Mission after Pentecost
The Witness of the Spirit from Genesis to Revelation
series: Mission in Global Community
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Leading scholar Amos Yong articulates a biblical understanding of mission that is informed by three current streams of academic conversation: theological interpretation of Scripture, pentecostal theology, and missiology. By bringing Pentecostal theology into the Bible and mission conversation, Yong identifies the role of the divine spirit in God's mission to redeem the world. The author works through the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, emphasizing the global missiological imperative: "People of all nations reaching out to people of all nations." The result is a pneumatological theology of the missio Dei--the mission of the triune God--that is thoroughly scriptural and surprisingly relevant for enabling appropriate Christian witness today. Sidebars include voices from around the globe who help the author put the biblical text into conversation with twenty-first-century questions, offering the church a fresh understanding of its mission and how to pursue it in the decades to come.
Introduction: On the Pneumatological and Missiological Interpretation of Scripture
Part 1: Divine Wind and the Old Testament: Ruahic Witness across Ancient Israel
1. Torah and the Missio Spiritus: The Winds of Creational Mission
2. The Spirits of Ancient Israel: Ambiguity in Mission
3. The Postexilic Ruah: Rewriting and Renewing Mission
4. The Breath of the (Writing) Prophets: Centripetal and Centrifugal Witness
Part 2: Divine Breath and the Christian Scriptures: Pneumatic Witness after Pentecost
5. The Witness of the Evangelistic Spirit: Gospel Mission
6. Pauline Testimony in the Spirit: Apostolic Mission
7. The Witness of the Eternal Spirit: Catholic Mission
8. Johannine Paraclete and Eschatological Spirit: Mission for and against the World
Concluding Late Modern "Prescript": Missio Spiritus--Triune Witness in a Post-Mission World
"Always provocative and ever fresh, Amos Yong wrests insight for contemporary Christian mission from ancient texts--insight born of a robust faith, love for the church, love for those outside the church, and razor-sharp intellect. To say that every course in mission, bar none, should adopt Mission after Pentecost as a textbook is, surprisingly enough, to sell it short. Every Christian leader, bar none, should read this book, because in it Yong models how to connect, thoughtfully and theologically, the challenge of mission, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the richness of scripture."
Jack Levison, W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
"One would expect a missiology written by Amos Yong to focus on scripture and the Holy Spirit. One would also expect it to be very good. On these expectations, he does not disappoint. But Yong's missio spiritus delivers more--much more. Mission after Pentecost, Yong argues, moves us from the sending mode of classical mission theology to the participation mode of our late modern (or postmodern) global context where mission must be multidirectional and reciprocal. This book points us in a direction that might just save Christian mission."
Terry C. Muck, coauthor of Christianity Encountering World Religions and coeditor of Handbook of Religion
"With a fresh reading of mostly US and European missiological literature, Yong's pneumatological and missional hermeneutics contributes to the theological and ecclesiological conversation regarding the Bible and Christian mission. Emphasizing the role of the Holy Spirit--missio spiritus--and setting a post-Pentecost and post-Nicene trinitarian historical framework for biblical and missional interpretation, Yong challenges Christian communities to recover a biblical grounding to engage in never-ending Christian witness. This book is a gift to faith communities seeking to understand mission theologies and practices as an undertaking to be both discovered and learned en el camino ('on its way'). Yong's work joins the growing non-English contributions that global South biblical and missional scholars offer to Christian mission theological endeavors and the participation of the Holy Spirit."
Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, Frederick E. Roach Professor of World Christianity, Baylor University
"This is a fascinating read as the book shows at least two important facts: the author's envelope-pushing theological and missiological thoughts are deeply rooted in biblical evidence, and his pioneering theological inquiries also push hermeneutical limits. To be among the must-read list for innovative theological minds."
Wonsuk Ma, dean and distinguished professor of global Christianity, Oral Roberts University
"Yong's Mission after Pentecost vigorously and sensitively rethinks Christian mission in our late modern moment. His readings of biblical texts explode preconceived notions of God's triadic presence and activity in the world, opening new vistas for mission in the process. Both scholars and practitioners of Christian mission will benefit from the insights of this significant book."
David Tonghou Ngong, associate professor of religion and theology, Stillman College; author of The Holy Spirit and Salvation in African Christian Theology
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