After many months of preparation, last week marked the first training of trainers for the Village Savings and Loans program! This entailed a full three days of training for 29 selected trainers (both men and women) from Rumphi, Mzimba, Machinga, Zomba and Mulanje. The primary task of the training was to get the trainees prepared […]Read more "First VSL training & another CHE vision seminar"
You may remember that in the previous post on Jesus’ inaugural sermon, we noted how he stressed his vocation as embodying proclamation, justice and compassion. Well, here is the Lukan Jesus embodying all three of these at the same time in a genius way. In Luke 18:35-19:11, there is a “Lukan sandwich” concerning the Blind […]Read more "Love the oppressed, but also the oppressor?"
I am glad to be a part of the Restoration Movement – and in particular – the Church of Christ. But though there is much to praise about its history, like all movements, we have our ‘not so impressive’ moments and ways of thinking as well. The most frustrating of which is the oft inability […]Read more "The Restoration Movement, Acapella & the Trinity"
Well, most of us do not face the possibility of getting thrown off a cliff after our next sermon. This is a good thing to be sure, but makes one question ones preaching. As one Anglican pastor has said, “After Jesus’ sermon, they tried to kill him…But after mine, they invite me for tea”. Well, whether […]Read more "Jesus’ Brilliant (and nearly fatal) First Sermon: A New Year Meditation"
Americans. We are hard to generalize in one statement, because we are diverse. However, generally overseas, we are known to be loud, and vocal with our opinions. We are very expressive with our emotions, and we really like to give hugs. Before moving overseas, I didn’t realize how uncomfortable this can make other cultures feel, particular […]Read more "Embrace: A word for the year"
My brothers and I have long been keeping track of the books we read every year for the purpose of looking back and discerning which books had the deepest effect on our thinking and way of life. The following is brief recap of the most important books to me this year (note that not all […]Read more "My [Ryan’s] Top Books of 2015"
Top-notch Biblical scholar + living in the Middle East for over 50 years + speaking Hebrew, Greek, Arabic and Syriac + a love for contextual truth and relevance = Sheer genius (aka Kenneth Bailey). So when Kenneth says something about the context of Jesus’ life and words – as he does a lot here – […]Read more "Re-thinking the Nativity scenes with Kenneth Bailey"