Resources from the Books section
Almost sixty years ago, the Mennonite missionary team working in the Argentine Chaco decided to look for ways to be effective in their ministry while being faithful to Jesus' lifestyle and teaching. They left behind paternalistic models and "conquering" methods and were liberated from the mindset of forming a denominational church. As a result, they found an alternative missionary style of walking alongside those they worked with, giving priority to the integrity of the local people.
Drawing on two years of ethnographic research, Naomi Haynes explores Pentecostal Christianity in the kind of community where it often flourishes: a densely populated neighborhood in the heart of an extraction economy.
What do Christian Churches say Islam is? What does the Church of England say Islam is? And, in the end, what space is there for genuine engagement with Islam? Richard Sudworth's unique study takes as its cue the question of political theology and brings this burgeoning area of debate into dialogue with Christian-Muslim relations and Anglican ecclesiology.
Endo's 'Silence' took internationally renowned visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo's as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived in contemporary contexts of trauma and glimpses of how the gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures. In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. Fujimura's reflections show that light is yet present in darkness, and that silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth.
Beads and Strands: Reflections of an African Woman on Christianity in Africa
by Mercy Amba Oduyoye
Beads and Strands, a selection of classic writings by the Ghanaian theologian, gathers a wealth of insights under three topical headings: Africa and Redemption; Global Issues in African Perspective, and Women, Tradition, and the Gospel in Africa.
African Theology in Images
by Martin Ott
This is a revised and updated edition of the comprehensive study of the role of art in the process of inculturation in Africa, first issued in 2000. The study is a substantial contribution toward a theology of inculcation in Africa, and enriches the debate on indigenous African and Christian artistic traditions.
Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars
Edited by Tokunboh Adeyemo
The Africa Bible Commentary is a unique publishing event—the first one-volume Bible commentary produced in Africa by African theologians to meet the needs of African pastors, students, and lay leaders.
African Christianity: The Stranger Within
by Joseph Galgalo
A critical analysis of Christianity in Africa.
Are you concerned about unreached or unengaged peoples? You probably know that their countries do not welcome missionaries, and that followers of Jesus who serve there via traditional sending organizations do not publicize these organizational ties or their churchbased funding sources. But have you thought through the consequences of keeping that information hidden? Authentic Lives will help you do that—and more.
Over the course of the last 1400 years, Islam has grown from a small band of followers on the Arabian peninsula into a global religion of over a billion believers. How did this happen? The usual answer is that Islam spread by the sword―that believers waged jihad against rival tribes and kingdoms and forced them to convert.
My Journey So Far by Andrew White
Andrew White is something of a legend: a man of great charm and energy, whose personal suffering has not deflected him from his important ministry of reconciliation.
Mission in the Context of Margins
Edited by Kwon Jin-Kwan and P. Mohan Labeer
Dalit, Tribal, Adivasi dialogue with Minjung from the 10th Dialogue programme held in Bangalore, India, 19 - 24 August 2014.
Theological education, like theology itself, is becoming a truly a global enterprise. As such, theological education has to form, teach, and train leaders of faith communities prepared to lead in a transnational world. The teaching of theology with a global awareness has to wrestle with the nature and scope of the theological curriculum, teaching methods, and the context of learning. Teaching Global Theologies directly addresses both method and content by identifying local resources, successful pedagogies of inclusion, and best practices for teaching theology in a global context.
No topic has captured the public imagination of late quite so dramatically as the spectre of global jihadism. While much has been said about the way jihadists behave, their ideology remains poorly understood. As the Levant has imploded and millenarian radicals claim to have revived a Caliphate based on the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, the need for a nuanced and accurate understanding of jihadist beliefs has never been greater.
David Tonghou Ngong offers a comprehensive view of African Christian thought that includes North Africa in antiquity as well as Sub-Saharan Africa from the period of colonial missionary activity to the present. Challenging conventional colonial divisions of Africa, A New History of African Christian Thought demonstrates that important continuities exist across the continent.
