Communicating God's Word in a Complex World reaches out to the growing number of missionaries, pastors, Bible translators and teachers, mission and theological educators and students dealing with communicating the gospel. This is increasingly difficult in today's pluralist and global contexts. What was God's message, and how has spreading that message changed through the generations? The answer to that question requires a hermeneutical process that seeks to understand the biblical text and the context in which it was originally presented. R. Daniel Shaw and Charles Van Engen say that contemporary proclaimers of God's word can model their approach after that of the writers of scripture, who reinterpreted and restated their received texts for their audiences. Thus, Gospel communication is impacted by the way humans know God. This, in turn, is informed by contexts. Communicating God's Word in a Complex World draws lessons from the biblical authors themselves as a guide for how best to present God's message.
R. Daniel Shaw is on the faculty of the School of World Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and served as a missionary in Papua New Guinea for 12 years. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 10 books. Charles Van Engen is Arthur F. Glasser Professor of the Biblical Theology of Mission at the Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), holds a Ph.D. in missiology, and spent 12 years as a missionary in Mexico. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books. Lamin Sanneh is D. Willis James Professor of Missions & World Christianity at the Yale University Divinity School.
Part 1 Part I-Faithful Communication: God's Intention in Communicating to Human Beings: Textual Issues Chapter 2 The Intent of Faithful Communication Chapter 3 The Source of Faithful Communication Chapter 4 The Message of Faithful Communication Part 5 PART II-Appropriate Communication: The Communicators' Presentation of God's Intended Message: Theoretical Issues Chapter 6 Theologically Appropriate Communication Chapter 7 Communicationally Appropriate Communication Chapter 8 Culturally Appropriate Communication Part 9 PART III-Relevant Communication: The Receptors' Understanding of God's Intended Message: Contextual Issues Chapter 10 Seeking Relevant Communication Chapter 11 Enabling Relevant Communication Chapter 12 Pursuing Relevant Communication Chapter 13 Conclusion: God's Word in a Pluralist World