Dominion by Tom Holland is undoubtedly the best book I have read this year, but there were other good ones, too.
The central thesis of this book has been the following: Johannine spirituality fundamentally consists in the mutual indwelling of the Triune God (Father, Son, and Spirit) and Jesus’ disciples such that disciples participate in the divine love and life, and therefore in the life-giving mission of God, thereby both demonstrating their likeness to God as God’s children and becoming more and more like God as they become like his Son by the work of the Spirit. This spirituality can be summarized in the phrase “abide and go,” based on John 15.
The vine metaphor does mean that Jesus has chosen to convey his life to the world by means of the branches.
The gospel is richer and more all-encompassing than our social frameworks, but most of us are not able to think outside of the mind-set that we grew up with. This book will help you do just that.
“Figuratively speaking, when we first encounter the God of the Bible, we see him in work boots and overalls, not a Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops.” This is a book which deserves to be very widely read.
A cracking book about my favourite part of the world, but a lot more than this…
If you want to understand changes in mission, but you don’t want to read a technical book; why not try and novel.
It is one thing to believe that all people should be reached with the gospel. It is quite another thing to truly embrace a diversity in one’s own local church: from a review of a fascinating book.
“Christianity is the only religion in history to have both a universal message and a multicultural expression and membership.”
A short review of a short, but excellent, book.
This book provides an interesting trip through aspects of anthropology, linguistics and intercultural dialogue. In doing so, it provides a new way of looking at issues such as dependency, short-term mission and the reality of the supernatural.