The Church Between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America

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George R. Hunsberger, Craig Van Gelder, Craig Van Hunsberger
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1996 - Religion - 369 pages
This excellent collection of essays, written by a diverse group of Christian leaders working on the frontier of mission within the present North American context, lays the groundwork for the newly emerging missionary encounter of the gospel with North American culture. Demonstrating that the missionary identity of the church is to be found at the intersection of culture-gospel-church, these essays outline the missionary agenda now before the church as it confronts North American assumptions, perspectives, preferences, and practices.
 

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Contents

FOCUSING THE MISSION QUESTION
1
Developing a Domestic Missiology for North America
3
The Challenge of ReVisioning the Church in North America for the TwentyFirst Century
26
ASSESSING OUR CULTURE
53
America as Mission Field
57
The Culture of Modernity as a Missionary Challenge
69
Historical Aspects and Stages
79
Mission in the Emerging Postmodern Condition
113
Variations on a Theme by Newbigin
214
Elements of a Missional Hermeneutic
228
Vernacular Theology
260
Translatability in the Missional Approach of Lamin Sanneh
270
DEFINING THE CHURCH
285
Acquiring the Posture of a Missionary Church
289
Congregations with Missions vs Missionary Congregations
298
The Church in Transition
308

Methods of Social and Cultural Analysis
139
Toward a Missional Encounter with Our Culture through Symbolic Analysis
158
DISCERNING THE GOSPEL
173
The Recovery of the Gospel for Evangelism in the United States
177
The Theologic of Christian Awkwardness
198
Pastoral Role in the Missionary Congregation
319
Sizing Up the Shape of the Church
333
Toward a Faithful and Effective Ecclesiology
347
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