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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement presents a multi-faceted collection of readings exploring the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of world evangelization. Writings from more than 150 mission scholars and practitioners (over 60 of them new to this edition) portray the history and anticipate the potential of the global Christian movement. E Perspectives on the World Christian Movement presents a multi-faceted collection of readings exploring the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of world evangelization. Writings from more than 150 mission scholars and practitioners (over 60 of them new to this edition) portray the history and anticipate the potential of the global Christian movement. Every one of the 170 articles and side bars offers practical wisdom enabling Christians to labor together in bold, biblical hope to finish the task of seeing that Christ is named and followed among all the peoples of the earth. The Fourth Edition contains over 60 articles and sidebars that are new to this edition. Many articles have been updated and revised.


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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement presents a multi-faceted collection of readings exploring the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of world evangelization. Writings from more than 150 mission scholars and practitioners (over 60 of them new to this edition) portray the history and anticipate the potential of the global Christian movement. E Perspectives on the World Christian Movement presents a multi-faceted collection of readings exploring the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of world evangelization. Writings from more than 150 mission scholars and practitioners (over 60 of them new to this edition) portray the history and anticipate the potential of the global Christian movement. Every one of the 170 articles and side bars offers practical wisdom enabling Christians to labor together in bold, biblical hope to finish the task of seeing that Christ is named and followed among all the peoples of the earth. The Fourth Edition contains over 60 articles and sidebars that are new to this edition. Many articles have been updated and revised.

30 review for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: Reader

  1. 5 out of 5

    Unchong Berkey

    Technically the class required only 85% of the book read, so that is all I covered. This is the textbook (comprised of articles) for the 15-week Perspectives course on world missions covering the Biblical, historical, cultural, & strategic perspectives of missions to the world. The historical section was my favorite, and while I didn’t agree with some of the viewpoints, I generally found a good deal of helpful thoughts and analyses.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    February 4, 2009 - This book which was made for the college course "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" is unique in that it is not written by one or two authors, but by many authors all sharing the common belief that God commanded His people to go spread His word among the nations. Just like the class which consists of different people every week giving the seminars, the book has many authors who each write about specific topics. The book covers the basics of missions from the Bibli February 4, 2009 - This book which was made for the college course "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" is unique in that it is not written by one or two authors, but by many authors all sharing the common belief that God commanded His people to go spread His word among the nations. Just like the class which consists of different people every week giving the seminars, the book has many authors who each write about specific topics. The book covers the basics of missions from the Biblical reasons for missions all the way to the strategic ways to build churches in areas that are hostile to foreign religions. It focuses on countries in the world that still today, have no knowledge of God or Jesus and that are dark and frightening places which call for help. Places like Tibet and India to unknown tribes in Africa, and even to places in Russia and the Czech Republic. All over the world, people live in fear or corruption in their daily living, yet about ninety percent of Christians do not leave their own countries to help these people because they do not feel "called to go." This book, along with the class, is a BIG eye-opener in that it shows us that Biblically, we are all called to go. I was amazed last year when I went as a guest to just one of the classes, and now that I am taking it this year and reading the book, I am even more amazed. It has literally changed the path I was going to take because of the powerful truth behind it which lies almost completely ignored and forgotten in the Bible itself. I think that any Christian, whether planning to go on missions or not should read this as well as take the class if they can because they will be absolutely dumbfounded!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Lee

