You can be a missionary by crossing an ocean or by crossing the street. Filled with compelling stories, practical resources and relational tools, this guide from veteran crosscultural minister Katie Rawson shows how we can witness the way Jesus did, entering into people's worlds and drawing them into God-centered community.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is a crosscultural book. Scripture is full of narratives of God's people crossing cultures in pursuit of God's mission. Biblical texts shed light on mission dynamics: Sarah and Hagar functioning in an honor-shame culture, Moses as a multicultural leader, Ruth as a crosscultural conversion, David and Uriah illustrating power distance, the queen of Sheba as an international truth-seeker, Daniel as a transnational student, Paul in Athens as a model of contextualization, and much more. Missionary and missions professor Marvin Newell provides a biblical theology of culture and mission, mining the depths of Scripture to tease out missiological insights and crosscultural perspectives. Unlike other such books that are organized topically, this text is organized canonically, revealing how the whole of Scripture speaks to contemporary mission realities. Comprehensive in scope, filled with biblical insight and missional expertise, this book is an essential resource for students and practitioners of crosscultural ministry and mission.
The global village has arrived. Recent census figures show that communities in the United States are more culturally and ethnically diverse than ever before. And you may be just one of many who find it challenging to build relationships with people from backgrounds unlike your own. How do you befriend an international student or a new coworker from a different country? What can you expect when your church building is shared with a congregation from another cultural group? Why are your words and actions sometimes misinterpreted by others? Crosscultural specialist Patty Lane answers these questions and more. She shows you how to develop hands-on relational skills that build crosscultural friendships. And she provides practical resources to help you navigate multicultural environments with sensitivity and savvy. Filled with vivid stories of real-life situations, her helpful guidebook explains frequently misunderstood aspects of culture, debunks stereotypes and suggests ways to resolve crosscultural conflicts. Above all, Lane demonstrates God's heart for building bridges across cultures and shows how you can reach out to people of every nation, culture and ethnicity. Whether you are actively ministering to people of different cultural backgrounds, traveling to other countries for your business or simply want to make friends across cultural lines, this engaging handbook is a perfect introduction to the journey.
River of God is an introduction to world missions aimed at undergraduate students. However, the readers will soon discover that the book is rich in its content far beyond the editors' original plan. It serves as a reader for people with various levels of missiological interest and competence and deals with cutting-edge issues in missions. This book introduces a new paradigm, Kingdom Missiology, which builds on shalom in the Old Testament and as Jesus applied to the Kingdom of God in the New Testament. The first half of the book looks at Kingdom Missiology from the biblical, historical, and cultural dimensions. The second half of the book describes helpful strategies in the implementation of this paradigm. The importance of urban ministry is woven throughout the book. Contributors: Ashley Barker, Gina Bellofatto, Kendi Howells Douglas, Robert Douglas, Todd Johnson, Robert Kurka, Janice Lemke, Paul McAlister, Mark Moore, Doug Priest, Greg Pruett, Mike Sweeney, Bill Weber, Donovan Weber, Linda Whitmer, and Tetsunao Yamamori
Cross-cultural ministry is extremely challenging and must be entered into with eyes wide open. The aim of this book is to help better prepare cross-cultural workers to accomplish the task to which God has called them, to help churches become more proactive in recruiting potential candidates and providing ministry opportunities for assessment and development of their gifts, and to help mission agencies more thoroughly evaluate candidates in light of needed competencies.
Too often it is difficult to find an anthology that offers high- interest readings that stress cultural differences. Readers will have to look no more with the fifth edition of this highly-successful book of readings. Crossing Cultures introduces readers to a wide variety of cultures in the United States. Because we need to look at other cultures to define our own, one complete section emphasizes cultures elsewhere. Each selection has been chosen because it is a "good read" with an engaging subject and style. Each chapter begins with a short, personal reading, moves to more difficult pieces, and ends with a poem. Ideal for those seeking a multicultural anthology for their libraries.
