What Global Expressions of Faith Teach Us about Following Jesus
Discover a more expansive way to follow Jesus
In his many travels as a researcher for Youth With A Mission, Bryan Bishop has discovered a startling phenomenon: hidden movements of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and others who are experiencing and following Jesus outside the boundaries of traditional Western Christianity. Through colorful firsthand accounts, Bishop explains how these fresh expressions of faith can revitalize our own.
If you want to grow in areas where you feel stagnant or disillusioned, if you are concerned about friends who have left the church behind, or if you chafe against Christianity's European-American cultural box, you will find in this book a liberating view of what it looks like to follow Christ.
"Inspiring and full of hope. We are introduced to Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Native Americans, and American youth experiencing Jesus freed from unhelpful Western trappings and traditions. I highly recommend it."--John J. Travis, PhD, missiologist, affiliate faculty, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Read Boundless to see what church looks like among peoples who haven't been told to check their ethnicity at the door."--EJ Martin, editor, Where There Was No Church: Postcards from Followers of Jesus in the Muslim World
"Bryan Bishop's stimulating accounts of alternate patterns of discipleship to Jesus will instruct and intrigue."--H. L. Richard, editor, Rethinking Hindu Ministry
Bryan Bishop has managed research projects for Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for over 20 years. He has taught on communications and mission to audiences in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Bryan and his wife, Tamara, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
"What a joy it has been to read Bryan's firsthand account of treks across Asia and the United States in search of new ways Jesus is being loved and followed. We are introduced to Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Native Americans, and American youth experiencing Jesus freed from unhelpful Western trappings and traditions. What we find here are real life narratives skillfully shared in a relaxed, unhurried manner, allowing the reader to enter into the author's experience and reflect with him on what he sees. I find this book inspiring and full of hope. I highly recommend it to anyone asking hard questions about how Jesus can be introduced in ways that make him accessible to the peoples of the world who have often tragically felt he is off limits for them."
John J. Travis, PhD, missiologist, affiliate faculty, Fuller Theological Seminary
"With a journalist's observant eye, Bryan Bishop spent years traveling the world to report with engaging detail about people who meet to worship Jesus. What makes Boundless riveting is that these followers of Jesus were born as Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and tribal peoples--and to Western eyes, their forms of worship will be unfamiliar, even strange. Throughout his journeys, Bishop relentlessly asks similar questions: In a world where the word Christian has been filled with all kinds of nonbiblical meanings, could we simply invite people to follow Jesus but not use the word? What do these Hindu/Buddhist/Muslim/tribal followers of Jesus actually believe about Jesus? Read Boundless to see what church looks like among peoples who haven't been told to check their ethnicity at the door."
E. J. Martin, editor, Where There Was No Church: Postcards from Followers of Jesus in the Muslim World
"Bryan Bishop's stimulating accounts of alternate patterns of discipleship to Jesus will instruct and intrigue. His internal dialog invokes the key questions and problems evident in new Jesus movements developing across the globe. Every traveler along a similar path to Bryan's will recount different stories and grapple with different nuances of the challenges of incarnational expressions of biblical faith, but all will appreciate his sensitive and insightful analysis."
H. L. Richard, author, Rethinking Hindu Ministry
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