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    Paradigm Shift

    Pentecostal Missions and the Changing Character of Global Christianity  A Review, By Jesse Brown Heather D. Curtis is an associate professor and interim chair of the department of religion at Tufts University. She received her PhD from Harvard University in History of Christianity and American Religion. Some notable publications include Faith in the Great Physician: Suffering and Divine Healing in American Culture (2007) and Depicting Distant Suffering: Evangelicals and the Politics of Pictorial Humanitarianism in the Age of American Empire (2012). Currently, Heather is writing her second book, Holy Humanitarians (in progress) and teaches at Tufts. Success in spreading the Gospel is united with the Holy Spirit, not with presupposed…

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    Leviticus, it’s Different, but so is Our God

    Leviticus is commonly misunderstood and presumed to be of lesser importance to other biblical texts. However, from an anthropologist perspective, Leviticus fits Israelite culture. This perspective fits the mold of a religion concentrated on humility and love for Gods house by bringing people closer to Him, one another, and His whole creation. The author builds his argument on practices the Israelite community followed and contrasts them with other religions existing in corresponding times. Semitic people in ancient times were unique in being monotheistic, not focused on kingship, and removing interceding elements from their religion. Believing in a loving, present and justice seeking God whom makes covenants with His people synchronizes…

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    From Oppression to Revelation (Part 2 of 3)

    Multiple generations of Africans have been abused by colonialism and since have been further oppressed by established systems of political and economic governance that brands much of the population inferior. Teachings brought about by early missionaries were bogged down in religion and an awaiting salvation. However, an active reading of Exodus reveals that God is interested and wanting to intercede for oppressed people today. Reading Exodus should stir up communities to live alternative lives, liberated, seeking and following God. Christians with a living faith reading Exodus will call out for salvation. A reading of Scripture brings together Gods past acts with what He wants to do currently. Revelation will come…

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    Whose Mission is it Anyway

    Missionary Methods: St Paul’s or Ours? A Review, By Jesse Brown Roland Allen was born in Bristol, England and lived from 1868-1947. He graduated from Leeds Clergy Training School and ordained a deacon and priest of the Church of England. Roland took multiple missionary journeys to China. During these trips Roland became a critic of the church revealing the negative impact paternalistic practices in mission were having on native churches. Roland Allen authored many articles and books advocating that churches be self-supporting, self-propagated and self-governing. After much friction between Roland and the Church of England, he became a voluntary priest, continuing missionary journey’s visiting India, Canada, East Africa and Kenya.…

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    FOTL and FTL

    Most engaging from the second lecture was the second half that focused on the FOTL. Over the last couple of years I have heard numerous people talk about how we are not supposed to FTL, but love Him. I have always felt that through the numerous appearances and spoken word of God in both testaments to FTL that this perspective was not in agreement with Scripture. It was emotional reading through the visual texts and their provided examples of Gods visible friendship and power. Connecting the FOTL with trusting in Him and that it is trust that brings us to accept His love for us. Psalm 40:2-3 provided in the…

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    Camping

    Most engaging for me was the chiasmus of the pattern of trials in Exodus (Ch 14-17). The Lords provision of food and water after and before being delivered from the Egyptians and Amalekites reminded me that God provides through it all in abundant proportion. I appreciated the connection of remembering this story through camping.   On a personal note, while listening to this lecture I remembered that as a child after my mother went through a divorce that we went camping in the Rocky Mountains for a week climbing the mountains of White River Park. I believe during this time of tribulation for my mother and our family that she wanted…

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    From Oppression to Revelation (Part 1 of 3)

    Exodus tells the story of a liberating God for an oppressed world. A Latin American perspective of oppression recognizes the unconsciousness an individual may have to oppression, because of their cultural context. During times of cryptic forms of oppression outside influence through individuals or events must occur to bring revelation. Moses, being Hebrew, but growing up Egyptian was an outsider to the Hebrew nation and in unique position to bring Gods revelation to the people of Israel. This revelation informed the Israelites of the magnitude of their suffering and Gods promise to deliver them from oppression. The argument of God being the liberator for oppressed and impoverished people is presented…

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    Partnerships

    Cross-Cultural Partnerships  A Review, By Jesse Brown Mary Lederleitner started her professional career as a CPA being employed with the IRS. Following this work, Mary graduated with a master’s degree in intercultural studies (Lederleitner, 2010). Mary is currently working on her Ph.D. in educational studies, while focusing on best practices related to cross-cultural ministry partnerships (InterVarsity, 2016). She has traveled extensively overseas being called to assist numerous intercultural organizations for consultation with financial practices. Presently, Mary is employed by Wycliffe International, an organization that focuses on translating the bible in communities throughout the world (Wycliff, 2016). Mary’s broad intercultural finance and ministry backgrounds are thoroughly beneficial in recommending strategies for…

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    Call Me Maybe?

    Most engaging for me was the presentation of Genesis 17, which speaks to the discussion between God and Abraham about Gods renewed and increased covenant. This covenant included a blessing for Ishmael and Hager, and one of election and blessing for a son to be named Isaac born from Sarah. The back and forth discussion reminds me of the number of times God has called me throughout my life and I’ve ignored Him. The minimalist approach Abraham often has with his calling is reflected in how I continue to respond in situations of trial and pressure in the mission field. Taking the easy way out or one that makes since…

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    Who’s Culture is it Anyway?

    Reading about culture and how our own culture effects mission was enlightening.  Discovering the different cultural layers of values, beliefs and worldview and how these work together affecting our behaviors as enlightening (Winter, 2009).  Some of the most empowering information was that we hide or are unaware of our own culture and often what it reveals when we are in another culture. Additionally, it was insightful to hear that what we learn most while living in another culture will be what we learn about our own (Hall, 1959; Lederleitner, 2010). While living in another culture currently, I found Lederleitner’s (2010) chapter on Paternalism extremely helpful in mission.   Many of the pitfalls expressed throughout…