Though they may take on different forms than in the past, traditional “cross-cultural” challenges will continue to be an important aspect of missionary life during the twenty-first century.
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From its small beginning in north India 2,500 years ago, Buddhism is poised to become the third largest religion in 2010 with 1.8 billion adherents. Peoples of the Buddhist World is a timely book on the religion which was perhaps the first organized missionary faith.
Have you ever felt like an outsider? Of course! Perhaps you were the last one picked for a game in the school yard? Or maybe you were the only one of your friends not invited to a party?
“The world is now being constructed on reclaimed land from the sea of faith in which we seek common values without finding common reasons from which those values stem.”
Recently I reached the milestone of a decade of leadership at CBInternational (CBI). It gave me pause to reflect on changes in the mission world since the early 1990s when I began my assignment. It seems like a lifetime and a world ago.
Unconventional, innovative and prayerful. Yours to Finish the Task conveys this portrait of William Cameron Townsend, in this fourth and final installment of his memoirs.
After months of internal wrangling, the denominational pastors board finally reached a decision. Despite the objections of some national pastors, the board approved a young man as national church president. He had recently returned from doctoral studies in the West, and was the most highly educated of all the pastors.
Missionaries are ambassadors representing Christ. They either present the ugly face of the home culture as a mask for the gospel or present the glorious gospel of the King.
Almost all missionaries have been told to respect culture at one time or another. A veteran missionary introduced me to the idea in an anthropology course in 1965.
The modern mission compound is alive and well. Its walls aren’t of stone or mud brick, but they are just as real. The distance between missionary and local is just as great, and the unintended insult is even greater.