A Light to the Nations

Explorations in Ecumenism, Missions, and Pentecostalism

Edited by Stanley M. Burgess, Paul W. Lewis

Foreword by Byron D. Klaus

A Light to the Nations

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  • ISBN: 9781498238137
  • Pages: 378
  • Publication Date: 3/2/2017
  • Retail Price: $44.00
Web Price: $35.20
Web Price: $35.20

A Light to the Nations

Explorations in Ecumenism, Missions, and Pentecostalism

Edited by Stanley M. Burgess, Paul W. Lewis

Foreword by Byron D. Klaus

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781498238137
  • Pages: 378
  • Publication Date: 3/2/2017
  • Retail Price: $44.00
Web Price: $35.20

About-

The essays in this volume, which are written by friends, colleagues, and former students, are dedicated to Gary B. McGee as a memorial to his life, work, and service. As a professor with a clear calling to teach, he modeled this passion at the Open Bible College (Des Moines, Iowa), Central Bible College (Springfield, Missouri), and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (Springfield, Missouri). He exuded the understanding that quality teaching, superior scholarship, a genuine Pentecostal spirituality, and an irenic spirit can and should go together.

Within the title of this volume, A Light to the Nations, two aspects become clear. First, each person is called to be "a light to the nations," as Gary McGee modeled. Second, and foundational to the first, is the reality that Jesus Christ is the ultimate light, and our energies, study, discussions, and life in general should rely on this fact. As a reflection of Gary McGee's life and ministry, these two aspects are focused through three lenses, which are the three sections of this volume: Ecumenism, Missions, and Pentecostalism. The essays represent a diversity of subjects and denote various explorations by colleagues and friends of Gary B. McGee.

Endorsements & Reviews-

FOR THE BACK MATTER:
"These deeply researched essays cast new light on old questions and raise new questions that the literature in these fields has overlooked. The volume offers a signal contribution to our understanding of the threads that have connected these fields in the past, today, and, without doubt, many years to come."
--Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Christian History Emeritus, Duke Divinity School

"The late Gary McGee transformed scholarly understandings of Pentecostalism as a historical and missional movement. This strong collection of essays by outstanding scholars builds on his passions as well as his expertise. I recommend it very highly."
--Dana L. Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, Boston University School of Theology

"A Light to the Nations . . . is an important book not only because it honors the memory of historian Gary B. McGee but also because it offers penetrating insights into Catholic-Pentecostal ecumenism, missions history and theology, and global Pentecostalism that propel a critical examination of current missiology. Perceptive chapters by leading Catholic, conciliar, and independent scholars produce a fascinating guide to the contemporary Christian world coupled with intriguing nudges into the future."
--Robert L. Gallagher, Chair, Director of MA (Intercultural Studies), and Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College Graduate School


FOR THE FRONT PAGES:
"The chapters in this volume constitute a fitting tribute to Gary McGee, one of the most appreciated and influential scholars of modern church history. The authors are leaders in their specialties in the study of ecumenism, missions, or Pentecostalism (or all three). These deeply researched essays cast new light on old questions and raise new questions that the literature in these fields has overlooked. The volume offers a signal contribution to our understanding of the threads that have connected these fields in the past, today, and, without doubt, many years to come."
--Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Christian History Emeritus, Duke Divinity School; author of America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation (Harvard 2014)

"The late Gary McGee transformed scholarly understandings of Pentecostalism as a historical and missional movement. This strong collection of essays by outstanding scholars builds on his passions as well as his expertise. I recommend it very highly."
--Dana L. Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, Boston University School of Theology

"A Light to the Nations, edited by Stanley M. Burgess and Paul W. Lewis, is an important book not only because it honors the memory of historian Gary B. McGee, but also because it offers penetrating insights into Catholic-Pentecostal ecumenism, missions history and theology, and global Pentecostalism that propel a critical examination of current missiology. Perceptive chapters by leading Catholic, conciliar, and independent scholars produce a fascinating guide to the contemporary Christian world coupled with intriguing nudges into the future."
--Robert L. Gallagher, Chair, Director of M.A. (Intercultural Studies), and Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College Graduate School; co-author of Encountering the History of Missions

"A Light to the Nations is a superb book, collecting the insights of women and men who have thought long and hard about the mission of the Church and its empowerment by the Holy Spirit. It also brings together profound reflections on the many aspects of Gary McGee's professional and spiritual legacy, aspects that are, indeed, a catalogue of the important ways in which the Pentecostal Movement is now a force enriching the entire church. Gary knew that the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements would reach their full potential only when they began to bring the Spirit's power into all the churches and not merely spawn new denominations. And the authors deepen that insight as they bring to the fore its truth from a variety of perspectives. A Light to the Nations is a must-read book for anyone seeking to better understand the Spirit as the dynamic principle revealing Christ in all genuine Christianity."
--William R. Burrows, Managing Editor Emeritus, Orbis Books; Research Professor of Missiology, New York Theological Seminary

Contributors-

Stanley M. Burgess
Paul W. Lewis
Byron D. Klaus

Bio(s)-

Stanley M. Burgess is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri. He is the coeditor of the New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (2002) and has authored Christian Peoples of the Spirit (2011) and numerous other works.

Paul W. Lewis serves as the Associate Dean and the Professor of Historical Theology and Intercultural Studies at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri. He is the editor of the International Journal of Pentecostal Missiology and has authored numerous articles and reviews.

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