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In the "Voices of the Global Church" podcast, Dr. Graham Hill interviews leading Christian thinkers from all over the world about faith, worship, prayer, discipleship, witness, and more. Most of these Christians come from the Majority World (Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Oceania, etc.). The focus is on listening and learning from World Christianity, and renewing the global church. You can find more resources at www.theglobalchurchproject.com

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In the "Voices of the Global Church" podcast, Dr. Graham Hill interviews leading Christian thinkers from all over the world about faith, worship, prayer, discipleship, witness, and more. Most of these Christians come from the Majority World (Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Oceania, etc.). The focus is on listening and learning from World Christianity, and renewing the global church. You can find more resources at www.theglobalchurchproject.com

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Voices of the Global Church

Latest release on Nov 01, 2020

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In the "Voices of the Global Church" podcast, Dr. Graham Hill interviews leading Christian thinkers from all over the world about faith, worship, prayer, discipleship, witness, and more. Most of these Christians come from the Majority World (Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Oceania, etc.). The focus is on listening and learning from World Christianity, and renewing the global church. You can find more resources at www.theglobalchurchproject.com

Rank #1: Rhiannon Lloyd - Healing the Nations (How Jesus offers forgiveness, repentance, healing, & peace after conflict & war)

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Rhiannon Lloyd and Graham Joseph Hill discuss how Jesus offers forgiveness, repentance, healing, and peace after conflict and war. Jesus's church can demonstrate redeemed ethnicity, radical reconciliation, and the new humanity in Christ (Rhiannon has spent the last 30 years leading healing, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation initiatives in Africa and other parts of the world). The Global Church Project episode #159. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd, a former Doctor of Medicine and Psychiatry, has been in full time Christian work since 1985 ministering extensively in cross-cultural situations. She spent many years teaching courses for Christian workers and ministering to people with deep emotional wounds. Since 1994, she has pioneered a reconciliation ministry in Rwanda, working initially with African Enterprise. She has spoken to thousands of church leaders leading them to a place of healing at the cross and facilitating reconciliation between the ethnic groups. Healing and reconciliation teams have now been formed in many other countries. She lives in Wales, and her ministry is called “Healing the Nations”. For more information see www.healingthenations.co.uk
In the early 1990s, Rhiannon Lloyd felt God calling her out of her own experience of conflict and suffering to go to Rwanda to help in the work of peacemaking after the genocide. She left her home in tears, with great fear, and with feelings of inadequacy. But God used her faith and her willingness to surrender to him and go, and over the last 30 years she's led thousands of churches and communities through peace and reconciliation workshops and processes in many of the most war-torn countries of the world. Never underestimate how God can use you when you surrender everything to him and follow his call.
In this interview, Rhiannon shares her insights into forgiveness, justice, repentance, peacemaking, and reconciliation, and into ways to bring healing and unity after serious conflicts and devastating wars and division.

Jan 17 2020

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Rank #2: Christopher J. H. Wright - The Mission of God & the Mission of God's People

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Christopher J. H. Wright and Graham Joseph Hill talk about the mission of God and the mission of God's people. The Global Church Project episode #150. On www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Christopher Wright was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the son of missionary parents, and nurtured as an Irish Presbyterian. After completing a doctorate in Old Testament economic ethics in Cambridge, he was ordained in the Anglican Church of England in 1977 and served as an assistant pastor in the Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, in Kent.
In 1983 he took his family to India and taught at the Union Biblical Seminary (UBS), Pune for five years as a mission partner with Crosslinks (formerly BCMS). While at UBS he taught a variety of Old Testament courses at BD and MTh levels. In 1988 he returned to the UK as Academic Dean at All Nations Christian College (an international training centre for cross-cultural mission). Then he was appointed Principal there in September 1993.
In September 2001 he was appointed International Director of the Langham Partnership International. This is a group of ministries originally founded by John Stott, committed to the strengthening of the church in the Majority World through fostering leadership development, biblical preaching, literature and doctoral scholarships. He is the author of acclaimed books in theology and mission.

Jan 03 2020

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Rank #3: Jo Saxton - Women in Leadership & Missional Churches

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Jo Saxton and Graham Hill discuss: Empowering Women in Leadership & Creating Missional Churches. The GlobalChurch Project, Podcast Episode 14.Jo Saxton is a director in 3DM a movement/organization with a vision and passion to change the world by putting discipleship and mission back into the hands of ordinary people. Her responsibilities include leadership for 3DM STAND, a new initiative equipping women for leadership and influence wherever God has placed them. Originally from the United Kingdom, Jo was college pastor at St. Thomas Church, Sheffield, England, planting missional congregations among college students and young adults. Since moving to the United States in 2004, Jo has served on church teams discipling leaders, training teams and planting missional communities in areas ranging from the suburbs to the inner city. She and her husband Chris have recently planted a church in Minneapolis. Jo is also the author of three books including More than Enchanting, which explores the subject of women in leadership. Jo loves running, good music, reading, and laughing loudly with family and friends over a great meal. Jo and Chris have two amazing daughters. Follow her on Twitter at @josaxton.

Jun 18 2017

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Rank #4: Terry Casiño - People movements around the world, and the future of Christianity

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Terry Casiño and Graham Hill talk about people movements around the world, diaspora missiology, and the future of world Christianity. The Global Church Project podcast episode #133. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com Terry Casiño teaches at Gardner-Webb University, especially in the areas of Missions and Evangelization, Gospel Across Cultures, Introduction to Islam, and Urban Missiology. He is the author of numerous journal articles and the editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Intercultural Studies. Terry Casiño’s areas of research interest include the global diaspora, the history of mission movements in Asia, and world religions.Terry Casiño is an internationally renowned scholar and teaches across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Terry has served as a pastor of churches in South Korea, the United States, and the Philippines. He is also the Regional Chair of the Lausanne Movement. Terry is a native of the Philippines, but resided in Seoul, South Korea, for almost 10 years. He now lives in the United States, and speaks and teaches about missions globally.

