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The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in Transmission of Faith

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The collected lectures and articles of the noted missionary and historian Andrew Walls, professor emeritus of Edinburgh University and founder of The Center for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World. This book makes the full range of his thought available for the first time to scholars and students of world mission, theology, and church history.
Paperback, 266 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Orbis Books (first published September 1996)
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Hilary
This is one of the few books that I can say with absolute sincerity changed my life. Incidentally, my boss saw it sitting on my desk the other day, and out of the blue said, "that book changed my life!" Apparently it tends to have that effect on people.

Probably my top takeaway is the paradigm that the gospel is always translated/contextualized, whenever and wherever it is. He uses the metaphor of a play: everyone in the audience watches the same play ("The Jesus Act" he calls it), but depending
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Andy Hickman
Jun 20, 2015 Andy Hickman rated it liked it
Very good book.

Wallis, Andrew F. The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of Faith. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1996.

The history of the interpretation of the Bible … church history .. should not be regarded as mere objects of intellectual interest. They are, instead, raw materials for case studies which illustrate in concrete ways, for the sake of Christian discipleship, God's dealings with his people and the response of God's people to biblical revelation throughout t
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John
Feb 13, 2013 John rated it really liked it
This is what happens when a first-rate mind and passionate heart submit to the discipline of secular university strictures and sensibilities: superb scholarship, penetrating insight, startling revisions, and even the occasional practical and devotional insight (albeit judiciously rendered). He clearly feels no pressure to please any ecclesiastical or ideological masters: that's what tenure in a fine university is for, and Walls uses it gloriously.

There is the usual overlapping of content and phr
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Dave
Jan 03, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it
There is great depth and breadth of scholarship in this collection of essays, and also practical value for anyone who is invested in the health of the church or the pursuit of the Great Commission. Walls also exposes the self-centered ignorance of most of today's Western churches and their most educated leaders, who seem intent on ignoring the central role of missions in the growth, health, relevance, and power of the church during the last 2000 years. Essays are somewhat dated as they don't ...more
Dwight
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Recommended to Dwight by: David Ferrell
A collection of essays on the history of missions. The third to last chapter on U.S. christian culture is especially awesome.
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The first chapter is an excellent framework for understanding missions: translation and indigenization. This is a key to a deeper understanding of the whole issue of contextualization.
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