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What is Mission?: Some Theological Explorations [Paperback]

J.Andrew Kirk
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21 Jun 1999
What is Mission lays the foundations for an understanding of theology and mission. It explores contemporary issues in mission including the reception of the gospel by different cultures, encounters with other world religions and care of the environment. Finally, it asks what is would mean for the future if the Church were to recognise more fully its missionary nature.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd; 1st Edition edition (21 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0232523266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232523263
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This overview of mission theology should become a standard student text book. In an easy to read manner Kirk sets out to explore the concept of mission and review 7 key issues in mission (evangelism, culture, justice, other religions, peace, ecology and partnership). He finishes on a reflection on the nature of the church and mission. Each theme is dealt with carefully, with a logical order of presentation. The book is written from an evangelical outlook, with a clear emphasis on the centrality of the Bible in knowing God. But this is linked with a broad appreciation of the ideas of others. The only significant omission is the views of pentecostals/AICs. The book does not aim at a comprehensive analysis of each issue where all the different viewpoints are presented, but rather presents the authors understanding outlining the views of others as they occur in his discussion. For more academic detail turn to Bosch, Transforming Mission, but as a clear, thorough introduction to mission theology there is little to compare to "What is mission?"(I should admit to knowing the author who I rate highly).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a keeper, this book. 5 Jan 2013
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Most helpful to my Mission Study Module; got me the best Assignment Score pf the whole year! Extremely readable; a book I'll probably be referring to for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Survey of Holistic Christian Mission 5 Oct 2007
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Professor Kirk's "What is Mission?" is likely the best short overview of the purpose and methods of Twenty-first Century missiology. He presents an holistic and biblical basis for our participation in the missio Dei, with the clear clarion call for the universal Church to "be witnesses" in all the world, with the whole Gospel. This is the book for anyone seeking a firm grounding in contemporary missiology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is Mission? 11 Mar 2011
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This book was ordered for an assignment in school. I thought this book was very resourceful about missions. It is very easy to read and would recommend others to read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very liberal view of Mission 29 Sep 2007
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The book gives a sound overview of a liberal perspective of Mission. It is a good read, but unfortunately it is limited because it does not bring in the conservative view of a primary focus of Mission on the sharing of the Good News and the current and future salvation offered to all those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. If you are liberal in your view of Mission, this book is for you.
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