Oct 27 2018

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Rank #5: Karina Kreminski - Gender & the Reign of God, & Missional Spirituality

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Karina Kreminski & Graham Hill discuss gender and the reign of God, and also missional spirituality. The GlobalChurch Project podcast, Episode #22.Karina Kreminski is Lecturer in Missional Studies at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. Before that she was the Senior Pastor of Community Life Church Cherrybrook and was ordained in 2002. She ministered there for 13 years.Karina has completed her doctorate in missional studies focusing on the formation of a missional church and missional spirituality. She has also been involved in denominational leadership, serving on various councils and a vision committee.Karina blogs regularly for Missio Alliance and also preaches at churches, conferences and events. She also enjoys mentoring leaders for ministry. Karina belongs to a church in the inner city of Sydney and is in the early stages of planting a church there.

Jun 26 2017

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Rank #6: Lamin Sanneh - Engaging Islam & the Post-Western Christian Awakening

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Lamin Sanneh & Graham Hill discuss engaging Islam & our Muslim neighbours, & engaging with the post-Western Christian awakening. The GlobalChurch Project, Podcast Episode 24.Lamin Sanneh was born in The Gambia. He is descended from the nyanchos, an ancient African royal line. He serves as a professor of Missions and World Christianity and history at Yale Divinity School. He’s the author of more than a dozen books and scores of articles. Lamin Sanneh converted from Islam to Christianity, and writes extensively on the relationship between the two world religions. He also explores the emerging shape of World Christianity.Lamin Sanneh teaches and conducts research at many prestigious universities: including Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, and the University of London. He’s also a Commander of the National Order of the Lion, Senegal’s highest national honour.

Jun 28 2017

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Rank #7: Darrell Jackson - Mission shaped by love of God and neighbour, and by life renewed by the Holy Spirit

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Darrell Jackson and Graham Hill talk about mission shaped by love of God and neighbour, and by life renewed by the Holy Spirit. The Global Church Project podcast episode #142. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
In addition to talking about what mission looks like when it is shaped by love of God and love of neighbour, and by life renewed and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Darrell and Graham also discuss these topics: (1) A biblical theology of mission. (2) Rejecting the secularisation of mission. (3) Developing holistic mission, including combining social justice and evangelism. (4) The missional challenges facing the global church, and the church in the West. (5) What global movements of people mean for the church and mission today. (6) Developing poly-centric, dispersed, and poly-phonic (multi-voiced) mission. (7) Highly relational and intentional approaches to interreligious and multiethnic settings. (8) The challenge of nationalism and the hope of solidarity for faith and mission. (9) Creation care as mission. (10) Confidence, humility, and mission as gift received and given. (11) Combining Spirit and mission. (12) Developing cultural intelligence and skills for mission today.
Darrell grew up on the Isle of Man. He has thirty years of ministry experience in pastoral, denominational, cross-cultural, and educational settings. He worked in Hungary, and around Europe, and has mission experience in China, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Zimbabwe.
He is the Secretary of the Australian Association of Mission Studies, a Mission Commission Associate of the WEA, a member of the International Association of Mission Studies, serves on the Executive of the Lausanne International Researchers’ Network, is a member of the Editorial Board of Lausanne Global Analysis, a member of the National Leadership Team for Missions Interlink in Australia, and is a missiological consultant to Global Interaction (the Australian Baptist Mission Agency).
Darrell is a global leader in the study of missions in Europe and Asia, and in diaspora missiology. He is married to Beth Johnson Jackson, who pastors a local church in Sydney, Australia.

Nov 11 2018

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Rank #8: Ali Abu Awwad - Painful Hope: Seeking peace, reconciliation and hope, through nonviolent solutions to conflict

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Ali Abu Awwad and Graham Hill talk about "Painful Hope: Seeking peace, reconciliation and hope, through nonviolent solutions to conflict." They talk about fostering grassroots movements of understanding, nonviolence, reconciliation, peace, and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians. The Global Church Project podcast episode #141. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Ali Abu Awwad is a Palestinian peace activist and advocate for religious, ethnic, and political reconciliation, and nonviolence. He is the founder of Taghyeer (Change), a Palestinian national movement promoting nonviolence to achieve and guarantee a nonviolent solution to the conflict. His story has been featured in at least twelve documentaries, including two award-winning films, “Encounter Point” and “Forbidden Childhood.” Ali Abu Awwad is currently finishing his memoir called Painful Hope, an account of his experiences as well as his strategy and vision for the Palestinian future. You can read more about his life here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Abu_Awwad

Nov 11 2018

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Rank #9: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Joseph Hill - Healing Our Broken Humanity

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Erin Martine Sessions interviews Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Joseph Hill on their book "Healing Our Broken Humanity." The Global Church Project podcast episode #144. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Healing Our Broken Humanity is about things disciples can do together and in their neighborhoods to bring change, hope, love, and healing. We offer 9 ways to transform society, from lament and repentance to seeking justice, being reconcilers, and more. Doing these things enables God's people to make a difference and see justice restored. Jesus calls us to be a peacemaking and reconciling people.
Here's what's in the book:
Foreword by Willie James JenningsIntroduction: Nine Practices That Heal Our Broken Humanity1. Reimagine Church2. Renew Lament3. Repent Together4. Relinquish Power5. Restore Justice6. Reactivate Hospitality7. Reinforce Agency8. Reconcile Relationships9. Recover Life TogetherEpilogue: A Benediction and PrayerAppendix One: Questions for Small Group Discussion and EngagementAppendix Two: The Nine Transforming Practices Accountability FormAppendix Three: Resources for Healing Our Broken Humanity
To help churches do these things, our book includes small group activities, discussion questions, and exercises in each chapter. Our hope is that Christians would do these 9 practices together in community, and also in their cities and neighborhoods.
Discover here how to bring real change to a dehumanized world: https://amzn.to/2NqFScy
Motion Graphic Title by Jack Galbraith, Digital Media Specialist at InterVarsity Press

Jun 27 2019

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Rank #10: Emmanuel Katongole - Rwanda & the Ministry of Reconciliation

