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to becoming a movement that presently sends out more global laborers than the churches of England or Canada do. After narrating Brazil's missional shift, in this volume Smither addresses one fascinating element of the story—Brazilian evangelical efforts in the Arab world. How have Brazilians adapted culturally among Arabs, how have they approached ministry, and how have they cultivated a theology of mission in the process? Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World gives the reader insights from one emerging missions movement with an eye toward a more comprehensive view of the global church.

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Chrislam: How Missionaries are Promoting an Islamized Gospel

Chrislam: How Missionaries are Promoting an Islamized Gospel
Jeff Morton, Joshua Lingel, and Bill Nikides, editors (i2 Ministries, 2012)

Are there missionaries who promote converts from Islam remaining in Islam?

Is Islam the primary identity for a new believer and how does this identity interface with one's deliverance from a false religion? Which rituals and phenomena of Islam may be given new meaning by converts? Is the Gospel of Jesus being Islamized by Western missionaries? This anthology of twenty-five essays approaches the various questions of the "insider movements" that are being raised within the mission community. Offering not only a critique of the problematic issues of IM and it's proponents, Chrislam also provides a necessary corrective in the areas of theology, exegesis, translation, missiology and a theology of religions. The authors include converts from Islam, practicing missionaries, pastors, missiologists, Bible translators, professors of Islamic studies, biblical studies, and systematic theology. This multi-faceted approach to a serious problem in missions is a much needed manual for the church as she thinks through the ramifications of supporting "insiders" and the proponents of IM.

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Christianity and Animism in Melanesia. Four Approaches to Gospel and Culture

Christianity and Animism in Melanesia. Four Approaches to Gospel and Culture
Kenneth Nehrbass (William Carey Library, 2012)

In this book, Kenneth Nehrbass examines the interaction between traditional or animistic religion (called kastom) and Christianity in Vanuatu.

First, he briefly outlines major anthropological theories of animism, then he examines eight aspects of animism on Tanna Island and shows how they present a challenge to Christianity. He traces the history of Christianity on Tanna from 1839 to the present, showing which missiological theories the various missionaries were implementing. Nehrbass wanted to find out what experiences in the lives of the islanders distinguished those who left traditional religion behind from those who held on to it. In the end, he contends that there are twenty factors of gospel response and cultural integration that determine whether an animistic background believer will be a mixer, separator, transplanter, or contextualizer.

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Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practices for the 21st Century

Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practices for the 21st Century
Mike Barnett, ed., and Robin Martin, associate ed. (IVP, 2012)

What is God's mission in the world?
For anyone passionate about discovering God's heart for the nations, Discovering the Mission of God will reveal his plans for you. Written by 21st-century field workers, scholars and church leaders, this book weaves together the basic components of God’s global mission and challenges readers to identify where they fit in the mission of God. Discovering the Mission of God explores the mission of God as presented in the Bible, expressed throughout church history and in cutting-edge best practices being used around the world today. Drawing from a new generation of scholar-practitioners, this comprehensive reader provides global perspective, recent missiological research, case studies, recommended further readings and relevant discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Contributors include Bryan E. Beyer, Karen O'Dell Bullock, R. Bruce Carlton, Gary R. Corwin, Don Dent, Robert Edwards, Nathan Evans, David Garrison, Al Gilbert, Kevin Greeson, Jim Haney, Scott Holste, R. Alton James, Patrick Lai, William J. Larkin, Christopher R. Little, Alex Luc, Stan May, Clyde Meador, Scott Moreau, Kurt Nelson, Howard Norrish, Meg Page, John Piper, Robert L. Plummer, Jerry Rankin, Nik Ripken, Tom Steffen, Ed Stetzer, John Mark Terry, LaNette W. Thompson, Greg Turner, Preben Vang, Joel. F. Williams, Christopher J. H. Wright, and William R. Yount. Discovering the Mission of God is an indispensable resource for anyone wanting a better picture of what God is doing in the world and how to find one's place in God's global plan.
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The Early Religious History of France: An Introduction for Church Planters and Missionaries

The Early Religious History of France: An Introduction for Church Planters and Missionaries
David Dunaetz  (Martel , 2012)

Church planters and missionaries in France may not have any idea how important the early religious history of the country is to modern day residents.

