Donovan's book, first published in 1978 by an obscure publishing
house, “became a classic of modern missionary writing”.
Wanting to strip away all preconceptions of faith, Donovan sought to
offer the essential message of the grace of God as seen in Jesus
Christ to a spiritually interested and aware people from a quite
As the church in the West and its members attempt to engage with
a post-modern society, many many of whose members have a clear
hunger for and belief in a reality beyond this world, what has
Donovan to teach us? How can we learn from his experience
about the God who comes to us, who seeks to communicate himself into
our lives, our society, our culture?
Please read the
Preface to the Second Edition, the Introduction and Chapter 1 of Christianity
on your own and
others’ attempts to communicate the gospel in your local context over, say,
the last 30 years. [If you are participating in an
international course, you may have to say a little about where you
live.] Have you been involved in any form of
outreach, evangelism or mission in recent decades? To young
adults, senior citizens, teenagers, the middle-aged or to
children? In the street, the community, clubs, a home, a
Donovan towards the end of chapter 1 talks about the “credit
side of the missionary ledger” and of “the debit side.”
What would you list on the credit side of the ledger for your own
country since 1970? What would you put on the debit side?
the Forums area ( )
where you will find Forums already set up for credit and
debit. Go to each in turn and try to add a couple of new
postings to each. Click Post, compose
a headline for the Subject:
box, then write some text in Message:
that states why you think this is a credit / debit in the
ledger. The Post message
button will send your contribution to the Forum area.
Don't forget to look at what others have put and to comment where
appropriate. It may be good to add to what someone else has
put in preference to starting a new, very similar, thread of your
When you have finished, use the button
(right) to move on to the
next learning material.