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Reader's Guide To Transforming Mission (American Society of Missiology Series) by Stan Nussbaum
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.44" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 27, 2005
Publisher Orbis Books
Series American Society Of Missiology
ISBN 1570755949 ISBN13 9781570755941
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More About Stan Nussbaum
Dr. Stan Nussbaum has been involved in cultural and religious research and training since 1977. Besides living in Lesotho (southern Africa) and England for seven years each, he has taught in many countries such as India, Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Uganda, Lithuania, Egypt, and Peru. He has long held a special interest in proverbs as windows into a culture. He initiated and coordinated the African Proverbs Project, a four year pan-African project funded by a research grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Americans have a proverb, "Will it play in Peoria?" It means, "Will ordinary Americans like it?" Peoria is a small city in central Illinois, which is in the Midwest, and its people are considered typical of Americans. The author grew up seven miles from Peoria in the small town of Morton, where he returned in 2006 to take care of aging parents. He and his wife Lorri have two children and four grand-children, including the two to whom this book is dedicated.
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Review of A Reader's Guide to Transforming Mission Jun 27, 2008
WOW! I loved this book. After reading this book, I now feel compelled to read Bosch's Transforming Mission. I think that Nussbaum does a tremendous job of highlighting what must be a broad and complex book covering an expansive subject. His use of charts and tables throughout the book substantially contributed to my understanding of the content of his book.
Structurally, this book followed a similar outline to Samuel Escobar's The New Global Mission, starting with a historical review of missions before moving to addressing the current issues and worldviews that must be addressed by the church today. The primary difference would lie in that Nussbaum/Bosch revisits this pattern after first addressing New Testament paradigms for missions. I liked how he first covered the example of Jesus, and then outlined the models portrayed by Matthew's gospel, Luke's gospel and Paul's theology. This was the first time that I've been presented with the concept of differing version of mission based upon the examples from the New Testament. I would suggest that integrating Christopher Wright's Old Testament hermeneutic of missions from The Mission of God would further draw out the historical view of missions and provide a better counterpoint to the chapters focusing on the earliest of missional paradigms.
Within the historical section of the book, the greatest contribution is towards understanding the operative worldviews and the subsequent theological implications for each successive age of mission. So often we look at historical work and say, "How could they think that!" When you take time to understand the operating world views, you begin to understand why they made the decisions they made. The great hope of historians is that by understanding history we won't be doomed to repeat it. Within theological realms, it is not only necessary to know the history of events, we must understand the operating philosophies and how they motivated the history of that day. Then we must interpolate that into an understanding of our operating philosophies if we don't wish to repeat the mistakes of the past.
This is what Bosch/Nussbaum does in the next segment of the book. After first establishing that the enlightenment worldview is unraveling, Bosch/Nussbaum present a holistic model of mission that attempts to unify the source, goals, activities, bearer, limits and study of missions. Nussbaum portrays that model quite elegantly in the graphic presented on page 94. The majority of the remainder of the book examines each of the six items in bold above.
The source of missions is from God. Neither nature, nor church have a mission within this world, the mission is God's. The goals of missions are two-fold; salvation and justice. The activities of missions are evangelism and contextualization. Evangelism presents the gospel, preaches and teaches, while contextualization applies the gospel to the daily life of those being served. The whole universal church is responsible for bearing the message and mission of God. The laity has as much responsibility as the pastor for spreading the gospel in word and deed. The only limits for missions are those that we physically have. If we can go there, we should go there, but we must be humble and respectful of all people and their faiths. Finally, the study of missions is to be understood as the study of God's mission. This is not a fringe of theology, but the essence of the biblical message. Again, here is an area where knowledge of Wright's The Mission of God enhances your understanding of Missiology. The perspective of the Old Testament as explained by Wright integrates well with the New Testament analysis common within Missiological studies.
I only have a couple of critiques for Nussbaum. First, at the very bottom of page 106 Nussbaum quotes Bosch who writes "It is no simply to receive life that people are called to become Christians, but rather to give life." He then does not elaborate at all on what it means to be a life giver. This statement is presented as a conclusion as to why we should not evangelize based on the fear on torment in the next life, and salvation in Christ. With a little elaboration this thought could be substantially more powerful.
My second criticism is that he doesn't list any references in the appendix for Juan Luis Segundo. I'm intrigued by his presentation of Segundo's liberation theology yet I'm not sure where to look in Segundo's writings to further my knowledge.
All considered, this was a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed.