Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations

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Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations. Edited by Bruce Riley Ashford. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2011 . Pp. viii, 344. Paperback $25.99.

Theology and Practice of Mission offers a comprehensive and erudite contribution to evangelical Christian literature on mission theology. Edited by Bruce Ashford of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, the volume includes twenty-two essays on the theology and practice of contemporary Christian mission.

Following a four-part schema of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, Ashford begins the volume by outlining the "grand biblical narrative" of God's mission to humanity (pp. 6-17). This is followed by an incisive essay on the Trinitarian missio Dei, the foundation of all Christian mission (pp. 17-34). Ashford's closing reflection on a "theologically driven missiology" (pp. 294-318) reflects the author's gifts for organization and clarity; this chapter could serve as an accessible introduction to systematic theology for seminary students.

The heart of Theology and Practice of Mission consists of eighteen chapters engaging various dimensions of ecclesiology and the church's mission to the nations. Particularly notable are Tracy McKenzie's and Keith Whitfield's outstanding studies of mission and the nations in the Old and New Testaments. …