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Christian Mission in the Modern World Paperback – January 1, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-0877844853 ISBN-10: 0877844852

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (January 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877844852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877844853
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,928,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Stott has packed this book with what has to be some of the most perceptive, on-target observations available today on the intensely debated issues of world mission."

"No evangelical writer makes a more scrupulous attempt at clarity and fairness than John Stott. Notably fresh and illuminating."

"Stott is a precise analyst, driving right to the heart of Scripture; he is also a graceful writer, making memorably attractive all that he says."

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Though Stott's reflection on Christianity in the modern world was published 30 years ago, his points are as focused and useful today as ever. The work is scrupulous, methodical, and extremely fair, and Simon Vance's delivery matches Stott's prose style wonderfully. Vance's voice is always coolly rational. Stott takes care to distinguish between a range of theological or textual points, and each time Vance aids the listener through shifting cadence and emphasis to accent such distinctions. The only weakness--and this is minor--is that Vance doesn't seem fully at ease with the terms from biblical languages. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why I Am a Christian and The Cross of Christ, have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

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He preached, "Repent and believe the good news!"
George P. Wood
The arguments are very well thought out and linear so that the reader can follow very easily and understand the concepts and defenses put forth by Stott.
Seth McBee
This book is one that you'll want to keep handy, and read at least once a year, if not more (it's fairly short, and can easily be read in a single day).
L. Steubing

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chris Lee on January 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
It's hard to believe that Stott wrote this book in 1976, yet, I read it in 1999 for a Christian Mission class, and it seems so appropriate today. Dr. Stott was on the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism, and has obviously thought about these and researched this deeply. He comes from an Evangelical Protestant heritage.
This is a particularly insighted book, an introduction to Christian Mission. The change from the plural, missions, to the singular, mission, is indicated by Stott as what all Christians should be doing, that is, both evangelism AND striving for social justice (that is, arguing the case of the orphan, widow, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, fighting against oppression, etc.).
Stott defines a number of crucial terms and places them within the context of Christian theology, for instance, evangelism just means 'proclaiming the Good News,' specifically that of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, Stott is very practical and uses biblical theology (such as the theology of the Incarnation gives us an example of what it means to be involved with others, to share their sufferings and concerns, and to understand their culture and be able to dialogue with them at where they are at). And Stott is very good at providing negative examples, or warnings, such as that Christians are also to be 'salt and light,' maintaining their identity as Christians; that the Gospel is not liberation theology (although the influence of the Gospel may be seen in the culture in fighting against social injustices), the Gospel does not ensure health and wealth. Salvation does mean freedom from sin, to serve and obey God.
The book is divided between 5 large chapters that have a number of topics discussed. The first is Mission -- what is Christian Mission?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George P. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
In 1975, InterVarsity Press published Christian Mission in the Modern World by John Stott. It recently reissued the book as part of the IVP Classics series. Like almost everything Stott has written, the book repays careful reading.

Stott, who is British, is the type of evangelical Christian that we do not often see in America. In America, evangelicals generally work outside the structures of the so-called mainline churches. Stott is a priest of the Church of England and a participant in ecumenical dialogues. He is a pastor, theologian, activist, bridge-builder, and public intellectual. American evangelical leaders tend to specialize in one or two of those areas. Indeed, I cannot think of a precise American counterpart to Stott.

Christian Mission in the Modern World grew out of the 1975 Chavasse Lectures in World Mission that Stott delivered at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. It investigates the meaning of five words in conversation with then-current trends in both evangelical and ecumenical missiology: mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation, and conversion. As should be expected in a book published more than thirty years ago, some of the persons, events, and documents Stott discusses are no longer current. Even so, however, Stott's insights into the meaning of these words still provoke thought. Let us briefly take a look at them.

First, mission: What is the mission of the church? It is common to distinguish evangelical and ecumenical missiologies by saying that the former is concerned with evangelism and the latter with social action. There is an element of truth in this, although Stott points out that evangelicals are concerned with social action and ecumenicals with evangelism--at least according to the leading documents of their respective movements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pruitt on April 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Summary of Stott's Main Arguments

John Stott's book, Christian Mission in the Modern World, is almost prophetic in its addressing issues of defining terms and fighting to keep the meanings of the words we use, especially those words of Biblical significance. Published in 1975, Christian Mission in the Modern World actually addresses issues of perceived changing of the meaning of words, and shifting and subjective realities, and interpretations, of a postmodern world view in missions. Stott is ahead of the times in this work in how he speaks to moderns and post-moderns alike. In beginning of the book, to define his terms, and to speak about meaning to his audience, Stott asserts, along with E.D. Hirsch, that "A text means what its author meant (Stott, p. 14)." So Stott begins to define the terms mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation, and conversion.

Stott begins his work, in the introduction, with a great sentence, which for me sets the tone; he says, "One can hardly discuss church-world relations and omit the concept of `mission (Stott, p. 11).' "How does one define mission?" is what Stott goes on to explore in chapter one. He makes the point that "Mission is a comprehensive word that embraces everything which God sends His people into the world to do, including evangelism and social responsibility (Stott, p.35)." Stott wants us to see from the onset that these two go together in mission.

Stott's main argument is for missions to incorporate both evangelism and discipleship and social action. Stott begins with addressing the definitions of the terms that he uses like mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation, and conversion, which are important to understand in the right handling of missions.
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