Working in mobilization has brought me into contact with many serious inquirers and applicants for long-term missionary work. As I’ve interviewed hundreds of single, young adults, eventually a common question emerges: what about my singleness?
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by Bill Taylor The 64-year-old memory is still strong. As a child in Costa Rica, I visited the Ross family farm. Mr. Ross warned, “Billy, do NOT push a stick into the bee hives!” Of course, I did just that. To this day, I can still almost feel the stings. Perhaps Andrews has done just . . . read more
Insights on the prejudices of biblical characters enable the author to see his own prejudices, and to understand how God still works his purposes through us despite them.
by Alex Araujo It is true that the word “missions” has become confused in the minds of many today, and a change of vocabulary might help clarify things. Yet I would not press for change too quickly; instead, we first need to ask questions. First, English is used in many different cultures, and evolves differently . . . read more
Using the example of the extraordinary growth of Gypsies in Spain, the author explains the importance of being open and attentive to God’s movement.
by Robert A. Hunt Orbis Books, Price Bldg, Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545, 290 pages, 2010, $35.00. —Reviewed by Dr. Allen Yeh, professor at Biola University. This book serves two purposes. Part 1 (chapters 1-4) is an introduction to the necessity of contextualization, including mission in the first-century Jewish context; mission in imperial Rome and . . . read more
Seeing salvation as a shame-to-honor story will open up the possibility of finding redemptive analogies in honor/shame cultures.
by Matthew Cook, Rob Haskell, Ruth Julian, and Natee Tanchanpongs, eds. William Carey Library, 1605 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA 91104, 256 pages, 2010, $17.99. —Reviewed by Herbert Hoefer, missions chair at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon; former missionary to India for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Local Theology for the Global Church is a pioneering . . . read more
Drawing from 2 Corinthians 8, the author digs deeper into the truth that to be a Christian is to
be both a recipient and a giver.
by David J. Hesselgrave and Ed Stetzer, eds. B&H Publishing, 127 Ninth Ave. N., MSN 14, Nashville, TN 37234-0002, 312 pages, 2010, $26.99. —Reviewed by Donna R. Downes, School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. A cohesive, consistent, focused, theologically deep, missiologically broad and contextually appropriate Evangelical missiology has not yet emerged for this . . . read more