there could be no mistaking where Paul got his marching orders: they came from the Old Testament. The case for evangeliszing the Gentiles had not been a recently devised switch in the plan of God, but had always been the long-term commitment of the Living God who is a missionary God.
A quick plug for a very good book. Did I mention that it is free?
In addition to three novels and four books on Romans, I also read two books of military history and one on pacifism. There is, I feel, a lack of consistency in my reading!
At first glance, this is a rather obscure book, of interest only to missionaries and other strange people. However, unless you are a first Century Jew, you are doing theology in a context which is different to the on that Jesus lived in. It is helpful to have some guidelines and anchors for this. We all contextualise, the question is whether we do it well or badly.
If you are interested in the development of missiology in the twentieth century and things like the 1910 Edinburgh Conference and the development of the International Mission Council, the World Council of Churches and Lausanne are you thing, then you should buy this book (though you will probably have read it already).
Our Lord Jesus Christ, a little before his departure, commissioned his apostles to Go, and teach all nations; or, as another evangelist expresses it, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. This commission was as extensive as possible, and laid them under obligation to disperse themselves into every country of the habitable globe, and preach to all the inhabitants, without exception, or limitation.
When comparing kingdom to church, most people make fundamental logical errors. The most common is to compare future kingdom and present church. Kingdom is both-and, a now and not yet. The church also is a both-and, now and not yet. The church, then is an eschatological reality. To compare kingdom to church, one must compare now-kingdom with now-church and not-yet-kingdom with not-yet-church…
This month’s miscellany includes a weighty history book, a fascinating scientific introduction, some science fiction stories a book about missional living and a murder mystery.
“God works out his redemptive purposes in this story by choosing a people to make known to all where history is leading. Jesus does not write a book to transmit the good news to succeeding generations. Instead, he chooses, prepares, and commissions a community to make the goal of universal history known.” – An excellent biblical overview which is directly applied to the work of church planting.
Dr. David Garrison’s long-awaited global survey of Muslim movements to Christ reveals that we are in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history. David Garrison, PhD University of Chicago, traveled a quarter-million miles throughout the Muslim world investigating movements, each one with at least a thousand baptisms that have occurred over a two-decade period, some containing tens of thousands of Muslims who are now followers of Jesus Christ. Garrison’s core question: “What did God use to bring you to faith in Jesus Christ? Tell me your story.”
The result is the most extensive survey of Muslim movements to Christ ever achieved. (Publishers blurb)