The Missionary–Theologian

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The Missionary–Theologian

Sent into the World, Sanctified by the Word

Gospel doctrine is the lifeblood of mission. Most missionaries in church history have, in preparation for the field, committed themselves to rigorous study and extraordinary theological training, but there has been a move away from that in recent times. E.D. Burns contends that this is dangerous, leaving those who need it most ill–equipped to deal with the difficulties mission life brings. This brotherly and friendly plea challenges those who are already in, or are considering joining, the mission field to rest in Christ’s work and abide in His Word.


The Missionary–Theologian is a must read for all Christian leaders, even more so for those called to serve as missionaries. Since the Bible is the Word of God, it contains the self–sufficient content and strategy for missions. The missionary should know how to properly handle, proclaim, and obey it. This book is a clarion call for lives that bear fruit that last.

Carlos Calderon, Vice President, Partners International

… a clear call to consider the gospel as the greatest motivation for missions, not simply as the missionary message to preach to the world, but as the sustaining joy and hope of missionary life and ministry

 Joe Fauth, Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania & Co–Founder, Spread of Grace Ministries

It is refreshing to once again have available for mission practitioners a strongly biblical approach to and subsequent evaluation of, the praxis of missions. Written by a perceptive ‘missionary–theologian,’ Burns guides missionaries how to be theologically adept as they perform their high calling as God’s global message bearers. I cannot recommend this book enough.

Marvin J. Newell, Staff Missiologist

… warns us of dangerous landmines, guides us through the thicket of contemporary missions issues, and offers us a Christ–centered, biblically serious, church–minded, and grace–driven approach to missions. 

Christopher Morgan, Dean of the School of Christian Ministries and Professor of Theology, California Baptist University, Riverside, California

Tenacious. That word kept coming to mind as I read this book. I met Burns when we were students together. He was the one leading spontaneous prayer meetings for the nations and speaking about the glory of God. Neither would let him go. This work represents that happy union of theology and mission after two decades in the meat smoker of study and experience. Here is a book on the church and her mission and a theology of both; a book that holds onto the doctrine of sola scriptura and to the practice of global missions as though everything depends on it. Let this book convince you—or re–convince you—that indeed everything is at stake.

Trent Hunter,Pastor for Preaching and Teaching, Heritage Bible Church, Greer, South Carolina

This is a book I have been hoping to find for years. It is a biblical tonic for missions misunderstanding. It will strengthen your theological moorings, correct sentimental misconceptions, and warm your heart devotionally toward biblical missions.

Rick Holland, Senior Pastor, Mission Road Bible Church, Kansas City, Kansas


E.D. Burns, PhD, has been a missionary in the Middle East, East Asia, Alaska, and currently Southeast Asia, where he develops theological resources and trains indigenous pastors and missionaries. From his international location, he also directs the MA in Global Leadership at Western Seminary. He is the author of ‘A Supreme Desire to Please Him: The Spirituality of Adoniram Judson’.

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Weight 600 g
Dimensions 213 × 137 × 15 mm

Burns, E. D., (Author)

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Christian Focus (2020), 264 pages

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