    My bias is perhaps I have more interest in biblical theology than in the history of world missions, and having grown up in a charismatic missions church, find the case studies to be less "spectacular" than I had expected. I did really enjoy the assortment of biblical perspectives, and works by the pioneers of modern missions (like Carey and Taylor). Maybe the fact that we were to read this title as a compulsory reading for a missions course killed the joy of reading. If I were to purchase this bo My bias is perhaps I have more interest in biblical theology than in the history of world missions, and having grown up in a charismatic missions church, find the case studies to be less "spectacular" than I had expected. I did really enjoy the assortment of biblical perspectives, and works by the pioneers of modern missions (like Carey and Taylor). Maybe the fact that we were to read this title as a compulsory reading for a missions course killed the joy of reading. If I were to purchase this book, I would cut it up and only keep the more enjoyable chapters (1-7, 9, 11-19, 21, 24, 27-28, 30-31, 34-36, 43, 48-51, 54, 69, 75-76, 78-80, 88, 99, 101, 106, 110, 132, 134-6). Overall, there are a few brilliant articles, but the disjointment from author to author does not provide a smooth overarching picture from theology to practice. I also would avoid any article written by Hawthorne as he writes from a non-scholarly perspective.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This was a life-changing course, both as a Christian and as a missionary. I wouldn't recommend reading this book alone: it is intended to be read together with the study guide, in the context of a Perspectives course (which you can find near to you, or do online as I did). If you can do the course in person I would highly recommend that, though the book and study guide together can be standalone (the course adds lectures, discussions, and homework). The course is highly academic, and requires a l This was a life-changing course, both as a Christian and as a missionary. I wouldn't recommend reading this book alone: it is intended to be read together with the study guide, in the context of a Perspectives course (which you can find near to you, or do online as I did). If you can do the course in person I would highly recommend that, though the book and study guide together can be standalone (the course adds lectures, discussions, and homework). The course is highly academic, and requires a lot of reading, so I wouldn't recommend this to just anyone. It's also not something I would recommend to a new Christian: I saw someone who was looking to read this to learn more about the Christian faith, but this is not a primer on Christian faith -- it is a much more indepth look at missions (one aspect of Christian faith, though certainly a central one). However I would recommend this course/book to *anyone* interested in going overseas (short-term or long-term), and I would recommend it to any mature Christian who can handle to readings. It really changed my thinking regarding Christian missions, but it also had an impact on my view of the Bible and Christian living.

  5. 5 out of 5

    C. Mcmillan

    Warning: One theme that runs through the book is Winter’s well-known advocacy of new Christ-followers retaining their former cultural and even religious identity. Be sure to read this critically, not just swallowing it whole, and consult your Bible, as you read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Rimmer

    As of the writing of this review I've read 24 of the 124 articles in this collection and they have been educational and inspiring. A great collection and survey of the missionary enterprise. As of the writing of this review I've read 24 of the 124 articles in this collection and they have been educational and inspiring. A great collection and survey of the missionary enterprise.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jay R

    Such informative and enlightening material. This book is full of articles, stories and essays of some of the greatest minds. This is material that can be read and re-read and read again!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Don Barger

    Good book - I actually liked the older versions of this book better. For those who want to learn about missions, this is a good primer.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie Winkler

    Excellent study!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dale Arand

    If you are interested in the Great Commission read this. Better yet, take the course.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Matthews

    ...would recommend this is a classical resource

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rial R

    An excellent book on the need and progress of world-wide missions. I would highly recommend it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kend

    When reviewing an anthology, I get all tangled up in trying to reconcile my analysis of the texts themselves, the motives and mechanics of the anthologist, and the applicability of the text to its target audience. If I were to say the Perspectives reader is a poor anthology in terms of texts presented, I would be neglecting their efficacy and profound impact on the Perspectives class, and a Defender could (rightfully) pounce on me for criticizing a text that wasn't assembled for the beauty of i When reviewing an anthology, I get all tangled up in trying to reconcile my analysis of the texts themselves, the motives and mechanics of the anthologist, and the applicability of the text to its target audience. If I were to say the Perspectives reader is a poor anthology in terms of texts presented, I would be neglecting their efficacy and profound impact on the Perspectives class, and a Defender could (rightfully) pounce on me for criticizing a text that wasn't assembled for the beauty of its content or arrangement, or even for pleasure reading, but for the sole purpose of instructing Christians on how to serve as effective missionaries. Do you see my dilemma? You simply can't win with an anthology. So when I tell you that I withered in grammar-agony and winced at the countless crimes against good storytelling captured on the pages of the Perspectives reader, and yet still managed to appreciate its content and place in the classroom, I hope you'll go easy on me. This is not a well-written anthology, and it's a monster of a textbook, but the heart behind it and the sheer diversity of perspectives (aha!) presented within it are exactly what they should be. I learned a lot about missions from reading this book--perhaps less than I should have, since even the select articles that were assigned for the class (which rotate every year) presented too great and too weighty of an obstacle for me to master in my brief after-work hours--and I approve of its existence. Just don't read this for fun, unless you're the sort of person who's notion of a cognitive caper is centered on exegesis or the sort of person who appreciates reading five hundred pages of rhetoric which could be summarized in fifty.

