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Insider Jesus
Author William Dyrness,  PublisherIVP
Format Paperback
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Theological Reflections on New Christian Movements. Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year Award of Merit - Missions/Global Church. Amidst the variegated spread of global Christianity, followers of Jesus are showing up in unexpected places. Today we hear of culturally embedded insider movements, Jesus followers in the folds and creases of Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and other cultural fabrics. They elude our conventional theological categories and elicit wonder and debate. Are these authentic expressions of Christian faith? And if so, how should we understand them?

William Dyrness brings a rare blend of cultural and theological engagement to his reflections on these insider movements. Could it be that our own understanding of what God is doing in the world is culturally shaped and needs recalibrating? How might the story of Israel and the early emergence of Jewish followers of Jesus provide helpful perspective on what we are seeing today? What is God already doing amidst a culture and people before the missionary arrives? And how might American Christians need to rethink the nature of religion?

Within the present ferment and conversation, Dyrness's probings and reflections open up a theological space for exploring these questions anew.

"This book is groundbreaking. Conversations have been taking place questioning the ongoing value of the contextualization movement. This is because among evangelicals contextualization has largely been a project conducted by outsiders assisting those who are insiders. This was an essential step in missions, yet the limitations of the movement are obvious. What is exciting is that in our postcolonial era new theological discourses and practices are emerging from within believing communities that seek to be faithful to Scripture and address more specifically and resonate more deeply with the worlds of these communities. Dyrness lucidly and sensitively introduces the reader to these developments and provides the reader with the theological and conceptual categories to understand and appreciate them." --Patrick Krayer, executive director, Interserve USA

"In a day when many too quickly give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down response to new movements of followers of Jesus who try to retain much of their religious and cultural heritage of birth, this study offers a wealth of biblical, historical, and theological insight to help us all give a more informed and constructive response." --J. Dudley Woodberry, dean emeritus and senior professor of Islamic studies

Product Details
Product Code: 0830851550
Categories: Cross-Cultural Issues    Church    Mission Books    Mission Studies    Contextualization
ISBN-13: 9780830851553
Pages: 165
Primary Audience: All
Year: 2016

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