Mission in Context: Explorations Inspired by J. Andrew Kirk

Mission in ContextMission in Context is a new book edited by John Corrie and Cathy Ross and features a number of notable articles that will be worth checking out. In particular, I’m intrigued by the article by Peter Penner on ‘Practising Community in the early Church: A Missional reading of the summary texts in Acts’. My former Redcliffe colleague Darrell Jackson also has an article on the European context. Darrell is now teaching at Morling College in Australia.

Anyway, here’s the blurb and contents for the book:

Stimulated by Andrew Kirk’s mission theology, this book brings fresh theological reflection to a wide range of mission issues. A formidable group of international missiologists are drawn together to explore current reflections on a wide range of issues including: poverty and injustice, environmentalism, secularism, the place of scripture in a pluralist culture, science and faith, liberation theology, oppression and reconciliation, and much more. Kirk’s influence and reputation is international, and extends to South America, USA, Eastern Europe, Africa and SE Asia. Latin American mission has been especially enriched by Kirk’s innovative thinking on revolutionary politics, contextualisation and holistic mission. This is an indispensable resource of up-to-date missiological reflections for all involved in mission at every level.

 ‘Andrew Kirk has through his own life and scholarship in mission studies embodied a union of evangelical faithfulness, passionate regard for social justice, and deep theological reflection. This union – sadly all too rare in the field – is exemplified by this rich collection of essays in his honour.’
Brian Stanley, University of Edinburgh, UK

‘The richness, freshness, and depth of the essays in this book provide a fine tribute to J. Andrew Kirk as one of the most significant missiologists of our time. This collection will enrich any library – academic or personal.’
Steve Bevans, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, USA


Foreword by Christopher J.H. Wright

Introduction – John Corrie and Cathy Ross

Part I: J. Andrew Kirk: His Life and Work
1 Missiologist and theologian – Cathy Ross
2 A Life in Mission – Daniel Kirk
3 Doing evangelical theology at a time of turmoil: A retrospective survey of Andrew’s Latin American experience – J. Samuel Escobar

Part II: What Is Mission?
4 Global Partnership and integral Mission – C. René Padilla
5 Evangelicals and Liberation theology – John Corrie
6 Practising Community in the early Church: A Missional reading of the summary texts in Acts – Peter Penner
7 The Gospel and nation-Building in emergent nations: An evangelical Agenda – Hwa Yung

Part III: Truth in a Pluralistic World
8 Convictional Perspectivism: A Constructive Proposal for a theological response to Postmodern Conditions – Parush R. Parushev
9 Truth and Pluralism – Vinoth Ramachandra
10 Intercultural and inter-religious Dialogue in europe: Are the EU and the Council of europe Participants or Arbiters of the Dialogue? – Darrell Jackson
11 Worldviews and Christian Conversion – Andrew F. Walls

Part IV: Culture, Education and Religion
12 A Missiology of Western Culture: Background and Development of a Project – Wilbert R. Shenk
13 Christian Faith, Freedom and Illiberal Liberalism: Leads from Lesslie Newbigin – David Kettle
14 Mission and Violence: inculturation in the Fourth Century – Basil and Ambrose – Alan Kreider
15 Dilemmas and Challenges for Theology in Post-Communist Eastern Europe – Peter Kuzmic
16 The Significance of Pentecostalism to Mission – Allan Anderson