A New Missional Study Bible

Mission of God Study BibleCongratulations to Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation on the publication of the new Mission of God Study Bible, which came out yesterday from Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Ed is giving away a free copy of the new Bible on his blog this week, as well as beginning a new series of blog posts where he’ll be sharing some excerpts from the many contributors (all of whom appear to be safely conservative evangelical).

The first excerpt is from an essay by Christopher Wright, International Director of the Langham Partnership International and author of The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative:

“Our theology of God must include the mission of God as a unifying metanarrative for the whole Bible.

“Some people use the term missio Dei as referring only to the sending action of God. The reason they do this is that the ‘root’ of the Latin verb mitto means ‘to send.’ However, if we reduce our focus only to the sending acts of God, we may ignore a number of important missional themes and teachings in the Bible, which are crucial for our understanding of the fullness of God’s mission and our own practice of missions.

Missio Dei can have a broader sense drawn from the way the Bible paints a picture of the purposefulness of God. The mission of God is the commitment of God to make Himself known to His creation ultimately for the purpose of redeeming and restoring all creation to its right relationship with God. The story of God making Himself known is the grand narrative of the Bible. God’s mighty acts make Him known to the peoples of the world and are predicted, proclaimed, explained, and celebrated throughout the biblical storyline.”

What do you think of a missional study Bible? Will you pick up a copy?

  • http://biglifecc.org Geoffrey Mitchell

    I have had a copy for two weeks actually! I love that you call it safe conservative evangelical. That made me laugh!

    I do not pretend to know Ed like people that really know Ed, but the fruits of the Spirit are alive in him. I wish every “conservative evangelical” was like Ed Stetzer. There would be more.

    • http://www.knightopia.com/blog Steve Knight

      Most evangelicals probably don’t want to acknowledge the possibility that they are, in fact, conservative evangelicals (compared to us “progressive evangelicals” – we’re like unicorn, I suppose, in that sense ;-)

      • Paul

        is that what that thing growing out of my forehead is?

        • http://www.knightopia.com/blog Steve Knight

          hahaha! at least there’s only one horn, right, Paul???