Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations

Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations

by Bruce Ashford

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ISBN-13: 9781433675423
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB

About the Author


He is the editor of Theology & Practice of Mission (Nashville: B&H, 2011).

In January 2009, Ashford became the Dean of The College at Southeastern.

He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, American Philosophical Association, and the Evangelical Missiological Society.

In addition to his teaching schedule, Ashford has taught or preached for churches of various denominations, including Southern Baptist, American Baptist, Mennonite, Presbyterian Church-USA, Presbyterian Church of America, United Methodist Church, Episcopal, Assemblies of God, Church of God, United Pentecostal, Four Square, and Russian Baptist.
He has also worked and toured overseas in The Pacific Rim (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), North Africa & The Middle East (Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates), West Africa (Ivory Coast, Liberia), Sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda), Central Asia (Armenia, Turkey, Uzbekistan), South Asia (India), East Asia (China), Central & Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Russia), Western Europe (France, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Switzerland) and the Caribbean (The Bahamas, Jamaica).

He has lectured or spoken on college campuses, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, University of Florida, Appalachian State University, Methodist College, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro, Gardner-Webb University, Campbell University, West Virginia University, Marshall University, Anderson College, Criswell College, and Kazan University (Russia).

Recently, he was a co-recipient of a creative teaching grant from Yale Divinity School’s Center for Faith and Culture. Together with David Nelson, associate professor of theology at Southeastern, he received one of four $5,000 awards from Yale for a course they designed to help pastors equip their congregations to live wisely in the context of contemporary American culture.

Table of Contents

Dedication vii

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

I God's Mission 5

1 The Story of Mission: The Grand Biblical Narrative 6

2 The Triune God: The God of Mission 17

II The Church's Mission 35

3 The Agents of Mission: Humanity 36

4 The Heart of Mission: Redemption 48

5 The Community of Mission: The Church 60

6 The Gospel and Evangelism 76

7 The Gospel and Social Responsibility 92

8 The Gospel and Culture 109

9 The Gospel and Lifestyle 128

III The Church's Mission to the Nations 145

10 The Hebrew Bible and the Nations 146

11 The New Testament and the Nations 160

12 Mission and Unreached People Groups 173

13 Mission and Discipleship 186

14 Mission and Church Planting 200

15 Mission and Suffering 211

16 Mission to Muslims 222

17 Mission to Hindus 238

18 Mission to Buddhists 252

19 Mission to Animists 266

20 Mission to Postmoderns 277

IV Concluding Challenges 293

21 A Theologically Driven Missiology 294

22 A Challenge for Our Churches 319

Name Index 334

Subject Index 336

Scripture Index 339

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