The aspect that needs training, more than any other, in cross-cultural workers, is humility. Pride and mission are polar opposites. Pride pollutes mission but the mission of Christ is humble mission. How dare we turn up with all the answers when you don’t even know what questions people are asking?
Matt 20 Parable is about envy. What is envy and why is it so destructive?
Intercultural threshold-crossers are frequently overwhelmed by floods of difference. Language, ways of thinking, ethics, religion… it’s all paralyzingly, stupefyingly strange. Understanding our default reactions to…
14 lessons in cross-cultural evangelism from Acts 8
Should “ethnos” mean people within their socio-cultural space?
Is ‘apostolic base’ an oxymoron? Apostles are sent ones. A base is a place from which sending happens. Apostles are mobile. Bases are static. Apostles…
My counsellor told me that I am addicted to adrenaline. Like Michael Schumacher, who retired from racing Formula 1 cars only to have a near-fatal…
There is a great spirit of fear in the Western world at the moment, a lot of which is based on prejudice towards Muslims. Jesus’ method of discipleship involves taking us to the other side to engage with real people, not media caricatures, to expose and unravel our prejudice.
Bernard Lewis, the Middle East Historian born in 1916 (yes, he’s 101 years old now!), has published his memoirs. For anyone interested in history, and…
You can’t judge snapshot of a person, you have to judge them according to their trajectory, according to their story. And this is especially true cross-culturally.
A few weeks ago a writer who goes by Luke here on ToWinSome wrote about the significance of Jesus’ incarnation on the Think Theology website. I…
A shepherd reflects on the angels’ message.
Openness to the unexpected is a key attitude for mission. Mission is saturated with surprise.
At Christmas we celebrate the Proximity of God. God does not stay in heaven, dispassionate and objective. God is emotionally invested.
A parable about the two brothers, Theology and Missiology, and why they don’t get along.
The patriarchs are a lot like Christians living among the unreached. They are an unwanted minority. They are met with suspicion and sometimes outright hostility. They are fighting for a foothold in the land. They live in tents. Fear is a constant companion.
I’m wrapped in a blanket eating blueberry yogurt. It’s 3:45am. I can’t sleep. My professor used to fixate on various students in Latin class, peer…
Here are some quick thoughts on crisis, from hot in the middle of one.
We can get used to a degree of control over our lives that is globally and historically abnormal. James invites us to soften our certainty.
The Bible is a mirror in which we are supposed to see ourselves. There should not be a large gap between what you know and how you live. If that gap is growing, stop reading and start doing.
An extended excerpt from Philip Jenkins “The New Faces of Christianity” on how believers might read the Bible from the global South
I have just finished reading When God spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible by Timothy Michael Law. It’s another one of…
In Galatians 2:11-14 Paul writes: “When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain…
Worldview is a story. Here are two narratives common to western Christians that need ripping up and re-laying if we are to be of any use cross-culturally.
In Acts 2 the Holy Spirit fell, and Jesus followers began speaking different languages. What’s the significance of proclaiming God in various languages?
100 years ago 85% of the world’s territories were ruled by European powers. For a Westerner 100 years is a long time, but for the colonised it’s recent history.
Is there such a thing as “missions expertise” or should every church have its own direct involvement with the nations?
American books on leadership seem especially laden with tacit values – contextually true in the place of writing, but which don’t apply universally.
Interview with the author of The 3D Gospel: ministry in guilt, shame, and fear cultures, covering masses of biblical missiology ground at top speed!
The numbers of refugees and internally displaced people in the Middle East are staggering, but here are 2 ways you can serve refugees TODAY.
Deborah’s story is not primarily about how God chooses leaders, nor should it be appropriated as stick-it-to-the-man girl power. So then… what’s it about?
Westerners tend to read the Bible through the lens that all people are, and should be, equal. But that assumption is culturally conditioned.
Many people in the world are eager to encounter truth though their 5 senses. Is this something we need to get better at in order to reach more people for Jesus?
De-Westernizing our faith requires questioning our learned “indisputable laws of leadership” – in this case, efficiency as a measure of success.
When we view the Kingdom of God as a Hollywood movie – a seed, a struggle, then worldwide success – what are we missing? Is that the story the Bible tells?
To cross cultures West to East with the gospel requires that we tackle individualism.
The English saying “water off a duck’s back” describes many people’s experience in sharing the gospel cross-culturally. So how do you get water into a duck?
Wondering how you can help in the wake of the earthquake in Nepal?
English is the world’s international language. Why struggle to present the gospel in heart languages? AM gives us 3 compelling reasons.
In Part 2 of the language learning series Grace tackles what it really takes to be fluent.
Language learning is a microcosm of the struggle to contextualize. Not just grammar and vocab, but entering a new conversation. Joining a new community.
We ask Bryan Mowrey from Jubilee Church, St. Louis, “With the media spotlight off, what are the on-going effects of Ferguson in the local church?”
The initial cultural adjustment is like entering a cave. But maybe your dreams were too small. Adventures await on the other side.
Any good book on cross-cultural ministry has a chapter on suffering. Why?
Spiritual warfare: When theology and (in)experience meet the demons in your kitchen.
Tackling two assumptions about worship in a foreign language. “My heart worshiped in English for 30 years. But my heart can expand.”
“Post-colonialism is the world’s strongest form of memory.” I believe the post-colonial world slopes from West to East. It is not a level playing field.
My story of learning to worship in a foreign language continues with a fresh start and new beginnings. (Part 2)
I love worshiping the God of the nations from my MidEast home, but it wasn’t always like that. This is my story of learning to worship in a foreign language.
In which we take Richard Lewis’ business-world model for understanding various cultures and bend it to contextual theology.