I read this book several months ago, and I’ve enjoyed subsequent discussions about it:
Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.
Here’s how D. A. Carson recommends it:
Among the many books that have recently appeared on mission, this is the best one if you are looking for sensible definitions, clear thinking, readable writing, and the ability to handle the Bible in more than proof-texting ways. I pray that God will use it to bring many to a renewed grasp of what the gospel is and how that gospel relates, on the one hand, to biblical theology and, on the other, to what we are called to do.
Ed Stetzer’s Themelios review is critical, but I generally agree with DeYoung and Gilbert on this one.
1. TGC discussion (11:43)
2. Desiring God interview with Scott Anderson (1:44:55)
3. 9 Marks interviews with Mark Dever
4. Crossway blog interview
5. Review by John Starke
6. Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert, “Some Answers to Some Nagging Questions”
7. Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert, “One More Time on Good Works and the Mission of the Church”
8. Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert, “A Response to Ed Stetzer’s Review of ‘What Is the Mission of the Church?’”
9. Justin Taylor, “Responding to Stetzer and Critics on the Mission of the Church”
10. Kevin DeYoung, “The Mission of the Church in Living Color”
11. Collin Hansen, “Mission Critical”