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Emmanuel Katongole & Graham Hill discuss Rwanda and the church’s ministry of peacemaking and reconciliation. Rwanda is a mirror to the church. They discuss identity, lament, healing, reconciliation, hope, and forgiveness. The GlobalChurch Project, Episode 16.“Rwanda is often held up as a model of evangelization in Africa. Yet in 1994, beginning on the Thursday of Easter week, Christians killed other Christians, often in the same churches where they had worshiped together. The most Christianized country in Africa became the site of its worst genocide. With a mother who was a Hutu and a father who was a Tutsi, author Emmanuel Katongole is uniquely qualified to point out that the tragedy in Rwanda is also a mirror reflecting the deep brokenness of the church in the West. Rwanda brings us to a cry of lament on our knees where together we learn that we must interrupt these patterns of brokenness. But Rwanda also brings us to a place of hope. Indeed, the only hope for our world after Rwanda’s genocide is a new kind of Christian identity for the global body of Christ—a people on pilgrimage together, a mixed group, bearing witness to a new identity made possible by the Gospel.”Katongole’s research interests focus on politics and violence in Africa, the theology of reconciliation, and Catholicism in the global South.He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain and a diploma in theology and religious studies from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.Katongole, a Catholic priest ordained by the Archdiocese of Kampala, has served as associate professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke University, where he was the founding co-director of the Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation.He is the author of books on the Christian social imagination, the crisis of faith following the genocide in Rwanda, and Christian approaches to justice, peace, and reconciliation. His most recent book is The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa (Eerdmans, 2010).Professor Katongole’s other books include Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda, (Zondervan, 2009), A Future for Africa: Critical Essays in Christian Social Imagination (University of Scranton Press, 2005), African Theology Today (University of Scranton Press, 2002), and Beyond Universal Reason: The Relation Between Religion and Ethics in the Work of Stanley Hauerwas (Notre Dame Press, 2000).As a major part of his research at the Kroc Institute, Katongole will contribute to Contending Modernities, a cross-cultural research and education initiative examining Catholic, Muslim, and secular forces in the modern world.

Jun 20 2017

45mins

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Rank #11: P Bonny Resu - Taking the whole gospel to the whole person in the Asia Pacific today

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P Bonny Resu and Graham Hill talk about how the church can take the whole gospel to the whole person in the Asia Pacific today. They discuss the ministry of Asia Pacific Baptist Federation (APBF), and also the growth, vitality, and mission of the churches of Nagaland. The Global Church Project episode #140. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Bonny Resu recently retired from the role of General Secretary of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation; a position he filled for 20 years. His vision is to strengthen the unity and mission of the churches of the Asia Pacific, so that they are one body with one vision: to reach the Asia Pacific for Jesus Christ with the Good News of the gospel. He says, “Over 4 and a half billion people live in the Asia Pacific, and many of these are waiting for the great salvation revealed only in Christ Jesus. Let us celebrate, together, our unity in Christ, and work together to strengthen the church and its witness.”

Nov 07 2018

18mins

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Rank #12: Areej Masoud - Any Hope for Palestine, Now or Ever?

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Areej Masoud and Graham Joseph Hill discuss the theme, “Any hope for Palestine, now or ever?” The Global Church Project podcast episode #145. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Areej Masoud and Graham Joseph Hill discuss the theme, “Any hope for Palestine, now or ever?” Areej Masoud is a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem who currently works as the Development and Communications Department Coordinator at Bethlehem Bible College. Areej is impassioned to speak up on behalf of her people and introduce the world to her reality, often hidden from mainstream media! A reality where access to basic necessities such as healthcare, education, water, shelter, freedom of movement and economic security is greatly restricted.

Nov 17 2019

41mins

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Rank #13: Grace Ji-Sun Kim - Learning from Immigrant Women & Women Leaders

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Grace Ji-Sun Kim & Graham Hill discuss how we might learn from the wisdom and experiences of immigrant women and communities. The GlobalChurch Project, Podcast Episode 17.Grace Ji-Sun Kim is a prolific writer, having published more than 10 books and 70 book chapters and journal articles. She challenges the church to engage with issues to do with the Asian-American Christian experience, and the faith-stories of Asian-American women. Her work on the social and religious experiences of Korean women immigrants to North America has received wide acclaim.Grace Ji-Sun Kim unpacks the theological and cultural riches to be found in Asian-American and Asian-American-feminist approaches to faith and theology. She shows how Asian notions of Wisdom and the spirit can communicate with Christian ideas today. And she challenges the North American church to move beyond patriarchal and colonial and repressive forms of faith and theology.

Jun 21 2017

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Rank #14: Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta and James Bartle - Working together across religions to build free, just, reconciled and peaceful societies

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Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta, James Bartle, and Graham Hill discuss how we might work together across religions to build free, just, reconciled, and peaceful societies. They also discuss such themes as: (1) Helping Indonesian women contribute fully to society. (2) The role of ritual and symbol in reconciliation, peacemaking, and community building. (3) Building bridges to those of other faiths – moving from "us and them" to "us." (4) Shaping a new paradigm of mission in multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural settings. (5) Opening dialogue between Muslims and Christians, by working together for a better society. In other words, working together to address the things that concerns us all. This is The Global Church Project podcast episode #136. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Farsijana is director of the Centre for Research and Community Development at Duta Wacana Christian University in Yogyakarta. She and he husband Bernie spend a lot of time working together with Christians and Muslims to build a just society. In the late 1990s, Bernie and Farsijana built a home in an all-Muslim neighbourhood. This home has become a centre for community outreach and hospitality. At any given time, they share it with several other people of both Muslim and Christian faith. Their house also serves as a centre for the Indonesian Women’s Coalition, which Farsijana leads, empowering women and serving the victims of natural disasters.
James Bartle is an Australian who lives in Indonesia with his family, and teaches at Binus University, Jakarta, in the department of international business and management. His expertise is in Macroeconomics and Financial Economics, and he has a keen interest in Indonesian society and culture, and fresh approaches to cross-cultural witness.

Oct 29 2018

28mins

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Rank #15: Joshva Raja - Ivory Towers & Muddy Grounds: Theological Education Today

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Joshva Raja and Graham Hill discuss “Ivory Towers & Muddy Grounds”: Developing holistic and fresh approaches to theological education and to contextual and indigenous theology. The GlobalChurch Project, Podcast Episode 21.Joshva Raja is ordained in the Church of South India from the Tirunelveli Diocese. He has served for many years among the urban poor in South Asia. He has also served in a parish in Edinburgh, Scotland when he also gained his doctorate from the University of that city. Joshva was an Associate Professor, Chairperson of the Department of The Gospel, Culture and Communication at the United Theological College in Bangalore. He is tutor of World Mission at the Selly Oak Centre for Mission Studies and MA Mission Pathway leader.Joshva edits an online journal of mission, Rethinking Mission, jointly run by the Methodist Church in Britain and USPG-Anglicans in Mission. He is a member of the Management Committee of Network for Interfaith Concerns of the Anglican Communion. He also works with WCC ETE in developing theological education around the world. His areas of specialisations are Christian Alternative Communication, Applied Mission and Cultural Anthropological studies.

