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Publication Date: 16 Mar 2017
Publisher: Apollos
Page Count: 480
Author: Michael W Stroope
ISBN-13: 9781783595525, 9781783595532

Transcending Mission

The Eclipse Of A Modern Tradition
By Michael W Stroope
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Today the language of mission is in disarray. Where do the language and idea of 'mission' come from? Do they truly have precedence in the early centuries of the church? Michael Stroope investigates these questions and shows how the language of mission is a modern phenomenon that shaped a 'grand narrative' of mission. He then offers a way forward.

Introduction: the enigma of mission

Part 1: Justifying mission
1. Partisans and apologists
2. Reading Scripture as mission
3. Presenting history as mission
4. Rhetoric and trope

Part 2: Innovating mission
5. Holy conquest
6. Latin occupation
7. Mission vow
8. Ignatian mission

Part 3: Revising mission
9. Protestant reception
10. Missionary problems

Epilogue: towards pilgrim witness
Works cited
About the Author
Associate Professor of Christian Missions and the M. C. Shook Chair of Missions at Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. Previously served for twenty-one years as a missionary. Appointed in 1977 by the International Mission Board and has served in Sri Lanka, England, Germany and Hong Kong. Has also taught as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Theological Seminary.
Press Reviews

All the main churches of the UK have 'mission' high on the list of their priorities at the moment -- mostly in the sense of 'missional church' or 'evangelization'. So Michael W. Stroope's findings that 'mission' is a late usage -- unsupported by the Bible and premodern Christian literature -- will certainly provoke. Nevertheless, when so much is invested in mission, this in-depth and insightful interrogation of the discourse and rhetoric is essential reading for scholars and practitioners alike.

- Kirsteen Kim, Professor of Theology and Wolrd Christianity, Leeds Trinity University, UK

Above everything else, it is a well argued, well thought through and well written piece of iconoclasm . . . if you’ve read Bosch, Wright’s Mission of God, Bevans and Schroeder or any other serious missiology book, then you must read this one, too.

- Kouyanet

I think this is a brilliant book. It is meticulously researched, cogently argued, and utterly convincing. It should become a standard textbook in mission courses, though those courses will probably now need be called something different! It must surely take its place as one of the seminal arguments in the rehabilitation of a truer form of gospel living as the church emerges out of modernity.

- Mike Pickett

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