The Enduring Validity of Cross-Cultural Mission

I recently read an article by Lesslie Newbigin titled, “The Enduring Validity of Cross-Cultural Mission.” It was originally presented as an address at the dedication of the new location of the “Overseas Ministries Study Center” on October 5, 1987. In this essay he discusses some of the sentiments that lie behind the center’s former useContinue reading “The Enduring Validity of Cross-Cultural Mission”

Who do Missiologists Answer to?

In an entry on “Missiology” in the Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Wilbert Shenk offers, what I take, to be a pretty broad definition of missiology. According to him it is the academic study of all dimensions of the Christian mission. He includes several aspects of what “all dimensions” actually refers to, including, “biblical and theological foundations,”Continue reading “Who do Missiologists Answer to?”

I Have Decided To Start Working on a Different Degree…

 Some of you are aware of my journey about how I got involved in Analytic Theology. When I graduated from UCLA in 2010 I knew that I enjoyed doing philosophy, but still had a burden for the mission Dei in my heart. So I figured I should do philosophy of religion that way I couldContinue reading “I Have Decided To Start Working on a Different Degree…”

Training Pastors in Uganda

I mentioned in my last post that I will be going to Africa Renewal University, which is in Kampala, Uganda to teach an MA level Systematic Theology course. Our church has an awesome partnership with the school. We recently helped support 20 Sudanese students as they are working towards their BA in Theology. Its soContinue reading “Training Pastors in Uganda”

Crossing Cultures in Scripture

Years ago I took a class on The Biblical Theology of Mission with Charles van Engen at Fuller. We basically ran (it sure felt like running) through the whole bible looking at “mission” everywhere it appeared for 10 quick weeks. Our final assignment was to write a paper taking one missiological issue and trace theContinue reading “Crossing Cultures in Scripture”

Crossing Cultures With Jesus

I think if found it! In just a few short days I will be leading a group of 20 college students on a short term mission trip to Uganda. For many of the students this is their first mission trip, and for a whole bunch of them it’s the first time they will ever stepContinue reading “Crossing Cultures With Jesus”

Top Ten Books of 2014

Christmas is the best time of the year to make lists! Santa Claus is checking his list of kids who were naughty and nice, deciding which kids are going to get presents and which kids are going to get coal. The nice kids are making lists of toys they want. (God bless the greedy littleContinue reading “Top Ten Books of 2014”

Missions – It’s All About Jesus

Why do we do missions? Why do we invest so much money into sending people to the other side of the world to plant churches, to share the gospel, and to tangibly exemplify the kingdom? Why do people sacrifice their lives, their families, their hopes and dreams and desires for this thing we call “missions?”Continue reading “Missions – It’s All About Jesus”

Urban Population

Over the past decade or so missiologists have increasingly noted how important urban centers will be (and to a huge extent already are) for mission. There are many factors as to why this is so – for instance the size, complexity, migration/immigration, ethnocentrism/ethnic diversity, and wealth/poverty that all exist in tension within cities. However oneContinue reading “Urban Population”