Mark T.B. Laing, From Crisis to Creation: Lesslie Newbigin and the Reinvention of Christian Mission , Eugene or : Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012, xxiv + 289 p., isbn 978-1-61097-424-0, price us $ 28.00.

Mark T.B. Laing, From Crisis to Creation: Lesslie Newbigin and the Reinvention of Christian... It is my great pleasure to write a review of this book of Mark Laing, which brings a recovery of scholarship to both the life and work of Bishop Lesslie Newbigin and the study of Christian mission and missionary ecclesiology. The author is to be congratulated for his PhD research in which he focused on the integration of the International Missionary Council ( imc ) with the World Council of Churches ( wcc ) in 1961. The integration symbolized a major revision of Christian mission and ecclesiology of Protestant churches in the past century. His recovery of the decisive role and contribution of Lesslie Newbigin was indeed valuable. Being appointed as the General Secretary of imc in 1959-1961, Newbigin was assigned to construct a re-definition of Christian mission and develop a new understanding of missionary ecclesiology for wcc . Newbigin was well aware of the profound changes of his time, especially the rise of secularism, his own experiences of the Formation of the Church of South India in 1940s, and also the rise of Communist China with the subsequent ‘closing down’ of missionary enterprises in China in the early 1950s, so much so that he had to admit http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Exchange Brill

Mark T.B. Laing, From Crisis to Creation: Lesslie Newbigin and the Reinvention of Christian Mission , Eugene or : Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012, xxiv + 289 p., isbn 978-1-61097-424-0, price us $ 28.00.

Exchange , Volume 42 (3): 314 – Jan 1, 2013

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