Many Christians in the West sense that traditional Christian teaching is losing traction in the public square. What does faithful Christian witness look like in a post-Christian culture?Paul Williams, the CEO of one of the world's largest and oldest Bible societies, interprets the dissonance Christians often experience while trying to live out their faith in the 21st century. He provides constructive tools to help readers understand culture in myriad contexts and offer a missional response. Williams calls for a truly missional understanding of post-Christendom Christianity whereby local churches are reimagined as embassies of the kingdom of God and Christians serve as ambassadors in all spheres of life and work.This book invites readers to embrace the language of exile and imagine a hopeful mission of the scattered and gathered church in the post-Christian West. It shows a clear pathway for fruitful missional engagement for the whole people of God, helping Christians make sense of the world in which they live, more authentically integrate faith with everyday life, and orient all of their efforts within God's missional purpose for the world.
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About the Author
Paul S. Williams (MA, MSc, Oxford University; MCS, Regent College) is CEO of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He is also research professor of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College in Vancouver and is an honorary professor at Alphacrucis College in Australia. His teaching has gained a worldwide audience through his ReFrame series, an innovative video curriculum that has been used at prominent conferences and colleges and by faith-at-work organizations. Williams was formerly chief economist and head of international research for DTZ, a multinational real estate consulting and investment banking group, and has worked as an economic policy advisor for the European Commission. He lives in the Cotswolds, near Oxford, England.
Table of Contents
ContentsPrologue: Longing and ShamePart 1: Enduring Faith: Christians and the Contemporary World1. The Legacy of Modernity2. Are We in Exile?3. Two Temptations4. Judgment and MissionPart 2: Fostering Hope: From Alien to Ambassador5. Learning to Lament6. Calling, Citizenship, and Commission7. Establish an Embassy8. Know the MissionPart 3: Ambassadors of Love: Exiles on Mission9. Learn the Language10. Stories of the West11. Cultural Translation12. Pilgrimage: A Way of Being