Theology in the 21st Century

There is a postmodern theology. Although the term 'postmodern' might be overused, it still mean something. Modernity has passed. Not all elements of modernism has left us, just as not all of Medieval left Enlightenment Europe, or tribal/traditional culture left the developed Asian countries of today. Yet, postmodernity has arrived. Whenever the overarching, over-confident meta-narrative … Continue reading Theology in the 21st Century

Church – quit admonishing the world and start engaging!

One of my favourite authors and renowned historian, John Dickson, was interviewed by Marshall Shelley and Drew Dyck recently. The interview, which is titled, 'The Church in Secular Culture - Moving from a stance of admonition to mission' is available in the Leadership Journal. Below is the excerpt of a section of interview which I think speaks … Continue reading Church – quit admonishing the world and start engaging!

Useful Resources for Mission at the International Bulletin of Missionary Research

The April version of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research has a number of interesting articles. Articles are available for free at the website after your subscribe to its email newsletter. Among articles which are relevant to faith, culture and mission in the postmodern context are: 1. Emerging Adults and the Future of Missions by … Continue reading Useful Resources for Mission at the International Bulletin of Missionary Research

The Pope who Stunned the World

There is a post at the Read the Spirit site entitled 'Rediscover John XXIII, a Pope who stunned the world!'  Many have thought that the new pope, Francis I, brings a refreshing aura with him into the office. So it would be natural for one to look back curiously for past popes with similar 'aura of … Continue reading The Pope who Stunned the World

The Difference between Contextualization and Inculturation

From my MA Dissertation: Inculturation is centred on culture. This marks the primary difference between inculturation and contextualisation. Most Protestants consider inculturation as a subset of contextualisation. Bosch for example, placed inculturation under contextualisation together with liberation theology; with inculturation the primary concern is the relationship between faith and culture, while liberation theology includes the … Continue reading The Difference between Contextualization and Inculturation

Understand the Context to Better Understand the Message

In the end, most of us would agree that life is not all that easy to understand, that the messages we receive from within and from others and from God are not always clear. As the Apostle Paul famously said; ‘Now we see in a mirror dimly (one translation has ‘in a riddle’)’, always remembering … Continue reading Understand the Context to Better Understand the Message

Should Christians do the ‘Harlem Shake’?

I suppose we all heard of 'Harlem Shake'. Now that some Christians are doing it, people start to wonder if it is wrong for Christians to follow suit. They are especially concerned with the fact that Christians seem to copy the meme without thinking much about the origin of the dance and why they are doing … Continue reading Should Christians do the ‘Harlem Shake’?

Missiology and Homiletics – Preaching and Context

Much has been said about contextualisation and the contribution of anthropology and social studies to the work and theology of mission. In this post, Dr. Priest argued that these disciplines should be incorporated into the art of preaching. According to him, such contextual preaching has been around for a while, in the example of Billy … Continue reading Missiology and Homiletics – Preaching and Context

Spiritual but not Religious?

People today often identify themselves as spiritual but not religious. Of course much can be said of the actual definitions of being 'spiritual' and 'religious', but in general, people take that by being spiritual but not religious means they do not need to associate themselves with an organised religious body. My reading of various sources … Continue reading Spiritual but not Religious?

Could the Increase of Interest in Spirituality erode the Church?

I wrote about the challenge of the church in the postmodern age. One of the key changes in the postmodern age is the increase of interest in spirituality and the reluctance to be limited by organised religion. Other reports have confirmed this: Over one-third of churchgoers attend services in more than one church. One in … Continue reading Could the Increase of Interest in Spirituality erode the Church?