Jun 25 2017

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Rank #16: Hyun Mo (Tim) Lee - Shining the light of the gospel in Asia today

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Professor Dr Hyun Mo (Tim) Lee and Dr Graham Hill talk about shining the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ in Asia today. The Global Church Project podcast episode #138. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Professor Dr Lee and Dr Hill discuss a wide range of issues related to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in Asia. These include:
  1. Serving Jesus in Asia, which is the least evangelized continent in the world.
  2. Moving from the triumphalism of Western mission, and the colonialism of Western cultures, to becoming a humble and global Christian religion that honors Asian churches, theologies, and cultures.
  3. How truth is seen in many Asian cultures, and what that means for Christian faith, theology, and witness in Asia.
  4. Balancing the need for contextualization and the dangers of religious syncretism – a challenge in Asia, and in all cultures.
  5. The differences between Christian understandings of God and Buddhist (and Eastern religious) understandings of "ultimate reality."
  6. How eternal life and suffering are understood in Asia, and what that means for Christian mission and discipleship in Asia today.
  7. How the Sermon on the Mount resonates with Asian worldviews.
  8. The fact that in Asia the credibility of the teacher (the person) is of ultimate importance – someone's teaching is only accepted if the person is honorable. In the West, it is ok for the teacher to be flawed if their teaching is wise and true (the message is more important than the messenger, and the teaching is more important than the teacher). But, in the East, the opposite if often true! In Asia, it is ok for the teaching to be flawed if the teacher is wise and noble (the messenger is more important than the message, and the teacher is more important than the teaching). What does this mean? It means that, in Asia, the credibility and honor and character of the teacher is of utmost importance.
  9. Contextualizing the gospel, theology, and theological education for Asia – and contextualization done by Asians themselves.
  10. Developing a missiological approach to theological education and training in Asia today.
  11. What God is doing in Asia today, and where the greatest needs are in Asia (so that the church might serve those needs).
Professor Dr Hyun Mo (Tim) Lee is a global authority in Christian missiology. He opens up new horizons for 21st century mission, not only for Korea and Asia, for all around world. Since 1993, Dr Lee has taught missiology at Daejeon Korea Baptist Theological University and Seminary. He worked as the leader of the World Mission Training Centre for 11 years, and has been instrumental in training and releasing thousands of missionaries all over the globe. Dr Lee is a member of the Korean Evangelical Missiological Society as well as the chairman of the missions and evangelism committee of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation.

Nov 01 2018

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Rank #17: Andrew Duncan - Developing healthy churches, disciples, and pastors

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Andrew Duncan and Graham Hill talk about developing healthy churches, disciples, and pastors. The Global Church Project podcast episode #131. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Andrew Duncan is senior pastor of Thornleigh Community Baptist Church in Sydney, Australia. Andrew has been involved in pastoral ministry for 25 years, and has held a wide variety of roles in ministry, both with local churches and mission agencies. Andrew has a passion for mission both locally and globally. His desire is for people to fully understand the life transforming message of Jesus. His greatest pleasure is when he sees people come alive in faith. Andrew really enjoys teaching the Bible and loves working in the area of leadership, vision and strategy. He loves seeing lives transformed by the power of the gospel and the impact of Christian community.

Oct 24 2018

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Rank #18: Lisa Sharon Harper - Shalom is the "Very Good" in the Gospel

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Lisa Sharon Harper and Graham Joseph Hill discuss why shalom is the "very good' in the gospel. The Global Church Project podcast episode #151.
On her website https://lisasharonharper.com/the-very-good-gospel/, Lisa Sharon Harper writes:
"Shalom is what God declared. Shalom is what the Kingdom of God looks like.Shalom is when all people have enough.It’s when families are healed.It’s when churches, schools, and public policies protect human dignity.Shalom is when the image of God is recognized, protected and cultivated in every single human.Shalom is our calling as followers of Jesus’s gospel. It is the vision God set forth in the Garden and the restoration God desires for every broken relationship.Shalom is what our souls long for.Shalom is the “very good” in the gospel.
What can we do to build shalom between nations, in our communities, and in our own lives? Through a careful exploration of biblical text, particularly the first three chapters of Genesis, in The Very Good Gospel Lisa Sharon Harper shows us what “very good” can look like today—in real time.
Because despite our anxious minds, despite division and threats of violence, God’s vision remains: Wholeness for a fragmented world. Peace for a hurting soul. Shalom."
Lisa Sharon Harper is the founder and president of Freedom Road, and the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed, "The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right." Asked why she does what she does, Lisa's answer is clear: “So that the church might be worthy of the moniker ‘Bride of Christ.'" Through preaching, writing, training, network development, and public witness, Lisa engages the church in the work of justice and peacemaking. She was named “#5 of the Top 13 Women to Watch in 2012” by the Center for American Progress, and was awarded the 2013 Faith and Justice Leadership Award by the National Black Women’s Round Table. She formerly served as the Chief Church Engagement Officer at Sojourners.
In 2015, The Huffington Post recognized her as one of “50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women’s Day.” Most recently, Relevant Magazine recognized The Very Good Gospel as one of “Six Books that Will Change the Way You See the World”, and Ms. Harper as one of “Seven Leaders to Follow in 2017.”

Jan 06 2020

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Rank #19: Ken Tang-Quan - Forgiveness, spiritual growth, and becoming like Jesus in pastoral ministry

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Ken Tang-Quan and Graham Hill discuss three things: (1) how forgiveness promotes spiritual maturity and growth, (2) how to nurture healthy Asian-American and multiethnic congregations, and (3) the key qualities of effective, godly pastors and Christian leaders (these 7 qualities are character, calling, commitment, creativity, community, compassion, and conviction). The Global Church Project podcast episode #130. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Pastor Ken Tang-Quan has been serving as Senior Pastor of Palos Verdes Baptist Church since 1994. His vision is to see “changed lives changing lives.” He leads a church that seeks to be a family of people whose lives have been changed by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and who seek to exalt their creator, equip the church, and evangelize their community.

