IN PROCESS: “Holy Defect: Reflections on Wabi Sabi as a Metaphor for Christian Perfection.” This article attempts neither to be an exegetical or theological study of Christian perfection, nor an in-depth look at aesthetic theory. The relatively modest goal is to consider the benefit of the Japanese aesthetic theory of Wabi Sabi as a metaphor for Christian perfection. <Hopefully complete by December 2017>
NEWEST: Doing Missions in Samaria: Lessons from the Past for Today Doing Missions in Samaria: Lessons from the Past for Today. Originally based on a four-part sermon series that looks at the complex relationship that ancient Israel, and later the Christian church had with Samaria. A parallel is made to its reference in the Acts 1 version of the Great Commission, and possible viewpoint of how that relates to missions today.
NEWER: Snapshots of Faith, Hope and Growth in Disaster Response Chaplaincy. This paper considers the practical role of chaplains, as religious professionals,serving within the setting of a disaster, whether natural or manmade. It specifically looks at insights within the perspective of “snapshots” of ministry tied to Bukal Life Care (www.bukallifecare.org) serving in the Philippines.
NEW: The Vital Role of Cultural Anthropology in Development of Theology. This paper considers the role of anthropology, particularly cultural anthropology, and its importance in theology. Utilizing some of the ideas of Hans Frei, the paper also supports the greater importance of cultural analysis of sacred texts over historical analysis, and, utilizing the terms of Frei, the value of a hermeneutic of description over a hermeneutic of suspicion. This paper supports the idea that all theology is contextual and thus gains from the study of the culture in which the theologies is embedded. (2015)
1. In Jesus’ Name. Looks at the phrase (and related terms such as “In My Name”) from a Biblical context. The hope is to see its implication in missions.
2. The Role of Trade Routes in the Spread of Christianity in Asia in the First Millenium. Discusses mission work in Central and Eastern Asia in the first millenium AD.
3. Wholistic Ministry and Nehemiah. Look at wholistic (or ‘holistic’) Christian Ministry in light of the book of Nehemiah.
4. Dependence, Independence, and Interdependence. A short look at these three concepts as it relates to community development and Christian ministry.
5. Missions Lessons I Have Learned From Others. I wrote this little article as a bit of a “lessons learned” paper only about 2 years into missions service. While I would like to think that I could write it better now… I think the lessons stand true.
6. Organizing an Equipping. This is a 5 page article on Christian Leadership I did for a class at Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary. I like this one (and I don’t like everything I write… least of all for homework).
7. Parable #1. The Useful Bowl. Simple story about what it means to do what God has called us to do.
8. Parable #2. The Master Clockmaker. Draws into question what is true success.
9. Parable #3. Uncle Frank. Looks at the issue of pride, and what is our first love.
10. Parable #4. Valleyview and River City. Looks at Prevention versus Cure in missions.
11. Parable #5. Parable of the Recycling God. God as one who Renews, Reuses, and Recycles.
12. Visual Model on Relief and Development. First Article of results of Dissertation of use of Medical Missions for long-term local church outreach.
14. Healthy Medical Missions. Second Article of results of Dissertation of use of Medical Missions for long-term local church outreach.
15. Changing Priorities in Christian Missions. Third Article of results of Dissertation of use of Medical Missions for long-term local church outreach.