Missiologist Paul Borthwick
The world has changed. A century ago, Christianity was still primarily centered in North America and Europe. By the dawn of the twenty-first century, Christianity had become a truly global faith, with Christians in Asia, Africa and Latin America outpacing those in the rest of the world. There are now more Christians in China than in all of Europe, more Pentecostals in Brazil than in the United States, and more Anglicans in Kenya than in Great Britain, Canada and the United States combined. Countries that were once destinations for western missionaries are now sending their own missionaries to North America.
Given these changes, some think the day of the Western missionary is over. Some are wary that American mission efforts may perpetuate an imperialistic colonialism. Some say that global outreach is best left to indigenous leaders. Others simply feel that resources should be focused on the home front. Is there an ongoing role for the North American church in global mission?In his latest book, Western Christians in Global Mission
, Missions specialist Paul Borthwick brings an urgent report on how the Western church can best continue in global mission. He provides a current analysis of the state of the world and how Majority World leaders perceive North American Christians’ place. Borthwick offers concrete advice for how Western Christians can be involved without being paternalistic or creating dependency. Using their human and material resources with wise and strategic stewardship, North Americans can join forces with the Majority World in new, interdependent ways to answer Gods call to global involvement.
In this critical age, the global body of Christ needs one another more than ever. Discover how the Western church can contribute to a new era of mission marked by mutuality, reciprocity and humility.
Paul Borthwick’s Website
Film Critic Chris Williams
We also take a look at the movie Lincoln with film critic Chris Williams. Chris has been reviewing films for the Source Newspapers since 2006. In addition to his film reviews for the Source and his website, Chris writes for the military ground vehicle publications Accelerate Magazine and GVSET News. He previously worked as a columnist and reporter, covering news and features in Shelby Township and Utica.
Chris has a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit. His favorite films include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Shawshank Redemption, and Before Sunset. He has an interest in film, television and theology. Chris lives with his wife and son in Ann Arbor.
Mike Yankoski did more than just wonder. By his own choice, Mike’s life went from upper-middle class plush to scum-of-the-earth repulsive overnight. With only a backpack, a sleeping bag and a guitar, Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, set out to experience life on the streets in six different cities—from Washington D.C. to San Diego— and they put themselves to the test.
For more than five months the pair experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection—and all of this by their own choice. They wanted to find out if their faith was real, if they could actually be the Christians they said they were apart from the comforts they’d always known…to discover first hand what it means to be homeless in America.
Mike and Sam’s story is gritty, challenging, and utterly captivating. What you encounter in Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America will radically alter how you see your world—and may even change your life.
Paul speaks with Mike Yankoski on today’s Podcast of God & Culture:
The Book’s Website: www.undertheoverpass.com
Mike’s Website: www.mikeyankoski.com
The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions
Nearly two centuries after his death, Thomas Jefferson continues to be the subject of competing claims about his public policy and his private beliefs.
In Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, two religious conservatives examines key claims frequently made by other religious conservatives about Thomas Jefferson. Using Jefferson’s correspondence, accounts of Jefferson’s contemporaries, and other original sources, Throckmorton and Coulter separate fact from fiction. Upon analysis, many claims about Jefferson made by religiously conservative culture warriors don’t hold up.
Paul speaks with Dr. Warren Throckmorton on today’s podcast:
On the Thursday, November 8 edition of God & Culture Paul speaks with political scientist Dr. Hunter Baker from Union University on concerns for a second Obama term, the proper role of government, and where evangelical Christians go from here. Click the player below to listen to the 35 minute discussion.
Dr. Baker’s Blog
The City Online
Dr. Baker’s Book: The End of Secularism
It’s a podcast for now. Beginning Thursday, November 8 we will post a new podcast every day by 3:00 pm ET featuring Paul’s commentary on politics, the culture, and theology along with in-depth conversations with critical thinkers on cultural and political issues. It’s everything you’ve already come to love about The Paul Edwards Program, but available to you at your convenience via podcast.
Thursday’s podcast features post-election analysis with political scientist Hunter Baker. Dr. Baker serves as dean of instruction and associate professor of political science at Union University. Baker is the co-founder of The City, a journal of Christian thought and is a senior editor of Renewing Minds, a journal published by Union University.