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PublicationSalt, Light, and a City: Conformation—Ecclesiology for the Global Missional Community, Volume 2, Majority World Voices2020-07-24 Hill, GrahamJesus is calling his church to be a multiethnic and missional people who listen and learn from the many voices of World Christianity. Graham Joseph Hill issues a moving call for churches to be missional by being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Hill does this by exploring the thinking of twenty-five Asian, African, Latin American, Indigenous Peoples, African American, diaspora, Caribbean, Oceanian, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern pastors and theologians. These are as diverse as Melba Padilla Maggay, Emmanuel Katongole, Lamin Sanneh, Oscar Muriu, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Pope Francis, Richard Twiss, Lisa Sharon Harper, Willie James Jennings, Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Soong-Chan Rah, and Mitri Raheb. These voices show us the future of missional churches in World Christianity. When churches are conformed to Christ they make disciples, heal a broken world, and witness to Jesus and his gospel. Jesus forms us in his image and moves us to be a people of shalom, humility, character, justice, peace, wisdom, prayer, beauty, and witness. The church has had a Reformation but now it needs a Conformation. Hill explores biblical themes and the voices of World Christianity to show that a missional church is conformed to the image of the incarnate, crucified, resurrected, and glorified Christ. Conformity to Christ is the heart of missional ecclesiology and discipleship.
PublicationThe Atonement and Healing: Wrestling with a Contemporary Issue(Pacific Journal of Baptist Research; 8 (1) ) 2013 Hill, GrahamSome Pentecostal, neo-Pentecostal, and Charismatic movements have attempted to explicitly link physical healing with the atonement by appealing to Isaiah 53:4–6, Matthew 8:14–17, and 1 Peter 2:21–25. This theology has been felt in Evangelical circles also, especially in the majority world and among churches with charismatic leanings. This article simply asks, can a theology of healing be developed from these passages, and, if so, what do we mean by healing? This article argues that while these passages may include physical healing, they do not guarantee it. These verses cannot be used to justify physical healing on demand. While the atonement includes the possibility of physical healing, especially in the Parousia, this healing cannot be demanded. It is only in the age to come that we are completely healed and receive our promised resurrection bodies. The article considers the relationship between a theology of healing and its relationship to our theology of the atonement. Our theology of the atonement can expand our understanding of the nature and scope of healing and its connections with the atonement and the incarnation.
PublicationServantship: Sixteen Servants on the Four Movements of Radical Servantship [Edited Book]2013-10-10 Hill, GrahamServantship is essentially about following our Lord Jesus Christ, the servant Lord, and his mission--it is a life of discipleship to him, patterned after his self-emptying, humility, sacrifice, love, values, and mission. Servantship is humbly valuing others more than yourself, and looking out for the interests and wellbeing of others. Servantship is the cultivation of the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had: making yourself nothing, being a servant, humbling yourself, and submitting yourself to the will and purposes of the triune God. Since servantship is the imitation of Christ, it involves an unreserved participation in the missio Dei--the Trinitarian mission of God. In this pioneering work, sixteen servants describe the four movements of radical servantship. Servantship is the movement 1. from leadership to radical servantship; 2. from shallowness to dynamic theological reflection; 3. from theories to courageous practices; and 4. from forgetfulness to transforming memory. Servantship recognizes, in word, thought, and deed, that "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many".
PublicationAn Introduction to the Theology of Youth Ministry2002-01-03 Hill, Graham ; Hill, GrahamAn introduction to the theology of youth ministry, with a particular emphasis on the application to a Nagaland context.
PublicationShaping Missional Churches and Associations2013 Hill, Graham ; Hill, Graham
PublicationHide This in Your Heart: Memorizing Scripture for Kingdom Impact2020-09 Hill, Graham ; Frost, Michael ; Hill, Graham ; Frost, MichaelMemorizing Scripture has been proven to be an essential, life-giving practice for spiritual growth. Those who memorize passages from the Bible can point to how it’s given them greater assurance of God’s love and a deeper understanding of how to follow Jesus. In this new resource by two leaders of the worldwide missional church movement, Scripture memorization is put to new use, helping believers in Jesus to become active partners in proclaiming and demonstrating that the Kingdom of God is living and active and good for the world. Join Michael Frost and Graham Hill on this journey into the Bible, learn how your brain can be formed and transformed by the Scriptures, and find yourself better equipped to live and declare the good news of Jesus Christ.