This survey of France’s religious history up to the year 1000 A.D. demonstrates that many of the beliefs that developed during this time are still quite relevant to twenty-first century France. By understanding these various currants, pastors and missionaries can build upon felt-needs experienced by the French in order to more effectively proclaim the gospel in a persuasive manner.

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Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries

Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries
David P. Teague (Mission Imprints, 2012)

The purpose of Godly Servants is to help evangelical missionaries to deepen their Christian spirituality. 

While many books are now available about spiritual formation, little has been written specifically for missionaries. Missionary life presents its own unique challenges that require a specialized treatment. GODLY SERVANTS explains spiritual formation clearly and has abundant, practical applications. Dr. David Teague served as a missionary in the Middle East and is now a seminary lecturer and pastor. He especially brings to his writing a familiarity with the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers of Egypt. This book is an outgrowth of the seminars on spiritual formation which his team conducted for Interserve, an evangelical mission with over 800 workers in more than 30 countries.

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God's New Humanity: A Biblical Theology of Multiethnicity for the Church

God's New Humanity: A Biblical Theology of Multiethnicity for the Church
David E. Stevens (Wipf & Stock Pub, 2012)

I pray . . . that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. . . . May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me. -Jesus Christ
What if? What if believers of multiple ethnicities manifested the diversity in unity for which Jesus prayed?

What if largely separate, homogeneous congregations-which account for nearly 92.5 percent of all churches in the United States-increasingly became connected, multiethnic congregations? What if, at eleven o'clock on Sunday mornings-or whenever believers gather to worship-local congregations were comprised of believing whites, African Americans, Koreans, Hispanics, Romanians, Native Americans, as well as the diverse mosaic of other ethnicities represented in our increasingly multicultural society? Would this not say something about the supernatural character of the gospel of reconciliation we proclaim? Jesus believed it would. That is why after praying for such diversity in unity among his followers, Jesus Christ-the Man for all nations-extended his arms and laid down his life to make it happen. This book, God's New Humanity, examines the biblical-theological vision and motivation for living in response to Jesus' prayer.

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Indigenization of the Church in Africa: The Nigerian Situation. Essays in Honour of Rev. Dr. E A. Bamigboye

Indigenization of the Church in Africa: The Nigerian Situation. Essays in Honour of Rev. Dr. E A. Bamigboye
Adelani A. Akande, Moses Audi, and Olusayo Bosun Oladejo, eds. (Ibadan Baptist Press, 2012)

This book contains 21 chapters dealing with various issues about the current state of contextualized faith in Africa.

It exposes the definition, biblical exposition, theological, missiological, pastoral, educational, leadership, pluralistic, traditional and relationship reflections as well as issues of practical Christian living affecting the body-life of the Church. A reading of this material will provide great insight and understanding of the theories and practices that shape the Christian mind in Africa.

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Insider Movements: Biblically Incredible or Incredibly Brilliant?

Insider Movements: Biblically Incredible or Incredibly Brilliant?
Jeff Morton (Wipf & Stock, 2012)

Today, proponents of IM support their observations of what God is doing among Muslims with eight biblical passages.
In 1938 the Reverend Henry H. Riggs wrote "Shall We Try Unbeaten Paths in Working for Moslems?" He encouraged the church to help Muslim converts remain inside Islam so that they might not lose their cultural identity. These ideas were soundly denounced by leading missionary scholars of the time: Samuel Zwemer, J. Christy Wilson, and Hendrik Kraemer. In the 1980s Riggs's suggestions bubbled up to the surface with new life in Bangladesh, but the proponents of these views—known as the insider movements (IM)—maintained a low profile. The church did not know what was taking place in Bangladesh until the 1990s when anonymous authors published papers with made-up locations reporting hundreds of thousands of new believers. Today, proponents of IM support their observations of what God is doing among Muslims with eight biblical passages. If the biblical support is real, it behooves you to support missionaries who advocate for IM; but if the biblical evidence is absent, you will have a difficult decision to make. The purpose of this book is help clarify the insider movements' claims and paradigm by simply examining the Scriptures.
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Movimento Neopentecostal Brasileiro: um estudo de caso

Movimento Neopentecostal Brasileiro: um estudo de caso
David A. Bledsoe (Editora Hagnos, 2012)


Negotiating Identity: Exploring Tensions between Being Hakka and Being Christian in Northwestern Taiwan

Negotiating Identity: Exploring Tensions between Being Hakka and Being Christian in Northwestern Taiwan
Ethan J. Christofferson (Wipf & Stock, 2012)

Negotiating Identity addresses the missiological problem of why the Hakka Chinese Christian community in Taiwan is so small despite evangelistic efforts there for more than 140 years. 

