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Bible and Mission
Baker Academic
ISBN-13: 978-0801027710

This engaging study provides a new way of looking at Scripture one that takes seriously the biblical idea of mission. Richard Bauckham shows how God identifies himself with particular individuals or people in human history in order to be known by all. He is the God of Abraham, Israel, and David and, finally, the one who acts through Jesus Christ. Bauckham applies these insights to the contemporary scene, encouraging those involved in mission to be sensitive to postmodern concerns about globalization while at the same time emphasizing the uniqueness of Christian faith. In doing so, he demonstrates the diversity of Christian faith around the world. This book will be rewarding reading for pastors, lay readers, and students of Scripture, mission, and postmodernism.

Chronological Guide to the Bible
Thomas Nelson Pub. 2010
ISBN: 978-1-418-54175-0

The Chronological guide to the Bible’s colorful pages guide you step-by-step through the Nine Epochs of Biblical History – the same ones used in the best-selling Chronological Study Bible.  Maximize your understanding as you experience God’s Word in dynamic historical order, now matter which translation you choose.

Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry

Duane Elmer

ISBN-13: 978-0830816576


Whether at home or abroad, communicating with people of other cultures is difficult. It requires new ways of thinking and interpreting the world. When conflict arises, as it often does, the issues become even more confusing. Without a good understanding of how different cultures handle conflict, our best intentions may only make matters worse. With a particular focus on Asian and Hispanic cultures (at home and around the world) and on African culture, Duane Elmer walks readers through various types of conflict and shows how they can be handled effectively and appropriately. Elmer gives numerous stories and examples from his experience and from others' to show how handling conflict well builds solid relationships. With an eye out for biblical principles, he looks at a variety of sticky questions in Scripture. This is a book not just of theory but of practical models of conflict resolution. Pastors, evangelists, businesspeople, missionaries, students--anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with neighbors and colleagues--will find this book immensely helpful.

The Great Omission

Steve Saint
YWAM Publishing 2001
ISBN-10: 1576582167 
ISBN-13: 978-1576582169

In this powerful call for the inclusion of indigenous believers in the Great Commission, Steve Saint shows how current missions strategies have unwittingly harmed the indigenous church and kept millions of believers from fulfilling their roles in God's Kingdom -- and millions of others from hearing the Good News.

Guidelines for Urban Church Planting

Roger Greenway, Editor
Baker Book House
ISBN-10: 0-8010-3707-7

Cities are the frontiers for Christian missions. As the cities go, our world goes - intellectually, politically, economically, morally, and religiously.  Cities over the world must be given top priority in terms of strategy and the assignment of resources.  In Guidelines for Urban Church Planting, concrete illustrations in the form of urban "models" are drawn from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  Each of the models contains insights that are transferable to mission programs in other parts of the world.  The purpose of the book is to assist North American mission executives and strategists, and field missionaries and church leaders in the Third World in directing their efforts more effectively toward the city.

Indigenous Church Planting

Charles Brock
Church Growth International 1996
ISBN: 1885504357

Indigenous Church Planting, A Practical Journey by Charles Brock is one of the most effective and widely-used books in the church growth field. It grows out of the author's personal experience in discovering a return to practical Biblical and spiritual models of the New Testament church. Once a local church is released from superfluous forms and practices imposed by tradition and society, there is nothing to hinder its growth and reproduction. The book has been used for practical training across the United States and around the world and continues to be an inspiring practical tool reflecting principles and methodologies that are timeless and universal.  Jerry Rankin.  Former President of the International Mission Board, SBC.

Let The Nations Be Glad: The Supremecy of God in Missions

John Piper
Baker Pub Group 1993
ISBN-13: 978-0801071249

In this sequel to The Supremacy of God in Preaching John Piper draws on key biblical texts to show that worship is the ultimate goal of the church, and that proper worship fuels missions.  The author addresses the role of prayer, universalism and annihilationism, the incentives of sovereign grace for world evangelization, and the task of reaching unreached peoples.  Let the Nations be Glad! will help student of missions reflect in the relationship between church and mission and on the role of every Christian going out to all the world.

Missiology: An Intriduction to the Foundation, History, and Strategies of World Missions

John Mark Terry, Ebbie Smith, and Justice Anderson
Broadman & Holman. 1998. 
ISBN: 0-8054-1075-9.

