I am pleased to say that my book Re:Mission: Biblical Mission for a
Post-Biblical Church has just been published by Paternoster
in their 'Faith in an Emerging Culture' series. The book builds on the
argument of The Coming of the Son of Man but
broadens the scope of its historical-realist narrative to embrace an
understanding of 'mission' that arises out of the summons to
Abraham to be the progenitor of a creational microcosm, a
world-within-a-world, an authentic humanity.
The green-tinged picture of an escalator on the cover alludes
to Jesus' suggestive remark to Nathanael about the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of man. To my mind it is an image
that captures marvellously the intersection of the Bible's two defining
narratives: one about the vocation of a people to recover the original
blessing as God's new creation amid the nations and cultures of the
world; the other about the rescue of that people through the suffering
and vindication of the Son of man and the community that associates
itself with him during a period of eschatological crisis. It is out of
that clash of stories that we must fashion a sense of identity and
purpose for the post-Christendom era.
The book is available from amazon.com for $19.99 and from Paternoster's distributor for £9.99 and from Christian
bookshops in the UK. It's only 156
pages and an easier read than The Coming of the Son of Man.
From the back cover:
In this innovative book postmodern mission and New Testament
studies collide. Andrew Perriman examines the mission of the earliest
church in its historical context and argues that our context is very
different and so our mission cannot simply be a matter of
doing exactly what the earliest church did. The key question
at the heart of the book is, "How do we shape a biblical
theology of mission for a post-biblical church?"
"For me, Andrew Perriman's book, The Coming of the
Son of Man, was at once enlightening and disturbing,
convincing and unsettling, scary and inspiring. His new book, Re:Mission,
shows the same careful research, the same clear writing style, the same
willingness to question long-held assumptions on the basis of the
biblical text, and the same drive to understand what Jesus and the
apostles actually meant. It extends and deepens his previous book and
distinguishes Perriman as a scholar who must be reckoned with in this
time of rethinking and transition. A great piece of work!"
Brian D. McLaren, author (brianmclaren.net)
"Andrew Perriman has addressed one of the most challenging
facets of New Testament teaching and he does so with remarkable insight
and creativity. His suggestion that the apocalyptic prophecies of
judgment upon the enemies of Christ's Church have in fact been
fulfilled opens up a very intriguing hermeneutical approach. This
approach has the potential of pointing the Church in a new and more
fruitful direction in its mandate and mission. This fascinating book
makes for urgent reading."
Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of
New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Canada and author of
Jesus and His Contemporaries
"Theology normally deals with timelessness, as in Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Timeless
theology, however, neglects its genius: its timeliness.
Andrew Perriman thinks the message of the New Testament is timely — for
its time and about its time. Timelessness, he
contends, can only be discerned once one has lived with the New
Testament's timeliness. This book is daring and sweeping — daring to
sweep the timeless theology out the door so the timely message of the
New Testament can once again give a voice to a message for all times."
Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in
Religious Studies, North Park University, USA