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Baker Academic Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory

A premier missiologist provides a comprehensive introduction to Christian mission in the twenty-first century.

Drawing together the biblical, historical, and theological rubrics that govern missiology, Scott Sunquist introduces readers to the field while arguing that "Mission, like liturgy, pastoral care, or preaching, is rooted in right thinking about the task, but it must also involve a practice." To this Sunquist adds, "missiology must resist being taken captive by the social sciences" and that the discipline is first concerned with "thinking correctly about the triune God-the God who by his very nature is a sending God-rather than with particular practices or programs. In short, Sunquist says we need to get our theology and our theoretical thinking correct before we are ready to conduct or study the Christian missionary endeavor.

Understanding Christian Mission is the first step in this process. Providing broad historical themes, Sunquist informs students of past mistakes and successes, and then firmly grounds Christian mission in God's Trinitarian nature, unpacks that theme from Scripture and then launches into a balanced, informed, and clear discussion of missions in today's complex world.
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