Korean Church God's Mission: Global Christianity
edited by Wonsuk Ma and Kyo Seong Ahn
Once considered as a Cinderella in church growth and mission in the post-Edinburgh Conference era, the Korean church is given its due in this book.
This masterful survey of world religions presents a clear and concise portrait of the history, beliefs, and practices of Eastern and Western religions. The new edition contains added material and has been revised throughout. The authors, both respected scholars of world religions, have over fifty years of combined teaching experience. Their book is accessibly written for introductory classes, can be easily adapted for one- or two-semester courses, and presents a neutral approach for broad classroom use. Pedagogical aids include further reading suggestions, photographs, sidebars, and pronunciation guides. An 800-question bank of multiple-choice test questions is available to professors through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.
Religion and Politics in Kenya: Essays in Honour of a Meddlesome Priest
edited by Ben Knighton
Using Bishop David Gitari as a lens, this book examines contrasting political initiatives and responses by Christian and Islamic leaders. It represents an unusual and exciting opposition between church and state that collapsed after Gitari retired as Archbishop, but might yet be renewed.
South Asia Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary on the Whole Bible
Edited by Brian Wintle
A one-volume commentary, written and edited by South Asian Biblical scholars on all the books of the Bible.
'Luther, Calvin and the Mission of the Church' is by Revd Dr Thorsten Prill, Senior Lecturer at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Troubled But Not Destroyed: The Autobiography of Archbishop David Gitari
by David Mukuba Gitari
David Mukuba Gitari (1937-2013), first Bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kenya East (1975-1997) and Archbishop of Kenya (1997-2002), was one of the first post-colonial global African Christian leaders.
Mission in the Spirit, Towards a Pentecostal/Charismatic Missiology
by Julie C. Ma and Wonsuk Ma
This book explores the unique contribution of Pentecostal/Charismatic mission from the beginning of the twentieth century.
Out of the Depths is an Anglican theological resource written for Christians of all traditions; both those who are undergoing persecution and those prayerfully trying to make sense of persecution and support their Christian brothers and sisters.
Christian Encounters with Chinese Culture: Essays on Anglican and Episcopal History in China, edited by Philip Wickeri
Christian Encounters with Chinese Culture: Essays on Anglican and Episcopal History in China
edited by Philip Wickeri
Written by a team of internationally recognized scholars, Christian Encounters with Chinese Culture focuses on a church tradition that has never been very large in China but that has had considerable social and religious influence. Themes of the book include questions of church, society and education, the Prayer Book in Chinese, parish histories, and theology.
Seeing New Facets of the Diamond: Christianity as a Universal Faith: Essays in Honour of Kwame Bediako by Benhardt Y. Quarshie; Gillian M. Bediako; Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
Seeing New Facets of the Diamond: Christianity as a Universal Faith
by Benhardt Y. Quarshie; Gillian M. Bediako; Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
In the five years since Kwame Bediako passed away there has been a growing desire among colleagues and friends to put together a book that would honour his memory.
This book explores the vital, common, yet surprisingly often misunderstood and neglected vocation of people gifted to combine academic and priestly roles in church, church-related, and secular academic contexts.
This book provides an introduction to theological thought on the Asian continent.
One of the books in the Lanham Monograph series, this looks at the first ever conference held within Africa to focus solely on the relationship of the African Christian and Islam.
This focused concentration and celebration of Anglican life could not be more timely. Debates on sexuality and gender (including women bishops), whether or not the church has a Covenant, or can be a Communion, and how it is ultimately led, are issues that have dominated the ecclesial horizon for several decades.
Each volume of the Understanding World Christianity series analyzes the state of Christianity from six different angles. The focus is always Christianity, but it is approached in an interdisciplinary manner—chronological, denominational, sociopolitical, geographical, biographical, and theological.
Rwanda Before the Genocide: Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era by J.J. Carney
This research grows out of newly released archival material from the Missionaries of Africa archives in Rome. The author is the first researcher to consult archival material for the critical revolutionary years that culminated with Rwandan independence in 1962.