Oct 15 2018

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Rank #20: Steve Scott - Art, mystery, and mission in the globally connected world

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Steve Scott and Graham Hill talks about art, mystery, and mission in the globally connected world, and how the church can honor, enjoy, and express faith through the creative arts. The Global Church Project podcast episode #139. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
This world is globally connected, but also increasingly disruptive. Creativity and innovative thinking are vital to the wellbeing, mission, growth, and flourishing of the church. But what about art, beauty, and mystery? Where do they fit in the conversation? How do art, beauty, and mystery help renew local churches, restore our worship, and enhance our mission? How can we reimagine the place of beauty and the creative arts for Christian ministry? In this interview, Steve Scott helps us explore these important questions.
Steve Scott is a British (US-based) poet, musician and artist. He is an international leader in missional thinking in the Christian arts scene, influencing, advising and recording diverse artists from around the world. An MA in Global Leadership (Fuller) Steve has a focus on how Johns Gospel informs the Gospel and culture conversation. See http://canaorg.net/
“Steve Scott is a rare individual who combines a deep love and understanding of Scripture with a passion for the arts." - Steve Turner, author of The Gospel According to the Beatles.

Nov 07 2018

35mins

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Hide This in Your Heart Sermon - by Graham Joseph Hill

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“Hide This in Your Heart” sermon (Ps.119:11 and 2 Tim.3:14–16) – by Graham Joseph Hill
Hiding God's Word in your heart restores your spiritual passion.
Memorizing the Bible has been proven to be an essential, life-giving practice for spiritual growth. Those who memorize passages from the Bible can point to how it’s given them greater assurance of God’s love and a deeper understanding of how to follow Jesus.
This sermon goes with the book by Graham Joseph Hill and Michael Frost. “Hide This in Your Heart: Memorizing Scripture for Kingdom Impact.” NavPress, 2020.
Buy the book here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hide-this-in-your-heart-michael-frost/1136591162
Or buy the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Hide-This-is-Your-Heart-Michael-Frost/9781641582049
See a webinar on how to memorize the Bible, here: https://grahamjosephhill.com/bible-memory-challenge/
#HideThisInYourHeart #BibleMemoryChallenge

Nov 01 2020

32mins

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Samson Sohail - Serving God in Pakistan

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Samson Sohail and Graham Joseph Hill talk about serving God in Pakistan. The Global Church Project podcast episode #163. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Samson Sohail is executive director of the United Council of Churches in Islamabad, Pakistan. He leads a vibrant church, committed to peace and reconciliation and the Gospel, and to share the love of Jesus with the people of Pakistan.

Feb 09 2020

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Nikki Toyama-Szeto - On earth, as it is in heaven: Making love visible

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Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Graham Joseph Hill discuss how the church can be a people who make love visible. They discuss a broad range of issues related to being a people who seek God's justice, inclusion, peace, and love. These include: (1) Partnering with the global church. (2) Being a people of justice and reconciliation. (3) Listening and learning from diverse voices and dialoguing across difference. (4) Developing unity that's deeper than agreement. (5) Being an Asian-American woman in North American church and society. (6) Being the church in rapidly changing times. (7) Embracing and welcoming asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. (8) How Jesus honors and amplifies the voices of women , and how the church can do so too. The Global Church Project podcast episode #162. On https://theglobalchurchproject.com/
As Executive Director of Evangelicals for Social Action, Nikki Toyama-Szeto guides the execution of ESA’s mission and vision. See: https://www.evangelicalsforsocialaction.org/
Nikki came to ESA with a long history of working with leaders of faith communities to help ignite a passion for biblical justice among the Global Church. She speaks and trains leaders globally—past engagements include speaking for Tearfund (Nepal) and Centro Esdras (Guatemala), CCDA (USA), and Billy Graham Center (USA). She writes and speaks from her experiences as a leader in organizations like International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She served on the Third Lausanne Congress (2010), helping to develop the plenary program.
In addition to her vocational ministry, she serves on the board of Interserve USA, Missio Alliance, and Casa Chiralagua. She has written articles on gender issues and multi-ethnicity for various magazines and she serves as a “Leading Voice” for the Missio Alliance. Her work was profiled in Christianity Today’s, “Who’s Next?” and Rejuvenate Magazine’s “40 under 40”.
She was a co-editor of the book More than Serving Tea (IVP, 2006), a collection of essays, stories and poems looking at the intersection of race, gender, and faith for Asian American women. She also co-wrote Partnering with the Global Church (IVP, 2012) with Femi Adeleye and edited the Urbana Onward series. Additionally, she is a co-author of The God of Justice: IJM Institute’s Global Church Curriculum (IVP, 2015). Nikki also co-authored a paper on “The Pursuit of Shalom in the Face of Violent Injustice” for the Micah Global Consultation.
Much of her insights stem from experiences living among poor people in the slums of Nairobi, Cairo, and Bangkok. She helped develop and direct the Global Urban Trek, an urban immersion program designed to challenge students to use their majors on behalf of the world’s poor people.

Jan 26 2020

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James Pender - Transforming and Empowering the Lives of People Affected by Leprosy

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James Pender and Graham Joseph Hill discuss ministries transforming and empowering the lives of people affected by Leprosy. The Global Church Project episode #161. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
James Pender is the Programmes and Advocacy Officer – Asia at The Leprosy Mission England and Wales, having formerly held the position of Development and Natural Resource Management Advisor for the Church of Bangladesh Social Development Programme. James was immersed in mission work in Bangladesh for nine years.
James said: “Leprosy is a disease of poverty and there is widespread poverty across Bangladesh with more than half of the population living on less than US$1 a day.
“Leprosy breeds in squalid conditions and there is a rising number of new cases in Bangladesh. If left untreated, the disease causes nerve damage which leads to disability.
“I’ve met leprosy-affected people in Bangladesh that have attempted suicide as they have felt so dejected by not only facing the stigma that still surrounds leprosy, but the desperate situation of not being able to work and feed their families.”
The Leprosy Mission is an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Their aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy.
Leprosy is a disease of poverty and as well as providing healthcare, the Leprosy Mission offers rehabilitation, education, vocational training, small business loans, housing and fresh water supplies and sanitation to tens of thousands of people each year. The Leprosy Mission provides a springboard to restored health, self-sufficiency and renewed hope. Their services are provided regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice. See: https://www.leprosymission.org.uk