Christofferson explores the tensions between being Hakka and being Christian in northwestern Taiwan and discusses what both Hakka non-Christians and Christians are doing and saying in the context of these tensions. This ethnographic study uses the lens of social constructionism and consequently offers an example of how social science scholarship can help missionaries and other Christian workers to gain significant insights into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of those living in their ministry locations. Of interest is Christofferson's conclusion that the missiological perspective which puts a primary focus on ministering to a "people group" is inadequate for explaining and engaging the complexities encountered in many ministry settings. He suggests that an awareness of the way people are negotiating their identities can help Christian workers to better understand and strategically engage people in a variety of ministry contexts throughout the world. Volume 13 in the American Society of Missiology Monograph Series.

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The Questioning God

The Questioning God
Ant Greenham (Energion, 2012)

A questioning approach lies at the heart of our relationship with God.
That’s how God engages us. In fact, questioning (or free inquiry), is central to our being human. Yet the major monotheistic religions vary markedly on this matter. In The Questioning God, Dr. Greenham examines the three major monotheistic religions, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, to see how they relate to questioning, including questions that God asks us and the questions that we ask about God. His goal is to develop a biblical theology of questioning, avoiding a loss of direction and focus that results from selective questioning, and also a loss of humanity that results from bypassing our questions through an inappropriate submission. The examination is wide ranging, including chapters on questioning in Islam, Judaism, mainline and evangelical Christianity, along with an examination of the consequences of a non-questioning culture. He ends the book with a proposal for a biblical theology and a look at the practical implications–just what it means to pursue a questioning culture. The author finds that questions are not just valuable, they are essential for serious human interaction. “As questioning beings,” he concludes, “there is no limit to what we might ask, but our questions must always be anchored in the questioning God’s enduring concern to engage us.”
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Ralph D. Winter: Early Life and Core Missiology

Ralph D. Winter: Early Life and Core Missiology
Greg Parsons (William Carey International University Press, 2012)

Ralph D. Winter (1924-2009) ranks among the most influential missiologists of the 20th Century.

Missiologists and Christian leaders around the world have recognized his many significant contributions to the evangelical approach to the Great Commission task. To date, there is no complete or even popular biographical work on Winter, although a number of short articles have been written about him.

This dissertation seeks to provide a thorough account, tying together the threads of Winter's life and work. That process should shed light on issues within of the history and development of missiological thinking in the West in the late twentieth century.

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Understanding World Religions in Fifteen Minutes a Day

Understanding World Religions in Fifteen Minutes a Day
Garry R. Morgan  (Bethany House, 2012)

What religions are represented in your neighborhood, your workplace, and your children's school?

Things seem to be changing every day, and it can be hard to keep up. You may know a little about some of these religions. Others are new to you. You'd like to learn about them and how they differ from your beliefs, but who has time to do all the research?

In Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, cross-cultural expert and professor Garry Morgan explains the key beliefs, histories, and practices of more than twenty religions, including the familiar--Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism--and some of the lesser known--Baha'i, Sikhism, and New Age religions. Broken into forty short readings, each chapter is engaging and easy to understand. In just minutes a day you'll soon have a better understanding of the world's beliefs.

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Through God’s Eyes.  A Bible Study of God's Motivations for Missions (Revised Edition)

Through God’s Eyes. A Bible Study of God's Motivations for Missions (Revised Edition)
Patrick O. Cate (William Carey Library, 2012)

Through God's Eyes is an inductive Bible study for students to personally wrestle with what God is saying about His passion for getting the gospel to all of  the world. 

It is designed to get students into the Word of God listening for them selves to God's heart for the nations. It can supplement Introduction to Missions and Biblical Theology of Missions courses. Ralph Winters says: "a first rate workbook/introduction to the cause of missions....There is nothing else like it." Howard Hendricks says: "Through God's  Eyes is a front seat on a spectacular literary safari hosted by a missionary statesman who will change forever how you will see forever our world."

