Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (1/4)

Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (1/4)

[In these series of posts, doctoral candidate, Jay Flinn, underscores the the history of the evangelical holistic mission debate.] Introduction Holistic mission is one of those ideas and terms that can mean different things to different people. Likewise, the definition, nature, and objectives of holistic mission have been debated for many years. The nature of the issue can best be described as the debate about the relationship in mission between evangelism and social action and the relative priority that each…

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Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (2/2)

Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (2/2)

[This post is the second of a series by Joshua Melby, a global Christian leader in Chiang Mai, Thailand.] Historical Examples Historically speaking, hymn-singing was emphasized more than prayer in evangelicalism. However, leaders like Jonathan Wesley, teach us that prayer is important. All across the world, Christians incorporate it into their private devotional time. Communal prayer has definitely been a feature of the evangelical movement with regular prayer meetings since the eighteenth century. Scholars like Ian Randall note that prayer…

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Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (1/2)

Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (1/2)

[This post is the first of a series by Joshua Melby, a global Christian leader in Chiang Mai, Thailand.] Dear Chiang Mai Church Collective, our city is already has one of the largest Christian populations in Thailand. We are a shining beacon on a hill for the rest of the country. We have an important mission in spreading and evangelizing the unreached and undiscipled people of Thailand. In order to continue to grow in our capabilities, I propose that we…

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Reaching Tibetans (5/5)

Reaching Tibetans (5/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 5: Nepal: Initial Stages, Nepal: Current Day, Conclusion Nepal: Initial Stages The first Christian mission that had contact with Nepal was the Capuchins from 1703-1715. However, political instability during the reunification of the Nepali kingdoms caused the Capuchins to leave. The early Nepali Christians associated with the Capuchins were kicked out of the country as well. Interestingly enough, the first Capuchins in Nepal had their focus on Tibet.[1]…

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Reaching Tibetans (4/5)

Reaching Tibetans (4/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 4: Nepal: Barries and Bridges, Nepal: Pre-Christianity Nepal: Barriers and Bridges Of the around 29 million plus people that live in Nepal most are Hindu. Hinduism has existed in Nepal alongside Buddhism for centuries. Nepal’s religious expression is very syncretistic combining elements of Hinduism and Buddhism together. Nepal being the birthplace of Buddha and also neighbor to India (which has been dominated by Hinduism for well over 3,500…

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