“David Ireland’s new book distills over thirty years of experience … into a practical guide for others to use. If you feel God is calling you to unite rather than divide … One in Christ is for you!" —Luis Palau, international evangelist “Each time I have had the pleasure of spending time with Dr. David Ireland, I have gained insight into the depth of God’s Word … a trait I have found in only a handful of others.”—Kurt Warner, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Racial strife is tearing communities apart across the United States, but many of us don’t know how to start healing the divide. NBA Diversity Consultant David Ireland offers an answer. In One in Christ, Dr. Ireland draws on years of experience pastoring and counseling a congregation of over 9,000 members from more than 70 nations to equip you with practical skills for racial reconciliation. One in Christ directs you to the great reconciler, Jesus Christ. Warmth, regard, and respect emanated from His person toward others—no matter their background. In a divided society, Christians must demonstrate how to practice unity, tearing down the barriers that keep us apart. Thankfully, true reconciliation can be learned. Ireland draws on Christ’s command to “make disciples of all nations” to teach believers how to usher in a new era of racial reconciliation, an era founded on the love of Jesus Christ. David Ireland, pastor of a multiracial megachurch in New Jersey and diversity consultant to the NBA, equips Christians to usher in a new era of racial reconciliation in One in Christ. Racial disharmony is tearing communities apart, both inside and outside the church. But Jesus Christ is, and was, a great reconciler. Warmth, regard, and respect emanated from His person toward others---all others. Part of this allure was the fact Jesus was comfortable in His skin. This made others who approached Him comfortable in their skin. This quality fuels the deconstruction of walls---the tearing down of barriers that keep us apart. In One in Christ, Ireland shows us that this quality can be learned. In fact, at the cellular structure of Christianity is the ability to be cross-cultural. The Great Commission proclaims it. Jesus said, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). The word nation is the Greek word ethnos, where we derive the English word ethnic. In essence, the last charge Jesus gave was for His followers to become cross-cultural ambassadors. This is not optional, Ireland says: We must each become racially accommodating.
Crossing Cultures is an exciting demonstration of the quality of new research being undertaken in Canberra and Darwin. Covering seemingly diverse topics in Art, Society, Material Culture, Indigenous Issues and History, the volume brings together scholars who are concerned to understand and communicate the ways in which people of the Australian region represent their worlds and engage with them.The result of a conference held in Darwin, this group of papers displays the work of young and not so young writers whose enthusiasm and freshness shine through what are often quite complex inter-cultural encounters. The representation of ?The Other? in our writing is an ongoing issue for those working in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This volume reveals the extent to which these contemporary writers are sensitive to the problem of recounting the lives of others in a manner that makes them comprehensible without reducing their integrity. These current and recently past post-graduate students succeed admirably in their task and their studies are clear and informative as well as imaginative.The breadth and vitality of this collection will undoubtedly convince readers that cross- cultural research is very much alive in Australia and that it continues to produce high quality outcomes that enrich our understanding.Crossing Cultures is a valuable addition to the literature for all those interested in analysing both contemporary and historical cultural processes.
In this important new study, Judith Oster looks at the literature of Chinese Americans and Jewish Americans in relation to each other. Examining what is most at issue for both groups as they live between two cultures, languages, and environments, Oster focuses on the struggles of protagonists to form identities that are necessarily bicultural and always in process. Recognizing what poststructuralism has demonstrated regarding the instability of the subject and the impossibility of a unitary identity, Oster contends that the writers of these works are attempting to shore up the fragments, to construct, through their texts, some sort of wholeness and to answer at least partially the questions Who am I? and Where do I belong? Oster also examines the relationship of the reader to these texts. When encountering texts written by and about “others,” readers enter a world different from their own, only to find that the book has become mirrorlike, reflecting aspects of themselves: they encounter identity struggles that are familiar but writ large, more dramatic, and set in alien environments. Among the figures Oster considers are writers of autobiographical works like Maxine Hong Kingston and Eva Hoffman and writers of fiction: Amy Tan, Anzia Yezierska, Henry Roth, Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Lan Samantha Chang, and Frank Chin. In explicating their work, Oster uses Lacan's idea of the “mirror stage,” research in language acquisition and bilingualism, the reader-response theories of Iser and Wimmers, and the identity theories of Charles Taylor, Emile Benveniste, and others. Oster provides detailed analyses of mirrors and doubling in bicultural texts; the relationships between language and identity and between language and culture; and code-switching and interlanguage (English expressed in a foreign syntax). She discusses food and hunger as metaphors that express the urgent need to hear and tell stories on the part of those forging a bicultural identity. She also shows how American schooling can undermine the home culture's deepest values, exacerbating children's conflicts within their families and within themselves. In a chapter on theories of autobiography, Oster looks at the act of writing and how the page becomes a home that bicultural writers create for themselves. Written in an engaging, readable style, this is a valuable contribution to the field of multicultural literary criticism.
