David Alan Black elevates from banality the description, “what you see is what you get.” Although he is a popular classroom instructor at SEBTS and is the author of more than 15 books on New Testament, Greek, and linguistics, he is perhaps best known on our campus as a passionate proponent of global missions. And he doesn’t just talk the talk. Dr. Black takes 3-4 mission trips per year, has adopted nearly ten Ethiopian children, and keeps an open office door for students inquiring about missions.
His most recent book, Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions? (Energion, 2012), seeks to do the same for an even wider audience. Here is how Dr. Black’s publisher describes the book:
The church in America has come to depend on professionals to ‘do ministry.’ In many churches, the pastor, paid to do the job, is the one who is expected to carry out all functions of the church.
But it was not always this way. Jesus came as God-in-the-flesh. The pattern portrayed in the New Testament is that every Christian is part of the body of Christ, and the function of Christ’s body is to be incarnational, to be Jesus Christ for the world (John 20:21).
Dr. Black takes on this attitude of outsourcing our mission in his shortest book, yet one he has said might be the most important that he has written: Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions? Dr. Black calls for us to replace outsourcing with insourcing. Instead of looking for professionals to do the ministry while the rest of us fill the pews, he is pointing us back to the Gospel Commission and the call on every Christian life to fulfill that Commission.
Black’s book is not an academic treatise, but a personal challenge: “will you join the cause of global missions?” It is written in such a manner that it will connect not only with pastors or seminary students, but also Sunday schools and small groups who are seeking to better apply their lives to the Great Commission.
You can pick up a copy of Dr. Black’s new book here.