by Roger L Dixon and Jan B. Dixon Create Space Independent Publishing. 2014. —Reviewed by Gerald Roe, former pastor, missionary, and mission administrator; chair, Intercultural Studies, North Greenville University. The last three decades have been encouraging for the increased interest in the missionary enterprise. One of the features of this heightened interest is a . . . read more
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by Bryan M. Litfin Baker Academic. 2014. —Reviewed by Daniel Shinjong Baeq, director, Hiebert Global Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Bearing in mind differing theological and ecclesiological stances and controversies, Bryan Litfin’s scholarship carefully guides readers to consider how the implications of martyrdom can be relevant to Christians today. Litfin first discusses the origin of . . . read more
by Mark Noll Baker Academic. 2014. —Reviewed by Paul Borthwick, senior consultant, Development Associates International; professor, Global Christianity, Gordon College. We owe as much to Joel Carpenter and Robert Hosack as we do to Mark Noll for this descriptive pilgrimage of how a premier expert in Christian history, especially focused on Christianity in the United . . . read more
There are few concepts as central to the task of missions as reaching and reconciling. The tip of the spear in mission endeavor is to see that unreached peoples are reached with the gospel so that “all the families of the earth” are blessed through Abraham, and those described in Revelation 5 and 7 do indeed represent some “from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
by Scot McKnight Brazos Press. 2014. —Reviewed by Jacob Rosenberg, PhD, leader, Adat HaTikvah Messianic Congregation, Deerfield, Illinois. According to Dr. Scot McKnight, the term “kingdom” is used in a casual way that has a negative impact on our perception of ecclesiology and therefore our understanding of the character of the Church and its role . . . read more
The C-Spectrum has been used widely in mission circles and literature over the past fifteen years to differentiate various types of Christ-centered communities (biblical ekklesiae) found in the Muslim world.
by Dwight P. Baker and Robert J. Priest, eds. William Carey Library. 2014. —Reviewed by Susan Greener, associate professor, Intercultural Studies, Wheaton Graduate School. The issue of families in missions has attracted debate for over two centuries. Is it better to be single on the mission field so as not to be distracted by family . . . read more
While significant progress has been made in evangelical missiology on general contextualization, and much debate has swirled around the degree to which a Muslim-background believer can remain an “insider,” less attention has been placed on workers’ practices—and the connection to their view of Islam. Hence, in this article we seek to augment the overall dialogue by focusing on the worker.
by Scott A. Bessenecker Intervarsity Press, 2014. —Reviewed by Joel Rainey, PhD, strategist for engagement, Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network; professor of ministry, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In a book that will be a shock to the system of many Western mission agencies, Scott Bessenecker describes “the end of world missions as we know it” (p. 20) . . . read more
To help clarify, challenge, and encourage church leaders (and their churches) towards missional effectiveness, it may be helpful to consider three modes of mission as embodied by the Petrine Mission (1 Peter 2:9–12), the Johannine Mission (John 20:21), and the Pauline Mission (the life of Paul).