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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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