Missions and World Christianity

The Challenge of Culture: Articulating and Proclaiming the Wesleyan-Holiness Message in the Asia-Pacific Region

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
David A. Ackerman

How can the church articulate the gospel message in ways relevant to the many diverse cultures of the Asia-Pacific region? To what degree can and should theologians, educators, pastors, and missionaries contextualize this message in this pursuit of relevancy? How can we bring our theology to culture without losing theology to syncretism or the plague of pluralism? How does the dynamic understanding of holiness in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition address these issues?

The Mediator - Volume VIII, Issue 1 April 2011

This volume of The Mediator is dedicated to broadly missiological interests. It represents only some of the research, thinking and emphasis of the Donald Owens School of World Mission, located on the campus of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. There are many other exciting areas that capture our attention today as well. Among these is the anti-human trafficking movement and our own Step-UP Program—an educational preventative program aimed especially at out-of-school youth. There is also the cutting edge Cyber-Mission emphasis represented by a recent Cyber-Cultural E-missions Consultation held under sponsorship of DOSWM that explored both how to utilize cyber space for missions, and cyber space as a mission field in itsown right. It was led by one of our own APNTS graduates, Professor Emil Kaburuan who is completing his Ph.D. dissertation in Taiwan. There are the developments of web-radio, which was demonstrated by two of our APNTS students,and web-tv. But these are all things for a future edition of The Mediator.This volume deals with other equally interesting aspects of missiology. The lead article is mine this time. It is an article dealing with the constant change inthe practice of missions. Change has alwaysbeen a factor in missions. The difference now is the rate and scope of change. We are living in a time when change ishappening much more rapidly due largely to technological advances; change oftencan have a world-wide impact. Think of the things like the social phenomenon of FACEBOOK, which infour short years has 500,000,000 users across the generational spectrum.Robert Bickert offers a very insightful article into the urban mix of Islam and Christianity. Thisarticle was urged to have been published quite some time ago, but it is our privilege now to be able to bring it to you in the pages of The Mediator. This is a case study conducted in Sierra Leone West Africa, but it has implications in many urban settings today. We trust you will find some enduring principles that may inform your own present or future ministries.Alexander Schipp is a 2000 graduate of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. He givesus a short case study based in the Philippine context. We appreciate his keen insights and observations. The twin concern of missions, and indeed Christian ministryin general, is both to exegete the gospel message welland to exegete the people with whom we minister at the same time.We are publishing a summary of Jarrett Davis’s thesis about social identity of a community of people in the Philippines who are part of a church plant. This is the first time we have published such a summary. We recommend this case study to you for its fine insights into the social dynamics of people in a Christian ministry setting related to church planting methodology.


The Mediator - Volume XIII, Issue 1 December 2017

The Mediator’s present issue features the installation speeches of five APNTS faculty members (Dick O. Eugenio, Phillip E. Davis, Daniel Behr, Rebecca Da-vis, and Lynn D. Shmidt) and the inauguration address of APNTS’s seventh president, Dr. Bruce E. Oldham.Naturally, the six inducteesrepresent six different academic disciplines.One would expect, therefore, that the articles in the present issue would exhib-it a pronounced lack of cohesion.


The Other Sheep, 1933-1934, Vol. 21

A monthly journal devoted to the Foreign Missionary interests of the Church of the Nazarene.

J.G. Morrison, D.D., Editor

July, 1933-June 1934, Vol 21


The Other Sheep, 1934-1935, Vol. 22

A monthly journal devoted to the Foreign Missionary
interests o f the Church o f the Nazarene.
J. G. M orrison, D. D., Editor


Eurasia: Bountiful Blessings

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
R. Franklin Cook
Gustavo Crocker
Jerald Johnson
T. W. Schofield

A compilation of the personal experiences of key leaders who have invested their lives in Eurasia and who were willing to chronicle their time as pioneers on this region.

Africa, O Africa

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
Louise Robinson Chapman

A story of incredible resilience and passionate faith in a country not her own, Louise Robinson Chapman’s Africa, O Africa is a reminder that God calls and sends people who are willing to say ‘Yes’ to His will. This updated edition, by Chuck and Doris Gailey, retired missionaries to Africa, brings the reader the voice of Dr. Chapman, and picks up the story since the book was first released in 1945.

Maps Beyond Geography

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
Stéphane Tibi

Maps are about more than finding your way through geographical obstacles and terrains. StudyMaps is a new way of looking at both faith and scripture, and of engaging and strengthening the memory to prompt us to evangelism, discipleship, and maturity.

Stéphane Tibi takes the reader on a journey into more effective missions and ministries wherever there is a hunger for meaning, a need for understanding, and an openness to truth. Experiment with this valuable tool, to become a better equipped disciple, capable of 'making Christlike disciples in the nations.'

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