  14. 4 out of 5

    The other John

    It's always a joy to finish a textbook. No matter how interesting the topic, reading a textbook is an effort and I'm very glad to see the last page. Perspectives is a course on cross cultural mission work that friends have been recommending for years. As interesting as it sounds, I've never taken it--a 15 week course is a time commitment I don't think I can afford at this stage in life. A couple of years ago, however, I happened to see an earlier edition of the textbook at a used book sale. It's always a joy to finish a textbook. No matter how interesting the topic, reading a textbook is an effort and I'm very glad to see the last page. Perspectives is a course on cross cultural mission work that friends have been recommending for years. As interesting as it sounds, I've never taken it--a 15 week course is a time commitment I don't think I can afford at this stage in life. A couple of years ago, however, I happened to see an earlier edition of the textbook at a used book sale. After a few months of letting sit on my shelf, I finally cracked it open and have spent quite some time slowly making my way through the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic perspectives of Christianity. It's been a fascinating and thought provoking ride. I feel vindicated in not trying to squeeze the course into my daily life. But it also pushes me to question my priorities and wonder how I might be a better servant of Jesus here in my own corner of the world. Read this book at your own risk.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John

    This is the main text for the 15-week, missions-oriented class by the same time. I took the less intensive track, which they call "key readings," sort of the equivalent of auditing a college course. So I read the "key readings" in the text, probably about half of the 770 pages. It's not so much a textbook as a single-volume library of the best thinking about the biblical, cultural, historical and strategic foundations of missions through 2009, when the edition was published. It's a fast-developin This is the main text for the 15-week, missions-oriented class by the same time. I took the less intensive track, which they call "key readings," sort of the equivalent of auditing a college course. So I read the "key readings" in the text, probably about half of the 770 pages. It's not so much a textbook as a single-volume library of the best thinking about the biblical, cultural, historical and strategic foundations of missions through 2009, when the edition was published. It's a fast-developing field, which is one reason that the classes add a lot to the readings. Always having the class coming up helped me to keep focused on the readings as well. It's a physically big book -- not the kind one puts in a backpack for reading material on a hike. The "Reader" includes numerous authors. My favorite is missions guru Ralph D. Winter. He was good on the theory, good on the practical application, good on the context.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This book is really a compilation of short articles by many different authors, missionaries, and leaders. I read the book while taking the Perspectives class. While it was assigned as homework for me, I found the vast majority of the articles interesting and insightful. I would highly recommend many of the articles in the book. If you are interested in Christian missions and want a better understanding of the Bible reason for missions, the history of Christian missions, the interaction of the Gos This book is really a compilation of short articles by many different authors, missionaries, and leaders. I read the book while taking the Perspectives class. While it was assigned as homework for me, I found the vast majority of the articles interesting and insightful. I would highly recommend many of the articles in the book. If you are interested in Christian missions and want a better understanding of the Bible reason for missions, the history of Christian missions, the interaction of the Gospel with cultures (contextualization) and the strategies currently being employed around the world, this book is for you. It really truly blew me away with things I had never ever heard before despite going to Bible college and being in churches for more than 20 years. I have already used an article from the book to pass along to others in my church.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    This (ESPECIALLY when read in conjunction with the study guide) has one of the most comprehensive collections of writings on the Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives on the world Christian Movement. Published in 1999, some of the information is slightly dated (for example, in the early 2000's, the majority of Christians live in the non-"Western" world. But - I look forward to the new book coming out in December of 2008!! Also, this is the North American edition. I have not This (ESPECIALLY when read in conjunction with the study guide) has one of the most comprehensive collections of writings on the Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives on the world Christian Movement. Published in 1999, some of the information is slightly dated (for example, in the early 2000's, the majority of Christians live in the non-"Western" world. But - I look forward to the new book coming out in December of 2008!! Also, this is the North American edition. I have not yet read (but would love to) the books with the historical section from the Chinese perspective, the Indian Perspective, the Latin American perspective, the South Pacific perspective, and the African perspective.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy B

