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

Inculturation Explained (con’t)

I have posted some pieces about inculturation earlier and the posts have been receiving on average 3 views per day ever since.  I am currently writing a paper on 'redefining inculturation', attempting to propose a more comprehensive definition for inculturation. My previous posts were mainly a combination of thoughts and theology from the Roman Catholic … Continue reading Inculturation Explained (con’t)

The Culture of Giving Tips

This is a must read for anyone who seriously wants to learn about culture: Readers' tipping nightmares and fairytales Some excerpts: 1. Kenneth McLeod, Xiamen, China: I live and work in China; last year at a trade conference we were invited to a banquet by our Chinese hosts. The waitress was giving top class service and an American … Continue reading The Culture of Giving Tips

How does a Church Grow?

Dr. Howard Culbertson posted the following in his website: Here are 14 lessons which John Slack learned in his church growth research with congregations of the Southern Baptist Convention. This is an example of what can be learned from demographics, spreadsheets, surveys, interviews, and historical studies by analyzing the information secured from various sources. New units … Continue reading How does a Church Grow?

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 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

Cultural Anthropology Course Material Made Available Online

Cultural Anthropology is now a necessity for mission studies. Surely no student of inculturation would want to miss out course material on cultural anthropology, especially if is in good quality and produced by a top university. The good news is MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has just a course like this. Under its Open Courseware, MIT … Continue reading Cultural Anthropology Course Material Made Available Online

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’?