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Mission, missions, missional, and all its linguistic variations are part of the expanding vocabulary and rhetoric of the contemporary Christian missionary enterprise. Its language and assumptions are deeply ingrained in the thought and speech of the church today. Christianity is a missionary religion and faithful churches are mission-minded. What's more, in telling the story of apostles and bishops and monks as missionaries, we think we have grasped the true thread of Christian history. But what about those odd shapes, those unsettling gaps and creases in the historical record? Is the language of mission so clearly evident across the broad reaches of time? Is the trajectory of mission really so explicit from the early church to the present? Or has the modern missionary enterprise distorted our view of the past? As with every reigning paradigm, there comes a point when enough questions surface to beg for a close and critical look, even when it may seem transgressive to do so. In this study of the language of mission?its origin, development, and application?Michael Stroope investigates how the modern church has come to understand, speak of, and engage in the global expansion of Christianity. There is both surprise and hope in this tale. And perhaps the beginnings of a new conversation. Review "Transcending Mission is an extremely helpful guide to separating the Christian witness from the baggage accumulated by the modern missions movement." -- Jake Raabe, the Baptist Standard, March 17, 2017"Stroopes' work is in many ways a tour de force. . . . There is plenty to consider in how the church has understood mission. Hopefully, the 'missionary industrial complex' (if there is such a thing) will take time to digest what Stroope is advocating, thereby finding the language to share the glad tidings of salvation. Persons who have read Wright, Bevans, Schroeder, Bosch, and others need now to listen to another voice and contend." -- Andrew D. Kinsey, Reviews in Religion and Theology, 25:3 (2018) Review "All the main churches of the UK have 'mission' high on their list of 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 world Christianity, Leeds Trinity University, UK About the Author Michael W. Stroope (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Christian missions and the M.C. Shook Chair of Missions at Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. Stroope worked with the International Mission Board, SBC, for twenty years and has served in Sri Lanka, England, Germany, and Hong Kong. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Mission, missions, missional, and all its linguistic variations are part of the expanding vocabulary and rhetoric of the contemporary Christian missionary enterprise. Its language and assumptions are deeply ingrained in the thought and speech of the church today. Christianity is a missionary religion and faithful churches are mission-minded. What's more, in telling the story of apostles and bishops and monks as missionaries, we think we have grasped the true thread of Christian history. But what about those odd shapes, those unsettling gaps and creases in the historical record? Is the language of mission so clearly evident across the broad reaches of time? Is the trajectory of mission really so explicit from the early church to the present? Or has the modern missionary enterprise distorted our view of the past? As with every reigning paradigm, there comes a point when enough questions surface to beg for a close and critical look, even when it may seem transgressive to do so. In this study of the language of mission?its origin, development, and application?Michael Stroope investigates how the modern church has come to understand, speak of, and engage in the global expansion of Christianity. There is both surprise and hope in this tale. And perhaps the beginnings of a new conversation. Review "Transcending Mission is an extremely helpful guide to separating the Christian witness from the baggage accumulated by the modern missions movement." -- Jake Raabe, the Baptist Standard, March 17, 2017"Stroopes' work is in many ways a tour de force. . . . There is plenty to consider in how the church has understood mission. Hopefully, the 'missionary industrial complex' (if there is such a thing) will take time to digest what Stroope is advocating, thereby finding the language to share the glad tidings of salvation. Persons who have read Wright, Bevans, Schroeder, Bosch, and others need now to listen to another voice and contend." -- Andrew D. Kinsey, Reviews in Religion and Theology, 25:3 (2018) Review "All the main churches of the UK have 'mission' high on their list of 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 world Christianity, Leeds Trinity University, UK About the Author Michael W. Stroope (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Christian missions and the M.C. Shook Chair of Missions at Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. Stroope worked with the International Mission Board, SBC, for twenty years and has served in Sri Lanka, England, Germany, and Hong Kong. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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