Released in the UK July 2020
Released in the US July 2020
Large trade paperback | 264 Pages
9781527105393 • £12.99 $15.99
BISAC – REL045000
Gospel doctrine is the lifeblood of mission. Most missionaries in church history have prepared for the field with rigorous study and theological training, but there has been a move away from that in recent times. E.D. Burns contends that this is dangerous, leaving people ill–equipped to deal with the difficulties mission life brings. This brotherly 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, PhD, has been a long–term missionary in the Middle East, East Asia, Alaska, and Southeast Asia where he is a professor at Asia Biblical Theological Seminary; he also directs the MA in Global Leadership program at Western Seminary. He is the author of ‘A Supreme Desire to Please Him: The Spirituality of Adoniram Judson’.
… a no–nonsense, hard–hitting resource that refuses to reduce the missionary calling to anything less than a Christocentric, Word–driven, Spirit–led, church–affirmed, theologically equipped invitation to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the unreached peoples of the world.
Lausanne Movement Catalyst for Orality & Worker for Africa Gospel Church, Uganda (World Gospel Mission)
… a clear call to consider the gospel as the greatest motivation for missions, not simply as the missionary message to preach to the world, but as the sustaining joy and hope of missionary life and ministry.
Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania & Co–Founder, Spread of Grace Ministries
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.
Pastor for Preaching and Teaching, Heritage Bible Church, Greer, South Carolina
Don’t let the word ‘theologian’ in the title fool you. There’s nothing ‘ivory tower’ about this book. To the contrary, Burns articulately argues that missionaries should, indeed, be out and about and engaged in God’s global mission. He does so with rich and insightful doses of Scripture, history, theology, and missiology, as well as illuminating examples from his own life and others’. As both a missionary and a theologian, Burns has written with aplomb and authority; as an impassioned follower of Christ, he’s written with humility and hope.
Co–Founder and Vice–Chair, Crossover Global and Senior Associate, Lausanne Movement