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Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory

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"Scott Sunquist has produced a rarity in this book, which combines breadth of theological scope with depth of learning and life in equal measure. This wonderful compendium brings together deep biblical reflection, the wisdom of Christian ages past, and the experience of a lifetime lived in mission. This is a book to savor, ponder, and return to again and again."
--Christopher J. H. Wright, Langham Partnership; author of The Mission of God and ...
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Overview

"Scott Sunquist has produced a rarity in this book, which combines breadth of theological scope with depth of learning and life in equal measure. This wonderful compendium brings together deep biblical reflection, the wisdom of Christian ages past, and the experience of a lifetime lived in mission. This is a book to savor, ponder, and return to again and again."
--Christopher J. H. Wright, Langham Partnership; author of The Mission of God and The Mission of God's People

"This is a clearly written, wonderfully ecumenical introduction to missiology and, indeed, mission theology. Its value lies in conceiving missiology as deeply theological and spiritual, not simply as tips and strategies for more successful evangelism. We often speak of the importance of the missio Dei for an adequate understanding of mission. In this volume Scott Sunquist helps us understand this trinitarian perspective more deeply."
--Stephen Bevans, SVD, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

"No mere pragmatic missiology, Scott Sunquist's book is replete with theology. This book shows us that we are steeped in suffering and in glory both across time and in today's global and urban challenges. What a high calling."
--Miriam Adeney, Seattle Pacific University and Regent College; author of Kingdom without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity

"An outstanding one-volume introduction to missiology. It is creative, unique, and captivating. I will recommend this text to all my colleagues."
--Charles Van Engen, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

"This book offers a fresh understanding of Christian mission endeavor from historical, theological, and ecclesiological perspectives. Scott Sunquist's teaching and living in mission contexts shine through in his expert choice of peoples and events in world Christianity. A must-read for all who reflect on Christian mission and its legacy and prospects."
--Reverend Daniel Jeyaraj, Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom

"Three mission books in one: Sunquist provides a sweeping history, a comprehensive theology, and an impassioned call for the church to be missional. From Polycarp to Matteo Ricci and D. L. Moody, the range of this book is simply amazing."
--Alec Hill, president, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801036156
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 963,604
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott W. Sunquist (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He previously served as professor of world Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Sunquist is the author of numerous articles and coauthor, with Dale Irvin, of the multivolume History of the World Christian Movement. He is also coeditor of A Dictionary of Asian Christianity.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction
Part 1: Suffering and Glory in History: The Mission Movement
1. Ancient and Medieval Mission
2. Colonial Missions, Part 1: Globalization of Roman Catholicism
3. Colonial Missions, Part 2: Orthodoxy, the Americas, and Modernity
4. Western Missions: Christianization, Civilization, and Commerce (1842 to 1948)
5. The Waning and Reconception of Christian Mission: Postcolonial Missiologies (1948 to present)
Part 2: The Suffering and Glory of the Triune God: Trinitarian Mission in Scripture
6. The Creator God as the Sending Father: Missional Scripture, Missional God
7. Jesus, Sent as the Suffering and Sacrificing Son: The Centerpiece of Christian Mission
8. Holy Spirit in Mission: Presence, Participation, and Power
Part 3: The Suffering and Glory of the Church: The Church in Mission Today
9. Church: The Community of Worship and Witness
10. Witnessing Community: Evangelism and Christian Mission
11. Urban Community: Mission and the City
12. Global Community: Partnership in Mission
13. Spirituality and Mission: Suffering and Glory
Appendix: Twentieth-Century Ecumenical Councils
Indexes

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