Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Global Mission: Reflections and Case Studies in Contextualization for the Whole Church

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Global Mission: Reflections and Case Studies in Contextualization for the Whole Church

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Global Mission: Reflections and Case Studies in Contextualization for the Whole Church.

Edited by Rose Dowsett. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2011. Pp. xvii, 277. Paperback $17.99.

A fascinating kaleidoscope, Global Mission combines missional scholarship and practice, offering a testimonial that the Gospel of God spans the globe across cultures, languages, and religions, even in the twenty-first century. Editor Rose Dowsett has skillfully assembled essays, case studies, and reflections that demonstrate how the life-giving Word is at work, transforming people's lives both from within and through sociopolitical and religious structures.

The book focuses on contextualization. Prominent missiologists present their views on the topic, building on personal expertise and complementing the wisdom of veteran missionaries such as Lesslie Newbigin, Ralph Winter, and Paul Hiebert. All contributors are committed to a common goal: "to make clear the gospel to people in a way that demands a response which will lead to conversion and sincere and candid Christian discipleship" (p. 90).

Global Mission invites readers to become fearless risk-takers in the service of the Gospel, which transforms both unreached peoples and hands-on missionaries (p. …

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