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ISBN: 9781907713019
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 12
Publication Date: 04/10/2010
Pages: 220*
Language: English

Mission Between the Times

Essays on the Kingdom


René Padilla was one of the premier representatives of orthodox evangelicalism in Latin America. He consistently championed integral mission, a holistic understanding of Christian mission in which there is no artificial barrier between evangelization and social responsibility. Biblical, faithful to Scripture, contemporary and inspirational, the core message of this updated classic remains just as urgent as when it was first published twenty-five years ago. This revised version includes a new essay on the contemporary history of integral mission, a history that began with the Latin American Theological Fellowship, progressed within the Lausanne Movement, is bearing fruit globally through the Micah Network, and challenges evangelicals to address the major issues of our day.

Author Bios

C. René Padilla

DR. C. RENÉ PADILLA (1932-2021) was one of Latin America’s most distinguished evangelical scholars. He was a founding member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship (FTL) and of the Kairos Foundation in Buenos Aires. He served with distinction in IFES and Tear Fund – UK and Ireland, and as President of the Micah Network, President Emeritus of the Kairos Foundation, and Executive Director of Ediciones Kairos.


One mark of a good book, a good theology, or a good missiology is the test of time. The essays in this book are as relevant today as they were when Padilla first published them twenty-five years ago.

Executive Director Emeritus,
Overseas Ministries Study Center

Mission Between the Times is a classic of contemporary missiology. Excellent as a textbook, it shows the way in which a practitioner of mission reflects about his practice in light of God’s word.

Professor Emeritus of Missiology,
Palmer Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania, USA

Padilla’s writing and teaching over the past decades offer the insights and convictions of a unique missiologist who is 1) a New Testament specialist, 2) rooted in the global south, and 3) a passionate follower of Jesus. His voice is prophetic, informed, and committed to the mission of God’s rule in a wounded world.

Director, The Sharing Way, Canadian Baptist Ministries

As the father of integral mission, René Padilla’s prophetic voice resonates throughout global evangelicalism. Biblical, faithful, and inspirational, the core message of this updated classic remains just as urgent as when it was first published.

William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor,
Boston University, Massachusetts, USA

Table of Contents

  1. Abbreviations
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Preface to the First Edition
  4. 1 From Lausanne I to Lausanne III
  5. 2 Evangelism in the World
  6. 3 Spiritual Conflict
  7. 4 What is the Gospel
  8. 5 The Contextualization of the Gospel
  9. 6 Christ and Antichrist in the Proclamation of the Gospel
  10. 7 The Fullness of Mission
  11. 8 The Unity of the Church and the Homogeneous Unit Principle
  12. 9 New Testament Perspectives on a Simple Lifestyle
  13. 10 The Mission of the Church in Light of the Kingdom of God

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