More on Future of the Global Church
After reviewing Johnstone's Future of the Global Church, I felt there was a little more to be said. This was a book with many powerful statements, worthy of underlining and passing on. Some quotes that particularly stood out to me were:
"The 21st Century will be the first urban century in history . . . by 2050, 71% of humankind will live in cities" (pp. 6-7).
"About 10-20% of the global GDP is spent on bribery--about $1 trillion in 2005" (p. 13).
"The [global] expansion of Christianity between 1950 and 2000 has no parallel in history" (p. 94).
"Over 50% of Europeans claim to be religious but never attend a place of worship" (p. 98).
"By 2050, over 44% of all Protestants will probably be African" (p. 109).
"By 2050, eight of the top 10 Anglican countries will probably be African" (p. 111).
"The 'successes' of US Evangelicalism--its management styles, its mega-churches, its business ventures and so on--have all to often become models for church life somewhere else in the world. How much of this is more cultural than biblical?" (p. 141).
"The disturbing truth is that there may still be nearly 2 billion individuals . . . who have never had a a chance to hear the Gospel" (p. 161).
Finally, I ran across this brief video of the author talking about his motivation for writing and discussing some of the book's features.
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