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The Missionary–TheologianSent into the World, Sanctified by the Word

The Missionary–Theologian

Sent into the World, Sanctified by the Word

E.D. Burns
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Gospel doctrine is the lifeblood of mission. Most missionaries in church history have, in preparation for the field, committed themselves to rigorous study and extraordinary theological training, but there has been a move away from that in recent times. E.D. Burns contends that this is dangerous, leaving those who need it most ill–equipped to deal with the difficulties mission life brings. This brotherly and friendly plea challenges those who are already in, or are considering joining, the mission field to rest in Christ’s work and abide in His Word.

E.D. Burns

About E.D. Burns

E.D. Burns, PhD, has been a missionary in the Middle East, East Asia, Alaska, and currently Southeast Asia, where he develops theological resources and trains indigenous pastors and missionaries. From his international location, he also directs the MA in Global Leadership at Western Seminary. He is the author of ‘A Supreme Desire to Please Him: The Spirituality of Adoniram Judson’.


  • Author: E.D. Burns
  • Release Date: July 2020
  • Pages: 264
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527105393
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Ministry & Evangelism > Mission


Tenacious. That word kept coming to mind as I read this book. I met Burns when we were students together. He was the one leading spontaneous prayer meetings for the nations and speaking about the glory of God. Neither would let him go. This work represents that happy union of theology and mission after two decades in the meat smoker of study and experience. Here is a book on the church and her mission and a theology of both; a book that holds onto the doctrine of sola scriptura and to the practice of global missions as though everything depends on it. Let this book convince you—or re–convince you—that indeed everything is at stake.

Trent Hunter, Pastor for Preaching and Teaching, Heritage Bible Church, Greer, South Carolina

This is a book I have been hoping to find for years. It is a biblical tonic for missions misunderstanding. It will strengthen your theological moorings, correct sentimental misconceptions, and warm your heart devotionally toward biblical missions.

Rick Holland, Senior Pastor, Mission Road Bible Church, Kansas City, Kansas
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