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Christian Spirituality from a Southeast Asian Perspective (p.3)

Christian Spirituality from a Southeast Asian Perspective (p.3)

In this third post, my main goals are to help nurture the spiritual gifts of the individuals in our church family here in Chiang Mai and to encourage the use of the spiritual gifts whether in private or corporate worship for the growth of the Body.  First, I will describe the setting of the local church to explain why there is a need for the development of the spiritual gifts.  Then I will propose the objectives and the plans to…

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Christian Spirituality from a Southeast Asian Perspective (p.2)

Christian Spirituality from a Southeast Asian Perspective (p.2)

In this second post, I wish to discuss the need for developing and implementing Biblical Counseling ministry (and the use of psychology responsibly) in the Asian contexts.  I believe Western Christians have a valuable tool that Asian Christians are lacking.  First, I will explain the need for trained Christian counselors in both fields of Bible and Psychology.  Then I will share a few ideas on how we can use counseling in the church. When I was teaching ESL at Suan…

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Christian Spirituality from a Southeast Asian Perspective (p.1)

Christian Spirituality from a Southeast Asian Perspective (p.1)

In this first post, I wish to ponder on how the attitude of individualism has infiltrated the mind and the culture of the Karen-Thai Christians; hence, how this way of thinking can make pastoral ministry to the Karen-Thai Christians challenging in Chiang Mai, Thailand.   Although I am focusing only on the Karen-Thai Christians, since this is my ministry setting, I believe what I am describing here is noticeable particularly among the Karen whose parents migrated to a developed country two…

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