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A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story

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Unpacks the missional nature of the church by tracing its role in the biblical story and exploring contemporary outworkings and implications.
ebook, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Baker Academic
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Craig Hurst
For over the last year the buzz in ecclesiology has been the discussion of the missional church. “If your church is not missional then it is not fulfilling God’s purpose”, is the cry of many. It is probably fair to say that much of the conversation concerning the missional church has been held in the arena of practical ecclesiology. That is, describing what a missional church looks like as it lives out the mission in its local context. While the church needs a practical vision for the mission of ...more
John Medendorp
A grand and magnificent exploration of the nature of the church through the narrative of Scripture. Goheen traces the whole history of the people of God throughout Scripture, demonstrating its missional purpose to live as in a way both differentiated from and a part of the world around them.
This book is great, firmly rooted in Scripture, and concluding with some very helpful, relevant, and practical advice for congregational leadership. Goheen's writing style took me some time to get used to. It
I can't think of a better book of its kind. The fact that Goheen writes with a specific focus on missional church is a huge and helpful step forward over more generic theologies of mission. I first encountered Michael Goheen a few years back listening to a message of his entitled "The Urgency of Reading the Bible as a Single Story" given at Regent in Vancouver. I've followed his work ever since with great profit. This book, along with his two previous works, "The Drama of Scripture" and "Living ...more
Shaun Lee
With a 1500 page reading requirement for a Missions module, this was by far the breath of fresh air (admist some very painfully tedious readings). Goheen may not be a theologian who introduces earth-shattering concepts for us to chew on, he is a master researcher. Finally, I thought to myself, an author that provides us the biblical theological framework in an enjoyable and succinct manner! A truly pleasurable read!
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Michael W. Goheen (PhD, University of Utrecht) is professor of missional theology, Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco, and Jake and Betsy Tuls Professor of Missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also minister of preaching at New West Christian Reformed Church in Burnaby, British Columbia, and is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Drama ...more
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“This is the mission of God: to restore the creation and the life of humanity from the ravages of sin.[45] The church’s function in this story is to participate in God’s mission; we are to be caught up in God’s own work of restoration and healing. This defines the identity and role of the church.” 0 likes
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