The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission / Edition 1

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Overview

Aimed at bringing contemporary concerns in mission theology to a wide-reading public, this volume flows from Newbigin's extensive experience in the mission field and from lectures developed especially to prepare men and women for missionary service. Newbigin describes the Christian mission as the declaration of an open secret—open in that it is preached to all nations, secret in that it is manifest only to the eyes of faith. The result is a thoroughly biblical attempt to lead the church to embrace its Christ-given task of presenting the gospel in our complex modern world. This revised edition includes a helpful index and a new preface.

In the 16 years since this prophetic volume was first published, Newbigin's clarion call to reemphasize the missionary character of the church has grown more necessary than ever before. Newbigin argues clearly and convincingly that mission is the heart of the church, and a church without missions is no church at all. This edition includes a helpful index and a new preface by the author.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802808295
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 572,824
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

(1909-1998) Lesslie Newbigin was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K., in 1909. He completed his undergraduate studies in Cambridge and then served as Staff Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied theology at Westminster College at Cambridge and was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, Church of Scotland in 1936. That same year Newbigin married Helen Henderson and the two of them left for India where he was to be missionary of the Church of Scotland. In 1947 Reverend Newbigin was consecrated Bishop in the Church of South India, formed by the union of Anglican, Methodist, and Reformed churches. He also served on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the main theme of the Second Assembly. Other members of the committee included famous theologians such as Barth, Brunner, and Niebuhr.In 1959 Newbigin was called to be General Secretary of the International Missionary Council with offices in London and New York. He was responsible for carrying through final negotiations for the merger with the World Council of Churches. In 1962 he became the first director of the Division of World Mission and Evangelism, and Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches with headquarters in Geneva.In 1965 he was recalled by the Church of South India as Bishop in Madras and remained there until his retirement in 1974. He lived in London, England, until his death in 1998.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 The Background of the Discussion 1
2 The Question of Authority 12
3 The Mission of the Triune God 19
4 Proclaiming the Kingdom of the Father: Mission as Faith in Action 30
5 Sharing the Life of the Son: Mission as Love in Action 40
6 Bearing the Witness of the Spirit: Mission as Hope in Action 56
7 The Gospel and World History 66
8 Mission as Action for God's Justice 91
9 Church Growth, Conversion, and Culture 121
10 The Gospel among the Religions 160
Index 191
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