Nourishing Mission

Date added: 18/05/2021

Nourishing Mission
Nourishing Mission - jacket text



On 25 Nov 2021, Brill published my collection of essays and chapters from various journals and books over 34 years.

Nourishing Mission: Theological Settings (Brill, 2022).

Launch at Durham University, Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies, Research Seminar, Wed 26 Jan 2022.

Audio file of the launch at the University of Cambridge, joint Faculty of Divinity and Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide seminar, Wed 16 Feb 2022, with contributions by Prof Joseph Galgalo, Prof Kirsteen Kim, Prof David Ford, Dr Muthuraj Swamy and Dr Graham Kings.

25% Brill discount code: 72225

My imaginary interview about the book was published on Covenant here and on this site here

Quotes from Reviews:

"The essays in this book are together an articulate example of Anglican missiology in the last quarter of the 20th century — a missiology in the tradition of a globally diverse research project with a coherent set of assumptions and a lively community of debate growing out of a common history and practice...Nourishing Mission is like the Kenyan mash-up dish mataha, a flavorful mix of the personal reminiscence, missiology, and exegesis. Kings makes the point along the way that the interpersonal and the theological cannot, and should not, be separated in the reflections of a missionary."

George Sumner, Bishop of Dallas, on Covenant, The Living Church, 7 July 2022.

 "The volume is multifaceted. It draws on archival research, especially the John Stott Archives in Lambeth Palace Library, and wide reading. It includes analyses of inculturation, varieties of evangelicalism, approaches to other (especially African indigenous) religions, dialogue between different Christian traditions, sympathetic examinations of the thought of Henry Martyn, Max Warren, and John V. Taylor, and innovative liturgy and performance art. Chapter 9, looking at Deuteronomy and the Prodigal, leaves one wanting more of Kings’s biblical insights. 
The writing has a grace rare in academic writing." Terry Barringer, in: International Bulletin of Mission Research, first published 16 June 2022. 

"ONE OF the Church of England’s great networkers, noticers and encouragers, Graham Kings served as missionary, scholar, priest and bishop in Kenya, Cambridge, Islington and Sherborne before winding up as Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion. His latest book Nourishing Mission (Brill) is described by David Ford in his Foreword as “feeling like an embodiment of Graham Kings in print, characterised by energy and encouragement, with connections in many directions”." in: The Tablet, The International Catholic Weekly, 11 December 2021.

'The papers on the two great English mission theologians of the 20th century, Max Warren and John V. Taylor, and on Evangelical-Roman Catholic dialogue on Mission are important. The first of these papers throws new light on Warren’s and Taylor’s sympathy with and insight in relation to other faiths. Kings notes that their work has influenced many missiologists, if not much contemporary Evangelicalism. The second paper illuminates John Stott’s urbanity and statesmanship in initiating conversations with the Vatican, despite more conservative Evangelicals’ suspicions.' William Jacob, Church Times 21 Oct 2022.

'As an Anglican, Kings is very much alive to the use of the Liturgy as an instrument not only of worship but of witness as well. His role in the formation of the Church of Kenya’s famous Liturgy is well-enough known... His chapter on Evangelical–Catholic dialogue, led by the Evangelical leader John Stott, I found to be most revealing, and I wish that Kings’ research in this area was better known.' Michael Nazir-Ali, Studies in World Christianity 29.1 Mar 2023.