PublicationGlobal Church:Reshaping Our Conversations, Renewing Our Mission, Revitalizing Our Churches2016 Hill, GrahamChristianity seems to be in decline in the West. But many churches in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the Majority World are growing rapidly. Western Christianity can no longer claim to be the center of the global church. Before long, two-thirds of Christians will live in Asia, Africa and Latin America. What does this mean for global Christian mission? What does it mean for worship, theology, faith and evangelism in the West? In GlobalChurch, Graham Hill engages with more than one hundred high-profile Majority World Christian leaders to find out what they can teach the West about mission, leadership, hospitality, creation care, education, worship and more. He challenges the Western church to move away from a Eurocentric and Americentric view of church and mission, and he calls the church to construct global missional conversations. The future of the global church—including the churches of the West—exists in these global exchanges. This resource engages with the work and thought of Majority World theologians and missiologists including •Simon Chan •Ruth Padilla DeBorst •Samuel Escobar •Ajith Fernando •Makoto Fujimura •Gustavo Gutiérrez •Emmanuel Katongole •Nelson Mandela •Vishal Mangalwadi •C. René Padilla •Lamin Sanneh •Sadhu Sundar Singh •Vinoth Ramachandra •Amos Yong GlobalChurch is an indispensible guide for the church as it navigates the unique global experiences of the twenty-first century.
PublicationSalt, Light and a City: Introducing Missional Ecclesiology2012 Hill, GrahamEnormous challenges and opportunities face the Christian church in our globalized, rapidly changing world. It is becoming increasingly clear that the church and its leaders need a missional self-understanding.In this volume, Graham Hill asks: "What does it mean for the church to be truly missional?" This book outlines the thought of twelve leading thinkers, and puts their thinking into conversation with a missional understanding of the church. Most of the missional literature of the past twenty years is practical, telling us how to be a missional church, rather than why certain theological themes compel the church toward a missional self-understanding and existence. This book takes a different approach. It outlines a basic missional understanding of the church by engaging theology and Scripture. It examines some of the key theological themes that are foundational for a missional church, and does this in conversation with twelve leading thinkers. This book provides indispensible foundations for a Christ-centered, gospel-shaped, theologically informed, and systematic missional view of the church.
PublicationHolding Up Half the Sky: A Biblical Case for Women Leading and Teaching in the Church2020-04 Hill, Graham ; Hill, GrahamWomen have played significant roles in ministry and leadership throughout the history of the church and the pages of the Bible. Today, women make up more than half the church, and do much of the mission, ministry, and discipleship in the life of the church. But women have often been held back from ministry roles. Graham Joseph Hill outlines the biblical vision for women in ministry and leadership. He offers a biblical and passionate call for women to be released to teach, to lead, to preach, to serve, to pastor, and to minister in every area of the church. The Bible paints a radical vision of women, empowered and emboldened for full ministry participation in Christ’s church. The biblical vision for women and for their role as teachers, witnesses, disciplers, and leaders transforms not only personal lives, but also the church and the world. This book offers a biblical case for women teaching and leading in the church. Hill then explores practical ways that we can empower and release more female leaders in the church, and ways that we can amplify the voices and honor the gifts of women in the way Jesus intended. Together women and men can revitalize the church and renew the world.
PublicationSigns of Hope in the City: Renewing Urban Mission, Embracing Radical Hope [Edited Book]2015-05-15 Hill, GrahamSigns of Hope in the City: Renewing Urban Mission, Embracing Radical Hope. By 2025, there will be 3 billion people living in urban slums. This raises huge questions for the church. Where are the "signs of hope" in our cities? How can the church become "hope enfleshed"? What does it mean to serve the God of hope and transformation? How do we recruit, equip, and sustain people for hope-filled urban mission today? With a Foreword by Michael Frost, Signs of Hope in the City offers the best of the 2014 International Society of Urban Mission (ISUM) Summit. This book explores such themes as urban poverty, interfaith dynamics, Christian spirituality, trafficking, creation care, asylum seekers and refugees, and the local church's role in urban transformation. The authors are grassroots practitioners and world-class thinkers who will help you renew your passion for urban mission. They will inspire you to see and release Spirit-empowered, Christ-honouring signs of hope in your city and beyond.
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