From Jerusalem to Timbuktu: A World Tour of the Spread of Christianity, By Brian C. Stiller
From Jerusalem to Timbuktu
  • Length: 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: March 20, 2018
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 4527
  • ISBN: 9780830845279

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Christianity started in Jerusalem. For many centuries it was concentrated in the West, in Europe and North America. But in the past century the church expanded rapidly across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Thus Christianity's geographic center of density is now in the West African country of Mali—in Timbuktu.

What led to the church's vibrant growth throughout the Global South? Brian Stiller identifies five key factors that have shaped the church, from a renewed openness to the move of the Holy Spirit to the empowerment of indigenous leadership. While in some areas Christianity is embattled and threatened, in many places it is flourishing as never before.

Discover the surprising story of the global advance of the gospel. And be encouraged that Jesus' witness continues to the ends of the earth.

"The church is growing around the world! Believe it or not, Christianity is stronger than ever and is thriving in unexpected places. In this behind-the-scenes exploration of the global church, Brian Stiller describes and gives examples of what's driving this remarkable expansion of Christianity. Be encouraged. Christian faith is alive and well around the world."

Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, Wheaton College

"From Jerusalem to Timbuktu is a must-read for anyone trying to understand Christianity in today's world. Brian Stiller provides a practical explanation for the amazing growth of evangelical Christianity by identifying and unpacking five drivers of growth. His practical experience combined with exceptional research creates a powerful and informative read. After taking this 'world tour' on the growth of Christianity, you will be left asking . . . what will God do next?"

William M. Wilson, president, Oral Roberts University

"While many authors have written ably on the shift of Christianity to the global South, Stiller offers a captivating personal story of remarkable connections with church leaders from all parts of the globe. His expansive vision for the Spirit, the Bible, indigenous Christianity, the public square, and a holistic gospel articulates a clear and hopeful direction for the future of Christianity."

Todd M. Johnson, associate professor of global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"This book filled me with hope for the gospel. The gospel is about a personal relationship with God, and the church continues to be adapted into personal and cultural forms that make it the most relevant for everyday life. Dr. Stiller teaches us great lessons of the gospel's growth throughout history, but also leads us to the Lord of that history."

Joel C. Hunter, former senior pastor, Northland Church, Florida

"Combining years of global relationships, extensive research, millions of miles traveled, and a wide knowledge of Christian history, Brian Stiller has produced a must-read masterpiece! I know of no other book that so encapsulates mission history, current trends, and real-life anecdotes of faithful followers of Jesus Christ. The stories of the church around the world will encourage every Christian that we are part of the forward move of God. The walk through Christian history will educate and help the reader to know how our faith has traveled through the ages. And the overall message of the book will stimulate every reader to faithfulness right where we live."

Paul Borthwick, mission specialist, author of A Mind for Missions and How to Be a World-Class Christian

"It is important for us to be firmly planted in the context where God has called us to live and serve. But for our own health, we sometimes need to take a few steps back and look at the big picture of what is happening with God's people in the rest of the world. This book serves this purpose admirably. As we read, we are sometimes thrilled, sometimes sobered, and always we find lessons to help us in our life and witness. But this is not only a historical survey. Undergirding what is said are deeply sensitive reflections on the theological issues facing the church today as illustrated by the events reported. Brian Stiller's wide experience as a global ambassador for evangelicals and his considerable learning are combined to give an inspiring and instructive book. "

Ajith Fernando, teaching director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

"If you've ever watched the news and thought the Western world is becoming increasingly pagan, you need to read this book. In From Jerusalem to Timbuktu, Brian Stiller methodically shares how—despite encroaching secularism and increasing global violence and religious turmoil—the church is indeed spreading, and in the most remarkable ways! Bridging the gap between 'us' and 'them,' this is a must-read primer for budding missiologists and all believers with a heart for the nations."

Rob Hoskins, president OneHope

"From Jerusalem to Timbuktu offers an expansive introduction to the momentous fact that the majority of Christians now live in the Global South. Stiller helps us understand the multifaceted implications of this reality and presents a vigorous invitation to embrace the future of Christianity. Important."

Ronald J. Sider, distinguished professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy, Palmer Seminary at Eastern University

"This book tells the exciting story of why Christianity continues to grow at a phenomenal rate in the twenty-first century—this despite setbacks, persecutions, and the dying of the light in lands where biblical faith was once vibrant and strong. Brian Stiller is a world Christian statesman and he tells this story with passion, insight, and in the power of the Spirit. Highly recommended!"

Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, general editor, the Reformation Commentary on Scripture



Part I: From Jerusalem to Timbuktu
1. Faith Is on the Rise

Part II: Drivers Growing and Shaping the Church
2. The Age of the Spirit
3. The Power of Bible Translation
4. Revolution of the Indigenous
5. Re-engaging the Public Square
6. The Power of the Whole Gospel

Part III: Jesus Goes Global
7. Wholeness
Epilogue: Global Reflections

Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Brian C. Stiller

Brian C. Stiller is global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance. He previously served as president of Tyndale University College & Seminary in Toronto and was the founder and editor of Faith Today magazine. He is the author of eleven books, including Evangelicals Around the World and An Insider's Guide to Praying for the World.