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Biblical Multicultural Teams: Applying Biblical Truth in Cultural Differences

Biblical Multicultural Teams: Applying Biblical Truth in Cultural Differences
Sheryl Silzer (William Carey International University Press, 2011)

Biblical Multicultural Teams speaks to the heart of cultural misunderstanding- our childhood upbringing.

Sheryl Takagi Silzer is able in this work to provide both an honest look at her own cross-cultural experience and an astute academic understanding of cross-cultural communication. We all work and function in a multicultural world. The advice and wisdom in Biblical Multicultural Teams will thus enable you to take a hard look at assumptions and attitudes found in your team and to work on submitting them to biblical standards of interaction.

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Brazilian Neo-Pentecostalism and the IURD: A Missiological Case Analysis of the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus

Brazilian Neo-Pentecostalism and the IURD: A Missiological Case Analysis of the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus
David A. Bledsoe (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011)


Contemporary Issues in Systematic Theology: An African Christian Perspective

Contemporary Issues in Systematic Theology: An African Christian Perspective
Moses Audi, Olusayo Oladejo, Emiola Nihinlola and John Enyinnaya, eds.  (Sceptre Prints, 2011)

This book calls the attention of the reader to the need to always look at the theological roots of our beliefs and practices in order for them to meet the needs of the Church and prepare us for effective encounter with God.

The theology we have, whether we are conscious of it, or not, affects what we express as our beliefs and what we practice as well.
It contains a collection of eleven articles from about thirty academics and pastors in Church ministry. They shared from their practical perspectives. The book attempts to keep the consciousness of the Church awake in order to ensure the practice does not contradict the theology of the Church. This work enables the fulfilment of the biblical injunction “to give an answer to anyone who asks you the reason for the hope you have” (1 Peter 3:15).

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Evangelical and Frontier Mission: Perspectives on the Global Progress of the Gospel

Evangelical and Frontier Mission: Perspectives on the Global Progress of the Gospel
Beth Snodderly and A. Scott Moreau, editors (Wipf & Stock, 2011)

The stories of the evangelical world church deserve to be heard.
The centennial celebrations of the Edinburgh 1910 conference offered Christians of all stripes multiple opportunities to reflect on the past century of mission. Over the course of the twentieth century one of the stories of the church that has moved towards center stage is the growth of evangelicalism around the world. While certainly until the late 1980s this went largely unnoticed among the academic elite of the world, even so by then the vast majority of the missionaries serving to and from every corner of the globe were framed in some way by this evangelical surge. As we reflect on the past century, then, the stories of the evangelical world church deserve to be heard.
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Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions

Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions
J. D. Payne (Biblica, 2011)

J. D. Payne's newest book responds to today’s most commonly asked questions about evangelism and salvation.  
It seeks to establish biblical, theological, and practical foundations for missional living. Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions gives the reader clear parameters for sharing faith that can be applied to differing cultural contexts. Some of the questions addressed include: What is evangelism anyway? If God is in control, then why do we need to share the gospel? Does a loving God send people to hell? What is the role of free will in salvation? What happens to the "man on the remote island" who never hears the gospel? What if I do not feel like sharing the gospel? Do I have to offend people whenever I share the gospel?
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The Facilitator Era

The Facilitator Era
Tom Steffen (Wipf and Stock, 2011)


A Future for the Latino Church: Models for Multilingual, Multigenerational Hispanic Congregations

A Future for the Latino Church: Models for Multilingual, Multigenerational Hispanic Congregations
Daniel A. Rodriguez (InterVarsity Press Academic, 2011)

Many assume that Hispanic ministry in North America still necessarily focuses on Spanish-language congregations. 

But over 60 percent of all American Latinos were born in the United States and are now English dominant. Daniel Rodriguez argues that effective Latino ministry and church planting are now centered in second-generation, English-dominant leadership and congregations. Based on his observation of dozens of cutting-edge Latino churches across the country, Rodriguez reports on how innovative congregations are ministering creatively to the next generations of Latinos. In-depth case studies reveal how gifted leaders are reaching beyond their own demographics to have lasting impact on their wider communities. The future of the Latino church is multilingual, multigenerational and multiethnic. Those who "live in the hyphen" between Latino and American can become all things to all Latinos, sharing the gospel in ways that language is no barrier.

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The Ongoing Role of Apostles in Missions: The Forgotten Foundation

The Ongoing Role of Apostles in Missions: The Forgotten Foundation
Don Dent (CrossBooks, 2011)

It is crucial in the midst of rapid change that we not lose connection with the New Testament model of the missionary apostles. 

Apostles, now commonly called missionaries, are God’s gift for the initial planting phase of the church among every people, to the end of the age. 
This unique church-planting role is the forgotten foundation of the church. Much of the ineffectiveness in missions is due to our attempts 
to build Christ’s church on a different foundation.

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Personality and Conflict Style: Effects on Membership Duration in Voluntary Associations

Personality and Conflict Style: Effects on Membership Duration in Voluntary Associations
David R. Dunaetz (LAP, 2011)


Two Messiahs: The Jesus of Christianity and the Jesus of Islam

Two Messiahs: The Jesus of Christianity and the Jesus of Islam
Jeff Morton (IVP, 2011)

Muslims love Jesus. When you meet a Muslim, you meet a person who loves Jesus.
Muslims will tell you a true Muslim must love Jesus. Jesus is not the sole property of Christians they say--or is he? This story sets the Jesus of Islam, `Isa ibn am-Maryam (Muhammad's seventh century conception of the first century prophet and Messiah), in direct conversation with the first century, historic Jesus of Nazareth. The reader encounters `Isa and Jesus on a long walk from the little town of Emmaus to Jerusalem, a walk filled with conversation, questions, brief interaction with others, and observations from each man about the other. In the end, it is clear to the reader who Jesus is in both Islam and Christianity.
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Cross-Cultural Partnerships: Navigating the Complexities of Money and Mission

Cross-Cultural Partnerships: Navigating the Complexities of Money and Mission
Mary Lederleitner (IVP, 2010)

One of the biggest challenges in global mission work is money
—not merely the need for it, but working through cross-cultural differences surrounding how funds are used and accounted for. Cross-cultural missteps regarding financial issues can derail partnerships between supporting churches and agencies and national leaders on the ground. North Americans don’t understand how cultural expectations of patronage shape how financial support is perceived and understood, and Western money often comes with subtle strings attached. So local mission work is hampered by perceived paternalism, and donors are frustrated with lack of results or accountability. How do we build financial partnerships for effective mission without fostering neo-colonialism? Cross-cultural specialist Mary Lederleitner brings missiological and financial expertise to explain how global mission efforts can be funded with integrity, mutuality and transparency. Bringing together social science research, biblical principles and on-the-ground examples, she presents best practices for handling funding and finance. Cross-cultural partnerships can foster dignity, build capacity and work toward long-term sustainability. Lederleitner also addresses particular problems like misallocation of funds, embezzlement and fraud. This book is an essential guide for all who partner in global mission, whether pastors of supporting churches or missionaries and funding agencies.
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Engaging Islam

Engaging Islam
Georges Houssney (Treeline Publishing, 2010)

Georges Houssney’s new book, Engaging Islam, alerts Christians to the challenges and opportunities of reaching Muslims worldwide.
Learn how to engage Muslims, understand them on a personal level, and gain an understanding of the role we have as Christians to boldly preach the gospel with conviction. Inspirational stories of transformation and personal testimonies will touch your heart and encourage you to engage Muslims like never before.
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Introducción a la Misiología

Introducción a la Misiología
Hayward Armstrong, Mark McClellan, and M. David Sills (Reaching & Teaching International Ministries, 2010)

Esta obra es una introducción práctica al tema de la misiología. 

Es una introducción porque abarca en forma general los temas normalmente considerados como esenciales en cualquier discusión seria de las misiones, como su filosofía, su teología, sus bases bíblicas, sus pautas históricas, y sus prácticas dentro de un entendimiento apropiado de la antropología y la comunicación intercultural. Es una introducción práctica porque los autores han intentado presentar cada tema de manera que tenga valor práctico.

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Jesus' Authority in Markan Perspective: Scope and Missiological Implications

Jesus' Authority in Markan Perspective: Scope and Missiological Implications
Steven K. Mittwede (Fromm Verlag, 2010)

A commitment to authentic and effective cross-cultural ministry, especially in a resistant context, demands that the challenge of contextualisation be dealt with properly. 

