How do Christ followers celebrate unity in the midst of diversity? How do we become the people of God in more than name only? A unifying Christ-centeredness demands living out kingdom values and bearing witness to transformation in and through a multitude of cultural manifestations. We struggle to serve, worship, and witness in the midst of this age-old challenge.
This collection of perspectives comes from settings where the good news of Jesus has not been the dominant historical norm. All contributors in this volume are practitioners. They have a deep appreciation for the cultural heritage and important moral values found in Buddhist contexts.
We believe these chapters hold valuable lessons that speak to all of the family of faith. Here you will find a wide range of topics and approaches that address what it means to become the global body of believers. These can speak to you wherever you are called to participate with God’s work in the world.
Christ followers are in the process of becoming what will one day culminate in a huge and startling celebration of people from all of God’s beloved creation. If you are interested in hearing from those discovering what that might look like outside traditional packaging, this book is for you.
- ISBN: 9780878080427
- Pages: 242
- Binding: Paperback
- Published: 2015
- Publisher: William Carey Library
Part I: Becoming the People Who Reflect God’s Kingdom
1. First Impressions of a Buddhist Visitor to an Evangelical Worship Service in Sri Lanka: A Liturgical Analysis
G. P. V. Somaratna
2. Toward a New Breed of Churches in Japan
3. Where Are Your Temples? Do Christianity and Buddhism Share a Temple Ethos?
Part II: Becoming the People Who Reflect God’s Kingdom
through Witness of Word and Deed
4. Context-sensitive Evangelism in the Thai Setting: Building Capacity to Share Good News
Alan R. Johnson
5. Apply Cultural Contexts to Generate Multiple Christ-centered Communities
Alexander G. Smith
6. Communication Strategies for Christian Witness among the Lao
Part III: Becoming the People Who Reflect God’s Kingdom
7. Creating Christian Funerary Culture: An Invitation to Japanese Churches
8. Changes in Thai Church: Moving towards a Relational Model
9. Appropriate Typologies for Thai Folk Buddhists
Paul H. de Neui