Adventures in Typing

I have had to cut back a little in blogging. Part of it is because of a lot of stuff going on this Summer. We have a Disaster Response Symposium that our group (Bukal Life Care) is putting together in partnership with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary and Virginia Baptist Disaster Response. We also will be doing our first medical mission in two years (definitely out of practice). And we have 16 CPE trainees at our center right now and for the next several weeks.

Additionally, though, trying to do some book writing.

90% Done. “Ministry in Diversity.” Book on Applied Cultural Anthropology, for Missions. Technically, it is done. I used it for my Cultural Anthropology class. I have to finish footnoting and indexing., Also the students wanted more examples (I can get too focused on information at times). This book is for Bible schools… particularly in the Philippines or Asia.

70% Done.  “Foundations of Community and Clinical Pastoral Care.” This has been a slow one. I had it listed at 30% for ages. Many of the chapters are done. Still a fair bit of work in the Pastoral Supervision section. Actually hope to finish it before the anthropology book. To be used by Bible Schools and CPE centers, especially in Southeast Asia.

5% Done.  “Adventures in Theostorying.” The title may change. Have 2 or 3 chapters kind of done. But still a ways to go.

My two fully complete books are:

Theostorying   and   Principles and Practices for Healthy Christian Medical Missions

Feel free to check them out on Amazon… if you have time.

Books Status (Statuses? Statii?)

Have had some nice progress in the last few weeks:theostorying cover 1

  • THEOSTORYING.  I finished Revision C on it and decided to self-publish. I am rather proud of this short little book although I had the disquieting (and common) discovery of new errors in the book as soon as it went up on the Web.  It is now available on
  • MINISTRY IN DIVERSITY:  Applied Cultural Anthropology in a Multicultural World.  The first draft is done and is being reviewed by my Cultural Anthropology students at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. After that, some corrections and updates, add the endnotes and such and it should be ready to go.
  • FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNITY AND CLINICAL PASTORAL CARE. I really need to prioritize this. It is maybe 1/4 done. But we do Clinical Orientation and Clinical Pastoral Education here and there is no book that seems to fully satisfy in this area. The hope is to integrate (honestly) theological and psychological principles. Hopefully will have it done by… May?????
  • THEOSTORYING II.  I have plotted a little out on this. Some nice ideas but not sure when I can fully invest in it. Maybe I should work on it after the next one.
  • INTRODUCTION TO MISSIOLOGY. I have been asked to write this. A lot of good books that introduce missiology… but not necessarily from a Philippine perspective. Additionally, a lot of the intros have rather silly definitions for missions, and sloppy underlying theological principles. Can I do better? I don’t know… but maybe.
  • Updating the past.  There are three books that I have written in the past. One is book form of my doctoral dissertation on medical missions. It is a good book with good research, but it still has a lot of the annoyingly stilted language of most dissertations. Maybe I should update it.  I also have two books, one on wholistic interpretation of some Biblical passages and one that is a semi-autobiographical look on missions. Both have their moments but neither is anywhere ready for primetime. Maybe neither ever will be.