The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1995 - Religion - 192 pages
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Aimed at bringing contemporary concerns in mission theology to a wide-reading public, this volume flows from Newbigin's extensive experience in the mission field and from lectures developed especially to prepare men and women for missionary service. Newbigin describes the Christian mission as the declaration of an open secret—open in that it is preached to all nations, secret in that it is manifest only to the eyes of faith. The result is a thoroughly biblical attempt to lead the church to embrace its Christ-given task of presenting the gospel in our complex modern world. This revised edition includes a helpful index and a new preface.

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User Review  - Jon - Goodreads

About the Author Lesslie Newbigin was ordained in 1936 by the Presbytery of Edinburgh to work as a Church missionary to India. In 1947 he was appointed bishop of a diocese in Madurai, India. In 1959 ... Read full review

Review: The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission

User Review  - Ben Peltz - Goodreads

I honestly enjoyed this book on first read. It contains a lot of wisdom and is very deep theologically. Some of Newbigin's insights into the Trinity and the unintuitive nature of God's kingdom are ... Read full review

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The Background of the Discussion
The Question of Authority
The Mission of the Triune God
Proclaiming the Kingdom of the Father Mission as Faith in Action
Sharing the Life of the Son Mission as Love in Action
Bearing the Witness of the Spirit Mission as Hope in Action
The Gospel and World History
Mission as Action for Gods Justice
Church Growth Conversion and Culture
The Gospel among the Religions

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About the author (1995)

(1909-1998) Lesslie Newbigin was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K., in 1909. He completed his undergraduate studies in Cambridge and then served as Staff Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied theology at Westminster College at Cambridge and was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, Church of Scotland in 1936. That same year Newbigin married Helen Henderson and the two of them left for India where he was to be missionary of the Church of Scotland In 1947 Reverend Newbigin was consecrated Bishop in the Church of South India, formed by the union of Anglican, Methodist, and Reformed churches. He also served on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the main theme of the Second Assembly. Other members of the committee included famous theologians such as Barth, Brunner, and Niebuhr. In 1959 Newbigin was called to be General Secretary of the International Missionary Council with offices in London and New York. He was responsible for carrying through final negotiations for the merger with the World Council of Churches. In 1962 he became the first director of the Division of World Mission and Evangelism, and Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches with headquarters in Geneva.

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