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The Church and Its Vocation: Lesslie Newbigin's Missionary Ecclesiology

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Lesslie Newbigin, one of the twentieth century's most important church leaders, offered insights on the church in a pluralistic world that are arguably more relevant now than when first written. This volume presents his ecclesiology to a new generation. Michael Goheen clearly articulates Newbigin's missionary understanding of the church and places it in the context of Newb ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Baker Academic (first published 2000)
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S McDonald
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is a magnificent account of Newbigin’s thought, and almost every page is a reminder of how much we still need his witness - especially in relation to the cultural captivity, syncretism, and idolatry of the church today.
Steve
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goheen has immersed himself in the thought and writings of the missiologist Lesslie Newbgin for several decades. So what we have here is a distillation and exegesis of Newbgin's ideas on ecclesiology, mission, missions and culture -- and their interrelationships.

If you read only one book on Newbigin make sure it is this one.
David
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Goheen writes a rich summary of Newbigin’s theological writing and thinking. Sometimes repetitive yet helpful to get immersed into Newbigin’s ideas.
No doubt that one would walk away from this book with a thorough understanding of Newbigin’s missional theology, biblical hermeneutic, discernment of culture and especially the vision to see the large robust cosmic implication of the gospel applied in one’s contextual life and culture.
Goheen was a very good guide!
Jeff
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding book presenting the missionary ecclesiology of Lessie Newbigin. Probably no one is better equipped to write on Newbigin than is Michael Goheen who been immersed in Newbigin’s thought since the days of his PhD. study. The topic is hugely relevant today in spite of the time elapsed since Newbigin’s original work.
Elizabeth Barnett
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great for those currently unhappy with the way Christians sometimes misrepresent Christ and helpful for the church to understand how to encourage members to bring the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now.
Jeremy
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Good stuff. Interesting to see Newbigin was thinking about APEST/Fivefold in his time. These days, other missional leaders have fleshed out many of these things.
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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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