Many of you have read and love Werner Mischke’s The Global Gospel: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World. I’m glad to announce that his book is now available in Chinese (traditional characters)!!
For full disclosure, Werner is a friend and colleague, who serves as Executive Vice President for Mission One. However, I endorsed the book back in 2015, long before I ever considered working with Mission One. Here is what I wrote back then:
The Global Gospel will stretch people’s understanding of the gospel by uncovering a major blind spot in Western theology, namely, honor and shame.
You’ll be led on a journey beyond a legal framework of the gospel—to one that is “legal plus regal.” How you communicate the gospel and live out the gospel—locally and globally—may well be transformed.
The Global Gospel is a call for theological dialogue and missional creativity rooted in the ancient paths of Scripture and the relational honor of our King. Mission teams will be challenged to reconfigure what you do and expand what you believe is possible in our Lord’s Great Commission.
The Global Gospel describes how the honor/shame dynamics common to the Bible and many Majority World societies can be used to contextualize the gospel of Christ so it will be more widely received.
On the book’s website, Werner lists 16 features of his book.
1. Thoroughly explains why understanding honor and shame is a strategic issue for world evangelization—across the street and around the world.
2. Demonstrates that honor and shame is the pivotal cultural value of the Bible.
3. Explains the blind spot about honor/shame in Western theology—why we have it, why it matters for world evangelization, and what to do about it.
4. Organizes nine dynamics of honor/shame in the Bible into a cohesive whole.
4. Uses more than 85 diagrams, charts, and graphic aids to make concepts more easily understood by Christian leaders, pastors, mission practitioners, cross-cultural workers, and laypersons.
5. Presents honor-status reversal as a Bible motif—from Genesis to Revelation.
6. Describes how honor/shame dynamics in the Bible can make the gospel more resonant among Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu peoples—as well as the post-modern generation.
8. Reveals ten Scripturally-rooted ways to freshly articulate the gospel of Christ—in ways that may better resonate with Majority World peoples.
9. Explains the pathological dark side of honor/shame, but also reveals the Bible’s amazing, surprising bright side of honor/shame.
10. Presents the five levels of awareness of honor/shame dynamics and what this means for cross-cultural ministry.
11. Demonstrates how honor/shame dynamics are key to understanding the meaning of the kingdom of God.
12. Reveals from Scripture how the legal framework for the gospel can be balanced by a regal framework.
13. Explains from Scripture how God actually shares his honor and glory with persons and people groups—fresh thinking about our motive and purpose for missions.
14. Offers a rationale to train cross-cultural workers in the Bible’s honor/shame dynamics and reinforces Scripture as the beginning point of the contextualization process.
15. Demonstrates the value of using an “honor factor” in developing mission strategy—with three recommendations related to cross-cultural collaboration and ministry to the unreached and unengaged peoples.
Who’s endorsed it?
In addition to myself, here are just a few others who’ve written endorsements for Werner’s book.
Samuel Chiang, Executive Director, International Orality Network
Richard J. Mouw, Ph.D., Professor of Faith and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary
Marvin J. Newell, D.Miss., Senior Vice President, MISSIO NEXUS
Paul R. Gupta, Ph.D., President and Director, Hindustan Bible Institute & College
J. D. Payne, Ph.D., Samford University and Beason Divinity School
R. L. Hatchett, Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Houston Baptist University
For a longer list of endorsements, click here.