Missiology Conversations

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Reorganizing the World for Community— Lessons from Mexico and the Philippines

10/30/17 in Missiology Conversations

Subversion is at the core of Christianity. Jesus was born in a humble stable and was a refugee. He did all kinds of things that broke through the norms of class, race, and religion, hanging out with those who were marginalized, engaging a woman to be his evangelist in Samaria, coming into Jerusalem on a donkey—a true sign that he was not about imperial power.

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God’s Plan for an Ethnoracially Reconciling Church

10/10/17 in Missiology Conversations

How should we understand God’s plan for racial reconciliation in the church? The epistle to the Ephesians and the book of Revelation offer insight into God’s plan for the church. Ephesians says that the church is only the complete church when she is Jew and Gentile together, united through the gospel of Jesus Christ, into one new humanity.

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A Fractal Missiology for a Fractured World

9/14/17 in Missiology Conversations

What do US Christians think about Trump? Why do US Christians love guns and violence so much? These were the most popular questions I received during a five-day conference for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) alumni throughout East Asia last year.

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Does Your Organization Have the Moral Courage to Hire a Diverse Staff?

8/31/17 in Missiology Conversations

Last year, I spoke at a mission conference in Pasadena, California. As is the case in many evangelical events I have taken part in over the years, the speaker lineup as well as those in attendance did not reflect the ethnicities represented in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse metropolises in the world.

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Five Non-Negotiables for White Folks In Pursuing Reconciliation

8/18/17 in Missiology Conversations

“Racial reconciliation” is all the rage. Increasingly, younger white Christians are professing their desire for unity across ethnic lines. Christianity Today recently ran a piece noting the growing tendency of white evangelicals to recognize the systemic nature of racism and to desire to do something about it.

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Making Race in Puerto Rico

8/11/17 in Missiology Conversations

Have you ever wondered about how race differs between the U.S. mainland and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico? As in the case of missiology in which context shapes interpretations of reality based on understandings of God, Scripture, and human beings, issues of race are also contextually propagated and implemented.

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Missionary Self-care and Spirituality

8/2/17 in Missiology Conversations

I love missionaries because they get the job done. Against all odds. They’re committed to a long obedience in the same direction at any cost as an expression of their love for God.

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Learning from the Maasai

7/5/17 in Missiology Conversations

I was seated with a group of Maasai leaders outside their village at the foot of the Chulu Hills in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. We were enjoying large cups of fresh milk as the short rains had come and the animals supplied ample amounts. The men were giving me a lesson in the Maasai language and I heard their stories of life in this beautiful but rugged land.

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20 Years of Innovative Education in China

5/3/17 in Missiology Conversations

Have you heard about the extremely creative artwork displays at the annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin? I bet most of us have. But I bet not many of us are aware of the creativity in theological education in this capital city of the Heilongjiang Province.


Leaders Becoming Learners

4/7/17 in Missiology Conversations

Communal learning begins with leaderly learning—that is, with leaders as learners. For learning to be promoted and a culture of inquiry cultivated within a community, it is important that leaders become learners first. Accordingly, for spaces of communal learning to be created in their church or mission field, pastors and missionaries need to role model learning.

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Do You Want an Avatar for Christmas?

12/21/16 in Missiology Conversations

When my avatar and my sister’s avatar spar in a text message, are she and I really in battle? Why does my avatar headset have less sound quality than my master sound system? Is Dick Tracy an avatar of Warren Beatty or is Warren Beatty an avatar of Dick Tracy? What IS an “avatar” anyway? Is “avatar” really another word for “incarnation?”

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Gospel Heresy

12/20/16 in Missiology Conversations

Heresy is a very strong word. In times past heretics (from one group’s perspective) were tortured, exiled, or killed for their beliefs. Therefore, we do not use the word lightly. It may be of value, however, to resurrect the word in Christian circles, because some of the “Christian” beliefs being espoused today compromise the gospel to such an extent that it may very well be heresy.

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Black Lives Matter Through the Lens of Discourse Modalities

10/28/16 in Missiology Conversations

Why was the position “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) met with the response “All Lives Matter” (ALM)? I am not going to approach this issue from the paradigm of racial tensions in contemporary US society, but rather using a new approach that I call discourse modalities.

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Food and Faith

8/15/16 in Missiology Conversations

The Gospel of Luke includes many moments when food and eating become key events in the life and ministry of Jesus. Jesus ate with all kinds of people—friends, enemies, tax collectors, sinners, women, Pharisees, disciples—the list goes on. On several occasions, Jesus’ eating habits earned him such labels as “a glutton and a drunkard,” “a friend of tax-collectors and sinners,” one who “welcomes sinners and eats with them,” and “a guest of a sinner”.

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Why Plant a New Church When There Are Already So Many?

5/10/16 in Missiology Conversations

Fuller is excited to now offer a new degree emphasis in Church Planting to master’s students, in addition to our Certificate in Church Planting. As we seek to equip men and women who are called to plant churches, we must ask the question: Why plant a new church when there are already so many? Why not just invest in churches that already exist?

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6 and a half Reasons for a Degree in Intercultural Studies

3/16/16 in Missiology Conversations

In the early years of the 21st century, mission degrees and programs began to transform into degrees in “intercultural studies.” The change was necessary, intentional, and controversial. The degrees broadened in scope to prepare Christian leaders for more than traditional missionary work overseas. As the West was slowly recognized as a mission field, some began to equip themselves with intercultural studies (ICS) degrees in order to reach different cultural groups— “unreached peoples”—in North America. Others enrolled in ICS programs to engage in development work, pursue reconciliation work, or enter the struggle against human trafficking. Motivations and vocations are now much more diverse than they were when mission degrees first emerged in the middle of the 20th century.

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12 Must-Reads on Mission and Islam by Fuller Professors

2/23/16 in Missiology Conversations

These books represent the work of Fuller professors who have seen God at work amongst Muslims and have shared their knowledge, stories, and research. Our hope is that these resources would bring you to greater understanding, fuller passion, and more fruitful witness among Muslims.

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Filling Power Vacuums with Christ

2/11/16 in Missiology Conversations

Violence you can meet with violence. And Western states are good at violence, with their massive defense budgets and sophisticated weaponry. It is quite possible that even from the air Western forces could push Islamic State out of parts of Syria. Problem is, the fighters go elsewhere, and this year Islamic State been setting up Libya as a new base. Vacuums, though, are the key. This is the most important advice any leader—political or otherwise—should remember: Extremists flourish only after the forces of moderation fail!


The View from Down Under: An Australian’s View of the American Church

9/23/15 in Missiology Conversations

American Church, I’ve been with you for nearly two years, since moving from Australia as a missionary to this great land. I’d like to share a view I’m seeing of you—a view of your heart.

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