- Theo-storying:Reflections on God, Narrative, and Culture. by Robert H. Munson. 2012.
We as humans appear to be hardwired for stories. Whether the stories are in terms of myths or parables, whether they work in terms of metaphor or image, in the end we understand the abstract through narrative. God and our relationship with God, are concepts that stretch our ability to fathom cognitively. On an affective level, we are lost, commonly describing God, for example, in terms of who or what He is not, rather than who He is. The Bible exists culturally and historically bound in story. Jesus taught with stories, as well as many others in the Bible. Even when stories were not used directly, imagery and metaphor were commonly used to draw the ineffable into our own world of familiarity. This book will not seek to tackle the great challenges of Narrative Theology. Rather it seeks a humbler goal– to encourage people to think and speak of God in terms of stories that resonate with culture. “Godtalk” should be more about parable than proposition, story than statement, and inspiration than information.
About the Author
I teach cultural anthropology and other missions-related topics at two seminaries in the Philippines, and have served for over 11 years as a missionary with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. I have a Doctor of Theology degree (Th.D.) from Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary, area of Missions. I am a cofounder of Bukal Life Care, a pastoral counseling center in Baguio City, Philippines, that focuses on chaplaincy training, as well as contextualized pastoral care in Southeast Asia region. A specific area of interest has been in contextualization of evangelical theology to Asian culture, with special attention to the role of myths, parables, symbols, and redemptive analogies.
The latest Revision (#3 I think). Paper or Kindle copies may be Purchased HERE.
Principles and Practices for Healthy Christian Medical Missions: Seeking the Church’s Role for Effective Community Outreach in the Philippines and Beyond. By Robert H. Munson, 2015.
Based on my dissertation. Looks at guiding principles for how short-term medical mission events can be done in partnership with local churches for long-term community impact and transformation. Click HERE.
- Ministry in Diversity: Applied Cultural Anthropology in a Multicultural World. by Robert H. Munson. 2015. Not Yet Published.
Looks at the applied cultural anthropology from the perspective of those involved in Christian ministry… especially, but not limited to, cross-cultural missionaries. Should be available in the Philippines soon. Other places maybe.
- Introduction to Community and Clinical Pastoral Care. I am writing this in conjunction with other members of the Bukal Life Care staff. It is for Clinical Pastoral Orientation as well as Clinical Pastoral Education. It is around 60% done. My strength is in missions, so it takes a lot more research… but it is coming along.
- Dissertation: Strategic Use of Medical Mission Events in Long-Term Local Church Outreach: A Consultant-Style Framework for Medical Mission Practitioners in the Ilocos Region, Philippines. by Robert H. Munson. Paper submitted towards Doctor of Theology Degree from Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary, January 2012.
- Thoughts on Wholistic Ministry in Biblical Context. by Robert H. Munson. It has chapters on different passages of the Bible, reflecting on them through the lens of wholistic ministry. Will try to clean it up in 2014 umm… 2015 maybe or 2016… You are certainly welcome to look at it.
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- Mission Living. by Robert H. Munson. Insights I had on missions based on my first 4 years serving in missions at seminary in the Philippines and leading a medical mission organization (with family).
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