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.
Photo by AMISOM Public Information – Flickr, CC0, Link Mogadishu, Somalia
I recently attended a consultation in East Africa. Our goal was to formulate a strategy for evangelizing the unreached of East Africa and the Horn Africa, almost all Muslims. This talk was my own contribution to the consultation and was well received. It is an expansion of an earlier talk I gave in November of 2017.
I begin by arguing that persecution is not the main pastoral challenge for converts, rather is the formation of a firm, new Christian identity. I found this in my own research presented in Living among the Breakage (2016), and earlier research by Kathryn Kraft (2013) and Seppo Syrjänen (1984) contain similar findings.
Here I present ten points that can be used for people counseling and providing guidance for Christ’s converts from Islam:
I don’t often post sermons here, as I don’t preach sermons very often. But this morning I had the pleasure of preaching at St Andrew’s in the beautiful little city of Port Isabel.
Thought I would share the sermon, and here it is.
This sermon is for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (year cycle A), and the passages are 1 Samuel 16:1–13 and John 9:1–41. Those are the passages for Samuel finding and anointing David and Jesus healing the man born blind.