To cross boundaries, to go beyond borders: an evocative idea, but what are the implications and consequences of transgression? How are boundaries challenged, redefined and overcome within the intricacies of taboos, bodies and identities? Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Taboos, Bodies and Identities brings together a range of articles that address this theme using different frameworks of interpretation. As in the case of taboo, boundaries are often internalised and may function as regulators for a society. Their existence becomes visible the moment they are violated. The essays in this book explore voluntary and accidental encounters with boundaries not only from theoretical perspectives but also from the experience of those who are part of transitions on a regular basis in their everyday lives. The notion of otherness is central to the articles in this book. The definition and interpretation of cultural others become part and parcel of the process of negotiation of bodies and identities. While the other is marked by outward bodily signs, spaces, taboos and cultural practices, the self is empowered by resisting submission to dominant modes and descriptions. Deconstructing boundaries becomes part of the project of redefining the self. This book will appeal to academics and researchers in communications, cultural studies, sociology, health sciences, anthropology, literature, and applied linguistics.
In December of 2013, several thousand college students gathered together to mobilize for the most dangerous and loving cause in the universe: rescuing people from eternal suffering and bringing them into the everlasting joy of friendship with Jesus. Cross captures the messages from the groundbreaking conference, with contributors that include John Piper, Matt Chandler, Thabiti Anyabwile, Kevin DeYoung, and D.A. Carson.
Vol.1, a translation includes "the period from 1771-1812, preceded by the Minutes of the Cœtus (1738-1754) and the Proceedings of the Conferentie (1755-1767) and followed by the Minutes of the original particular synod (1794-1799)"
"In this new millennium, let us be known as a supernatural movement. If we are committed to helping fulfill the Great Commission each year, we must learn to live supernaturally, think supernaturally, pray supernaturally, partnership and plan supernaturally. We must draw upon the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. We must love supernaturally and we must believe God for supernatural results, so that in our lifetime - indeed every year - every person on planet Earth will have a chance to say yes to our wonderful Savior"--BACK COVER / Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.
This book will guide the reader through a variety of passages of Scripture recorded in the Gospel of Luke that placed Jesus at the dinner table. The stories represented in the passages of Scripture demonstrate a number of situations into which Jesus was either thrust, or into which he placed himself. My desire with this book is to encourage the reader to come back to what is important--the table--but more crucially to recognize the importance of engaging people around a proverbial table with whom you may not normally associate. The purpose of this book is to challenge your thinking as a believer regarding people's needs and how you might meet them, and to challenge your view of contemporary Christianity and the hypocrisy with which we are so often accused. Finally, I hope to make Jesus's table talk a welcome part of your faith and life as a believer. ""Dr. Townsend has the unique proficiency of taking ancient truths and translating them into twenty-first-century realities. The urgency to take back relational dinner conversations has never been greater. Mother Teresa said, 'If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.' Seize the day, grab your copy today, and invite Jesus back into your table talk discussions."" --Brad Rosenberg, Board Chairman, Convoy of Hope ""Dr. Scott Townsend combines some of my favorite ingredients: Jesus, food, and reaching lost people! If you have a taste for any of the above, then you'll be sure to glean from the insights in this book. Oh, and while you're reaching, you can plan your next cookout and which far-from-God friends you can invite. --Douglas Witherup, Lead Pastor, cfa church, and author of Interrobang Preaching ""This book is an insightful look into how our cultural lens affects our interpretation of Scripture. Scott does a great job at opening the Western eye to seeing Christ and his actions as they were intended. This is never easy, and crossing cultures makes it even more challenging. Scott's book is a must read for every believer who desires to live out the Great Commission."" --Brent & Lori Enget, Missionaries to Europe, Assemblies of God World Missions Scott Townsend serves as the assistant dean of the graduate school at Trinity Bible College and Graduate School where he has served for eighteen years in a variety of roles. Scott has a BA from Trinity Bible College, two MAs from Crown College, and a PhD from Northcentral University. Scott, his wife Ginger, and their three daughters and one son live in North Dakota.