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Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-first Century (Invitation to Theological Studies Series) [Formato Kindle]

Dr Timothy Tennent

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Invitation to World Missions combines a strong biblical anchor with practical suggestions. This unique text is arranged in three parts according to the Trinity’s roles, relationships, and activity. Tennent questions whether missions as currently conceptualized is adequate and he challenges the reader by building the book around key theological foundations such as “mission dei” and the “new creation” vision for the global church. This volume will call and enable the reader to understand how missions is biblically and theologically basic to Christianity, and how missions is essential to living out an abundant and impassioned life.


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  • Editore: Kregel Academic & Professional (25 gennaio 2010)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B005K7JZU4
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7 di 7 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Valuable treatment of the subject 25 luglio 2010
Di Joseph L. Bradley - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Dr. Tennent is a remarkable teacher. This volume assumes some familiarity with theological terms. It is particularly suitable for the seminary classroom, but our missions group at church is reading it and discussing to help us better understand our role in the world of missions. The idea that missions starts with the Trinity seems a very sound approach, and helps understand what Christians are about. Another plus is the price, quite reasonable for a text of this type.
6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Brilliantly written 30 maggio 2010
Di milpitas joe - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I am half way through this book. The book is self-described as a textbook on Missiology. I find this book to be extremely engaging. Tennent starts out with an overview of Christian world mission megatrends. He succinctly describes how the old missional framework of Christendom has been replaced by many sending centers.

I am now reading on the chapter on the 'New Creation' theology of culture. I cannot agree more with his view. I find it extremely helpful in thinking about how Christian missionaries can engage different cultures in an increasingly multicultural world by using the 'New Creation' framework.

I highly recommend this book for any serious Christians who are interested in missions, whether in your own backyard or across the ocean.
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4.0 su 5 stelle World Missions 5 luglio 2013
Di Sheep23 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary and former professor of world missions at Gordon-Conwell has written a monumental and masterful work entitled Invitation to World Missions that is aimed at the concerns of 21st century missionaries, students, and teachers. The result of this book is a vast amount of ground covered: from building a theological basis for missiology, to Trinitarian thinking on missions, to an evangelical theology of religions, and then onto a history of missions. What was very alarming to me in reading this great book is that every time I would be thinking of a mission situation or problem in a chapter, Tennent answered my question before I was able to formulate it. This work gives much attention to the theological trajectory of the Bible and how God is ever at work from the beginning to end in missions. I hope to offer a few highlights of the book followed with a criticism and a conclusion here in my review.

Highlights

Capturing the narrative flow of the Bible
Tennet does an amazing job at focusing in on the narrative flow of the Bible and incorporating this into the role of mission thinking. As God reveals himself in the Old Testament, he does so by calling Abraham to be the father of many nations and accomplishing his covenant promises even thru perilous situations. God providentially enacts his missional plan and carries it forth powerfully. Tennent writes, "Because God already has ordained the final goal, He actually confirms it with an oath, swearing by His own self that all nations will be blessed through the seed of Abraham (Genesis 22:16-18)" (110). As Tennent sees God as both the source and initiator of mission, he also sees the providential hand of God upon all the affairs that take place with Abraham. One caveat here is that I wish Tennent would have drawn us to Genesis 15 as well, because this text brings to the forefront God's tenacious commitment to himself to keep his covenant promise to his people. Nevertheless, Tennent carefully weaves the reader through the Abrahamic narrative by squaring in on God's plan for all nations, regardless of their position. The way that Tennent brings out the essential elements of Abraham's life and connects them with the New Testament and life today is a great encouragement to those working alongside various people groups. In other words, God is committed to the point of laying his own Son's life down for the purpose of his glory going out among all nations, not just a select few.

Robust Theology of Culture
After critiquing the Christ and Culture models put down by H. Richard Neihbur, Tennent delivers some helpful paragraphs for understanding The Son's embodiment in Human Culture. He writes, "First, the life of Jesus as concretely revealed in real history is God the Father's validation of the sanctity of human culture. This should not be viewed as a kind of tangential application of the Incarnation but as central to our understanding of what Chalcedon meant by affirming the identity of Jesus as fully God and fully man" (179-180). We often get the billboard `The Sanctity of Human Life' but we rarely think about the Incarnation as providing the basis for God's validation of human culture. Jesus lived among his Jewish culture with all the things that go along with it: language, food, weddings, physical exertion, emotions. In Jesus, God reveals true humanity. Furthermore, I think this is part of Tennent's point, is that Jesus by his entering into human form affirmed those cultural artifacts that we encounter on a daily basis including a range of human emotion, meals, and cultural identity markers.

Yet, Tennent also recognizes that just as the sending of Jesus of Nazareth into the world was a sign of the sanctity of human culture, it is also a basis for cultural critique (181). The maladies of the plight of the poor and disenfranchised, the horrific wars and terrorist actions, lead us to see that culture easily drowns into death when followed by secular rule. Tennent writes, "The true union of God and man in one person is the ultimate rebuke against the secularization of culture" (181). The takeaway from this is that if we too easily demonize the culture for something or blindly accept some idea or artifact then we are not following the way of understanding culture given to us by the life of Jesus.

