Friday, 5 June 2009

Chris Wright's Lecture in Redcliffe College



recently, Dr Chris Wright gave the annual lecture at Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK (where the reb had spent 3 months in 2006 as a visiting scholar). the lecture (in mp3) as well as pdf are available at the redcliffe college ezine website here. the reb was one of those asked to provide a response to Wright's lecture. the word limit was 500-700 words, so can't say that much.

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The Bible and Mission

Issue 29
Editor: Tim Davy

On 12 May 2009 Revd Dr Chris Wright, International Director of Langham Partnership International, delivered Redcliffe College's Annual Lecture in World Christianity on the subject of 'The Bible and Mission'. To a packed audience, he set out a 'missional hermeneutic', a way of reading the Bible 'missionally', and then applied that approach to the book of Jeremiah.

You can listen to the lecture by following this link:
Listen to Chris Wright's Bible and Mission Lecture

This issue of Encounters revolves around Dr Wright's excellent lecture and explores the idea of a missional reading of the Bible, in theory and practice. As well as the lecture and question and answer session transcribed in full, the edition also includes a number of responses from a variety of contexts. It has been a truly global venture with contributions from Malaysia, India, Colombia, Asia, the US and the UK.

John Risbridger and Krish Kandiah consider missional hermeneutics in the setting of the UK Church. David Spriggs writes on the relationship between the Bible and missional engagement in the 'public square'. Eddie Arthur reflects on what a 'missional hermeneutic has to say to those who translate and desseminate the Scriptures'. Brian Russell and Milton Acosta discuss missional hermeneutics as a method of reading the Bible. Finally, Anthony Loke and Rabbi and Chitra Jayakaran share what a missional hermeneutic might mean for their own contexts of Malaysia and India, respectively.

Every edition of Encounters is a collaborative effort, but several parties must be singled out for special thanks. We are of course immensely grateful to Dr Wright, both for giving the lecture itself and also for allowing us to reproduce it here. The contributors have had to work to a very tight deadline, but I'm sure you will agree they have provided us with much excellent biblical and missiological reflection. My special thanks must also go to Diane Carter for her skilled transcribing of the lecture.

I trust you will enjoy this edition of Encounters. Please read, reflect and join in the conversation.

Tim

Tim Davy is co-editor of Encounters and Assistant Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Redcliffe College. He writes the Bible and Mission blog and also edited Issue 17 of Encounters on the theme of Mission and the Old Testament.

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* Lecture: "Prophet to the Nations": Missional Reflections on the Book of Jeremiah.
(Revd Dr Chris Wright, 10,695 words, pdf 87 KB)

* Q and A: Lecture question and answer session.
(1495 words, pdf 25 KB)

* Response 1: A UK pastor's perspective.
(John Risbridger, 729 words, pdf 27 KB)

* Response 2: A missional hermeneutic and Scripture engagement.
(Eddie Arthur, 520 words, pdf 23 KB)

* Response 3: Jeremiah and mission in the public square.
(Revd Dr David Spriggs, 800 words, pdf 28 KB)

* Response 4: What does mission in exile really look like?
(Dr Krish Kandiah, 394 words, pdf 30 KB)

* Response 5: Breaking open the text.
(Dr Brian Russell, 689 words, pdf 39 KB)

* Response 6: Missional hermeneutics: some opportunities and questions.
(Dr Milton Acosta, 594 words, pdf 20 KB)

* Response 7: Missional hermeneutics in a Malaysian context.
(Revd Anthony Loke, 704 words, pdf 34 KB)

* Response 8: Missional hermeneutics in an Indian context.
(Rabbi and Chitra Jayakaran, 742 words, pdf 36 KB)


* Book Review 1: Bible and Mission: A Conversation Between Biblical Studies and Missiology.
(edited by Rollin G. Grams, I. Howard Marshall, Peter F. Penner and Robin Routledge; Neufeld Verlag)

* Book Review 2: Power and Poverty: Divine and Human Rule in a World of Need.
(by Dewi Hughes; IVP)

And finally, a single PDF of the whole issue. Ideal for using offline or to make printing easier.

* Issue 29: Single Document Version (in full)
(pdf 317 KB)

Thursday, 4 June 2009

edinburgh 2010



edinburgh 2010 is around the corner (literally). stm is hosting the edinburgh 2010 consultation next week from monday onwards. for more details see stm's website or click here for schedule.

below is a similar consultation held in korea. you can go to the web and click on the pdf files for the articles.

