For Dean Flemming, professor of New Testament and missions at MidAmerica Nazarene University, interpreting scripture involves a missional mindset and sensitivity to God’s restoring purpose in the world. In fact, his highly missional perspective helped inspire the author’s own career as both a missionary and theological educator, and now forms the basis for his newly released book Why Mission?
“Recent years have seen heightened interest in how to read scripture from a missional perspective,” Flemming says. “This book addresses that question by exploring both how the New Testament bears witness to the mission of God and how it energizes the church to participate in that mission.”
Flemming’s latest work is the fourth in a series of internationally recognized books from Abingdon Press entitled Reframing New Testament Theology. As with previous entries, Flemming says Why Mission? is written to be clear and accessible in order to appeal to both students and those serving in the ministry.
A graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary, Flemming obtained a PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. After 24 years as a missionary educator in Asia and Europe, he returned to the U.S. to become a professor at MNU.
Initial reviews of the book have been strong. New Testament scholar Michael J. Gorman writes, “Dean Flemming has written a game-changing book on the interpretation of scripture for the mission of the church. This relatively slim but rich volume is absolutely mandatory reading for all serious students of the New Testament and for all who wish to understand the church’s participation in the mission of God.”
For those interested in getting Flemming’s take on a missional approach to reading scripture, Why Mission is now available on Amazon in print and eBook formats.