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Jun 13, Gary Ritter rated it liked it. The ms was obviously written many years ago on a manual typewriter and never corrected for typos, as there are many. However, the passion of the author for missions comes through loud and clear and overcomes the lack of editing.

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This was a man who lived what he believed. He went to the mission field extensively and if not for illnesses that forced him home many times, he probably would have died there. This is a good book to read to get excited about missions, but do so with the expectation that The ms was obviously written many years ago on a manual typewriter and never corrected for typos, as there are many. This is a good book to read to get excited about missions, but do so with the expectation that you'll have to overlook the errors. Feb 07, Dustin Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great book on missions!!!

The Challenge of Missions – Oswald J. Smith (En)

I think every believer should read this book. There is so much packed in these or so pages!!! From how to give to missions all the way from the proper missions philosophy and a practical idea or two to boot. The great missions quotes just kept coming. Love the emphasis on Evangelism and training men! Once again if you have an interest in missions aka your a believer you should read this book!!!

This book, written by a Canadian pastor in , is an attempt to encourage Christians to evangelism, and particularly missionary work amongst the unreached countries of the world. The author is passionate about his calling to speak and write, to enthuse people to go, even though he himself was in poor health - although he apparently lived into his nineties.

Inevitably the book is very dated, with rather a lot of words we would consider politically incorrect these days, such as 'savages', 'native This book, written by a Canadian pastor in , is an attempt to encourage Christians to evangelism, and particularly missionary work amongst the unreached countries of the world. Inevitably the book is very dated, with rather a lot of words we would consider politically incorrect these days, such as 'savages', 'natives', and so on.

There's also quite an attitude of western superiority, from this vantage point, and the author's motivation for evangelism seems to be less about caring for unreached people and more about hastening the return of Jesus. But perhaps that's unfair; inevitably a writer uses the language of his contemporaries and will seem dated in many respects over fifty years later.

I wasn't particularly happy with some of the emphases on fundamentalist theology, or the insistence on people wanting to suffer; perhaps the church today has gone too far in the other direction, but it felt unbalanced in places. Nevertheless, Oswald J Smith's fervour for evangelism and mission work was clear in many places, and was at times inspiring.

The Challenge of Missions – Oswald J. Smith (En) | Lord, make me a man after Thine own heart!

I wouldn't particularly recommend this; there are better, more modern books on the topic. But it was interesting to read such strong viewpoints from his era. May 04, Petr rated it it was amazing. Great Book about the importance of reaching the un-reached people for Christ!

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Going to the end of the world with the good news of Jesus! May 03, John rated it it was amazing. Possibly the best book on missions giving, praying, and going that you will ever read. Jan 15, Geoanth added it Recommends it for: Richard Garcia rated it it was amazing May 21, Ezechel rated it really liked it Jan 08, Gary rated it it was amazing Jun 08, Stephen rated it really liked it Sep 06, It is difficult and undesirable, if not impossible, to separate our form of Christianity from our culture.

Yet Christianity is a universal religion not bound by one cultural expression of it. It is unavoidable that Western churches have a certain flavor that reflects elements of culture. However, one should not expect that this flavor be reproduced in churches planted among other peoples. Their cultures, in need of transformation, are adequate, socio-cultural environments in which the gospel can take root.

No cultural way of life or its Christian expression should be absolutized. We recognize the baggage implied with such terminology due to the popular and non-technical usage of this concept which equates cultural relativism with ethical relativism. Yet we should be more concerned with the practical implications of the concept rather than the fear of misunderstanding. On one hand, we must not impose our culture on those we seek to reach for Christ. This will result in disloyal cultural conversions that prevent the new church from taking root in its culture.

Allegiance to Christ should not necessarily entail disloyalty to all elements of cultural and religious structural form. Without cross-cultural training, missionaries may unconsciously confound their cultural expression of Christianity with biblical absolutes or supracultural truth. On the other hand, cultural relativism should not be confused with absolute relativism which postulates that no absolute standards exist outside of culture. Neither, as mentioned above, should it be confounded with ethical relativism that insists that practices which exist in other cultures be allowed in all cultures.

From Planting Institutions to Planting Indigenous, Contextualized Churches Institutions, due in part to their emphasis on meeting societal needs, often draw from those marginalized by society. Short-term needs are met; however, dependency easily sets in. Nationals are then employed by outsiders with outside funds. Not only are the models for these institutions schools, orphanages, clinics, camps, etc.

History teaches us that Western institutions related to missionary endeavors have often disrupted the culture to the point where undesired and unforeseen consequences have resulted. They are good works but not essential to the missionary task nor mandated by the Word of God. New converts should continue in their occupations and provide witness where they live. Church programs and methods should only be developed which could be supported financially by the nationals.

Gifted nationals should be developed for evangelistic work. Nationals should provide for their own church buildings without being dependent on outside resources. This would not preclude strategic partnership or sharing abundant resources with those less well endowed. But these institutions should not simply be the vision of the missionary who proposes, funds, and controls these ministries.

If these ministries are not part of the vision of national churches, and under the auspices of local churches, then they effectively become parachurch ministries. Those ministries which result from church planting should be executed without neglecting the cultural and economic realities of the new churches.

Perhaps there are no easy answers, but we would be unwise to not raise the question. They will be confronted with undreamed-of challenges to their own worldview assumptions. But they must also learn to distinguish between convictions rooted in scripture and those culture-informed convictions that, while leading to legitimate implications in their socio-cultural context, should not be elevated to the level of scriptural truth.

There are shared areas of conscience between the messenger of the gospel and the recipients through which the Spirit of God can begin his work of conviction. The missionary risks emphasizing certain areas of conscience informed by cultural variables which find no resonance in the conscience of the receptor. This may lead to change which may only be superficial conformity and which leads to believers having compartmentalized lives.