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Papers presented at the Seoul Consultation, 22-24 March 2009

The following papers were presented at the consultation on 'Mission spirituality and authentic discipleship', which took place at Youngnak Presbyterian Church, Seoul, South Korea on 22-24 March 2009. These papers are made available for download here as pdf files with the kind permission of their authors. They are listed in order of presentation. The papers do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsors of Edinburgh 2010.

* Valentin Kozhuharov, 'Mission in an Orthodox context: the Russian Orthodox Church's mission for the new century'

* Clemens Mendoca, ''Mission according to the Catholic Church in Asia: a new way of being church'

* Nicta Makiika, 'Doing mission at the margins of society: harnessing the resources of local vision'

* Serah Wambua, 'Mission spirituality and authentic discipleship: an African reflection'

* David Emmanuel Singh, 'Sadhu Sundar Singh and Narayana Vamana Tilak: some lessons for mission thinking/practice in India'

* Kim-Kown Chan, 'Mission movement of the Christian community in Mainland China: the "Back to Jerusalem" movement'

* Tereso C. Casino, 'Mission in the context of Filipino folk spirituality: Bahala Na as a case in point'

* Chul-shin Lee, 'Spirituality and Christian mission: a journey of Youngnak Presbyterian Church, Seoul, Korea

* Scott C. Todd, 'Spiritual formation and discipleship in childhood'

* Chul-shin Lee (2), 'Dr Kyung-Chik Han's early life and ministry: a model for Korean church leadership'

Monday, 1 June 2009

same old piece of crapp...

talking about 1 Malaysia? no way if same old racial insinuations of 'kaum pendatang' keeps cropping up! the article below by Mingguan Malaysia, Utusan Malaysia weekend edition. no second guesses who owns them:

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http://utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2009&dt=0531&pub=utusan_malaysia&sec=Rencana&pg=re_05.htm&arc=hive


ARKIB : 31/05/2009
Melayu dikhianati?

Hati Awang semakin hari semakin ditoreh-toreh oleh tuntutan pelbagai pihak bukan Melayu yang bersikap terlalu rasis selepas Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12. Kita boleh tafsir apa sebabnya. Awang tidak mahu mengulas panjang kali ini, cukup sekadar disiarkan semula petikan kenyataan seorang pemimpin MCA, Tun Tan Siew Sin pada 30 April 1969 (dipetik daripada buku Khalid Awang Osman dan pernah diulas Ridhuan Tee Abdullah) untuk renungan kita semua.

''Orang Melayu menerusi UMNO bermurah hati melonggarkan syarat-syarat dalam undang-undang negara ini sehinggakan dalam masa 12 bulan selepas kemerdekaan, 90 peratus penduduk bukan Melayu menjadi warganegara. Ini berbeza dengan keadaan sebelum merdeka di mana 90 peratus daripada mereka masih tidak diiktiraf sebagai rakyat Tanah Melayu walaupun hampir 100 tahun hidup di bawah pemerintahan penjajah. Sebagai membalas kemurahan hati orang Melayu, MCA dan MIC bersetuju meneruskan dasar memelihara dan menghormati kedudukan istimewa orang Melayu dan dalam masa yang sama mempertahankan kepentingan-kepentingan sah kaum lain''.

Sebelum itu, seorang pemimpin MIC Tun V.T Sambanthan pada 1 Jun 1965 pernah berkata: ''Pada tahun 1955 kita telah memenangi pilihan raya dengan majoriti yang tinggi, selanjutnya mendapat kemerdekaan dalam masa dua tahun kemudian. Dalam jangka masa itu, kita terpaksa berbincang dan menangani pelbagai perkara termasuk soal kewarganegaraan. Persoalannya di sini, apakah yang dilakukan oleh orang Melayu memandangkan kita bercakap menyentuh perkauman? Apakah yang dilakukan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin Melayu? Mereka mempunyai 88 peratus daripada pengundi menyokong mereka.

Apakah yang mereka putuskan mengenai isu kewarganegaraan? ''Jika kita lihat di serata negara Asia dan Asia Timur, kita akan mendapati kaum India tidak akan diterima di Ceylon dan juga tidak diterima di Burma. Sama halnya dengan kaum Cina, mereka tidak diterima di Thailand, Vietnam, Kemboja dan di negara-negara lain. Apakah bantuan berhubung kewarganegaraan yang mereka peroleh di semua wilayah tersebut?

"Di Burma, seperti yang kita semua sedia maklum, kaum India telah diusir keluar, di Ceylon mereka tidak diberikan taraf warganegara seperti juga di Burma. Saya tahu dan anda juga tahu. Apa yang sedang berlaku di Malaya? Di sini kita mendapati pemimpin Melayu berkata, ''Kita akan menerima mereka sebagai saudara, kita akan berikan mereka sepenuh peluang untuk meneruskan kehidupan di negara ini, kita akan beri mereka peluang untuk menjadi warganegara''. Seterusnya pada tahun 1957, dengan tidak mengambil kira kebolehan berbahasa (Melayu) ribuan orang India, Cina dan Ceylon menjadi warganegara. Seperti yang saya nyatakan, saya amat bernasib baik kerana dilahirkan di negara ini. Di manakah anda boleh berjumpa bangsa yang lebih prihatin, bersopan-santun dan tertib selain daripada bangsa Melayu. Di manakah anda boleh mendapat layanan politik yang baik untuk kaum pendatang? Di manakah dalam sejarah dunia? Saya bertanya kepada anda. Ini adalah fakta. Siapakah anda untuk menjaga keselamatan kami? Saya adalah kalangan 10 peratus kaum minoriti di sini. Tetapi saya amat gembira di sini.''

Persoalannya, kini apakah pengorbanan Melayu dikhianati oleh kaum lain?

-Awang Selamat

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update:

so, finally, damage control. but is it just cosmetic? a slap on the wrist?


DPM ticks off Utusan over racial slant
Jun 2, 09 2:55pm

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today expressed disappointment with Umno-owned Malay daily Utusan Malaysia for publishing articles with a racial slant.

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2nd update:


now, samy vellu jumps into the picture trying to score some political mileage by demanding that the writer be charged under Sedition Act for making sedicious remarks. why stop here? go for the editors and editors-in-chief. they are ultimately responsible for whatever is published!

nay, everyone knows the editors-in-chief gets a datukship for 'loyal' services....

trac lpl OT module

TRAC Local Preachers Licence (LPL) course (Old Testament module) in 6-7th June 2009.

the reb is going to penang to conduct this lpl module on the OT. the seminar will stretch over 2 days. the lpl is our in-house training program for local preachers.

The schedule is as follows:

Venue: Penang Wesley Methodist Church (136 Jalan Burma, 10050 Penang. Tel: 04-2263500)

Time-table

Saturday (20/6/09)
10 am-12 noon 1st Session
12 noon-1 pm Lunch
2-00-4.00 pm 2nd Session
4.00-4.30 pm Tea break
4.30-6.30 pm 3rd Session
6.30-7.30 pm Dinner
7.30-9.30 pm 4th Session

Sunday (21/6/09)
2.00-4.00 pm 5th Session
4.00-4.30 pm Tea break
4.30-6.30 pm 6th Session


anyone interested can contact the church office at penang wesley for more details of the cost of registration, materials and meals(04-2263500). alternatively, call the local organizer, William Lim (Mobile: 012-4937007).

the lpl OT module requires the following:

a] attendance at the lpl module.

b] book reading - read one book (out of the following 3 suggested ones) and have your pastor confirmed in writing. letter to be sent with essay to the lpl registrar, rev. thomas chin of melaka wesley (06-2845252).

William J. Dumbrell, Faith of Israel (Downers Grove: Apollos, 2002)
W.S. LaSor et al, Old Testament Survey (Gradn Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996).
John Drane, Introducing the Old Testament (Oxford: Liynx Communications,1987)

c] one written assignment:
the question will be given out at the seminar and consists of a written essay around 1,700-2,000 words. this is to be sent to the lpl registrar, rev thomas chin of melaka wesley (06-2845252)

For those from out-station and needing accommodation, you can arrange to stay at:

a] Hokkien Chinese Methodist Church, Madras Lane (Tel: 04-2271478). rates are at RM40 per room for two persons. It is about ten minutes walk from Wesley along Jalan Burma.

b] If you are driving, you can also try the Penang YMCA (Tel: 04-2288211).

P.S. the reb will also be preaching in the two morning services at penang wesley at 9am and 11am.