Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues

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The theology of Christian mission has undergone dramatic shifts throughout the history of the church, particularly in the twentieth century. Encountering Theology of Mission provides biblical clarity and global awareness regarding the mission of the church in the twenty-first century. Leading mission experts discuss biblical theology of mission, provide historical overviews of the development of various viewpoints, and address current theological issues in global mission from an evangelical perspective. They offer creative approaches to answering some of the most pressing questions in theology of mission and missionary practice today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801026621
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Series: Encountering Mission
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 969,974
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Ott (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he occupies the ReachGlobal Chair of Mission. He has over twenty years of missionary experience. Stephen J. Strauss (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of world missions and intercultural studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He previously served with Serving in Mission (SIM) for over twenty-seven years, most recently as its US director. Timothy C. Tennent (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is president of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
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Table of Contents




Part 1 Biblical Foundations of Mission

1 God and the Nations in the Old Testament 3

2 God and the Nations in the New Testament 25

3 The Justification of Mission: Missio Dei 55

4 The Purpose and Nature of Mission 79

5 The Task of Missions: Convictions and Controversy 106

6 The Task of Missions: Convergence and Conclusions 137

Part 2 Motives and Means for Mission

7 The Motivation for Missions 165

8 The Church and Mission 192

9 The Missionary Vocation 217

10 Spiritual Dynamics and Mission 238

Part 3 Mission in Local and Global Context

11 Contextualization and Mission 265

12 Christian Encounter with Other Religions: Toward an Evangelical Theology of Religions 292

13 The Necessity of Mission: Three Uncomfortable Questions 317

References 339

Scripture Index 361

Subject Index 371

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