You Can See Some on my Amazon Page: HERE
Books I have finished
Ministry in Diversity: Applied Cultural Anthropology in a Multicultural World.
by Robert H. Munson. 2016.
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.
Available on Amazon.com: Click Here
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.
by Robert H. Munson and Celia P. Munson. 2016.
Finally finished it after 3 or 4 years (working on it a bit at a time, off and on. It is written for Bible school students, especially for Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling Class or Clinical Pastoral Orientation. Vol. 2, The Dynamics of Pastoral Care, for those dong Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or Clinical Pastoral Supervision, is still only about 40% done. It will take awhile. The primary focus is the Philippine context, but not exclusively so.
Some Books in Process
- The Dynamics of Pastoral Care. In Process. Hopefully will be done in 2017. A follow-on to “The Art of Pastoral Care.” The focus is on the dynamic qualities of therapeutic relationships— particularly in terms of group dynamics, family systems, and the supervisory relationship.
- Missions and Theology Crossroads. In Process. Looks at a number of aspects of how missions and theology intersect… or should intersect. Includes topics in the theological foundation for missions, reflective theology, contextual theology, and evaluation of contextual theology. Also hoping to finish in 2017.
Some Books I Will Probably Never Finish
A couple of books I developed while at school. I have found them useful for some follow on blogging and publishing… but believe they will never be fully done (unless they are totally revamped)
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. You are certainly welcome to look at it.
Click Here: Wholistic Ministry
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).
Click Here: Mission Living