Saturday, March 19, 2016

Book Review of Changing World, Unchanging Mission by M. David Sills

Changing World, Unchanging Mission: Responding to Global Challenges
by M. David Sills
ISBN 978-0-8308-4430-2
IVP Books
Reviewed by Clint Walker

The world is not the same as it used to be. Although our call as Christians to "go into all the world" is unchanging, the world that we are going into is changing exponentially. Because our world is constantly changing, the craft of missionary outreach must adapt some of its methods to continue to communicate the ancient message of Jesus. M. David Sills addresses some of the challenges that missionaries are facing and will be facing, and offers insight on how to address the concerns those new issues in Changing World, Unchanging Mission. 

As a person that loves, supports, and advocates for missions, I find this book interesting and informative. If I were a international missionary dealing with the rapid changes on the global mission field, I would find this book indispensable. It is well written. Sills approaches concerns in different regions of the world (the southern hemisphere for example), in adapting for different educational levels (oral learners), as well as different methods of relating to supporters (churches as sending agencies).

I am so thankful that there are people out there thinking about such matters, about how to communicate about them to the Christian community, and I am thankful to IVP for publishing a book about this aspect of mission work as well.

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