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From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church

From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church

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In the last century, amazingly, world Christianity's center of gravity has effectively moved from Europe to a point near Timbuktu in Africa. Never in the history of Christianity has there been such a rapid and dramatic shift in where Christians are located in the world.

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson explores the consequences of this shift for congregations in North America, specifically for the efforts to build Christian unity in the face of new and challenging divisions. Centers of religious power, money, and theological capital remain entrenched in the global, secularized North while the Christian majority thrives and rapidly grows in the global South. World Christianity's most decisive twenty-first-century challenge, Granberg-Michaelson argues, is to build meaningful bridges between faithful churches in the global North and the spiritually exuberant churches of the global South.

Jim Wallis
— president and founder of Sojourners
"This is the most important book anyone can read about the future of the church. . . . Global Christianity is being transformed, from the bottom up, from South to North, and Wes Granberg-Michaelson understands how that will and should change the Western churches that will no longer be the dominant forces in the body of Christ. . . . From Times Square to Timbuktu shows all of us how we might overcome the church's cultural conformity by letting the gospel transform our hearts, our minds, and even our societies. This book is a must-read for all who love the church, or are even interested in it."