Jan 26 2020

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Vladimir Ubeivolc - The Missio Dei & Transforming Moldovan Society: Confronting Poverty, Corruption, & Human Trafficking, & Offering Hope

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Vladimir Ubeivolc and Graham Joseph Hill discuss "The Missio Dei & Transforming Moldovan Society: Confronting Poverty, Corruption, & Human Trafficking, & Offering Hope." The Global Church Project episode #160. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Vladimir Ubeivolc is a pastor, author, theologian, and social activist. His father was a member of the Communist Party in the USSR and his mother was an evangelical Christian. Vladimir became a Christian at the age of 22 and later graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from Saint-Petersburg Christian University. He then earned an MA from TCM International Institute for Biblical Studies and a PhD from the University of Wales. He taught different disciplines in various colleges and universities in post-Soviet countries. Vladimir is an ordained pastor. Being a social activist and reflective practitioner, he has led a number of NGOs and platforms in Moldova and other Eastern European countries. Together with his wife Yulia they raise their daughter, Anna.
For many years, Vladimir Ubeivolc and his wife Yulia led Beginning of Life NGO in Moldova; which runs two programmes. One is focused on preparing children and youth for a better future through educational and training course and the other programme helps people who have suffered from different types of social injustice, such as single motherhood, human trafficking, domestic violence, and poverty.
Vladimir has taught Ethics and Missiology in different colleges and universities in Moldova and Russia, leading and speaking in conferences in almost all countries from the former Soviet bloc in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2014, together with his colleagues, he launched Studio of Innovative Leadership, which focused on teaching and promoting social transformation from a holistic theological and missiological perspective.
Vladimir is author of numerous of articles on holistic mission, human trafficking, and social justice, and co-author and co-editor of a few books. His book Rethinking Missio Dei Among Evangelical Churches in an Eastern European Orthodox Context was published through Langham in 2016.

Jan 18 2020

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Rhiannon Lloyd - Healing the Nations (How Jesus offers forgiveness, repentance, healing, & peace after conflict & war)

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Rhiannon Lloyd and Graham Joseph Hill discuss how Jesus offers forgiveness, repentance, healing, and peace after conflict and war. Jesus's church can demonstrate redeemed ethnicity, radical reconciliation, and the new humanity in Christ (Rhiannon has spent the last 30 years leading healing, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation initiatives in Africa and other parts of the world). The Global Church Project episode #159. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd, a former Doctor of Medicine and Psychiatry, has been in full time Christian work since 1985 ministering extensively in cross-cultural situations. She spent many years teaching courses for Christian workers and ministering to people with deep emotional wounds. Since 1994, she has pioneered a reconciliation ministry in Rwanda, working initially with African Enterprise. She has spoken to thousands of church leaders leading them to a place of healing at the cross and facilitating reconciliation between the ethnic groups. Healing and reconciliation teams have now been formed in many other countries. She lives in Wales, and her ministry is called “Healing the Nations”. For more information see www.healingthenations.co.uk
In the early 1990s, Rhiannon Lloyd felt God calling her out of her own experience of conflict and suffering to go to Rwanda to help in the work of peacemaking after the genocide. She left her home in tears, with great fear, and with feelings of inadequacy. But God used her faith and her willingness to surrender to him and go, and over the last 30 years she's led thousands of churches and communities through peace and reconciliation workshops and processes in many of the most war-torn countries of the world. Never underestimate how God can use you when you surrender everything to him and follow his call.
In this interview, Rhiannon shares her insights into forgiveness, justice, repentance, peacemaking, and reconciliation, and into ways to bring healing and unity after serious conflicts and devastating wars and division.

Jan 17 2020

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Christine Jeyachandran - Following Jesus in Mission

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Christian Jeyachandran and Graham Joseph Hill talk about what it means to follow Jesus in mission. How do we hear God's call to mission, step out in faith, and follow him wherever he leads? The Global Church Project episode #158. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Christine Jeyachandran serves with SIM in Peru, along with her husband David and their three children. Having learnt the local language, they work among University Students, teaching English, sharing about Jesus, discipling, and encouraging them as they follow Jesus. Christine and David feel that this is an incredibly strategic work which can impact the future leaders of Peru.

Jan 17 2020

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Gil Odendaal - Empowering the church to serve the most vulnerable in both the Global South and North

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Gil Odendaal and Graham Joseph Hill talk about empowering the church to serve the most vulnerable in both the Global South and North. They discuss the shape of integral mission and credible witness, the need to take up our cross and follow Jesus, and how Christians can respond to issues to do with refugees and asylum seekers, racism and conflict, and consumerism. The churches of the Global South teach Western Christians about the realm of the spirit, about integral mission, and about truly being the priesthood of all believers. The Global Church Project episode #157. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
From directing global initiatives for Saddleback Church to building innovative programs for other reputable global ministries, Gil Odendaal has dedicated more than 30 years to empowering the church around the world to seamlessly integrate word and deed ministries that transform communities, especially through health related initiatives.
Gil Odendaal is the author of Standing with the Vulnerable: A Curriculum for Transforming Lives and Communities (IVP, 2016). He is the Executive Director of Gil Odendaal Consultancy. Prior to this he was the Senior Vice President Integral Mission at World Relief. Gil seeks to empower the church to serve the most vulnerable in both the Global South and North. Whether that church consists of 2 Christ-followers gathering in a basement in a restricted access country or a church of 20,000 in an open Christian country – the goal is the same - to serve them so that that their gospel proclamation has social consequences as they call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And their social involvement has evangelistic consequences as they bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Prior to serving with World Relief, Gil served as Global Director for PEACE Implementation with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and as Global Director for the HIV/AIDS Initiative under Kay Warren, assisting and facilitating the deployment of more than 10,000 short term missionaries.