In this pathbreaking book, award-winning author Douglas Jacobsen describes global Christianity and provides a framework for understanding the varied experiences of Christians around the world. Focusing on the five big continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, Jacobsen recounts their differing histories, contemporary experiences, and cultural theologies.
No Solitary Effort describes how members of the China Inland Mission engaged the tribes of Southwest China as part of their comprehensive plan to evangelize all of China from 1865 to 1951.
This is a revised and updated edition of the comprehensive study of the role of art in the process of inculturation in Africa, first issued in 2000. The study is a substantial contribution toward a theology of inculcation in Africa, and enriches the debate on indigenous African and Christian artistic traditions. It represents the first systematic theology constructed in and from Malawi that establishes a theology of symbolic expression in Africa.
Designed for study in the weeks of Lent leading up to Easter, Dethroning Mammon reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book.
A thesis looking at the Anglican Church in the Costa Rica from a Historical Perspecive. Written jointly by Alexander M. Cortés Campos, Ricardo Bernal Escobar, Jorge A. Urrutia Castro, Manuel de Jesús Alvarenga Franco, Randall Trejos Alvarado José and Alberto Ramos Vargas from the Campus universitario Omar Dengo Heredia, Costa Rica.
Reproduced here with permission.
Muthuraj Swamy provides a fresh perspective on the world religions paradigm and 'interreligious dialogue'. By challenging the assumption that 'world religions' operate as essential entities separate from the lived experiences of practitioners, he shows that interreligious dialogue is in turn problematic as it is built on this very paradigm, and on the myth of religious conflict.
The New Evangelization draws on material presented and discussed at the conference 'Vatican II, 50 Years On: The New Evangelization' organised by Leeds Trinity University on 26-29th June 2012. Part I traces the historical and theological links between the Council and the New Evangelization. Part II examines the renewed understanding of the Church as a result of the Council and the extent to which it is shaped by civilization. Part III analyzes the nature of the New Evangelization and its outworking in today's multifarious context of cultures, religions and societies. Part IV deals with the implementation of the New Evangelization by different communities and organizations and the issues this raises. In the Introduction and Conclusion, the editors reflect on the New Evangelization in the light of significant developments since 2012.
The Quest for Gender Equity in Leadership Biblical Teachings on Gender Equity and Illustrations of Transformation in Africa, edited by KeumJu Jewel Hyun and Diphus C. Chemorion
The House of Prisca and Aquila Series aims to produce quality books that expound accurately the Word of God to empower women and men to minister together in a multicultural church. The books are published in partnership with Wipf and Stock Publishers.
Daniel Wilson (1778-1858) was a prominent personality in the British administration of the Indian subcontinent during the mid-nineteenth century, as Anglican bishop of Calcutta from 1832 and the first metropolitan of India and Ceylon.
What does it mean today to be a church totally committed to the gospel and fully engaged in God's mission? What major religious trends in our world are affecting the role of the global church and local churches? How do we define "church" in the twenty-first century, being faithful to the Scriptures and at the same time relevant to a generation that does not believe in the institutional church anymore? What are some good models of missional churches in different regions of the world that will encourage and inspire those who long to see a church making difference in society and in the world?
As the longest serving and the most influential bishop of Hong Kong during one of the most tumultuous periods in China's history, Bishop R. O. Hall played a crucial role in the reconstruction of the Anglican Church and Hong Kong after the Second World War.
The Anglican Communion is one of the largest Christian denominations in the world. Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion is the first comprehensive study of its dramatic growth and decline in the years since 1980.
The first and one of the finest Latin poets of Anglo-Saxon England, the seventh-century bishop Saint Aldhelm can justly be called “Britain’s first man of letters.” Among his many influential poetic texts were the hundred riddles that made up his Aenigmata. In Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles, A.M. Juster offers the first verse translation of this text in almost a century, capturing the wit, warmth, and wonder of the first English riddle collection.
