Converting Witness

Converting Witness : The Future of Christian Mission in the New Millennium

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Building on the work and legacy of Darrell L. Guder, Converting Witness: The Future of Christian Mission in the New Millennium constructively explores key questions and new possibilities in the field of missiology in light of the context of world Christianity. The conversation around missional theology and the missional church sought to address the gap between theology and mission and foster renewal within North American Christianity, but the growing consciousness around world Christianity has forced theologians and missiologists to give greater consideration to global cultural diversity. Many of the classic categories and methods-such as church planting, catholicity, and even the term "world Christianity" itself-are in need of fresh examination and thoughtful analysis. The contributors to this volume address a range of important missiological topics, including globalization, interfaith dialogue, integral mission, intercultural hermeneutics, and church practices.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 161 x 228 x 24mm | 540g
  • Lexington Books/Fortress Academic
  • Lanham, United States
  • English
  • 1978708408
  • 9781978708402
  • 1,144,246

Table of contents

1. Darrell L. Guder: A Life of Continuing Conversion

David W. Congdon and John G. Flett

2. Catholicity: A Missional Mark of the Church

Stephen Bevans, SVD

3. The Sending of the Whole Christian Church: Reflections after Karl Barth

Eberhard Busch

4. European Christianity Put to the Test: Observations Concerning the Use of the Term "Christendom" in the Study of World Christianity

Christine Lienemann-Perrin

5. From Praxis to Reflection: The Development of Integral Mission in Latin America

Samuel Escobar

6. Gospel and Culture Conversations about Biblical Interpretation

James Brownson

7. Demythologizing as an Intercultural Hermeneutic

David W. Congdon

8. For the Fitness of Their Witness: Missional Christian Practices

Benjamin T. Conner

9. Missional Ecclesiology: Proposing Some Friendly Kuyperian Amendments

Richard J. Mouw

10. Church Spawning: Reimagining New Church Development

George R. Hunsberger


11. Revisiting Newbigin's Ambivalence toward Interreligious Dialogues: How Can We Re-engage in Interreligious Dialogues in Asia?

Seong Sik Heo

12. Converting Mission: Interfaith Engagement as Christian Witness

Deanna Ferree Womack

13. Christian Mission and Globalization: Current Trends and Future Challenges

Henning Wrogemann

14. Can These Dry Bones Live Again? The Priority of Renewal

Wilbert R. Shenk
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Review quote

The breadth and depth of Darrell Guder's theological and missiological work over the last half century are not only on display through the essays collected in this book, but his ideas are celebrated in the way any leading scholar would be honored by: through critical retrievals and constructive reappropriations intervening in important contemporary conversations. That the future of the theological and missiological endeavors will be even more closely intertwined than ever will be a part of Guder's legacy, which is solidified and extended through this volume. -- Amos Yong, Fuller Theological Seminary Darrell Guder introduced me to the field of missiology in his own gracious, humble way. His work, especially on missional ecclesiology, has influenced my own thoughts and inspires my students. In addition, with all the warmth of his personality he helped me find my bearings in a discipline that was relatively new to me, and he introduced me to some brilliant students of his, both as colleagues and as PhD candidates. In short, as a brother and as a colleague, Darrell has been extremely important to me. This volume is a great tribute to the width of his theological scopus, his love for the church (and, of course, Karl Barth!), and his passion for Christian witness to a secularizing culture. I pray that God will bless it to carry Darrell's missiological heritage further into this exciting century we are living in. -- Stefan Paas, J. H. Bavinck Chair for Missiology and Intercultural Theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; professor of missiology, Theological University in Kampen Back in the day, missiology was focused on the work of missionaries overseas. Now, largely due to the theological groundwork of Darrell Guder, it is as likely to be about the local church...In paying tribute to Guder's work, it has become a valuable introduction to contemporary missiology as a whole. -- Kirsteen Kim, Fuller Theological Seminary
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About Stephen Bevans

John G. Flett is associate professor of missiology and intercultural theology at Pilgrim Theological College.

David W. Congdon is acquisitions editor at the University Press of Kansas and adjunct instructor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
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