(Re)reading mission in light of the Bible

I’ve been published again!

Martureo — The Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection recently published an article I wrote on The Bible and the missionary imagination after colonialism.  

In my article, I drew on my life exprience in what might best be called “an inbetween space”. I am from a place in the North that used to send missionaries to countries to the South and to the East. And yet I had a place of my own with people from another place–one that put them on the receiving end of missionary projects from the North–in their efforts to follow Christ into His mission.

My article also drew on the story of NT Wright, controversies about his work, and how those controversies have played out in Brazil and in the USA.

Out of those experiences, I found stories that reveal the effect of some “structures” that remained in effect after colonialism was dismantled. Surprisingly, those structures make it difficult for Christians to actually listen to the Bible. Too often we use the Bible to make it say what we want it to say. The structures have another related effect: they name some people as needy and other people as the ones that God somehow needs so he can meet their need.  

My story is about people who let the Bible examine them and their practices. Its about how when they let the Bible do its work, they were pushed into service for the good of others, rather than worrying about how to “defend the faith”.  

The article is in Portuguese, so I have included here an English draft version of my article

Martureo: some accomplishments from 2017

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

Matureo buddhistI 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.
https://www.martureo.com.br/martureo-some-accomplishments-from-2017/

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Brazilians transforming the future of global mission

Martureo Assessment September 2016

I have just finished doing an assessment of the work done by Martureo over the last couple of years. This has helped me figure out where I can contribute in my new responsibility as Executive Coordinator.  When we finished this Assessment, we were actually quite amazed at how active the Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection, Martureo has already been, and are encouraged by the response. Continue reading “Brazilians transforming the future of global mission”

The morning after Rio 2016 — everyone goes home (?)

Olympic travelers were told to get to Rio’s Galeão airport 6 (yes that’s 6) hours ahead of their flights today.  The airport is expected to be crowded today.   But not as crowded as the streets of Rio.  Rio traffic is notoriously congested, full of people who live there and want to get where they need to go.  engarrafamento-brasil

Those airport instructions, just like the geography in my blog title, have little to do with Brazilians. Continue reading “The morning after Rio 2016 — everyone goes home (?)”

Day 4 –Visibility of exploitation

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are in full swing.  The visibility of the Olympics on NBC is limited.  You could get the impression that the USA is taking home all the nbc-2016-olympics-logo-riogold!

Some Brazilians are making visible some hidden aspects of a global event.  They both see and and represent the Olympics through religious and evangelical commitments.  (I have written about these commitments in posts over the last three days, that you can read, if you are interested). Continue reading “Day 4 –Visibility of exploitation”

Day 3: Brazil is the world!

Did you see the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil?

As expected, they put on a beautiful show.  I liked how they focused on how Brazil relates to the world.  We got to see representations of how the world made Brazil, how Brazilians transform global culture for their use and how Brazil’s struggling eco-system and struggling economy reflect global realities. Continue reading “Day 3: Brazil is the world!”