Jan 13 2020

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Oscar Muriu - Raising up a legacy of African leaders for the church of Christ worldwide

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Oscar Muriu and Graham Joseph Hill discuss Oscar's passion for raising up a legacy of African leaders for the church of Christ worldwide. They also discuss what the West can learn from African innovations in church planting, leadership development, prayer and discipleship, and much more. They discuss what the churches of the Global North and the Global South can learn from each other, and how they can partner together for God's mission and harvest. The Global Church Project episode #156.
Pastor Oscar dedicated his life to Christ in 1983, and has served as the Senior Pastor of the Nairobi Chapel since 1991. In that time he has seen the Church grow from a mere 20 people, to over 3,000 people. Pastor Oscar leads a church planting movement of 90 churches, the bulk of which are in Kenya; but others around Africa include Rwanda, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, Liberia, and Ethiopia. His present target is to plant 300 churches; with 210 of them in Kenya; 60 in the rest of Africa (one in each capital city of Africa); and 30 off the continent of Africa in the gateway cities of the world (London, Delhi, Sydney, Hong Kong, Chicago and others). His personal mission is to raise up a legacy of African leaders for the Church of Christ worldwide.
All this began around 30 years ago, when a young pastor Oscar accepted the call to an aging, declining church of 26 people that was close to shutting its doors. Look at it today! Follow God's call! You never know how God will use you if you surrender fully to him. Oscar is an example of a person fully surrendered to God: a humble and visionary leader, committed to pouring his life into the next generation of pastors, leaders and church planters.

Jan 13 2020

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Tony Campolo - The positive prophet of Red Letter Christianity

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Tony Campolo and Graham Joseph Hill discuss Red Letter Christianity, and the transforming power of humility, self-sacrifice, and love. The Global Church Project episode #155. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization which he founded to create and support programs serving needy communities. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the progressive Christian movement, Red Letter Christians as well as, for the Campolo Center for Ministry, a program which provides support to those the church has called to full-time ministry. He has written more than 35 books and can be found blogging regularly on tonycampolo.org and redletterchristians.org. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.
In November 2012, Tony Campolo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Youth Worker’s Convention. The wording on the award is: “Award of Lifetime Achievement is proudly presented to Tony Campolo who has defined and courageously pioneered what is means to encourage, care and lead students, possessing the qualities that inspire us and provoke us to continue the journey into the future with boldness and confidence. As a result of Tony’s life of ministry and leadership he has left a legacy of encouragement and hope to youth workers and students everywhere.” (Biography taken from www.tonycampolo.org).
About Red Letter Christians (from www.redletterchristians.org):
Staying true to the foundation of combining Jesus and justice, Red Letter Christians mobilizes individuals into a movement of believers who live out Jesus’ counter-cultural teachings.
The goal of Red Letter Christians is simple: To take Jesus seriously by endeavoring to live out His radical, counter-cultural teachings as set forth in Scripture, and especially embracing the lifestyle prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount.
By calling ourselves Red Letter Christians, we refer to the fact that in many Bibles the words of Jesus are printed in red. What we are asserting, therefore, is that we have committed ourselves first and foremost to doing what Jesus said. Jesus calls us away from the consumerist values that dominate contemporary America. Instead, he calls us to meet the needs of the poor. He also calls us to be merciful, which has strong implications in terms of war and capital punishment. After all, when Jesus tells us to love our enemies, he probably means we shouldn’t kill them.

Jan 10 2020

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Albert Baliesima Kadukima - Responding to humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Albert Baliesima Kadukima and Graham Joseph Hill discuss "Responding to humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo." The Global Church Project episode #154. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Albert Balisema is director of the NGO ESADER in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ESADER provides support to war related orphans and vulnerable children in the Congo, and also vocational training for youth. Working in coalition with churches and other organisations, Albert Balisema is involved in providing emergency relief for those in crisis from the war in the DRC, conducting advocacy to raise awareness and support for the people of DRC, including presentations to the UN Human Rights Council, and building capacity for the church networks and local church leaders so that they can work toward peace, reconciliation, healing, and building society.
The unifying strategy for the coalition involving ESADER, World Relief, the World Evangelical Alliance, and Micah Global is working with local churches as the agent through which culture change, peace and reconciliation, long-term recovery and development have the greatest hope. The conviction is that churches engage in their communities not as extensions of NGOs, but as agents of God’s mission to the world, acting as churches committed to demonstrating mercy, justice and humility.

Jan 09 2020

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Leong Hap Choy - From prisoner to shepherd of the addicted and those in need

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Leong Hap Choy and Graham Joseph Hill discuss Hap Choy's remarkable transformation from being a prisoner to a shepherd of the addicted and those in need. They also discuss their own experiences with addictions and what helped them get free. The Global Church Project episode #153. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Leong Hap Choy joined Malaysian Care more than 10 years ago, after being touched personally by Malaysian Care’s ministries. His story is a powerful witness to the transforming work of Jesus Christ, and to the remarkable work Malaysian Care does among prisoners, addicts, and vulnerable. Hap Choy now leads one of Malaysian care’s regional offices, as they provide 3 core services: (1) Addressing poverty and building a just and equitable society through “Rural & Urban Community Development”; (2) Serving among those in prison and suffering from addictions; and (3) caring for those with special needs. Malaysian Care is a non-profit Christian NGO established in Malaysia in 1979, committed to serving the poor and needy irrespective of religion and ethnicity. It focuses on empowering communities, aiming for long-term sustainable development, and seeking to be partners with the local church and the people they are serving.

Jan 08 2020

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Francisco Portillejo Hoyos - Supporting Humanitarian Organizations

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Francisco Portillejo Hoyos and Graham Joseph Hill discuss ways to support humanitarian organizations. The Global Church Project podcast episode #152. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Francisco is the CEO of Tack & Gybe Associates and also of CRYPTALGO. His expertise is in capital markets, business strategy and development, and helping businesses and humanitarian organisations develop financial resources. His company has run successful experiments in Asia and Latin America, helping humanitarian organisations face and meet their financial, organisational, and strategic challenges.
In this interview we discuss such issues as:1. What are the challenges facing humanitarian institutions on the financial front, today?2. Are these the same challenges faced by the broader Christian NGO and non-profit sector, or different?3. What are the other funding options that humanitarian organisations can initiative?4. What key support and guidance do humanitarian orgs and non-profits need today (strategy, finance, marketing, compliance, etc.)?5. Where else can humanitarian and other orgs go to get the support they need in these areas?

