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Individual books and back issues of Missio Apostolica may be ordered below. All orders include shipping. Discounts are available for bulk orders of 3 or more copies sent to the same mailing address, please contact us for more information.

Books

Nau! Mission Inspired: The story of Henry Nau by John F. Nau


This is the true story of Henry Nau, a man who became a Lutheran missionary and a college president. He begins his life as a profligate—a gambler, a rebel, a duelist, and a horseman. Eventually he loses everything. In despair, he makes his way to a bridge in New York and resolves to end it all. In a dramatic turn of events, he gives himself to Christ. As he wrestles with his passions and imperfections, God leads him on an amazing journey -- from the rice paddies and temples of India to the battlefields of World War I, from the school rooms of a Black college in the segregationist South to the bush country of Nigeria -- using him to pour out His grace upon the needy in three continents.

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How Gracious of God! by Pastor Paul Bruns


Pastor Paul Bruns says, “I titled my memoir How Gracious of God! because I was the most surprised person in the world at what God’s grace did through me and my family for 32 years in Nigeria, West Africa. It was he who sent us, equipped us and enabled us to serve him. Therefore, my prayer is that my story will motivate others to depend on his grace to do the same.”

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Lutheran Mission Matters Issues

November 2016

“Science and Technology” Modern science and technology are the themes for this issue of Lutheran Mission Matters. What we call “science” and “technology” have been pursued since ancient times. But modern iterations of science and technology have proven remarkably successful and useful, and so their impact has been vast. For countries like the United States, science and technology are essential to economics, healthcare, and communications. But because the wealthiest and most powerful nations depend so heavily on science and technology, they also have a global impact. And for these reasons, they can shape thinking and expectations.

So it is simple to say that science and technology are important for Christian witness and evangelism. But saying how is complicated. The articles in this issue offer a range of answers to this wide-open question.

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May 2016

“Missiology” is the theme of this issue. Why are we devoting an issue of Lutheran Mission Matters to something called “missiology”? Most Christians and, I am bold to say, most Lutherans have no idea what that word means. The term is not in the Bible. It doesn’t matter. An understanding of “missiology” is crucial for the church today. In this issue some of the most expert missiologists will show you why.

According to Dictionary.com, missiology is “the area of practical theology that investigates the mandate, message, and mission of the Christian church, especially the nature of missionary work.” Maybe it would just be easier to say that missiology is the study of the theory and the practice of mission, important for Christians involved in international mission work and, increasingly, for work in North America.

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January 2016

“Pastors and People in Mission” is the theme of this issue. There are several reasons why “Pastors and People in Mission” has been chosen as the theme for this “special edition.” First, it helps call attention to the change of name for this journal from Missio Apostolica to Lutheran Mission Matters. The Editorial Committee is fully aware of the confusion that often accompanies transitions of this type; but we are determined to make the articles in this and subsequent editions available to a wider audience of pastors and people who are convinced that Lutheran mission matters, that the Lutheran faith is something to be shared with the world, especially the world that does not know Jesus.

Secondly, the perennial issue of the missionary roles of pastors and people is one that continues to raise concerns for Lutherans in North America and around the world. One might say that the conversation began with Martin Luther’s treatise of 1520 on “The Freedom of a Christian,” in which he emphasized that the Gospel liberates all to serve God and neighbor.

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Missio Apostolica Issues

November 2015

“Education In Mission” is the theme of this issue. Articles, editorials, and book reviews document and challenge mission and education practice in schools, congregations, and seminaries from the Czech Republic to Kabul. “Encountering Mission” selections explore and support educational practice in the parish and in Thailand. You can find a proposal for teaching the Christian faith that you can sketch on a napkin at the coffee shop, and a proposal for seriously charting and mapping global Lutheran education.

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May 2015

“Spiritism” is the theme of this issue, but other topics are covered. Several articles examine spiritism from a variety of views. Other articles include Robert Newton's “Truly Confessional: Responding to the Collapse of Christendom”; R. Lee Hagan’s “Big Challenges for Small-Town Congregations”; Hailu Yohannes Bulaka's “Theology of the Holy Spirit: Experiences of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus”; and Jeffrey A. Oschwald's “Great Things through Little Preachers.”

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November 2014

Modalities and Sodalities provided a broad theme for this issue. Missional leaders examine how missional directions sometime conflict with traditional institutional models of ministry. Numerous missional questions are posed inside of this issue, for the reader to consider and reflect on for the sake of those who do not yet believe. Two guest editorials strongly suggest the institutional churches can only become missional only if they return to their own formative history and follow the vision their founding fathers had when they cast the vision for the church.

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May 2014

This issue examines how Christians confess Christ both within and outside their own cultural and linguistic comfort zones. The writers recognize that, even within a culture that is reputedly predominantly Christian, speaking the Gospel necessitates seasoned approaches that take into serious account the specific socioeconomic and cultural contexts in which people live their daily lives. Articles address how fundamentally theological matters function in specific, practical ways to transform people lives.

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November 2013

This issue present but a few of the reflections on the missiological challenges Lutherans face in today’s church and world as they confess the Christian faith and adapt it in forms that speak directly to our generation. The authors relate the experiments in a variety of ways by addressing issues in translation, relating the historic traditions to changing worldviews, and reading Scripture and confessing its meaning to people who are either estranged from the Church’s culture or those who are newly entering the faith from cultures hostile to a biblical worldview.

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May 2013

Millennials is the theme of this issue. How do the Millennials belong in this Community of God‘s people is the question this issue of Missio Apostolica has attempted to address. The average age of the contributors to this issue is 36, giving younger theologians a platform from which to speak. We are reminded repeatedly that communicators of the Gospel regardless of their age must be very conversant with the culture in which they serve. Writers who are themselves Millennials are demonstrating that Lutheran theology is an effective apologetic to their generation, unapologetically!

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November 2012

This issue focuses on communicating the riches of the gospel in the cornucopia of cultural contexts. Many, if not most, of these contexts require, first of all, an ability and willingness to learn how to communicate in an unfamiliar language and context. Once it was thought that being in mission was travelling to faraway lands in order to reach out to the unreached — today, the mission field is in our backyard. Christians must walk the tight rope between faith and culture, and these articles explore the dynamics of crossing these cultural and language boundaries in the church’s mission.

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May 2012

This issue explores the connection and proper sequencing of the disciplines of Christology, ecclesiology, and missiology. Included is an critical examination of “Lutheran Churches Drive Lutheran Missions” by Markus Nietzke; "Reflections on the Mission of God” by Norb Oesch; and “Our Innovating God” by by Herb Hoefer. These and others examine how time and tradition have sometimes put the cart before the horse, with negative implications for the mission.

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November 2011

This special edition of Missio Apostolica contains a most interesting assortment of articles written by military chaplains and one chaplain‘s wife. The perspective is combat ministry in a war zone and the military environment. The writers creatively penetrate the military environment with the gospel of Jesus Christ under some of the most difficult, arduous battlefield conditions.

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May 2008

This issue focuses on issues related to Latinos in the United States. The reader will find a little bit of everything for every interest. There are reflections on Latino marginality in the institutional church, Latino church planting, Hispanic Lutheran identity, Latinas in the church, the reality of immigration, and poverty. The reader will also be alerted to some resources and major publication events—especially, in the Latino Lutheran church—throughout the issue. This issue has articles in both English and Spanish.

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