Listen to a lecture by Harvie Conn entitled The City and Unreached Peoples. (Requires a free account at Westminster Theological Seminary).
How do we sing the Lord's song in "the strange land" that is now the 21st century? How do we take appropriate account of where and when we are without compromising the "old, old story of Jesus and his love?"
Harvie Conn pressed these questions while teaching missions for twenty-six years, and this volume, written by former colleagues in his honor, does the same. Contributing chapters are: Paul Hiebert, Raymond Bakke, Roger Greenway, Samuel Escobar, Charles Kraft, William Dyrness, and others. The volume begins with a previously unpublished essay by Conn on missions and theology.
In The Urban Face of Missions, writes Samuel Logan, "voices from around the world call all of us to think again about what the unchanging word of Scripture really does say about the changing world in which we live."
About the Author
Harvie M. Conn (1933-1999) was professor of missions at Westminster Theological Seminary from 1972 to his retirement in 1998. Before joining the WTS faculty, he was a missionary to Korea for twelve years. He wrote and edited many books, including Eternal Word and Changing Worlds and Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace.
About the Editors
Manuel Ortiz (MA, Wheaton Graduate School; DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of ministry and urban mission at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1986.
Susan S. Baker (MA, PhD, Temple University) is urban research assistant and adjunct lecturer in practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN 10: 087552401X
ISBN 13: 9780875524016
"The Urban Face of Mission: Ministering the Gospel is a Festschrift for the late Harvie Conn (1933-1999), professor of missions at Westminster Theological Seminary from 1972 to 1998. Edited by Manuel Ortiz and Susan Baker, the book contains contributions from William Barker, Samuel T. Logan Jr., John Leonard, among others. The volume attempts to extend Conn's passion for urban missions by examining topics such as the city's role in mission, the challenges of globalization, and the interface of social changes and the message of the Gospel. By touching on the themes that pervaded his own work, this volume serves as a fitting tribute to Harvie Conn's missionary heartbeat. The Urban Face of Mission serves well as both an introduction and a guide for further study concerning issues of urban and international ministry in a diverse world, of the place of social justice in evangelism, of the need for creative approaches to theological education, and of specific appropriation of the gospel among the diverse peoples who bear the name of Jesus."
- Matthew Harmon, Westminster Bookstore Staff
"Harvie Conn's prophetic voice continues to be heard through his own writings and through the ministries of the countless colleagues, friends, and students that he influenced. Read this book, which both honors and continues Harvie's ministry to the church"
- Timothy J. Keller
"Important essays by a wide range of scholars who share the late Harvie Conn's passionate commitment to loving the whole person the way Jesus did."
- Ronald J. Sider