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by By Gilles Gravelle These days, many well-established mission agencies and faith-based non-profits operate on the assumption that the funds they raise will achieve good results. Yet the goals they set and the strategies they use are rife with unspoken assumptions. Mission is driven by practices built on time-honored tradition. Organizational legacy keeps them within tried-and-true . . . read more
While many, especially in the West, are just now hearing about orality, it is in fact a significant breakthrough in the global mission movement.
by Gerald R. McDermott and Harold A. Netland 2014. Oxford University Press. —Reviewed by Amit A. Bhatia (PhD, Intercultural Studies), adjunct professor, Trinity International University. In the twenty-first century, in which seventy-nine percent of the world’s population claim to believe in God and have a global awareness of religious others, we find a context which . . . read more
by Samuel E. Chiang and Grant Lovejoy, eds. International Orality Network in cooperation with Capstone Enterprises. 2014. —Reviewed by Lynn Thigpen, IMB missionary, Southeast Asia; PhD student, Intercultural Education, Biola University, One dissertation writer in the field of orality calls the gap between oral learners and the highly literate an abyss. As someone working in . . . read more
by Kay Higuera Smith, Jayachitra Lalitha, and L. Daniel Hawk, eds. IVP Academic. 2014. —Reviewed by Dr. Jared Looney, executive director, Global City Mission Initiative. Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations is a collection of essays from a diverse range of authors resulting from a theological roundtable addressing postcolonial theology and praxis. It provides a helpful reader for . . . read more
Mission from anywhere to everywhere is here to stay, and most exciting of all, it is something that God’s people can pursue together.
by Chandler H. Im & Amos Yong, eds. Cascade Books. 2014. —Reviewed by Tenny Li Farnen, of Chinese descent, born and grew up in the Philippines and migrated to the USA. Global diasporas and migration are God’s ways of facilitating the accomplishment of the Great Commission for Christians around the world. As mentioned in the . . . read more
What do you think is the condition of the Great Commission in North America today? In other words, how is the Lord’s commandment to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” faring from the North American corner of the globe?
by Michael W. Goheen Intervarsity Press. 2014. —Reviewed by Allison Norton, PhD student, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary. In the past few years, the field of missiology has benefited from several introductory books that attempt to integrate theological reflection and history with contemporary contexts and challenges. Michael Goheen draws heavily from Lesslie Newbigin, . . . read more