    An interesting insight into missions work as has previously happened while providing models and theories applicable in all situations. Some of the essays are more biographical while others are move academic. All the same, this proves an interesting resource for anyone dealing with people on a cross-cultural basis throwing into light some of the things i know i certainly had never considered even came into communications across cultural barriers. Each essay is extremely practical based in fact an An interesting insight into missions work as has previously happened while providing models and theories applicable in all situations. Some of the essays are more biographical while others are move academic. All the same, this proves an interesting resource for anyone dealing with people on a cross-cultural basis throwing into light some of the things i know i certainly had never considered even came into communications across cultural barriers. Each essay is extremely practical based in fact and actual missions work, and as such becomes applicable accross circumstances in that lessons learnt are eloquently passed on with brilliant illustrations of all the complications, queries and comments which real life and real people bring to the fore!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Deeply challenging, potentially life-altering textbook for the class by the same name. Taking the 16 week course has challenged the way I see God, ministry, leadership development, priorities, culture, the world, history, church, spirituality, community development, language learning, life, myself, the Bible, and so on. Great articles from various authors, pastors, professors, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and workers from different international agencies. I recommend taking the cla Deeply challenging, potentially life-altering textbook for the class by the same name. Taking the 16 week course has challenged the way I see God, ministry, leadership development, priorities, culture, the world, history, church, spirituality, community development, language learning, life, myself, the Bible, and so on. Great articles from various authors, pastors, professors, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and workers from different international agencies. I recommend taking the class if you have the time (it was about three hours of class and three hours of homework each week for a certificate of completion, more if you want seminary credit) and money (about $250), but definitely worth it if you can commit to it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Nichols

    This book has changed my Perspective in ways I didn't even now were possible. I read the majority of this book over a 15 week course called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. This course works through sections of the book with you and expands your entire vision on missions. This book shows you the ultimate truth. That truth is that God should be the center of everything we do. Missions should not be done out of sentiment or guilt for the people. But missions should be done ultimately This book has changed my Perspective in ways I didn't even now were possible. I read the majority of this book over a 15 week course called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. This course works through sections of the book with you and expands your entire vision on missions. This book shows you the ultimate truth. That truth is that God should be the center of everything we do. Missions should not be done out of sentiment or guilt for the people. But missions should be done ultimately to bring glory to our Majestic and Mighty God. I hope this was helpful, for more information about the Perspectives course send me a message and I would be more than delighted to help you out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dan Domanski

    Don't just read the textbook on its own; take the Perspectives class! Many of the articles in the book are pretty amazing (my favorite was probably "Beyond Duty" by Tim Dearborn). Taking the class and going through the articles is an incredible experience. I was exposed to "perspectives" I've never heard of before. Now that the class is over, I'm interested in welcoming international students in my city (Philadelphia), and I feel more prepared (although I realize there's much learning I have to Don't just read the textbook on its own; take the Perspectives class! Many of the articles in the book are pretty amazing (my favorite was probably "Beyond Duty" by Tim Dearborn). Taking the class and going through the articles is an incredible experience. I was exposed to "perspectives" I've never heard of before. Now that the class is over, I'm interested in welcoming international students in my city (Philadelphia), and I feel more prepared (although I realize there's much learning I have to do!) Full disclosure: I didn't read every article written in this textbook, but I did read the ones required for the "Certificate" level of Perspectives.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    Perspectives is definately an eye-opener to what God calls us to do! The gospel must be taken to all nations. We are commanded to share the gospel with everyone and the really cool thing is at the rate this is occuring it could actually happen in our lifetime! Wouldn't it be marvelous to be alive when Jesus returns! I realized in this class that knowing Jesus Christ gives me a peace that is unreal but it's not about me!!! It's about Him! God, it's all about God! It's about people worshiping God! Perspectives is definately an eye-opener to what God calls us to do! The gospel must be taken to all nations. We are commanded to share the gospel with everyone and the really cool thing is at the rate this is occuring it could actually happen in our lifetime! Wouldn't it be marvelous to be alive when Jesus returns! I realized in this class that knowing Jesus Christ gives me a peace that is unreal but it's not about me!!! It's about Him! God, it's all about God! It's about people worshiping God!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Linkous

