My main responsibility, after trying to be a loving husband, father, and grandfather, is to help coordinate the people in Martureo who are creating a Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection
I have copied here for you the report from our Martureo site about some of our accomplishments in 2017. In Martureo we understand how important it is for Brazilian mission practitioners to carefully consider how they give witness to Christ and participate in his mission in all spheres of society. And I am very pleased with what we were able to accomplish.
Continue reading “Martureo: some accomplishments from 2017”
We were all together for a couple of weeks this last Christmas.
From Madison, Rotorua and the Bay Area we came, ate and played.
How we enjoyed each other!
It’s not about the ships.
The important thing is how cargo gets from one part of the world to another.
Sometimes the best way is on a ship that passes through the Canal. But not all cargo stays in ships as it goes through the Canal. The canal administration understands that is a node in a flow of global commerce from everywhere to everywhere. The canal is an important part of Panama’s brand: “Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe.”
Panama is about connectivity between humans. But the Canal doesn’t produce the Continue reading “PANAMA”PUENTE DEL MUNDO, CORAZON DEL UNIVERSO””
I am tired of what theology does to my social life! Perhaps my weariness is one reason why I accepted the invitation to assist in the birth of a Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection.
Theological positions are important for some people. Not long ago, a good friend warned me over coffee about the dangers of “Open Theism.” I was unaware of Open Theism. So Continue reading “Finding theology: I’d like to straddle the fence, but from which side do I climb up?”
Grandkids show up from two sides of the Pacific to spend Christmas season together. So Lois and I took them to see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And then we got a Continue reading “Grandchildren for Christmas”
I am not sure how I feel about the heavy traffic of e-mails I get with Christmas greetings mixed with an appeal to me to give money to everyone’s favorite charity.
I admit it is part of the system that has defined “missions” from the American church to the rest of the world and that we have done some good. This system has made it possible Continue reading “Year end giving in my 40th year of Christian service.”
I wish we could sit down and read Polycentric Missiology together. We might find ourselves talking together about what difference mission makes. Hopefully, our conversation would take us beyond celebrating or condemning missionaries who went out from a “Christian” North to a pagan South. Instead, we would talk about how the world changed in the 20th Century and reflect on the surprisingly decisive role that Christian mission played.
I would really be excited if reading it together, you might also find a way to help me resolve a long-standing frustration of mine. When we first went to Brazil as missionaries, I discovered the world was not really organized in the way the “missions” narrative I learned from had portrayed it to me. I can’t say that was the frustration. After Continue reading “Polycentric Missiology, by Allen Yeh”