Missiology is a vast resource that explores the biblical mandate for world evangelization, reviews the history of missions, and describes the current state of world religions.  Explaining the findings of today’s leading missiologists, this book provides an extensive overview of church growth, church planting, church development, missionary strategy, and urban and humanitarian ministries.  Missiology is written by over thirty authorities in fields such: as history, anthropology, urbanology, world religions, strategic planning and biblical and systematic theology. 

Mission in the Old Testament: Israel As A Light To The Nations

Walter C. Jr. Kaiser
Baker Academic 2000
ISBN-13: 978-0801022289

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (PhD, Brandeis University) is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dr. Kaiser has written over 40 books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; The Messiah in the Old Testament; and The Promise-Plan of God; and coauthored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning. Dr. Kaiser and his wife, Marge, currently reside at Kerith Farm in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Dr. Kaiser's website is

Missionary Methods: St Paul’s or Ours? 

Rolland Allen
Eerdmans Pub Co.  1962. 
ISBN 0-8028-1001-2

Profoundly biblical, Allen’s “methods” are drawn from a scrupulous examination of St. Paul’s own principles for missionary work.  The strategy of the apostolic method – with its unwavering belief and trust in the Holy Spirit indwelling converts and the churches of which they are members – is as relevant today as it was in the first formative years of the church.

On The Mission Field: The Indigenous Church

Melvin Hodges. 
Moody Press.  1953. 

With the conviction that “the purpose of missionary endeavor is to establish indigenous churches,” the author presents “the three basic elements which make the church indigenous – self-propagation, self-support, and self-government.”  This systematic outline for founding, establishing, and developing churches controlled and operated by nationals has proved of great value to prospective missionaries, and those already on the field.  Excellent stimulus for the home church.

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The Indigenous Church

Moody Press
Chicago. 1960.  


What are indigenous churches?  They are generally agreed to be churches that are self-supporting, self-perpetuating, and self-governing, with special emphasis on non-governing by foreigners.

The Principles and Practice of Indigenous Church Planting

Charles Brock
Church Growth International.  1981. 
ISBN:  1-885504-45-4

“Charles Brock has captured the essential biblical and spiritual principles of church growth and expressed them in a practical methodology that has the potential of global evangelization.  It is a reproducing network of indigenous local churches enveloping the world that will make the gospel accessible to every nation and community.  The Principles and Practice of Indigenous Church Planting describes those methods in the context of proven experience.  It should be read and the principles applied by every missionary and pastor who has a vision and commitment to extending the kingdom of God through church growth and extension.”  Jerry Rankin.  Former President of the International Mission Board, SBC.

The Teachings of Jesus and Muhammad

Mateen Elass
ISBN: 978-1-61843-310-7

A unique title that compares the teaching of Jesus from the Bible with those of Mohammed from the Koran. Each spread will focus on a certain topic and compare the two perspectives with direct quotes from the Bible and the Koran along with commentary from Mateen Elass, raised in a Muslim family, who converted to Christianity and is perfectly qualified to explain the difference between the faiths.

Topic Samples:

• Is God the Father of Jesus?
• Are Human Beings Good or Evil by Nature?
• Can One Know God’s Forgiveness Here and Now?
• What Is God’s Vision of Marriage?
• How Are We to Treat Our Enemies?
• What Signs Point to the Imminent End of the World?
• What Is The Unforgivable Sin?
• How Should Believers Treat Those They Come In Contact With?

Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission

David Jacobus Bosch
Orbis Books  1991
ISBN-13: 978-0883447192

Bosch examines the entire sweep of Christian tradition to show historically how five paradigms have encapsulated the Christian understanding of how God saves and what humans being should do in response.  With the considerable talents that make him the foremost theologian of Christian vocation and mission today, Bosch then outlines the key characteristics of an emerging, “postmodern” paradigm dialectically linking salvation’s transcendent and immanent dimensions.

Truth That Sticks

Avery Willis and Mark Snowden
Navpress. 2010
ISBN 978-1-61521-531-7.

Today in America, half of the people prefer not to learn by literate approaches.  They simply won’t or don’t read much.  Begin transforming the lives of this generation by using first-century methods.  Jesus taught His disciples and the crowds through parables, and now you can take Jesus’ approach in discipling.

Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission

Andreas J. Kostenberger  and Peter T. O'Brien
Apollos / Inter-Varsity Press 2001
ISBN-13: 978-0830826117

Few biblical topics are as important as mission. Mission is linked inextricably to humanity's sinfulness and need for redemption, and to God's provision of salvation in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This "good news" of salvation must be made known! The saving mission of Jesus constitutes the foundation for Christian mission, and the Christian gospel is its message.

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