    This is a very broad resource with over 100 essays. Some of them were strange (like Ralph Winter's "The Kingdom Strikes Back" in which he outlines a revisionist history of Christianity with imprecise dates and argues that God punishes the church when it neglects is primary mission of evangelizing all nations) but many are good. I think this would be the first resource I would hand to any student interested in becoming a missionary whether short- or long-term. Many of the essays are written by to This is a very broad resource with over 100 essays. Some of them were strange (like Ralph Winter's "The Kingdom Strikes Back" in which he outlines a revisionist history of Christianity with imprecise dates and argues that God punishes the church when it neglects is primary mission of evangelizing all nations) but many are good. I think this would be the first resource I would hand to any student interested in becoming a missionary whether short- or long-term. Many of the essays are written by top missiologists and New Testament scholars, and many are written by missionaries.

  24. 5 out of 5

    silasku

    Extremely thick and long book. It is filled with chapters from other books dealing with missions. The reading goes by fast because there are so many chapters from other books. You dont havent read the book from chapter 1. You can start anyway. Very insightful and challenging. The ideas about Bible, missions, culture and people are great. And many inspiring stories of people serving God in missions.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    OK...well, I didn't read EVERY article in it, only the required ones for the Perspectives class. Many of the articles were really eye-opening and this book HAS changed my perspective on the World Christian Movement. The articles are written by people from various backgrounds and thoughts - so the authors might not all agree....but it helped me think outside of the box and it also helped me to understand church history and other cultures a bit better. OK...well, I didn't read EVERY article in it, only the required ones for the Perspectives class. Many of the articles were really eye-opening and this book HAS changed my perspective on the World Christian Movement. The articles are written by people from various backgrounds and thoughts - so the authors might not all agree....but it helped me think outside of the box and it also helped me to understand church history and other cultures a bit better.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brent Soderstrum

    I just finished the 15 week Perspectives class at my church. I really enjoyed the class. This book contained the readings which we did each week for the class. The book itself was pretty dry. The speakers that spoke each week regarding the topics were excellent. I would encourage everyone to take this class at some time in their lives. The book needs to be livened up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Totally amazing insights as to what God is doing in the world and where we fit in the picture. Our God is a missionary God and seeks to be known among all people groups. Every beleiver has a part in making this happen. Take the Perspectives class:

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Unfortunately I read the articles in this book completely out of order, so can't accurately explain which sections I enjoyed most. The historical views didn't do much for me, but the articles on strategy, prayer and business... excellent. Highly recommend it to cross-cultural workers. Unfortunately I read the articles in this book completely out of order, so can't accurately explain which sections I enjoyed most. The historical views didn't do much for me, but the articles on strategy, prayer and business... excellent. Highly recommend it to cross-cultural workers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Edwin David

    Bits of this book are good, a few bits might even be very good. However, it suffers from a basis which is as much, if not more, to do with modern Western views of management and causality as it does to a Biblical theology of mission.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    Eye-opening course that demonstrated how, from the beginning of time, God had a plan to restore all of mankind to himself. Even Abraham was a missionary, called to "be a blessing" to those around him. Eye-opening course that demonstrated how, from the beginning of time, God had a plan to restore all of mankind to himself. Even Abraham was a missionary, called to "be a blessing" to those around him.

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