Posted in Culture, Mission

Transitions: Feeling like an alien

A friend of mine sent an article from the Irish Times entitled: “The returned missionaries: ‘I’m more African than I am Irish.’”The article describes the difficult transitions encountered by Roman Catholic missionaries who have lived most of their lives in other cultures and who now are returning to Ireland to integrate back into the culture they grew up in but which feels like an alien land to them.

I’ll admit I quickly scanned the article, but even so, I still found myself able to relate to some of the transition experiences they describe. Although I have not had to move to extremely different cultures in other countries, diverse “cultures” exist wherever people live together and develop patterns, traditions, and so on. In moving as many times as I have, I see cultural diversity even within the Canadian context and certainly between church and society.

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Posted in Books and Movies, Mission

Faith that Engages the Culture

I heard Dr. Alfonso Espinosa interviewed on Issues Etc as part of a series on his new book, Faith the Engages the Culture. This is the second book in what is to be a trilogy on the topic of Christian witnessing in the world.

I have not read this book but have his first book, Faith that Sees through the Culture. Concordia Publishing House (CPH) offers a free video course on this first book which establishes the perspective on how Christians need to look at the world they are in. This book establishes the foundation for stepping off into the second book.

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