Paradigms in Conflict: 10 Key Questions in Christian Missions Today

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Overview

The fog of pluralism and tolerance has settled over the Great Commission, forming new clouds of doubt over age-old questions. Does a loving God really send sincere people to hell? Isn’t there some good in all religions? Why must Jesus be the only way?

Veteran missiologist David Hesselgrave tackles ten pressing issues that missionaries and students of missions face today. Using Scripture, social sciences, and history, he provides solid and satisfying answers to tough questions and concludes that the future of Christian missions depends more on the changes we do not make than on the changes we do make.

“The book is timely, framing the biblical arguments in light of contemporary settings. It is also timeless because of the appeal to the revealed Scriptures as the only appropriate grounding for a discussion of the meaning and actions of missions.”

—Scott Moreau
Professor, Department Chair of Missions and Intercultural Studies
Wheaton College Graduate School

“As missiologists and practitioners alike reflect on and shape the future of evangelical missions, this work will prove essential.”

—Keith E. Eitel
Dean, Fish School of Evangelism and Missions
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“A wonderful opportunity for study groups and missions classes in colleges, seminaries, and churches to develop a biblical missiology for the twenty-first century.”

—Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
President, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

David J. Hesselgrave (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is a leading spokesman for evangelical missions. Now retired, he has been a pastor and a missionary to Japan, the co-founder of the Evangelical Missiological Society, as well as a professor and director of missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His many books include Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally and Planting Churches Cross-Culturally.

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Editorial Reviews

Send International
Here is a must read. Dr. Hesselgrave has chosen ten questions that have great impact on how we do mission. Many of the chapters are ones debated in my own ministry. The author has written with great clarity and scholarship what many of us sensed needs to be said.
— Frank M. Severn
Missiology: An International Review
Those who know the writings of David Hesselgrave know that when he has a new book published it is a must have— and must read very carefully. His books grace the libraries of missionaries, professors of missiology, pastors, students and many other professionals who are keenly interested in world evangelism. Paradigms in Conflict: 10 Key Questions in Christian Mission Today is no exception.
— Norm Allison
Missiology: An International Review
Those who know the writings of David Hesselgrave know that when he has a new book published it is a must have and must read very carefully. His books grace the libraries of missionaries, professors of missiology, pastors, students and many other professionals who are keenly interested in world evangelism. Paradigms in Conflict: 10 Key Questions in Christian Mission Today is no exception.
— Norm Allison
Send International - Frank M. Severn
Here is a must read. Dr. Hesselgrave has chosen ten questions that have great impact on how we do mission. Many of the chapters are ones debated in my own ministry. The author has written with great clarity and scholarship what many of us sensed needs to be said.
Missiology: An International Review - Norm Allison
Those who know the writings of David Hesselgrave know that when he has a new book published it is a must haveÖ and must read very carefully. His books grace the libraries of missionaries, professors of missiology, pastors, students and many other professionals who are keenly interested in world evangelism. Paradigms in Conflict: 10 Key Questions in Christian Mission Today is no exception.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825427701
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Hesselgrave (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is one of the leading spokesmen of evangelical missions today. A pastor turned missionary to Japan, he later became actively involved at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, both as a professor and a director of missions at various times. Now retired, he resides with his wife, Gertrude, in Rockford, Ill. He is the author of many books, including, Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally and Planting Churches Cross-Culturally.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 9
Foreword 10
Foreword 11
Preface 19
1 Sovereignty and Free Will: An Impossible Mix or a Perfect Match? 23
2 Restrictivism and Inclusivism: Is This Missions Trip Really Necessary? 53
3 Common Ground and Enemy Territory: How Should We Approach Adherents of Other Faiths? 81
4 Holism and Prioritism: For Whom Is the Gospel Good News? 117
5 Incarnationalism and Representationalism: Who Is Our Missionary Model-Jesus or Paul? 141
6 Power Encounter and Truth Encounter: What Is Essential in Spiritual Warfare? 167
7 Amateurization and Professionalization: A Call for Missionaries or a Divine Calling? 203
8 Form and Meaning: How Does the Inspiration of Scripture "In-form" Contextualization and Make It "Meaning-full"? 243
9 Countdowns and Prophetic Alerts: If We Go in Force, Will He Come in Haste? 279
10 The Kingdom of God and the Church of Christ: What on Earth Is God Building-Here and Now? 315
Subject Index 357
Scripture Index 366
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