Paul Avis charts a pathway of theological integrity through the serious challenges facing the Anglican Communion in the first quarter of the twentieth century. He asks whether there is a special calling for Anglicanism as an expression of the Christian Church and expounds the Anglican theological tradition to shed light on current controversies. He argues in conclusion that Anglicanism is called, like all the churches, to reflect the nature of the Church that we confess in the Creed to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic.
Independent of his international renown as a humanitarian, Albert Schweitzer is well known as a great musicologist; a reputation that rests largely upon this book. Schweitzer's "J. S. Bach" is one of the great full-length studies of the composer, his life, and his work.
In this volume C. Michael Hawn explores the work of five of the most influential global church musicians found in North American hymnals: Pablo Sosa (Argentina), I-to Loh (Taiwan), David Dargie (South Africa), Patrick Matsikenyiri (Zimbabwe), and John Bell (Scotland).
Global Dictionary of Theology A Resource for the Worldwide Church by William A. Dyrness (Editor), Veli-Matti Karkkainen (Editor)
The Global Dictionary of Theology is inspired by the shift of the centre of Christianity from the West to the global South. But it also reflects the increase in two-way traffic between these two sectors as well as the global awareness that has permeated popular culture to an unprecedented degree.
The Global Dictionary of Theology has approximately 250 articles written by over 100 contributors representing a global spectrum of theological perspectives.
Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today, by Stephen B. Bevans edited by Roger Schroeder
Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today
by Stephen B. Bevans, edited by Roger Schroeder
A history and theology of Christian mission.
Drawing on recent scholarship on the Pauline tradition within early Christianity, this book examines Paul's theology of baptism and highlights its practical application in ministry today. It considers what the rite represented and effected, in the light of the social and cultural milieu in which his letters were written, and of his strategies for mission and the formation and nurture of new Christian communities.
Boundless: What Global Expressions of Faith Teach Us about Following Jesus
by Bryan Bishop
In his many travels as a researcher for Youth With A Mission, Bryan Bishop discovered a startling phenomenon: hidden movements of Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists who are experiencing and following Jesus outside the boundaries of traditional Western Christianity. And they have plenty to teach Christians in the West who feel spiritually stagnant or disillusioned.
Diversity in the Structure of Christian Reasoning
by Joshua Broggi
Diversity in the Structure of Christian Reasoning examines the effect of Christian commitments on rationality. When Christians read scripture, traditions supply concepts that shape what counts as normal, good, and true. This book offers an account of how different communities produce divergent readings of the Bible.
The Global Gospel: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World
by Werner Mischke
The Global Gospel describes how the honor/shame dynamics common to the Bible and many Majority World societies can be used to contextualize the gospel of Christ so it will be more widely received.
Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Contexts and Prophetic Dialogue edited by Cathy Ross and Stephen Bevans
Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Contexts and Prophetic Dialogue
edited by Cathy Ross and Stephen Bevans
The contributors in this book consider mission through the lens of 'prophetic dialogue'. The book consciously tries to bring a fresh approach - introducing some newer themes (identity, creation, migration) and bringing a different perspective on some older themes by grouping them in this way.
The Mission of God: Studies in Orthodox and Evangelical Mission
edited by Mark Oxbow and Tim Grass
World Christianity Bibliogrpahy, Divinity School Library, Yale University
Selected books on Missions and World Christianity
Jesus without Borders: Christology in the Majority World edited by by Gene L. Green, Stephen T. Pardue and K. K. Yeo
Jesus without Borders: Christology in the Majority World
edited by Gene L. Green, Stephen T. Pardue and K. K. Yeo
Though the makeup of the church worldwide has undeniably shifted south and east over the past few decades, very few theological resources have taken account of these changes.
Contemporary Issues In Mission: What Christians Need To Know, Volume 1
by Dr Thorsten Prill
How can missionaries work together in a team or cooperate with indigenous churches if they do not agree on the nature of the gospel?
