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The Church and Cultures by Louis J. Luzbetak

Title The Church and Cultures
Author Louis J. Luzbetak
Publisher Orbis Books
Release 2015-03-31
Category Religion
Total Pages 464
ISBN 0883446251
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Why should the church be concerned about cultures? Louis J. Luzbetak began to answer this question twenty-five years ago with the publication of The Church and Cultures: An Applied Anthropology for the Religious Worker. Reprinted six times and translated into five languages, it became an undisputed classic in the field. Now, by popular demand, Luzbetak has thoroughly rewritten his work, completely updating it in light of contemporary anthropological and missiological thought and in face of current world conditions. Serving as a handbook for a culturally sensitive ministry and witness, The Church and Cultures introduces the non-anthropologist to a wealth of scientific knowledge directly relevant to pastoral work, religious education social action and liturgy - in fact, to all forms of missionary activity in the church. It focuses on a burning theological issue: that of contextualization, the process by which a local church integrates its understanding of the Gospel (text) with the local culture (context).

Paradigms of the Church in Mission by Augusto Rodriguez

Title Paradigms of the Church in Mission
Author Augusto Rodriguez
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release 2012-02-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 160
ISBN 1610974697
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In this book Augusto Rodr'guez provides a historical survey of the different paradigms of Christianity in order to understand how and why the church has changed her concept of being the church and of mission. This book will help in understanding how the different paradigms of Christianity, throughout history, have changed the church's self-understanding of being the church and of mission. Rodr'guez's aim is to provide an opportunity for Christians to see the different paradigms the church has gone through and understand the present situation of the church in order to live out as fully as possible the New Testament understanding of its mission and better accomplish the task.

Witnessing to Christ Today by Daryl M. Balia

Title Witnessing to Christ Today
Author Daryl M. Balia
Publisher OCMS
Release 2010
Category Missions
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781870345774
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Centenary of the World Missionary Conference, held in Edinburgh in 1910, is a suggestive moment for many people seeking direction for Christian mission in the twenty-first century. Since 2005 an international group has worked collaboratively to develop an intercontinental and multidenominational project, now known as Edinburgh 2010, and based at New College, University of Edinburgh.

Title The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature
Author George Thomas Kurian
Publisher Scarecrow Press
Release 2010-04-16
Category Religion
Total Pages 732
ISBN 9780810872837
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Covering 2,000 years, this two-volume set is the first encyclopedia devoted to Christian writers and books. In addition to an overview of the Christian literature, this encyclopedia includes more than 40 essays on the principal genres of Christian literature and more than 400 bio-bibliographical essays describing the principal writers and their works.

Title The Biblical Foundations for Mission
Author Donald Senior
Publisher SCM Press
Release 1983
Category Religion
Total Pages 371
ISBN 9780334001270
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Since the Second World War the church's history has undergone a profound change. After a long period in which the gospel had been embedded in a Western European context, it must now be seen in a pluralist setting, and the full implications of its claims to universality have emerged. This change is likely to be as significant as the first major change in Christian history, when the church developed from being a Jewish community to an institution in the Hellenistic world. What does that mean for the mission and the pastoral life of the church? Christians, especially Roman Catholics, from the Third World are well aware of the problems that have arisen. Solving them cannot just be an administrative matter. There is a need to go right back to the roots of missionary work. Hence the importance of this new book, strangely enough the only one of its kind. It considers the traditions and dynamics that shaped Israel's consciousness of itsdestiny in relation to the Gentiles and which ultimately led Christians to proclaim the gospel to Gentiles. After this survey of biblical evidence a final chapter summarizes the results and considers implications for contemporary theology and church life, and the relationship of Christianity to other religions.

A Missiology of the Road by J. Kevin Livingston

Title A Missiology of the Road
Author J. Kevin Livingston
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release 2013-11-06
Category Religion
Total Pages 418
ISBN 1610973879
Language English, Spanish, and French
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David Bosch (1929-1992) was one of the foremost mission theologians of the twentieth century, at once a prolific scholar, committed church leader, and active participant in the global conciliar and evangelical mission movements. Less well known is Bosch's distinctive role in the South African church's struggle against apartheid. After reviewing Bosch's background and exploring key themes in his understanding of mission and evangelism, Livingston explores Bosch's legacy from the perspective of the missionary nature of the church. The church is God's kingdom community, acting as a witness to and instrument of the coming reign of God. The church is God's alternative community, simultaneously set apart from the world but also for the sake of the world, exemplifying the radical implications of Christ's new community. The church is God's reconciled and reconciling community, serving as a sign and embodiment of God's love in Christ. For those acquainted with Bosch only as the author of his magisterial Transforming Mission, Livingston shows how Bosch integrated his theology and practice in a faithful, contextually relevant way within South Africa and the global church.

Transcending Mission by Michael W. Stroope

Title Transcending Mission
Author Michael W. Stroope
Publisher SPCK
Release 2017-03-16
Category Religion
Total Pages 480
ISBN 1783595531
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Today the language of mission is in disarray. Where do the language and idea of 'mission' come from? Do they truly have precedence in the early centuries of the church? Michael Stroope investigates these questions and shows how the language of mission is a modern phenomenon that shaped a 'grand narrative' of mission. He then offers a way forward. Prologue Acknowledgements Introduction: the enigma of mission Part 1: Justifying mission 1. Partisans and apologists 2. Reading Scripture as mission 3. Presenting history as mission 4. Rhetoric and trope Part 2: Innovating mission 5. Holy conquest 6. Latin occupation 7. Mission vow 8. Ignatian mission Part 3: Revising mission 9. Protestant reception 10. Missionary problems Epilogue: towards pilgrim witness Works cited

God with Us by Mark Allan Powell

Title God with Us
Author Mark Allan Powell
Publisher Fortress Press
Release 1995-01-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 156
ISBN 9781451413700
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In successive chapters, Matthew's understanding of mission, worship, teaching, stewardship, and social justice are described in such a way as to assist the reader in understanding the theology of Matthew as a whole. Powell inquires into the direction and thrust of Matthew's Gospel in categories related to pastoral theology rather than systematic theology.

Beyond Fragmentation by Bernhard Ott

Title Beyond Fragmentation
Author Bernhard Ott
Publisher OCMS
Release 2001
Category Bible colleges
Total Pages 382
ISBN 9781870345149
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Mission Shaped by Promise by Jukka A. Kääriäinen

Title Mission Shaped by Promise
Author Jukka A. Kääriäinen
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release 2012-10-03
Category Religion
Total Pages 294
ISBN 1621896625
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Utilizing resources from Martin Luther and the Lutheran tradition, this study offers an understanding of the gospel as promise as key to addressing the challenge of relating the missio Dei to a generous, constructive approach toward the religious other. In its construction of a Lutheran missiology, it retrieves and reappropriates four resources from the Lutheran tradition: the gospel as promise, the law/gospel distinction, a theology of grace as promise of mercy fulfilled, and a theology of the cross utilizing the hiddenness of God. The law of God as accusing yet webbing humanity to its Creator; the gospel as the comforting promise of mercy; and the hiddenness of God as mystifying form the overarching framework within which the Lutheran missiology presented here seeks to engage the religious other by dialectically relating gospel proclamation and dialogue. Such a view of "mission shaped by promise" offers the paradox of God being both revealed and hidden in the cross as a distinctive contribution to an interreligious dialogue centered on the ambiguity and hiddenness of God.