After more than forty years in Indiana Stacy and I are moving to Austin, Texas to begin a new chapter in our lives. We just wanted to let everyone know what we’ve been doing this last year—and say Thank You. We will be back to see y’all!
After ten years of doctoral research I am working on a short introduction to World Christianity. In this blog article I credit Philip Jenkins’ award-winning book The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity for inspiring some of my academic interests in the global church. I also give a short preview for my forthcoming book.
Lamin Sanneh (1942-2019) changed my life. His scholarship on the church in the “majority world” dramatically altered my worldview and informed my own scholarship. I write about the one ‘conversation’ I had with him.
Advent is a time of waiting. In this season, as I look back on the past year, and ahead to a new one, I am learning to “trust in the slow work of God.” Sometimes it is in waiting that God renews us for a new season (Isaiah 40.31).
I love to read through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation each year. I’ve been doing so for more than 30 years. Here are some good resources to help you in 2019.
“If there is a story, there is a story-teller,” wrote the English novelist G. K. Chesterton. This last year in my life has been one of learning to trust God with things I do not fully understand. It’s not easy to do. But it’s easier if you believe that God is a really ‘good’ Storyteller.