living in cultures

“The fundamental way in which we humans respond to our cultural situation — and ultimately to God, who comes to us clothed in this situation — is by our doing and making — in other words, by our praxis and poesis (Greek for “doing” and “making”). Humans make themselves and forge their identity through their […]

rediscovering the culture

“Recognizing our missionary context means we can no longer assume that the church understands the culture. We need to rediscover or relearn the culture. We need to get to know our neighborhood, its people, and their stories, values, worldview and culture. We need to ask the kind of questions that missionaries ask when they enter […]

new heaven, new earth

“The resurrected Jesus is portrayed in the Gospels as being able to walk through walls and perhaps materialize at will. Nevertheless, the resurrected Jesus is still recognizably the same person and even eats a meal of fish with his disciples on the beach—which suggests a fundamental continuity between creation and redemption. Likewise, a careful reading […]

place and memory

“In God is Red, I encountered a Native American view and concept of place that was in stark contrast to the suburban evangelicalism that I was most acquainted with. As I thumbed through the chapters and read, there was a striking familiarity between what Deloria described and the concept of place as found in the […]

old Firsts

“One of the cultural hubs of the area is Fourth Avenue between the downtown core and the University of Arizona. It is a vibrant, funky place full of odd shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and the like. A perfect place for mission. “It can be argued the most creative new frontier was back in the central […]

religion in public life – Canada

Regent College hosted this discussion on CBC radio host Rex Murphy’s “Cross Country Checkup” this past Monday. “Over the years religion has become less and less a formal part of the public sphere, largely relegated to the domain of the private and personal. Many feel too much so — to the point that those beliefs […]


“The modern emphasis on the autonomous self too often ignores, or even denies, the formative power of the various communities in which we participate. We assume that our “habits of the heart” —the notions opinions, commitments, and desires that motivate, order, and guide our lives — are chosen and formed in isolation from other human […]

Buen Vivir

Post development and human security theorists advocate “planetization” and re localization in response to the colonializing forces of globalization. Moreover, they recognize the necessity of spirituality in resistance to globalizing narratives. (In some debates this is referred to as “epistemic decolonization”). Arturo Escobar offers the example of Buen Vivir (Spanish “living well”), a new praxis […]