Does the move away from the term “mission” diminish the mission of God, at least among those of us for whom English is our primary language? Reflecting on the complexity of the issues, my answer is yes, but perhaps other significant questions should also be considered.
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by David Cranston and Ruth Padilla DeBorst, editors Regnum Books International —Reviewed by JR Rozko, director of operations & advancement, Missio Alliance I SPEND MOST OF MY TIME thinking about and engaging the realities facing North American church leaders as we endeavor to see our own context in missionary perspective. The longer I do this, the . . . read more
Reflecting on Marv Newell’s article, I see two primary causes for the shift in “missions” vocabulary that he describes.
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by JR Rozko Marv Newell is certainly on to something in his observations regarding a move away from the word “mission” in certain quarters. It behooves us, however, to ask what lies behind this phenomenon. My own experience seems to offer some counter-observations that I believe shed light on this question. In short, where Newell . . . read more
by Doug Priest and Charles Kraft, editors William Carey Library —Reviewed by Kimon Nicolaides, has served as a pastor, military chaplain, missionary, and worked with Vietnamese refugees THIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY RECORDS the life of Alan Tippett, one of the most prolific and preeminent missiologists of the twentieth century. It gives the inside story of the forces which . . . read more
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