A quick hiatus from the Missional Engagement series. I’ve received some feedback requesting some resources. I’ve compiled a list of 9 resources. They aren’t listed in any particular order. These books have influenced my thinking on Mission more than most. I’ve also included a link to the Amazon page.
Kingdom Come: How Jesus Wants to Change the World. Allen Mitsuo Wakabayashi. A wonderful, accessible introduction to the all-important, “here-but-not-yet” concept that is central for understanding the theology of the New Testament.
The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Christopher J.H. Wright. A full and comprehensive biblical theological approach to Mission. Especially helpful to see that a biblical theology of mission extends way, way beyond the Great Commission.
The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission. Lesslie Newbigin. In so many ways, Newbigin started the conversation. Interestingly, I’ve been told that Newbigin’s biggest influence for his work was Barth’s CD.IV. Makes sense to me.
Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World. Richard Bauckham. Short, accessible and brings the conversation forward for contemporary culture. Obviously, written by a brilliant Biblical scholar.
The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Phillip Jenkins. Christianity is becoming an increasingly non-Western thing. The next generation of Christian leaders will be non-Western, from places where Westerners “go.” How does that necessarily change the way we think of global mission?
Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church is Influencing the Way We Think About and Discuss Theology. Timothy Tennet. Similar prompting as the Jenkins’ book. This however asks questions regarding the nuances of theological reflection in light of an increasingly non-Western church. Again, I think this changes the conversation about mission profoundly.
Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa. Dambisa Moyo. Not a book on Christian mission, but has all kinds of implications for it. Very challenging, bold and profound.
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Asks so many right questions, shifts paradigms and is particularly applicable for Short Term Mission trip philosophy.
Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission. Christopher L. Heuertz and Christine D. Pohl. Completely shifts the paradigm. This book has influenced me profoundly. I wish more people would read this book. Practical, creative and unbelievably challenging. I’ll say much more in the final post of “The Process of Missional Engagement” series.
Others? What has influenced you?