The Church from Every Tribe and Tongue
Ecclesiology in the Majority World
The Book of Revelation describes a church from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation glorifying the Lamb that was slain. As the church expands in the Majority World and Christianity becomes an increasingly global faith, this vision is an increasingly visible reality. The insights found in The Church from Every Tribe and Tongue are not commonplace. Written by nine theologians and biblical scholars from Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America, each provides fresh perspectives surveying the most pressing ecclesiological issues in their various regions. The end result is a prescient analysis and constructive proposal detailing how the worldwide church can bear witness in a diverse and changing world.
If The Church from Every Tribe and Tongue teaches us anything, it is that the question, “What does it mean to be the church,” cannot be divorced from other fundamental matters. Where is the church located? How are the people of God to define their identity and mission in that place? These creative Majority World voices open up new vistas that can only arise from and in commitment to their contexts. But, these essays are not simply reflections from diverse parts of the globe that can be held at arms-length as an interesting exercise in ecclesiology. They are profound explorations of the inexhaustible riches of the Word that reveal fresh insights into the church as a situated community.
M. Daniel Carroll R., PhD
Blanchard Professor of Old Testament,
Wheaton College and Graduate School
This volume, like its predecessors, aptly captures a plethora of perspectives on what it means to be church. It evokes different emotions as we encounter the familiar and the unfamiliar. These contributions should help Christians everywhere not only to broaden their vision of the church but also to feel a kindred spirit with each other.
Rev Simon Chan, PhD
Former Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology,
Trinity Theological College, Singapore
This collection of essays reflects the diversity of the churches around the world. Many of these churches trace their roots to the West, but they have taken their specific contexts seriously and are seeking to develop communities of faith that reflect the gospel and address the realities of their social location. As we listen to these voices and to each other, we can better learn how to be a part of God’s mission in our globalized world.
Juan Francisco Martínez, PhD
Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership,
Fuller Theological Seminary
The authors make a remarkable connection between the theology process and the real-life experience of God’s people. The book succeeds in being both biblically truthful and culturally applicable, emphasizing that the word of God is for the whole of humanity throughout its entire history and various cultures. Each author represents contemporary rationale among an extensive selection of traditional academics. The book will inspire and challenge local and global church leaders and theologians.
Julie Ma, PhD
Associate Professor of Missions and Intercultural Studies,
Undergraduate College of Theology and Ministry,
Oral Roberts University
Table of Contents
- Introduction: God’s Community in Majority World Theology (Gene L. Green)
- 1 – Ecclesiology and the Church in Christian Tradition and Western Theology (Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen)
- 2 – Church, Power, and Transformation in Latin America: A Different Citizenship is Possible (Ruth Padilla DeBorst)
- 3 – Two Tales of Emerging Ecclesiology in Asia: An Inquiry into Theological Shaping (Wonsuk Ma)
- 4 – Ecclesiology in Africa: Apprentices on a Mission (Stephanie A. Lowery)
- 5 – Ecclesiology in Latin America: A Biblical Perspective (Carlos Sosa Siliezar)
- 6 – The Community as Union with Christ in the Midst of Conflict: An Ecclesiology of the Pauline Letters from a Chinese Perspective (Xiaxia E. Xue)
- 7 – The Church as an Assembly on Mt Zion: An Ecclesiology from Hebrews for African Christianity (Peter Nyende)
- 8 – Ecclesiology and the Theology of the Land: A Palestinian Christian Perspective (Munther Isaac)
- Index of Names
- Index of Subjects
- Index of Scripture References