One form of contextualisation, namely the application of redemptive analogies, may hold particular promise for cross-cultural ministers. The present study favourably evaluates the proposal that the high regard for authority endemic in Turkish culture might be a divinely implanted bridge by which Turks can grasp the import of the biblical account of Jesus' person and work, especially as presented in Mark's gospel. Following a survey of the scope and importance of Jesus' authority in Mark's account, two critical issues that impinge on our understanding of Markan christology – the questions of 1) the intent and genre of Mark's gospel, and 2) Mark's use of honorific titles for Jesus – are evaluated with an eye to grasping the missiological implications of Jesus' authority, not only for Turkish culture, but also for evangelism and discipleship in all times and places.

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Reaching and Teaching: A Call to Great Commission Obedience

Reaching and Teaching: A Call to Great Commission Obedience
M. David Sills (Moody, 2010)

All Christians understand that Christ has commanded us to reach the lost around the world.

Yet, Christ's command is broader and deeper than simply reaching them. He has called His church to make disciples of all people groups and to teach them to observe all He commanded us. Reaching and Teaching examines this task and emphasizes the need for a thorough and balanced missiology that is obedient to it.

While evangelism and church planting are essential components of a biblical missions program, they are merely the first wave of the task to which we have been called. Reaching and Teaching surveys contemporary missions methodologies and advocates a return to the biblical task of reaching and teaching the nations for Christ's sake. Outlining issues essential to establishing a ministry that results in discipled and trained national believers, Sills provides examples of what is left in the wake of reaching and leaving too quickly.

Whether you are a seasoned missionary, student, or newly curious about missions, Reaching and Teaching will reveal ways you can be more faithful to what Christ has called and equipped you to do.

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Routes and Radishes and Other Things to Talk About at the Evangelical Crossroads

Routes and Radishes and Other Things to Talk About at the Evangelical Crossroads
Allen Yeh, Mark Russell, Chelle Stearns, Dwight Friesen, and Michelle Sanchez (Zondervan, 2010)

Five younger evangelicals discuss the future of Evangelicalism.

Routes and Radishes invites you into a conversation about what the evangelical movement has been and what it is going to be. Five influential, younger-generation evangelicals discuss their passions for shaping the evangelicalism of the future. They encourage you to consider the challenges and opportunities that face rising leaders within diverse evangelical communities.

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Reaching and Teaching the Highland Quichuas: Ministry in Animistic Oral Contexts

Reaching and Teaching the Highland Quichuas: Ministry in Animistic Oral Contexts
M. David Sills (Reaching & Teaching International Ministries, 2010)

As God moves among a people group to bring about conversions, missionaries must determine how best to then disciple and train indigenous leaders.

When that people group consists of oral learners or those who have a history of syncretism, the challenges to develop indigenous leaders can seem overwhelming. Dr. David Sills served as a missionary among the Highland Quichuas of Ecuador, a people with a rich cultural and spiritual history. Conquered by the Incas and the Spaniards, in bondage both to governments and false religions, they have experienced a movement of the Holy Spirit in recent generations. In Reaching and Teaching the Highland Quichuas, Dr. Sills explores the historical, cultural, and practical considerations necessary to develop a training program for biblically faithful indigenous leaders in animistic oral cultures.

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The Sword of the Spirit: How God's Word Changes Lives

The Sword of the Spirit: How God's Word Changes Lives
Kelly Malone (Missional Press, 2010)

Spiritual change is not the result of mere human ingenuity, effort or methodology.
The Sword of the Spirit challenges us to allow God's Spirit to use God's Word to transform us into the likeness of God's Son, Jesus Christ. As God's Word comes to life in us, He enables us to change the world for Him.
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Understanding God and Destiny

Understanding God and Destiny
Moses Audi (Charisa, 2010)

Explaining the human destiny in the view of doctrines of divine sovereignty and human freedom is necessarily and essentially a responsibility of today's church, preachers, lay men and, of course, of every religious thinker. And whatever happens, will invariably shape the minds of men and women of this generation and those to come. It discusses biblical principles of God’s dealings with people of all ages – in relation to destiny, choice and freewill.

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