기독교인은 왜 박해받을까요?

Here is my address on conversion from Islam to Christianity at Voice of the Martyrs Korea, a dynamic and wonderful ministry. I gave this address in English and it has translation into Korean.

지금까지 무슬림에서 기독교로 회심한 사람은 전 세계에 몇 명이나 될까요? 그들은 무엇에 끌려 기독교로 나올까요? 우리는 이미 그리스도께 나온 그들을 어떻게 대해야 할까요? 무슬림 회심자 전문 연구원 두에인 알렉산더 밀러(Duane Alexander Miller) 박사가 객관적인 수치로 여러 가지 질문에 명쾌하게 대답합니다. 함께 들어봅시다.

Thanks to the Rev. Dr. Foley for her work translating this.

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Last night in Seoul: some praise in Korean

My time here (one week) with Voice of the Martyrs—Korea has been really wonderful. The vision and ministry of VOM here is so dynamic, hope-filled, and vital that I consider it a real privilege to be able to work with them, and even more to have been invited to teach, preach and share on the topic of conversion from Islam to Christianity.

We had our last event tonight and it was splendid. I will leave you with a but of the audio from the music before my talk. Listen and enjoy:

Graduation Speech for Voice of the Martyrs (Seoul): “Conversion, Culture and Mission”

Some time ago I wasn’t contacted by the leadership of Voice of the Martyrs based here in Seoul, Korea. This morning I presented the graduation address (or commencement speech, as they call it in the USA) to a group of North Korean Christians and guests. Three of them had completed the six-month discipleship program, two of them were being commissioned as missionaries, and two had completed the full three-year program called Underground University.

The bible text is Ephesians 3:1–6. It is presented in English with ongoing translation to Korean. The graphs I reference are found here.

Here is the audio, and as always your questions or comments are welcome.

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Speaking at VOM Korea with the Rev. Dr. [Redacted] translating

La Misión Cristiana entre los Musulmanes

Hace unos meses escribí un capítulo sobre el futuro de la misión Cristiana entre los musulmanes para un libro cuyo propósito era celebrar 25 años de ministerio y trabajo para Anglican Frontier Missions. El nombre del libro es Shadows from Light Unapproachable.

Aquel capítulo fue escrito en inglés, pero quise publicarlo también en español. Aquí está la materia de parte de Escritorio Anglicano:

Parte 1

Parte 2

Partes 3 y 4

Celebrating 25 years of ministry for Anglican Frontier Missions: *Shadows from Light Unapproachable*

Shadows from Light Unapproachable:

AFM’s Silver Anniversary Book

Tad de Bordenave, ed.

We are familiar with shadows and signs of God’s work in many places in the world.  The focus of this book, however, is on shadows overlooked or not recognized. These shadows come from the Gospel spreading to each and every ethnic group. Shadows of Light Unapproachabledraws the mind’s eye to behold the beauty of the searching love deep in the heart of “Light Unapproachable.”

The book traces the origins, the people, and the continuing foundations of Anglican Frontier Missions at its 25th year. I open my chapter with this brief profile of AFM: “The passion of AFM is the humbled and amazed awe before the slender glance we have of the love of God. The direction of our path is to those who do not yet know of this love.”

CoverThe ensuing chapters describe the way this missionary society has served God’s vision. They cover the basic questions of who,where, and how.

For the who, three chapters give transparent stories of ordinary people called into this ministry. One traces a couple’s very surprising call to Nepal. Another describes the strategic efforts by a creative husband and wife to plant the first church in a remote population. A third gives the adventures of a couple carrying out pastoral care for the missionaries in very far-flung areas.

The where takes us to about a dozen countries and ethnic groups within them. The dominant religions in these are Buddhist, Communist, traditional religions, Hindu, and Islam. Missionaries recount their challenges, their persevering efforts, and the support of God directly and through his church.

The how comes in two ways. First, we are given deep insights into the major religious forces of today. One who interacts with Muslims and teaches Islamics gives a clear analysis of Islam and Muslim goals. Two workers in India tell of their strategies among ethnic groups in highly resistant areas of that great country. We read of the remarkable missionary expansion of the Diocese of Singapore, initiated about the same time as AFM.

The other section on howcomes from three essays that uncover what are called “the treasures of Anglicanism in the world of frontier mission.” These chapters show the application of the plain essences of our tradition and the enormous advantages they bring to the world of church planting in frontier settings. These chapters will increase our appreciation for what may be familiar in our tradition but will become more valued in this new light.

Chris Royer begins his Introduction with Yogi Berra’s wisdom that if you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up somewhere else. In fact, as Chris goes on to say, AFM follows a vision that is not our own. He states this clearly in his final chapter, titled “Pressing Onward,” where he concludes with the hope and the future of AFM:

And so, AFM’s vision remains unchanged from our founding days: to mobilize the church to pray for and send missionaries to the largest and least-evangelized people groups and geographical regions, that churches might be established among all the 16,833 ethnolinguistic nations on our planet. Before this became our vision, it was Christ’s vision. And human history is marching forward toward the fulfillment of this vision: ‘With your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth’ (Revelation 5:9-10, New International Version).

Hallelujah!  Amen.

Shadows from Light Unapproachable (Northumberland Historical Press, 2018) is available through Amazon.com. Read the Table of Contents here. Download the press release here.

The above press release is by the Rev. Tad de Bordenave. I was privileged to contribute a chapter titled “The World of Islam”. Download the PDF here: Duane Miller The World of Islam.

“Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told YouEverything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I came to this book with high hopes. I had heard excellent things about the author being a promising new presence in literature. Her style is the sort of delicate, precious, overly-contemplative glaze we have grown used to. Everyone is trying to run away from life in some form or another, until the final scene which felt unsatisfying and forced, though I’m sure the author was trying to introduce some sort of cathartic, redemptive element. None of it worked.

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