From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions

by Ruth A. Tucker

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya is readable, informative, gripping, and above all honest.From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya helps readers understand the life and role of a missionary through real life examples of missionaries throughout history.

These great leaders of missions are presented as real people, and not super-saints.

New design graphics, photographs, and maps help make this a compelling book.From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya is as informative and intriguing as it is inspiringan invaluable resource for missionaries, mission agencies, students, and all who are concerned about the spreading of the gospel throughout the world.

  • Language: English
  • Category: History
  • Rating: 4.07
  • Pages: 528
  • Publish Date: August 29th 2004 by Zondervan Academic
  • Isbn10: 0310239370
  • Isbn13: 9780310239376

What People Think about "From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions"

I see from further research that the author has recently gotten herself into hot water by publishing further books where she makes her views even more dominant. Having said that it was an enjoyable and interesting read and probably a fairly unique book as it no doubt involved a large amount of research and study. I was sad to note that the author herself believed she was called into foreign mission at a young age but became distracted by life and never went to the field. It is probably more useful as a text book/manual for research or to find recommendations of other biographies to read!

This book changed my thinking about a Godly life. The man that lead 7 to the Lord was later followed by a young lad who was inspired by the previous missionary's "failures." That man went, and led a few more. This book changed my life.

It captures so perfectly the Christian Evangelical wishful thinking about how the Gospel is received in different countries. Whenever I hear about the Gospel going to a country for the first time, I imagine the people simply leaping for joy at the good news. Often postmillennialism comes naturally to Evangelicals, because we believe that in non-Western countries, if people simply hear the Gospel, their society will be transformed overnight. When Americans and Europeans come back to the Gospel, it's going to be much deeper for us and, since I am postmil, I think that we might be looking at several generations of apostasy in China, Africa, and India some day. It's difficult, but having children is obviously not a good idea in countries where persecution is likely to happen, but I think we need to go further. While it's certainly encouraging that we now have Henry Hudson's example and we are now sensitive to the point of embarrassment about other people's cultures, there is still a great danger to confusing and mingling "modern civilization" and "Jesus." We already have cultural blinders that will make preaching the Gospel potentially loaded; we cannot afford to confuse the font of baptism with a need for indoor plumbing. And the idea that good fellow Christian missionaries, like Stanley and Livingstone could actually pave the way for western exploitation should cut us to the heart. There has been a lot of talk recently about how bad wars with fellow Christians are, but what is especially striking to me is the idea of fighting a people otherwise receptive to the Gospel and putting cultural obstacles between them and Jesus. One of the more interesting characters in the book is Donald McGavran, an intellectual who pointed out that individual conversions are really bad for cultures because it displaces people from their communities and makes them dependent on missions and makes them vulnerable to "westernizing." I think many replies are possible and important, since mass conversions are very vulnerable to a different sort of freeriders. We need missionaries, yes and Amen, but we also need people who spend all their time just trying to figure out how cultures work. We need people who spend all their time just thinking and arguing and writing boring scholarly articles that get popularized and sent to the mission field. It is only with the resurrection of the dead that we will find a perfect world, and it will happen because people preached the gospel, gave money to the poor, worked jobs, read their Bibles, made friendships, prayed, wrote books, and ate and drank to the glory of God, however imperfectly.

This book is a great resource to understand the lives and journeys of some of the most influential missionaries since Christ handed over the task of mission to the priesthood of believers.

The point of the book, however, is an encouraging one: missionaries are not super-Christians, they are broken people who need Jesus just like you and me.