Item description for Mission: An Essential Guide (Essential Guide (Abingdon Press)) by Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi...
Overview The author invites readers to explore both the basic meaning of the Christian understanding of mission, and new developments in mission theologies. After describing the various "captivities of mission" with plague North American Protestantism, the author argues for a robust and engaged practice of mission, beginning in congregations and extending to the broader Christian community. This volume provides a training overview of the theological issues and the history of mission that will inform theological students, pastors, lay study groups, and congregational leaders.
Publishers Description "Mission" has become, for many North American Christians, an ambiguous and often uncomfortable term. To many it brings to mind a past in which western culture was identified with the gospel in missionary practice and programs. Distressed with this history and uncertain about how to overcome it, many prefer to ignore the New Testament mandate that the church must be in mission if it is to be the church. Others swing the other way, declaring that everything the church does is mission, depriving the idea of mission of its power to define those specific actions of God which proclaim the gospel and build God's kingdom. "The church exists by missions, just as fire exists by burning." With these words of Emil Brunner, the author reminds us that to be the church is to be in mission. After describing the various "captivities of mission" which plague North American Christianity, the author argues for a robust and engaged practice of mission, beginning in congregations and extending to the broader community.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.48 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2002
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition Student/Stdy Gde
Series Essential Guide - Abingdon
ISBN 0687054729 ISBN13 9780687054725
Availability 0 units.
More About Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi
Cardoza-Orlandi is Instructor in World Christianity, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is ordained and has served as a pastor in the Christian Church.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mission: An Essential Guide (Essential Guide (Abingdon Press))?
I read it in Spanish first. Sep 29, 2004
I disagree with a previous reviewer, who did not get the "point," that it used to be that mission was all about the learned (saved) ones going out to make the unlearned (unsaved) just like them. Unfortunately, this often had less to do with sharing the gospel and the saving power of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but with making those poor heathens "just like us," with our (read European and thus superior) culture. Orlandi discusses these outdated and ethno-centric models for mission and suggests alternatives, touching on the fact that when we share our faith we are not imparting truth to others, thus objectifying them. We, in fact, open ourselves up to new possibilities and experiences with God in communion with others who are not like us. Our goal is not to make others like us, but to share together as a community in the kingdom of God. "For the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23) Jesus said this to the woman at the well, who was preoccupied with the "proper" way and place to worship God. I ordered the book in English so I could share it with my English speaking friends.
Nothing New - Not Authentic May 1, 2004
The concepts in this book are not particularly deep, but they are hard to understand. It speaks in twisted words and phrases. Don't assume salvation means what you think it does. But don't worry, because there are plenty of diagrams to help you understand the concepts! It was not until the end that I figured out why this was true: Mission, in this book, is not the mission of which the Bible speaks. It isn't sharing the gospel, because he doesn't really know what gospel it is that he wants to share. So he disembodies mission from Christ - not quite sure if there even is a gospel. He calls himself evangelical, but this is not using the word honestly. He would rather all religious just synthesize into one big happy family and forgo truth.
Go buy: "Transforming Mission" by David Bosch, "Christianity in Culture" by Charles Kraft, or "Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity" by Norman E Thomas. A friend loaned me these books and I was relieved to find some real struggle to get mission right. Minus the baggage of someone who feels missionaries did him wrong. These are longer books and there are no diagrams (please?!?!?), but you will have something meaningful when you are finished - Something that speaks of sharing the goodnews of Christ with others.