The Vocation of Anglican Theology: Sources and Essays
by Ralph McMichael
The Vocation of Anglican Theology presents a contemporary Anglican theology rooted in its sources but reaching into the future.
Reflecting on and Equipping for Christian Mission edited by Stephen Bevans, Teresa Chai, J. Nelson Jennings, Knud Jorgensen and Dietrich Werner
Reflecting on and Equipping for Christian Mission
edited by Stephen Bevans, Teresa Chai, J. Nelson Jennings, Knud Jorgensen and Dietrich Werner
This volume looks at mission formations for all Christians and missionary formation for mission workers, agencies and churches in a changing situation for mission.
Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes
Submitted by the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME)
This statement on Mission and Evangelism was presented to the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th assembly at Busan, Korea, in 2013.
The main thesis of Spirit-Word-Community is that Christian theological reflection in a postmodern world starts with the experience of the Holy Spirit, but is at the same time post-foundationalist in terms of being formed by the word and being adjudicated by various communities of interpretation. Yet the book's hermeneutical and methodological proposals are not merely prolegomena to theology but already involve and assume theologically substantive claims derived from a pneumatological point of view.
In this book, Kristeen Kim shows how perspectives formed by gender, access to power, theology, social location, and culture offer new and rich insights into ancient questions. Highlighting both the vitality and tensions of the present moment, she looks at the way in which God's people are moving under the Spirit's power to new wisdom and insight.
Joining in with the Spirit is an accessible introduction to mission studies - the history, theology and issues of mission, which is up-to-date and supported by contemporary scholarship. It also offers a theological framework for mission, which applies both globally and locally, to help the reader discern the movement of the Spirit of Christ among the many other spirits of this world.
This text illustrates the impact of the 1910 Edinburgh world missionary conference and shows how the churches in Britain as a part of a much wider movement of the Spirit of Christ that is world Christianity.
Putting Names with Faces: Women's Impact in Mission History, Christine Lienemann-Perrin, Atola Longkumer, Afrie Songco Joye
Women have participated in Christian mission work since the beginning of Christianity. Few of their names are known to us; others are identified as spouses or coworkers of men in mission; and many remain completely anonymous.
Mission and Money; Christian Mission in the Context of Global Inequalities offers academic discussion about the mission of the Church in the context of contemporary economic inequalities globally, challenging the reader to reconsider mission in the light of existing poverty, and investigating how economic structures could be challenged in the light of ethical and spiritual considerations.
Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth Through Image and Text by Margaret Parker (Illustrator), Ellen Davis (Translator)
Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth Through Image and Text
In this annotated and illustrated translation of the book of Ruth, Ellen Davis and Margaret Adams Parker demonstrate how translation and art can be complementary forms of biblical interpretation. The three components of the book - translation, notes, and images - explore the story of Ruth as one of suffering and loss redeemed by steadfast faithfulness. The translation is loyal to the original; the notes reflect on Ruth's story, literary form, lexical choices, and theological meaning; and the woodcuts provide a stimulating running narrative.
Witnessing to Christ in a Multi-Religious Context edited by Beate Fagerli, Knud Jørgensen and Frank-Ole Thoresen.
This book grows out of a desire to come to grips with our new context. Until a few decades ago we believed that Norway was for Norwegians. And Norwegians were Christian – most of them even Lutheran. Slowly at first, but then with increasing momentum, our neighbourhoods and villages changed from being mono-cultural and mono-religious into something less Norwegian, but more like a rainbow society. This book brings together the presentations of a symposium on these issues. It featured two international keynote speakers, Robert Schreiter and Kirsteen Kim, as well as a group of presenters and respondents, to discuss and reflect on the challenges to witnessing to Christ in societies with multiple faith traditions.
Since his retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury and his return to academic life (Master of Magdalene College Cambridge) Rowan Williams has demonstrated a massive new surge of intellectual energy. In this new book he turns his attention to St Augustine.
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