Book Review: A Field Guide For Everyday Mission

A Field Guide For Everyday Mission:  30 Days and 101 Ways To Demonstrate The Gospel, by Ben Connelly & Bob Roberts, Jr.

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

In order to get a lot out of this book you have to understand where the authors are coming from.  This is a book whose entire point depends on a couple of assumptions.  One of them is the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers [1], which views all believers as not only future kings and priests but current priests of the order of Melchizedek by virtue of their conversion.  On top of this, the authors view the great commission as applying to all believers.  As a result, the authors take a viewpoint consistent with their presuppositions that all believers are therefore missionaries in some fashion and should therefore be instructed in how to go about this vocation in as effective a manner as possible.  Given the premises of the authors, I think this is an excellent approach, and it manages to address many of the concerns that people have about Christians in terms of friendliness and politeness and genuine interest in others as people and not merely as projects.  Overall this book is a job well done.

In terms of its contents, this book is about two hundred pages long and is divided into six parts that are themselves divided into five daily segments.  This is a thirty-day devotional that takes place over the weekdays of six weeks, and is full of biblical scriptures as well as personal stories and a wide variety of perspectives aside from the authors’, many of which show themselves to be influenced by the social gospel that is popular in areas where institutional Christianity is weak and people feel it necessary to appeal to those whose belief systems are highly defective through working on social issues of larger societal interest.  The six weeks are based around the fundamental questions of journalism, with a missional focus:  Why should I even care?  Who is my everyday mission field:  What does an everyday missionary do?  When does everyday mission happen?  Where does everyday mission happen?  How do I share the gospel without killing the relationship?  The advice manages to be generally biblical as well as practical and encourages people to be good listeners and simply be honest about their beliefs as it comes up naturally in one’s conversation while one is going about as a godly person in the midst of the world around.

Overall, this is a book that will likely be most popular within a certain part of the Protestant world.  Again, the presuppositions that the authors hold are not ones that everyone would agree with.  Likewise, there are many believers who simply have no interest in or tolerance in the sort of social do-gooding that this book encourages.  This book’s intended audience is one that has a high degree of personal responsibility for the corner of the world that God has placed us in and a high degree of respect for others as being created in God’s image whether or not they believe or behave as we do.  Thankfully, this book is far less offensive than many books written by those of the contemporary social gospel movement, which made it a pleasure to read.  The authors themselves desire more than simply to be read, though, but they want others to apply their thoughts and perspectives in their own everyday lives as they interact with a great many people and make friends among people of the world.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/03/03/on-the-restrictions-of-priestly-marriage/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/07/10/have-you-not-read-in-the-law-that-on-the-sabbath-the-priests-profane-the-sabbath-and-are-blameless/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2012/11/11/hosea-4-1-10-i-also-will-reject-you-from-being-priest-for-me/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2011/10/14/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-king-and-a-priest-in-the-kingdom-of-god/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2011/08/05/a-kingdom-of-priests/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2011/07/09/a-priest-forever-in-the-order-of-melchizedek/

About nathanalbright

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