Were most white missionaries of the past 200 years colonialists? Recently, I attended a Christian conference and heard Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, an author and professor at North Park University, claim: "If you've never had a non-white mentor in your life, you're not a missionary; you're a colonialist. You're going to colonize the Third World – Africa, Asia Minor, America – with a particular brand of white, evangelical Christianity that is not the full gospel of Jesus Christ."
I understand the point Dr. Rah was making and why the audience enthusiastically applauded in response. No doubt, many white missionaries over the past two centuries have exhibited ethnocentric attitudes, believing their Western culture to be superior to the culture of the people they served. And, he's right that white believers, and all believers for that matter, should seek to learn from Christians who see the world through a different cultural lens.
However, with Elisabeth Elliot's passing this week, I couldn't help but think of how unfair Dr. Rah's statement is too. Can we really reduce the work of missionaries like Elizabeth Elliot and her husband Jim Elliot to colonialism if they don't pass a certain test? What about the Elliot's colleagues – Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming and Roger Youderian? All were brutally murdered, along with Jim, by the Huaorani people of Ecuador – the very people they were attempting to help. Were all these missionaries colonialists? I honestly don't know if any of them would have passed Dr. Rah's test. more >>
The executive director for the mission agency of the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country has announced her resignation.
Linda Valentine, the longest serving executive director for the Presbyterian Mission Agency of Presbyterian Church (USA), announced Tuesday that she was stepping down after nearly 10 years in the position.
For Christians to be persuasive, their message must be centered on and shaped by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Os Guinness argues in his new book, Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion.
In part one of The Christian Post's interview about the book, Guinness said that Christians have lost the art of persuasion by either giving up on evangelism altogether, separating apologetics from evangelism such that it becomes more about winning arguments than winning people, or relying upon formulas that wrongly assume all non-Christians are open, interested and needy.
"To be truly Christ-centered," Guinness wrote in Chapter One, "Christian persuasion is much more than just arguments about evidence or a battle over worldviews. There is an art to the advocacy of truth. It is an art that should be true to the truths of the Christian faith itself, and therefore shaped by both the Christian understanding of truth itself and by particular truths of the faith." more >>
Christians have lost the art of persuasion and they need to get it back, Christian author Os Guinness argues in his new book, Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion.
Balaam's ass is the patron saint of apologetics, Guinness likes to say, because the story from Numbers 22 illustrates that the key to being a good apologist is obedience to God.
In the story, Balaam is a prophet being disobedient to God. Several times, his donkey tries to turn him around, to put him on the correct path, but he is still resistant. Balaam only corrected himself when, in verse 28, "the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey," and the donkey talked to him. more >>
NEW YORK — Christian millionaire Wayne Huizenga Jr. shared his conversion testimony with 500 business and community leaders in New York City Tuesday at a breakfast hosted by renowned evangelist Luis Palau in preparation for the upcoming NY City Fest event set for July 11 in Central Park, Manhattan.
Palau and his son, Kevin, hosted the breakfast to discuss the upcoming festival, which will feature performances from Christian singers including Toby Mac, Mandisa and Matt Redman on the Great Lawn of Central Park.
Huizenga, son of billionaire businessman and co-founder of three Fortune 500 companies Harry Wayne Huizenga, was invited by the Palaus to share his story of salvation. more >>
A New York City-based pastor was detained earlier this week at a military prison in Sudan while attempting to visit two Presbyterian pastors facing potential death sentences after they were charged with various trumped-up espionage and conspiracy charges by the government.
This week, the Rev. William Devlin, pastor of the Infinity Bible Church in South Bronx, visited Sudan for his eighth time in nine years.
After meeting with pastors from the Sudan Council of Churches, Devlin was invited to travel along with three other Sudanese pastors, including SCC General Secretary Kori Kuku, to the Omdurman Prison for Men on Wednesday in hopes of visiting with imprisoned pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yen Reith. more >>