What would a theology of the Church look like that took seriously the fact that North America is now itself a mission field? This question lies at the foundation of this volume written by an ecumenical team of six noted missiologists--Lois Barrett, Inagrace T. Dietterich, Darrell L. Guder, George R. Hunsberger, Alan J. Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder.The result of a three-year research project undertaken by The Gospel and Our Culture Network, this book issues a firm challenge for the church to recover its missional call right here in North America, while also offering the tools to help it do so. The authors examine North America's secular culture and the church's loss of dominance in today's society. They then present a biblically based theology that takes seriously the church's missional vocation and draw out the consequences of this theology for the structure and institutions of the church.
One Man's Extreme Faith Challenges Believers to Live More Radical Lives
From a warring tribal village in Africa to a Rob Zombie concert to a Guatemalan prison to a bombed out church in Sudan, Caleb Bislow shares firsthand stories of how God is working around the world. Some see Caleb's life and faith as extreme, but to him, sharing God's love in the most dangerous and despised places in the world is simply living a life of surrender.
With humbleness and even some humor, Caleb inspires readers to step out of their comfort zones and take godly risks wherever they are. Rounding out the book are appendixes of organizations to join or support and specific prayer needs around the world.
Taking a broad look at what the twenty-first-century church is doing on the mission field, the assumptions people make about Christianity, and what it takes to adapt effectively to various cultural contexts, this work helps Christians understand the changing face of Christianity and how that affects short-term missions.
The authors examine the interaction of missionary organizations with local political powers and with their home government, arguing that in trying to decide which course of action to pursue, missionaries became knowledgeable students of imperial politics and the shifting state of international affairs. They show that leadership of British missionary societies was split between those who wanted to be treated without favouritism by the British government and those who had more aggressive expectations. In doing so they explore the pressures that contributed to the formation of imperial policy and perspective during a significant period of the evolution of the British empire.
This book examines the history of missions with emphasis on biographical approach and covers missions chronologically and geographically to discuss key issues, both modern and historical, within missions. Bibliography, maps, photos, and charts are all included.
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En 101 ideas creativas para grupos peque os, David Merkh ense a varias t cnicas para romper el hielo, programaciones sociales y juegos para evitar la rutina y hacer las reuniones m s alegres; que sean bien aprovechadas y edificantes.
Creatividad e imaginaci n son requisitos fundamentales para el coordinador del encuentro de parejas, para el pastor de adolescentes, o para cualquier l der de grupo de una iglesia. En 101 ideas creativas para grupos peque os, David Merkh ense a varias t cnicas para romper el hielo, programaciones sociales y juegos para evitar la rutina y hacer las reuniones m s alegres; que sean bien aprovechadas y edificantes.
Encuentros femeninos, reuni n de se oras, hora del t ... los nombres de las programaciones que involucran mujeres cristianas cambian poco de una iglesia a otra. Lo que las diferencia es la creatividad. Hacer estos eventos inolvidables, edificantes y, ocasionalmente, divertidos es el desaf o m s grande para quien los organiza.
En 101 Ideas Creativas para Mujeres, Mary-Ann Cox y Carol Sue Merkh ofrecen excelentes sugerencias para devocionales y encuentros, desde el planeamiento del culto hasta la organizaci n de las actividades sociales. Son formas originales de estimular la comuni n y destacar el papel de la mujer en la familia y en la iglesia.
Could God use ordinary me to change the world?
In the middle of diapers, dishes, papers, or presentations, deep down, we long to live a life of purpose, with a bit of adventure. But if we do something, we think we have to do everything--and do it in Africa. In Across the Street and Around the World, Jeannie Marie shows us we can change the world right where we already live, work, play, and study--by learning to grow genuine, spiritually deep friendships with people from other countries, cultures, and faiths.
In a refreshing "you-can-do-this-too" style, Marie leads us by the hand with clear steps, try-it sections, and beautifully crafted prayers. She gently guides us away from common cultural missteps, so we can offer Jesus in a winsome way, while honoring culture, faith, and family. With confidence, courage and compassion, we'll start small, start soon, and start somewhere we already are, by first going across the street--which just may lead us around the world
"Jeannie Marie shares a lifetime of invaluable experience with the rest of us. Her book is a treasure trove of insights and practical resources for engaging the nations in our own backyard and to the ends of the earth " --David Garrison, author of Church-Planting Movements and Wind in the House of Islam
In this absorbing history, Henry Warner Bowden chronicles the encounters between native Americans and the evangelizing whites from the period of exploration and colonization to the present. He writes with a balanced perspective that pleads no special case for native separatism or Christian uniqueness. Ultimately, he broadens our understanding of both intercultural exchanges and the continuing strength of American Indian spirituality, expressed today in Christian forms as well as in revitalized folkways."Bowden makes a radical departure from the traditional approach. Drawing on the theories and findings of anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, he presents Indian-missionary relations as a series of cultural encounters, the outcomes of which were determined by the content of native beliefs, the structure of native religious institutions, and external factors such as epidemic diseases and military conflicts, as well as by the missionaries' own resources and abilities. The result is a provocative, insightful historical essay that liberates a complex subject from the narrow perimeters of past discussions and accords it an appropriate richness and complexity. . . . For anyone with an interest in Indian-missionary relations, from the most casual to the most specialized, this book is the place to begin."-Neal Salisbury, Theology Today "If one wishes to read a concise, thought-provoking ethnohistory of Indian missions, 1540-1980, this is it. Henry Warner Bowden's history, perhaps for the first time, places the sweep of Christian evangelism fully in the context of vigorous, believable, native religions."-Robert H. Keller, Jr., American Historical Review