Christianity Encountering World Religions (Encountering Mission): The Practice of Mission in the Twenty-first Century

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Baker Books, Apr 1, 2009 - Religion - 408 pages
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The current religious climate poses unique challenges to those engaged in mission. Thus the authors of this book propose a new, yet very biblical, model for interacting with people of other faiths. They term this model giftive mission, as it is based on the metaphor of free gift. We bear the greatest gift possible--the gospel message. Adopting this perspective not only has the potential for greater missionary success but also enables us to more closely imitate God's gracious activity in the world. The core of the book explores eleven practices that characterize giftive mission. Each practice is illustrated through the story of a figure from mission history who embodied that practice. Further discussion shows how to incorporate these practices in specific mission settings.
 

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A brilliant and timely theology of mission, timed perfectly for the postmodern century in which we find ourselves. Muck and Adeney reboot our understanding of mission in a way which gets us past both ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
7
Context Text and Pretexts
13
What the Bible Says
32
Theology and Personality
51
Beyond Competition and Cooperation
77
Belonging Precedes Believing
92
Focusing on Questions and Concerns of the Local
104
Holding Ideas with Conviction Acting Decisively
115
of the Church
198
Learning about new Cultures
221
Putting Convictions on Hold
249
Learning from a new Culture and Religion
263
Appraising the new Culture and Religion from a Christian
277
Reshaping Our Own Views and Mission Practices
290
Metaphors for Mission
303
The Four Gifts
329

Honoring the Principle of Religious Choice
127
Allowing the Context to Determine the Form
138
and Goals
150
not Disparaging your Own in Order to Respect Others
174
Giftive Mission
353
Biblical Interreligious encounters
379
Index
397
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Terry C. Muck (PhD, Northwestern University) is executive director of the Louisville Institute, a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. He formerly served as dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of nine books, including Ministry and Theology in Global Perspective: Contemporary Challenges for the Church. Frances S. Adeney (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism and Global Mission at Louisville Seminary. She has authored and contributed to many books, including Christian Women in Indonesia: A Narrative Study of Gender and Religion and Christianity and Human Rights: Influences and Issues.

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