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Recovering the Full Mission of God

posted Nov 18, 2013, 6:02 AM by Tim Isbell   [ updated Nov 19, 2013, 5:36 PM ]

In October my friend Dean Flemming published his third book: Recovering the Full Mission of God. As his reviewer over the past 3 years, I've had the joy of reading it - but in pieces. Finally I can read the chapters in their proper order!

Dean's new book is a biblical perspective on being, doing and telling the Good News of Jesus. It is written for ministers, teachers, and ministry students. If this describes you, I highly recommend this book. If it describes someone on your Christmas list, this is a wonderful gift.

About the book: Is our gospel witness too small? Should the gospel be proclaimed in words only? Or should we preach the gospel in deeds—and when necessary use words? Or are we missing something in playing the witness of words against deeds? If you are concerned about evangelizing the post-Christian West or the world beyond, you have probably debated this issue. And evangelical instincts drive us to Scripture. In Recovering the Full Mission of God, Dean Flemming joins biblical scholarship with missionary experience as he surveys the Old Testament and then looks closely at the New Testament and the early church. Flemming shows how the three strands of telling, doing and being relate in the mission of God and his people. Here is a book in touch with the missional realities of our time and grounded in the missional vision of biblical revelation. It gives us a clear vision of the rich and multifaceted nature of "gospeling" the kingdom of God.

About the author: Dean Flemming (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament and missions at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. A missionary educator for more than twenty years, he formerly taught at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in the Philippines and European Nazarene College in Buesingen, Germany. He has written extensively on the subject of contextualization, as well as the New Beacon Bible Commentary on Philippians. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and has pastored churches in Ohio and Japan.

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Blessings,

Tim


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