ENDORSEMENTS

The French Huguenots and Wars of Religion

“Stephen Davis revisits the history of Protestantism in France with integrity and scholarly passion. The story of the Huguenots is as timely as it is important, as William Edgar underscores in the book’s foreword. Davis’ writing is clear, rendering the book highly accessible even to newcomers to European church history. Its relative brevity makes it attractive as a supplemental textbook in seminary courses that cover the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.”
Richard L. Starcher, Editor-in-Chief, Missiology: An International Review

The French Huguenots and Wars of Religion is essential reading for those seeking a crash course on the historico-cultural contexts for the emergence of Protestantism in France and its place in society today. Clear, precise, and penned in straightforward prose, this volume is accessible to a broad audience. Davis deftly weaves together the many strands of individuals, places, challenges, and political and religious dynamics that fuel the life of this faith group.”
Glenn Fetzer, Academic Department Head and Professor of French, New Mexico State University

 

Crossing Cultures

“Stephen Davis delivers a wonderfully brief primer that is pointed and practical. Writing from both seasoned experience and solid research, Davis urges appropriate caution in avoiding the dangers and disappointments that come from inadequate missionary preparation. This book should be read by missionaries preparing for service as well as those who assist in their preparation.”

Mark C. Vowels, Director, Center for Global Opportunities



“Stephen Davis is no stranger to the challenges and difficulties of cross-cultural gospel ministry. He writes as an experienced missionary and church-man who aims to equip churches, mission agencies, and missionaries to better serve cross-culturally. My heart resonates with Davis’s that the goal of missions is not mainly to do good works but preach the gospel and establish new communities that demonstrate the transforming power of God’s presence. With such a high goal, missionaries need to be properly trained, and Davis is a worthy guide on the matter and the manner of such training.”

Dieudonné Tamfu, Pastor, Eglise Baptiste Bethléem, Yaoundé, Assistant Professor of Bible & Theology, Coordinator of Cameroon Extension Site, Bethlehem College & Seminary



“Missionary life is a high calling filled with significant challenges. Stephen Davis discusses important topics to be considered when evaluating someone’s preparation for cross-cultural ministry. Using insights gained from thirty years of church planting and missionary service, Davis challenges appointees to purposefully prepare for ministry. This book is a must read for future missionaries, the pastors who support them, and the mission personnel who assist them.”

—Jeff Straub, Professor of Historical Theology and Missions, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN



“My friend Dr. Davis gives excellent advice for those who are preparing to go on the mission field and for those who are already serving. In his book, he stresses the importance of being gifted, qualified, and prepared before being sent out to plant churches. He gives practical ideas based on biblical principles for church leaders that are selecting candidates to be future missionaries.”
Aaron Griggs, Church planter in Mexico

Urban Church Planting

“In his recent book, Urban Church Planting, Stephen Davis has taken thirty years of experience in church planting in many different cultural contexts and married them with ten years of ministry in the heart of Philadelphia to produce an easily accessible primer on urban church planting. It is a true blessing.”
Brian Martin, senior pastor, Sonship Church, Brooklyn, New York



“Stephen Davis was starting a church in Philadelphia when I was a student pastor in a supporting church. Steve was going into the city when most were leaving it. The lessons shared in his book Urban Church Planting go far beyond any how-to manual on the subject. Anyone wanting to discover the stark realities of an urban church will find a welcome read.”

—Andrew Straubel, senior pastor, Windsor Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey



“Planting a church in the city is full of joy and full of sorrow. It is the narrow road. But God promises to build his church. And he promises us his presence. The gates of hell will not prevail! If you are called of God to make disciples in the urban context allow Steve Davis’s Urban Church Planting to be a guide.”

—William E. Turner, Jr., pastor, Grace Chapel, Havertown, Pennsylvania

 

Rise of French Laïcité

“Davis’s masterful treatment of the historical rise of French laïque culture provides a foundational understanding for the revolutionary changes in contemporary, French self-understanding as a post-Catholic nation. It also builds a framework for understanding the new secularized consciousness with its contingent practical challenges currently emerging among youth and immigrant populations in France.”

Daniel Sheard, Assistant Professor, John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, Liberty University



“In his book, Rise of French Laïcité, Stephen Davis has done what few Anglophones have dared to attempt, address and translate a unique French concept—laïcité—for the non-French. In so doing, Davis provides painstaking details as to how and why an understanding of history must inform contemporary social, cultural, and missional engagement.”

Richard Kronk, Assistant Professor of Global Ministries, Toccoa Falls College; former church planter in France (1995–2013)



“Who can understand La Laïcité à la Française? Often mistranslated, almost always misunderstood, Davis’s historical, sociological, and missiological work meticulously clarifies this complex and fundamental trait of French society. A must-read for all gospel workers who venture onto French soil!”

Raphael Anzenberger, Director, RZIM France



“This is an excellent and insightful summary of the history of laïcité in France since the Reformation. I strongly recommend it for missionaries in their second to fourth year in France. . . . This book will help them understand the French values and how to better share the gospel in light of these values.”

David R. Dunaetz, Book Review Editor, Evangelical Missions Quarterly



“Stephen Davis has written an important historical study on the rise of secularism (laïcité) in France. From the domination of the Roman Catholic Church at the Reformation to its separation from the state in 1905, the road was long and rocky. Constitutionally strengthened in 1946 and 1958, laïcité is being challenged today by the rapid growth of Islam, France’s second largest religion, and its pursuit of recognition in the public space. A truly engaging story.”

Jeff Straub, author of The Making of a Battle Royal: The Rise of Religious Liberalism in Northern Baptist Life, 1870–1920

“I am not aware of any comparable study in English of the rich, involved history of the march toward a unique version of secularity. The book ends with helpful suggestion for bringing the gospel to the French, with their aspirations and misconceptions.”

William Edgar, The Huguenot Fellowship, Professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary