Book Review Terry, J. M. Missiology: An Introduction to the Foundations, History, and Strategies of World Missions
Perhaps that work was best left to hermeneutics courses or for further study. But I am under the impression that a passion for missions will only be sustained by an abiding love for the Word of God in its context from which I develop my theology which then informs my understanding of missions and my missiological method.
Instead of being true to the texts that are trinitarian and despite the fact that the author does cite some key trinitarian texts (Matt 28:1820; Luke 4:43; John 20:21)the author limits the theological understanding of mission to The Sender is Jesus Christ, whose authority defines...Christian mission (Cunningham, D, 1998, p. 7). Thus the richness of the theological foundation of mission being trinitarian has been reduced to merely being Christocentric. This runs counter to the contemporary trend in missiological and theological literature that is richly trinitarian in orientation. This trend has also impacted the theology of Christian missions, stimulating it towards a new trinitarian orientation. I have provided a brief bibliography of these recent publications at the end of this chapter. Hopefully, the works I have selected are sufficient to show a trend towards trinitarian orientation in missiological and theological studies.
In the end, the editors make a plea for continued support of missions and what readers can do to support this important cause.
Maryknoll: Orbis, 2000. Originally published in Portuguese Santisima Trindade e a Melhor Communidade, 1988.
Chester, T. Mission and the Coming of God: Eschatology, the Trinity and Mission in the Theology of Jurgen Moltmann. Paternoster Theological Monographs Series. Paternoster, 2007.