Christians in the United States face complex domestic and international challenges. We face our own affluence, religious-nationalism, and individualism. God the Real Superpower analyzes our multifaceted assumptions about missions, suggesting constructive perspectives about God, others, and ourselves.
J. Nelson Jennings is associate director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut, as well as associate editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. He received his MDiv from Covenant Seminary and his PhD from the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the University of Edinburgh.
For North Americans to participate in God's mission for the twenty-first century, we must learn not only to see the world as Christ does but to see ourselves as Christ and the world see us. Sharing Christ's sight requires that we share his hearta heart formed out of humility, compassion, and suffering. Nelson Jennings explores these themes with passion, with hope and, most of all, with a profound love for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. The themes are stretching, transforming, and ultimately empowering for the new work of Gods mission.
"In the film Rudy, a kindly priest says "In all my years of ministry, I have learned two things. There is a God, and I am not him." Dr. Jennings has done a wonderful job of reminding us that missions belongs to God. He is the Redeemer and he is allowing us to be part of it. But it is his work and not ours. We as Americans are a can-do people, and we have accomplished many things because of it. But one does not have to be involved in missions very long to realize that when it comes to redeeming the world, we cant do, and that is okay. We can relax in the thought that he is in charge and that because of that, missions will not fail."