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5 Stars Out Of 5
Great out of the box thinking.
May 27, 2011
I really enjoyed the writing style and information within the book. As an out of the box thinker, this book even challenged me to venture further in rethinking our outreach an missionality at the church my wife and I pastor.
I have suggested an will continue to share this book with other pastors and churches.
The Meeting of the Waters is a book packed with challenges and ideas for evangelizing through the global Church. Fritz lays out what he sees as seven currents that are changing the ways of evangelizing around the globe and the Church needs to engage in. 1. Mercy-an increasing emphasis on meeting physical need in addition to evangelism.2. Mutuality-leaders from traditionally poor countries having greater access to education, technology and growing economies, and thus demanding to be heard. 3. Migration-the increasing relocation of peoples among he nations, especially the cities.4. Monoculture-the cultures of all countries becoming more and more similar due to the spread of worldwide images, ideals, celebrities, and ad campaigns that reshape their deepest values. 5. Machines-transforming of lifestyles worldwide via cell phones, GPS, television, and Internet, changing individual lives and values. 6. Mediation-partisan rifts are proliferating due to communication avenues, inciting discord and attracting sympathizers7. Memory-distinct histories (albeit, violent or devastating) that profoundly shape their society; how their yesterday affects their thinking today. These currents are sometimes invisible, thus doubly potent. They cannot be overlooked. The Church needs to quickly and wisely act on these currents to be effective.The analogy of the Meeting of the Waters is a good view of the past methods of evangelizing and todays new ways. They need to converge together.My perspective is that these are real currents, but God is aware of all of them. I think Mr. Kling did an excellent job pulling these together for the Church to glean from. A good read for churches evangelizing in todays fast-paced world. I dont necessarily agree with all the information.,This book has accomplished its goal of alerting/informing the Church.I received this book from Audra at The B & B Media Group, Inc., for my honest review.
This reflective new book introduces the looming challenges and trends facing Christian missions in the world today. A foundation executive, Kling shares an insider's view of mission work around the world, in locales spanning the globe, often diverse yet often similar. Kling's introductory illustration of the old "Mission Marm" of previous generations contrasted to today's "Apple Guy" was particularly insightful.Kling identifies these 7 prevalent global trends in missions: * Mercy: Meeting people's physical needs while evangelizing them. * Mutuality: Viewing Christians from other locales (especially developing countries) as our spiritual equals and partnering with them in missions efforts. * Migration: Global relocation, particularly to cities for economic, educational and other reasons, should lead to discovering new ways to reach out to radically diverse populations. * Monoculture: Cultural similarity amongst nations through media infiltration and other factors will shape our ability to more readily communicate with others. * Machines: Technology (television, the internet, cell phones, GPS, etc.) are transforming lifestyles globally and may impact their values as well as their lives. * Mediation: The church must strive to spread peace-making and reconciliation amidst a number of splinter groups and increasing polarity worldwide. * Memory: Each nation and region holds a history which shapes and influences it. Often these influences may be subtle and unstated, yet will continue to impact the current generation's thoughts, ideals, and way of life.Although futurists generally cannot predict with much accuracy what the future holds, Kling seems less concerned with interpreting these trends and instead merely introduces them for the sake of opening up a dialogue with other Christians. Careful consideration of these 7 global trends should lead to thoughtful strategizing for reaching billions of people with the gospel.