Book Review. Ethnic Realities and the Church by Donald McGavran.

McGavran, Donald A., Ethnic Realities and the Church: Lessons from India. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1979.  This blog post was originally submitted as a class assignment for my doctoral studies. However, this book often comes up in conversations as a relevant book for understanding the Indian church. Understanding the Indian church is key for mobilizing the IndianContinue reading “Book Review. Ethnic Realities and the Church by Donald McGavran.”

The Power of Near Culture Missionaries to Muslims in South Asia

One of the questions of this blog is to answer the question, “How can a billion South Asian Muslims be reached with the gospel?” One of the realities of this question is that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few (Luke 10:2). One of the greatest needs to reach the Muslims of South Asia is to mobilize a missionary force capable of bringing the gospel to the greatest concentration of Muslim lostness on the planet.

A Missionary’s Reflection on Paul’s Letter to Philemon

When we look at the New Testament, almost every book has a clear purpose. The Gospels present the life of Jesus. Acts shows the power of the Holy Spirit working through the early believers. Romans presents the gospel in depth. Hebrews demonstrates that Jesus is better. There are a few New Testament books whose purposeContinue reading “A Missionary’s Reflection on Paul’s Letter to Philemon”

Five Progress Markers of Emerging Indigenous Missionaries to South Asian Muslims

South Asia is home to the greatest concentration of Muslim lostness on the planet. Amazingly, compared to the Middle East, there are very few expatriate missionaries working among these massive Muslim populations. Where will the labor force come from to engage the almost 600 million Muslims of South Asia? The largest missionary force to beContinue reading “Five Progress Markers of Emerging Indigenous Missionaries to South Asian Muslims”

Money: The Most Complicated Part of Missions

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10 Without a doubt, financial issues are the most stressful aspect of missionary work for the average Western missionary. Consider the following: In 2012,Continue reading “Money: The Most Complicated Part of Missions”

A Billion Muslims in South Asia by 2047

As I shared in another post, South Asia is home to the greatest concentration of Muslim lostness on the planet. There are far more Muslims in South Asia that in the Middle East. In 2020, there are approximately 586.9 million Muslims in South Asia. Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh have the second, third, and fourth largestContinue reading “A Billion Muslims in South Asia by 2047”

Folk Islamic Ritual #1: Na’at (Devotional Singing)

This blogpost is the first of a series sharing some of the basic aspects of South Asian folk Muslim rituals. Understanding folk Muslim’s worldview aids in making disciples for Jesus among folk Muslims. Therefore, each reading concludes with tips on how these worldview issues relate to ministry among folk Muslims. There is great diversity inContinue reading “Folk Islamic Ritual #1: Na’at (Devotional Singing)”

Systematic Theology 6: The Clarity of Scripture

This blog post is part of a series on Systematic Theology. The method of this series is to follow Wayne Grudem’s well-known Systematic Theology. This series also interacts explicitly with Systematic Theology with a view towards ministry to South Asian Muslims. These blog posts start with Grudem but are modified. I agree with Grudem’s twoContinue reading “Systematic Theology 6: The Clarity of Scripture”

Systematic Theology 5: The Innerancy of Scripture

This blog post is part of a series on Systematic Theology . The method of this series is to follow Wayne Grudem’s well-known Systematic Theology. This series also interacts explicitly with Systematic Theology with a view towards ministry to South Asian Muslims. These blog posts start with Grudem but are modified. I agree with Grudem’s twoContinue reading “Systematic Theology 5: The Innerancy of Scripture”

Christian Mass Movements in India (1933)

Below, you can download a PDF of J. Waksom Pickett, Christian Mass Movements in India: A Study with Recommendations. New York: The Abingdon Press, 1933. In December 1928, the National Christian Council of India, Burma, and Ceylon met in Chennai. During this Council, there was significant disagreement about mass movements to Christ in South Asia.Continue reading “Christian Mass Movements in India (1933)”