Lastly, I found Tennent's analysis in chapter 7 on a evangelical theology of religions to be insightful because it flees from the standard models of exclusivism, inclusivism, and universalism to see the positive and negative in each view. Tennent is right to see that often we want to lay down the lines of belief for battle instead of understanding the heart of another person's desire to be faithful for Christ.

Critique
My critique of Tennent's book primarily focuses on ch. 6 in which he talks about a new creation model. Tennent writes, "..we must place the emphasis on cultural adaption and assimilation, which is so heavily emphasized in missions training, with a larger context" (187). The larger context is our identity in Christ and being ambassadors of the New Creation. Tennent goes onto explain that being ambassadors of the New Creation is countercultural and nourishes the best in culture. Part of his answer to understanding the New Creation is looking at communities and their goals. Yet, Tennent seems to brushstroke in a broad way these issues of being in the world and not of the world, while not giving the reader a more particular outlet for understanding these missiological issues. For instance, what does cultural adaptation and assimilation look in a culture that degrades the environmental surrounding in there are for personal gain? Or, how does bringing the particularities of culture under the Lordship of Christ take place when there is such an intertwining of cultural positives and negatives? In other words, I think this chapter was good but that it lacked some real grounded applications of these principles (whether from government, environment, etc.).

Conclusion
This book is a goldmine of solid thinking on missions. You surely do not want to miss reading this book. Tennent is an astute observer of missional thinking, one who has been an active participant in mission and practitioner in the field. This book provides a sound theological and practical basis for understanding mission today without skating away from the issues on the forefront of mission thinking.

Thanks to Kregel Academic and Professional for the free copy of this book in exchange for review.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Christian Mission in the 21st century 26 settembre 2014
Di Donner C. S. Tan - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
This is an evangelical book on global christian mission in the 21st century written from a western perspective. It begins with an observation of the major trends in the global mission field today, namely the shift of the Christian center of gravity from the West to the majority world, the influx of multiple religious truth claims in the West today, urbanization and technology (esp internet connectivity) and the emergence of the 'fourth branch' of Christianity - the independent churches.

The author seeks to ground missiology in the mission of the triune God (what the early Christians called the 'missio dei') : the Father is the source and goal of mission, the Son is the embodiment of God's redemptive presence and the Spirit is God's empowering presence that brings forth the new creation. This is quite basic but often neglected when pragmatism and secularism sets in.

He gives an overview of the mission of God through the whole bible beginning with the call of Abraham, moving through the salvation history of Israel through to the life, death and resurrection of Christ and Pentecost. It is in the light of this 'creation, fall, redemption, new creation' grand narrative that we should understand what mission is about. Ultimately mission has as its goal the worship of God. Mission will end when eschatology is consummated and God's glory fully revealed.

Tennent also surveys the history and development of christian mission understanding through the centuries. It is interesting to see how the church has not always understood or valued christian mission in the same way. The various approaches taken by past missionary exemplars such as St Thomas in India, the Nestorians in China, Raymond Lull among the Muslims, William Carey the father of modern missions and so on are intriguing and eye opening.

The book goes on to show what a trinitarian mission looks like in today's pluralistic world. The age of Christendom is past. The familiar Christian worldview that used to inform and shape western culture can no longer be presumed. We must learn to think using different paradigms and ask new questions that relate to the various cultures the gospel seeks to penetrate : cultures shaped by Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Islam and even Atheism. He discusses the various approaches taken towards other religious truth claims - from 'all roads lead to heaven' pluralism through the 'different roads for different destinations' relativism, , the 'universal work of the Spirit in the wider world' inclusivism to the 'no other name but Christ' exclusivism. Tennent espouses the trinitarian christocentric understanding of the gospel. This means that while we can readily affirm God's work in the wider world and much truths can be found in other religions, the gospel that's is centred on Jesus of Nazareth in all its particularities remains normative for the salvation of the world.

As an Asian reader, I resonate deeply with the author's call to relate the gospel to the wider world. The incarnation principle is never more needed in global missiology today. The gospel needs to be translated into the diverse languages, cultures and stories of the world.

Except for his discussion on Niebuhr's ' Christ and culture' paradigms which went just over my head (hence my reservations with his critique of Niebuhr), the book is generally easy to read and to the point. I would recommend this book to pastors, church leaders and all who are deeply interested in knowing what mission in the 21st century looks like. I also found his earlier book 'the religious round table' to be another useful tool for sharing the gospel of Christ in a pluralistic world.
3.0 su 5 stelle Good not Great 20 maggio 2014
Di Andrew Tompkins - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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There have been many books of this nature that preceded this one and I'm sure there will be many more. Since this is the case in order for a book on mission theology to be exceptional it must provide the reader with new insights or a new synthesis of older insights. This book does not really accomplish that.

It isn't bad and certainly points out a number of important areas in mission theology that need deeper thinking. Timothy Tennent is a good mission thinker and this is probably his thoughts in a single volume, but it is to broad to really accomplish the task at hand.

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