I was honored to be asked to review a new book that’s out that I believe is an important contribution to our ever-evolving world. This new book, A Hybrid World: Diaspora, Hybridity, and Missio Dei. edited by Sadiri Joy Tira and Julie Lee Uytanlet, was developed at the Lausanne Movement and Global Diaspora Network consultation: Hybridity, Diaspora, and Missio Dei: Exploring New Horizons, hosted at the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines, June 2018.
The reason I believe this book is so important is that our world is getting smaller and smaller, day by day. The impact of migration, globalization and the intermixing of peoples is pivotal to our capacity to reach the world for Christ in this day and age. I am convinced this reality will grow even more important in the years to come.
Rather than tell you about the book, here is what a few of my colleagues have shared:
Prepare to be surprised, perhaps unsettled, to have familiar categories upended. Drawing from Scripture as well as multiple disciplines, the authors of this volume argue convincingly that the world in which we serve is far more complex than our classifications. An appreciation for hybridity opens new windows for insight, creativity, teamwork, pastoral care, and effective missional outreach.
DAVID W. BENNETT, D.Min., Ph.D.
Global Associate Director for Collaboration and Content, Lausanne Movement,
Asian Access board member
I like the fact that the contributors are all leading missiologists for whom the topic is a lived experience. Finally, I love this book because it helps me understand my own family better. I am an American raised in the Midwest who served in Japan for twenty years. We now have three adult children in New York City, Cambridge (UK) and London, who are married to a first generation Korean-American, a first generation Latina, and a first generation Englishman who was born in New Zealand to parents of medical missionaries to Africa. I need this book, and I am grateful for it! I commend it to my Lausanne friends around the world! The contributors in A Hybrid World are world-class leaders and scholars who have helped to prioritize opportunities, propose solutions with respect to the great sociological reality of our time, and live out what they discuss. Many will not recognize its timeliness and its global significance. However, for those who are ready to respectfully listen to voices from the non-Western world who will lead us into the new realities of a twenty-first century world, this book will prove to be illuminating and indispensable, i.e., “a must read!”
S. DOUGLAS BIRDSALL, Ph.D.
Ambassador at Large, Asian Access and
Honorary Chairman, Lausanne Movement
Having just completed a dissertation focused on Polycentric Mission Leadership, I am convinced this idea of hybridity is something we all should be aware of. That’s why I’d encourage you to get a copy and listen to those who shared. It’ll be well worth your time!
A Hybrid World is well worth exploring. It’ll help all of us as we serve God in this ever-changing world we live in. And, it’ll help us as we move forward to the day God has in store for us:
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
— Revelation 7:9-12
Rev. Joseph W. Handley, Jr., Ph.D.
If you are curious about my research on global leadership, you can find it on these sites:
Polycentric Mission Leadership:
Leading Mission Movements: