Entries tagged with: Evangelism

Fredrik Franson

By: Edward P. Torjesen

Fredrik Franson ranks with Hudson Taylor as one of the few people who embraced missions as a movement rather than seeing it in terms of a personal career. The author answers the question: “What biblical principles of vision, action, and organization did [Franson] exemplify and propound that gave stability and permanence to his work and should have continual emphasis now?”

World Christian Trends, AD 30-AD 2200

By: David Barrett & Todd Johnson

World Christian Trends, AD 30-AD 2200

This valuable resource is a global overview of world Christianity that analyzes, interprets, and evaluates the country-by-country data reported in the 2001 World Christian Encyclopedia. This “third volume” still stands on its own. Special features include the first-ever statistical survey of evangelism/evangelization, a statistical survey of persecution and Christian martyrs, and projections to AD 2200 about Christianity and world religions. Includes glossary, bibliography, color maps, and a CD-ROM.

There are many updates to data in the newly published Atlas of Global Christianity, but the analysis in this Trends volume remains correct.   In fact, Todd Johnson has affirmed that this book contains analyses that are not found in the original Encyclopedia, the new Atlas, or even the online World Christian Database.

The discussions unique to this publication include:

• GEOSTATUS: 70 Global Diagrams
• COSMO-CHRONOLOGY: A chronology of world evangelization from Creation to New Creation
• MARTYROLOGY: The demographics of Christian martyrdom, AD 33-AD 2001
• GEO-RENEWAL: Four mega-typologies analyzing empirical global Christianity
• INDEPENDENCY: Post-denominationalism
• GEO-TRENDS: Statistical trends over 2,000 years
• WHO’S WHO: Names and biographies
• GLOBALISTICS: Quick-reference global statistical index on 4,200 subjects
• MONITORING: Monitoring global Christianity and world evangelization   
• MISSIOMETRICS: The science of mission: counting, measuring, and interpreting global Christianity
• GEO-SCRIPTURES: Global distribution and density of Christian scriptures, AD 30-AD 2025
• FINANCE: The finances of global Christianity, AD 1900-AD 2001   
• EVANGELIZATION: Evangelize in 420 dimensions; its historical development
• GEO-STRATEGIES: 1,500 global plans to evangelize the world

In so many subject areas of world evangelization, World Christian Trends still represents the most comprehensive analysis ever done.

From Fear to Faith

By: Mary Ann Cate & Karol Downey

This book is for those who want to share Christ with Muslim women but are sometimes afraid or unsure of how to go about it. It will also help to explain the fears that Muslim women face as they encounter the truth of God. It is written for those who want to move beyond fear, to faith.

A Muslim’s Heart

By: Edward J. Hoskins

A Muslim’s Heart provides Christians with a crash course in relating to their Muslim friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Without understanding the way a Muslim thinks and feels, attempts at evangelism will target the mind without engaging the heart. This book offers practical, field-tested instruction for Christians who want to extend the hope of Christ to their Muslim friends.

The Indigenous Church

By: Melvin L. Hodges

Early in his ministry in Central America, Hodges became firmly convinced that training national workers was the key to effectively evangelizing any country. The Central American church experienced rapid growth in the early 1950s. In 1953, Hodges was asked to expound on the church planting principles used, so he wrote The Indigenous Church. This volume combines Hodges’ book The Indigenous Church with a later work, The Indigenous Church and the Missionary. These books have had an incalculable influence on missions worldwide. This new edition offers a fresh look at proven missions methodology for a new generation answering the call to reach the lost and to establish the Church worldwide.

Is Hearing Enough?

By: Don Edwards

Is Hearing Enough? makes the case for including literacy in evangelism and discipleship efforts in developing nations like India. Drawing on over 20 years of cross-cultural ministry experience, Don Edwards offers an insightful look at literacy’s key role in building a strong, healthy body of believers. Edwards looks at the crippling effects of illiteracy, examines Scripture’s view of literacy, and explains literacy’s value as a door-opener in communities that are resistant to traditional evangelism.

The Great Commission commands us to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Likewise, we are called to fulfill the Great Compassion: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Both are expressions of Jesus’ love for people. Readers will be challenged to share the gift of literacy as a tangible act of obedience to Jesus’ two “Great” commandments.

Don Edwards first visited India in 1984. The very first morning of that trip on October 31, the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated. From that moment, God planted the nation of India in Edwards’ heart. This led to his involvement in church planting efforts with indigenous missions and churches for the last 14 years. Edwards has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Masters of Religious Education degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

Get Real

By: Edward Rommen

The Gospel is more than information about the death and resurrection of our Lord. It is an invitation to enter, by way of personal faith, into a relationship with the person referenced by our propositions. Our task as believers is to mediate saving communion with a personal being upon whose will our very existence is contingent. It is precisely this personal aspect of our message, the Gospel-as-Person, that is in conflict with the late-modern notions of the Self and social discourse. Get Real: On Evangelism in the Late Modern World describes how the late-modern phenomena of existential anxiety, social alienation, and epistemic uncertainty have resulted in what some have called “the loss of Self.” It also identifies ways in which that loss obstructs both the presentation of and the reception of the Gospel-as-Person. Finally, it shows how the Gospel-as-Person facilitates the recovery of the Self and social discourse, and how that message can be effectively presented in the late-modern context.