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Editors' Preface, by Gayle Gerber Koontz and Andy Alexis-Baker
Introduction: John Howard Yoder's Mission Theology: Context and Contribution, by Wilbert Shenk
Yoder's Introduction To The Topic
1. The Prophets: Israel and the Nations
2. Jesus's Public Ministry and the Nations
3. The Great Commission and Acts
4. The Ministry of Paul in Salvation History
5. Other Texts and the New Testament's Theology of Mission
6. Mission and Systematic Theology
7. Church Types and Mission: A Radical Reformation Perspective
8. Pietist Perspective on Mission
9. The Church as Missionary
10. The Church as Responsible
11. The Church as Local
12. The Church as Laity
13. Ministry in a Missionary Context
14. People Movements and the Free Church
15. Salvation is Historical
16. Salvation is for the World
17. Message and Medium: Presence
18. Message and Medium: Servanthood
19. Theology of Religions: Particularity and Universalism
20. Radical Reformation Perspectives on Religion
21. Christianity and Other Faiths
22. The Missionary Challenge of Non-non-Christian Faiths
23. Judaism as a Non-non-Christian Faith
Afterword: As You Go
Appendix
Subject Index
Name Index
Scripture Index

About the Author

John Howard Yoder (1927-1997), author of The Politics of Jesus (1972), was best known for his writing and teaching on Christian pacifism. He taught at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries and the University of Notre Dame. Gayle Gerber Koontz (PhD, Boston University) is professor of theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Andy Alexis-Baker (MA, Anabaptist Biblical Seminary) is general editor with Tripp York of the Peaceable Kingdom series from Cascade Books. He is currently finishing work on a PhD at Marquette University.

Reviews

"A true treasure trove! This volume brings to print the previously recorded but unpublished theology-of-mission lectures of John Howard Yoder. Yoder was a man of his times in terms of the issues he engaged. But he was a remarkable theologian who in these chapters brings timeless missiological insights to bear, from a believers church perspective, on the church's continuing engagement in mission."--Craig Van Gelder, professor of congregational mission, Luther Seminary
"Of the dozen or so of Yoder's books that have been published since his death, this book is near the top in terms of importance. Here we see many of the theological emphases we have come to expect from Yoder. What is unique is to see Yoder's full integration of these insights into his affirmation of the church as inherently missional. The editors have performed a great service in bringing these lectures into print. Wilbert Shenk, in the introduction, has done a fine job of contextualizing them within Yoder's life and contemporary missiology."--Mark Thiessen Nation, author of Bonhoeffer the Assassin?
"The discovery and publication of John Howard Yoder's notes on mission is one of the great events in the history of the church's missionary impulse. Fresh, provocative, engaging insights are found on every page. Here is Yoder, one of our great theologians of this past century, teaching us about the missionary significance of Jesus for today. I received this manuscript when I was in the middle of teaching the Local Church in Mission class at Duke Divinity School. I read it in one day and immediately redesigned the course midsemester! John Howard Yoder taught many of us how to think about church, Christology, the politics of Jesus and Christian witness. Now he teaches us how to think faithfully about mission."--Will Willimon, Duke Divinity School
"This is a major work. Whether read in order to better understand Yoder or as a book on mission, it satisfies both readings. Those familiar with Yoder will find fresh theological developments--developments that are perhaps implied elsewhere but finally made explicit here. The significance of this book is difficult to calculate, but I suspect in the future it will become one of the crucial books necessary to understand John Howard Yoder."--Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School
"The true genius of the book is a methodological model for constructing an integrative approach--one that probes the usefulness of any theology of mission based on the rootedness and missiological significance of its ecclesial tradition."--Matthew Krabill, The Mennonite Quarterly Review 89, January 2015
"Readers familiar with Yoder's work will find this familiar, but here extended in new and innovative ways, and the editors are to be commended for making this important work available."--A. W. Klink, Religious Studies Review, March 2015

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