The great strength of this volume is that it serves as a fairly accessible introduction to a number of critical issues in contemporary evangelical missiology.
This book is theologically rich, carefully critical, and it throbs with a missionary heartbeat. Reading it will both instruct and inspire you to go and make disciples of all nations.
This book is an illuminating exposition of much crucial biblical material that bears on discipleship.
I celebrate the willingness to throw anything overboard that gets in the way of reaching others with the gospel, but I fear some of what’s getting tossed is actually precious cargo.
This book was written to help pastors, their fellow elders, and church members consider the issues that arise when a pastor receives a call from another church.
We need to ask “What is the mission of the local church?” not merely “What is the mission of the individual Christian?”
In many ways, this book is the most helpful, balanced contribution to the evangelical conversation about Christianity and culture that I’ve yet read.
If you want to understand the Bible’s teaching on deacons, this is a great place to start.
Rather than criticize the book’s handling of Scripture and understanding of the church, let’s just get to the bottom line: should you read this book? No.
An appeal to pragmatic results in order to justify a practice undermines the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.
Multiple-views books like this provide a perfect opportunity—an opportunity neither book fully makes good on—to set the record straight about positions that are not mutually exclusive.
I think that a less-than-biblical philosophy of ministry shines through at certain points, so read with discernment.
We’ve heard these definitions of the church’s mission before. But have we seen where they’re from, where they lead, and what theology drives them?
What could centuries-old arguments have to do with cutting-edge conversations like the one we’re trying to have about multi-site churches?