Our Global Families: Christians Embracing Common Identity in a Changing World
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Christians Embracing Common Identity in a Changing World. There is an increasing awareness of global interconnectedness. As Christians, we belong to not only a diverse global Christian family but also a diverse human family. In this volume Todd Johnson, a noted expert on global Christianity and world missions trends, and Cindy Wu show how divisions within these families work against our desire to bring about positive change in the world. They provide an overview of global Christian identity, exploring how we can be faithful to our own tradition while being generous and engaging with Christians across denominations, be better informed about and form significant friendships with people of other religions, and be more realistic about our ability to solve the world's problems. The book utilizes the latest research data on global Christianity and world religions and includes tables, graphs, charts, and end-of-chapter discussion questions.
"Plenty of books discuss the process of globalization and the related spread of Christianity to all corners of the world. But I don't think any other book has presented these stories within the framework of family--the Christian family worldwide, and the broader human family. The authors ask what would happen if Christians actually took seriously the language of brotherhood and sisterhood. How would we seek to change ourselves and change the world? Our Global Families is a thoughtful, provocative, and deeply rewarding book." --Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of history, Baylor University
"For years we have read statistics about the rise of the global church, but here we have a stellar introduction to these realities that makes this phenomenon personal. Behind the numbers we are discovering the family of God in new and profound ways. At a time when we often hear stories of how divided the world and the church is, it is refreshing to discover this deeper connectedness which is emerging in the church. This volume also helps us to move past the 'let's-change-the-world' drumbeat, to a deeper appreciation of the transforming power of our 'faithful presence' in the world. Our Global Families is the best introduction to global Christianity you will find. I heartily recommend it." --Timothy C. Tennent, president, professor of world Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary
Our Global Families: "Introduction"
Part One: Our Changing World
1. Meet Your Global Christian Family
2. Meet your Global Human Family
3. It's a Small World, after All
Part Two: Our Changing Identity
4. We Are Family
5. We Are Global
6. We Are Local
Part Three: Our Changing Relationships
7. Solidarity with Christians
8. Solidarity with Others
9. Love Thy Neighbor
Part Four: Changing Our World
10. What We Can't Do
11. What We Can Do
Conclusion and Small Group Discussion Questions
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