Dictionary of Mission Theology

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Jonathan Mackwell | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Sep 17 2009 3:21 AM

Just spotted this on IVP website - would be a great addition to libronix, hope you all agree!

Dictionary of Mission Theology


Christian mission is changing and developing rapidly as the centre of gravity of the faith shifts ever further ‘south’. The practice of mission ‘from everywhere to everywhere’ challenges many traditional models, and new contexts raise new questions for established theologies. Evangelicals need a mission theology that engages with these challenges and contexts, while also affirming foundational truths and scriptural boundaries.

The Dictionary of Mission Theology draws on the work of many scholars who are contributing to the renewal of mission thinking and practice among evangelicals. It highlights and explores the missiological implications of a wide range of Christian doctrines and theologies, and the theological dimensions of many mission themes. Contributors have been encouraged to discuss their subjects contextually, grounding their ideas and arguments in the real worlds where these have been conceived and applied. The resulting missiology both has its roots in cherished and recognized evangelical categories and interprets them in fresh and dynamic ways.

The new pattern of world Christianity is reflected in the dictionary in a majority contribution from the Majority World. Some 60% of the 160 articles are by non-Western authors, though leading Western thinkers are also well represented.

The Dictionary will be invaluable for church leaders, missionaries, students of mission and those involved in the teaching and practice of mission worldwide, and will be accessible to a non-specialist readership. It is intended for every context in which mission is learnt and done, and to set a new benchmark for evangelical mission theology.

My website: http://www.mackwell.co.nr/ the website of the missionary organization: http://www.wec-int.org/cms/ 

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Tim Lord | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 17 2009 3:00 PM

Have you seen the Logos product "Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions"?


Title: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
General Editor: A. Scott Moreau
Associate Editors: Harold Netland and Charles Van Engen
1,072 pages
Baker Books | 2000

The Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions contains more than 1,400 articles on the theory, practice, theology, and history of missions. A comprehensive, one-volume reference, it not only provides a wealth of information on the topic of world missions, it also offers a contemporary study of the subject from an evangelical perspective. Over three hundred missionaries, theologians, and educators from a variety of cultural, denominational, and ethnic backgrounds contribute their expertise to provide a broad survey of the history of world missions as well as current trends and research.
The Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, a Christianity Today 2001 Book Award winner, is a valuable research tool for professors and students in their study of world missions. It is also a readily accessible resource for clergy and lay persons interested in the history of world missions and its continuing progress.
Key Features of the Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
--700 content articles
--small caps to identify words within articles for which there are separate entries
--a cross-reference system with over 350 listings
--a bibliography for most articles
--a six-part master outline of the entire dictionary

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Shawn B. Redford | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 19 2009 3:25 PM

I have the Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions and it is a very helpful resource. Chuck Van Engen was my mentor for my PhD and I have taught with him for years as Adjunct Faculty at Fuller. The EDWM is a great and very useful text. However, Shenk is intentionally trying to give the majority world a voice in the Dictionary of Mission Theology, and as such it has a different constituency. Based on the title, I assume it is more heavily focus on mission theology rather than missiology as a whole. I really hope that Logos would make this available, and many more works in missiology! Please offer this as a pre-pub Logos!

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Jonathan Mackwell | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 20 2009 4:03 AM

I also have the EDWM but as Shawn has stated the focus is different. However the book I would love more is 'African Christian Ethics'  please regard my suggestion on http://community.logos.com/forums/t/1735.aspx and add your own comments. As a missionary I chose Libronix  so I could in essence take my library with me on my laptop. It is essential for missionaries to carry on learning and to keep up with the latest research and yet not have to transport large heavy books between countries. As Shawn said the more works in missiology the better!

My website: http://www.mackwell.co.nr/ the website of the missionary organization: http://www.wec-int.org/cms/ 

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