March 7, 2012
Marginally Generalizing Is Not A Good Thing
Recently I was reading a book, a study by a notable scholar of a notable figure and published by a notable university press. And I came across this statement: “Like most missionaries, … was a marginal man.” Call me sensitive (marginal disclosure: I’m the descendant of three generations of missionaries and served as a missionary for a short while myself), but this statement irritated me to the bone.
Just where did the author come by this information that most missionaries are marginal? Did he survey missionaries past and present? Or did he just consult his mental filing cabinet of biases and stereotypes?Continue reading "Marginally Generalizing Is Not A Good Thing"
May 14, 2009
When the Missionary Gets Out of the Way
Seventy-two years ago, on May 12, 1937, James R. Graham Sr., a Southern Presbyterian missionary in Tsingkiangpu, China, wrote home to supporting churches. This was in the forty-seventh year of Sophie and James Graham’s missionary service in Tsingkiangpu:
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July 25, 2008
Was Paul a Cross-Cultural Missionary?
Many have said so, including not a few missiologists. Not so fast, says Eckhard Schnabel. In his forthcoming Paul the Missionary, Schnabel does a sort of reprise—but beefier, more comprehensive and, well, different!—of Roland Allen’s venerable Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? Schnabel is known for his extensive, two-volume work Early Christian Mission (IVP Academic, 2004), and this new book recasts and augments the Pauline material in the larger work. It is capped by a final chapter exploring how this all intersects with missionary work in the twenty-first century. There is much to consider and weigh in this new book, and it's sure to stir the missiological pot. Here is one interesting sample:Continue reading "Was Paul a Cross-Cultural Missionary?"