Old advice from a Pope to a missionary to the English, which is still very relevant today.
The church is growing faster than it ever has done before and the world mission force is more diverse than at any time in history. We should be encouraged by these things - but we can't afford to be complacent.
They weren't evangelicals and they weren't missionaries, so how come they are examples of evangelical mission?
A few quotes from a very good book.
Western Europe is at the tail end of 200 years of encroaching secular materialism that has seen the greatest regression of Christianity since the rise of Islam. We are living in anything but a golden age.
By the time Christianity was receding in Europe, the churches of Africa, Asia and Latin America were coming into their own. The movement of Christianity is one of serial, not progressive, expansion.
Two good church history books, some indifferent missiology, some awful science fiction and a book about vets in North Yorkshire; February's reading.
An excellent overview of a period that I knew very little about.
An altogether excellent book
The Reformation appears ... as a missiological retrieval of the gospel as set forth in the original languages of the Bible.