I’ve begun reading Chris Wright’s The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission (on my Kindle) partially as a result of hearing him @ Tyndale on Monday – partially in prep for an interview with him in a couple of hours @ Wycliffe College – and largely because it’s a very good book.
The Mission of God, one of Chris’ earlier books is “theologically denser” than this one – more for a Master’s student, perhaps. (Our copy was given to Imbi by friends who thought it would be an important read whilst she worked on her MTS. It was.)
The Mission of God’s People is written for God’s people – in a winsome and engaging style as Chris begins to answer the question:
“What do theology and mission have to do with each other?”
Chris addresses why there sometimes appears to be suspicion between theologicans and missional practioners;
…theologians may not relish their theories being muddied by facts on the ground and the challenging questions thrown up by the messiness of practical mission. Practitioners of mission, in quick riposte, may not wish to see their urgent commitment to getting on with the job Christ entrusted to us delayed by indulgent navel-gazing about obscure long words ending in – ology.
I’m not far enough into the book to give you a complete review, but I will say that, so far, the book has been more than worth the price of the Kindle edition.