Mission Shaped by Promise
Lutheran Missiology Confronts the Challenge of Religious Pluralism
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"The gospel is a promise; faith is trusting that promise. This is the cornerstone of Luther's theology. Kaariainen takes that cornerstone and builds a theology for Christian mission on it. He does so by attending to today's global context awash in a sea of faiths. Along the way, he weaves Luther's axiom into conversation with major voices in current, ecumenical mission studies. It's a game-changing accomplishment."
--Edward H. Schroeder, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Christ Seminary-Seminex
"Focusing on God's personal approach to fallen human beings in his incarnation and his verbal way of creating and re-creating reality, Kaariainen puts core insights from Martin Luther to use. Against the background of growing up in the mission field and serving there now, Kaariainen addresses the challenge of universalism, with Martin Luther's concept of the promise of God, expressed in Christ, conveyed through forgiveness. A new and exciting challenge to concrete missiological thinking."
--Robert Kolb, Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus, Concordia Seminary,
"Mission Shaped by Promise [is] a strong, refreshing breeze blowing through the sails of missiology. The theology of mission has often bypassed the Reformation in its search for new impulses and insights. This book holds great promise because it draws from the heart of the Reformation tradition the nature of the gospel itself. It will be significant for rethinking the foundation of mission."
--Rick Bliese, President, Luther Seminary
"Utilizing classic Lutheran resources, Kaariainen rigorously engages contemporary Roman Catholic missiology from an irenic, ecumenical stance. His proposal for mission as promise, employing the concept of the hiddenness of God in dialogue and proclamation, exhibits 'generous orthodoxy' and contemporary Lutheran thinking at its best. A creative, invaluable contribution to missiological discourse today!"
--Miikka Ruokanen, Professor of Dogmatics, University of Helsinki