Jan 06 2020

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Lisa Sharon Harper - Shalom is the "Very Good" in the Gospel

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Lisa Sharon Harper and Graham Joseph Hill discuss why shalom is the "very good' in the gospel. The Global Church Project podcast episode #151.
On her website https://lisasharonharper.com/the-very-good-gospel/, Lisa Sharon Harper writes:
"Shalom is what God declared. Shalom is what the Kingdom of God looks like.Shalom is when all people have enough.It’s when families are healed.It’s when churches, schools, and public policies protect human dignity.Shalom is when the image of God is recognized, protected and cultivated in every single human.Shalom is our calling as followers of Jesus’s gospel. It is the vision God set forth in the Garden and the restoration God desires for every broken relationship.Shalom is what our souls long for.Shalom is the “very good” in the gospel.
What can we do to build shalom between nations, in our communities, and in our own lives? Through a careful exploration of biblical text, particularly the first three chapters of Genesis, in The Very Good Gospel Lisa Sharon Harper shows us what “very good” can look like today—in real time.
Because despite our anxious minds, despite division and threats of violence, God’s vision remains: Wholeness for a fragmented world. Peace for a hurting soul. Shalom."
Lisa Sharon Harper is the founder and president of Freedom Road, and the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed, "The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right." Asked why she does what she does, Lisa's answer is clear: “So that the church might be worthy of the moniker ‘Bride of Christ.'" Through preaching, writing, training, network development, and public witness, Lisa engages the church in the work of justice and peacemaking. She was named “#5 of the Top 13 Women to Watch in 2012” by the Center for American Progress, and was awarded the 2013 Faith and Justice Leadership Award by the National Black Women’s Round Table. She formerly served as the Chief Church Engagement Officer at Sojourners.
In 2015, The Huffington Post recognized her as one of “50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women’s Day.” Most recently, Relevant Magazine recognized The Very Good Gospel as one of “Six Books that Will Change the Way You See the World”, and Ms. Harper as one of “Seven Leaders to Follow in 2017.”

Jan 06 2020

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Christopher J. H. Wright - The Mission of God & the Mission of God's People

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Christopher J. H. Wright and Graham Joseph Hill talk about the mission of God and the mission of God's people. The Global Church Project episode #150. On www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Christopher Wright was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the son of missionary parents, and nurtured as an Irish Presbyterian. After completing a doctorate in Old Testament economic ethics in Cambridge, he was ordained in the Anglican Church of England in 1977 and served as an assistant pastor in the Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, in Kent.
In 1983 he took his family to India and taught at the Union Biblical Seminary (UBS), Pune for five years as a mission partner with Crosslinks (formerly BCMS). While at UBS he taught a variety of Old Testament courses at BD and MTh levels. In 1988 he returned to the UK as Academic Dean at All Nations Christian College (an international training centre for cross-cultural mission). Then he was appointed Principal there in September 1993.
In September 2001 he was appointed International Director of the Langham Partnership International. This is a group of ministries originally founded by John Stott, committed to the strengthening of the church in the Majority World through fostering leadership development, biblical preaching, literature and doctoral scholarships. He is the author of acclaimed books in theology and mission.

Jan 03 2020

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Grishma Parajuli - Hearing the Voice of Nepal's Church

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Grishma Parajuli and Graham Joseph Hill talk about hearing the voice of Nepal's church. The Global Church Project podcast episode #149. On www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Grishma Parajuli is Pastor of Nayagaun Church in Pokhara, Nepal, a vibrant Christian community of almost 1,000 believers, which also supports twelve daughter churches. Born into a high-caste Hindu family, Grishma first attended a church in 1983 in order to gather names of Christian leaders, intending to bring an accusation of forcible conversion of Hindus in breach of Nepal’s strict anti-conversion laws. Despite his hostile intentions, he was warmly welcomed by the church and given a New Testament as a gift. God met Grishma through His people and His word. The teaching of Jesus Christ touched his heart and he came to know that Jesus is The Way, accepting baptism as a believer – a risky and costly step for a high-caste Hindu person.
Since 1997, Pastor Grishma has helped lead Nayagaun Church to proclaim Jesus to their Hindu neighbours, to build unity among the Christians of Pokhara, and to engage deeply with their community through ministry to people with disabilities.
Pastor Grishma launched a national Christian training and leadership development program called Leadership Education and Development Nepal (LEAD Nepal). LEAD Nepal trains Nepali Christian leaders in theology, evangelism, pastoral care, expository preaching, transformative discipleship, as well as church leadership and administration. He also has a significant ministry with the diaspora Nepali community around the world.
This is a remarkable story. Grishma went from a spy sent to destroy and accuse the church to a pastor, converted through the compassion of Christians toward lepers, and through the compassion, witness, and prayer of God's people. His church grew from 16 people in 1987 to over 1,000 today, and planted 12 daughter churches. Grishma started Lead Nepal, for training pastors and Christians leaders to meet the needs of the rapidly growing churches of Nepal (mobile training for Nepalese Christian leaders, focused on leadership training, theological education, and training in community development). More than 1,000 church leadership have been through this training program.
Responding to the April 2015 Nepal Earthquake, Nepalese churches came together to offer rescue services, food and clothing, rebuilding work, disaster management, community relief and development, and more.
Grishma says that Nepalese church growth is connected with personal witness, compassionate service, community development and care, serving the poor and disadvantaged, mobile leadership training, and more. The Christian message also offers hope to women and people of lower caste groups. The Nepalese churches also seek to be peacemakers between religions, political and ethnic groups, and others, in order to build a better and more harmonious society. As a minority group in Nepalese society, they come together with a common witness and service of their society and community, and common and combined forms of worship and prayer.

Jan 02 2020

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Ken Clendinning - Serving Jesus, Loving His Church

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Ken Clendinning and Graham Joseph Hill discuss pastoral ministry, serving Jesus, and loving his church. The Global Church Project podcast episode #148.
Ken Clendinning has served in a wide range of ministry roles, including the Director of Ministries for the Baptist Churches in NSW and ACT, Australia, the pastor of the Baptist churches in Broken Hill and in Orange, NSW, and serving on the faculty at Morling Theological College for over 14 years, where he lectured in the areas of pastoral and practical theology. He is currently serving as an interim minister, helping churches move become healthy and outward looking. Aside from his pastoral studies, Ken also has a background in education, psychology and sociology. For more than 25 years he served as the chaplain of the Canterbury Bulldogs NRL football team.

Jan 01 2020

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Andrew Sloane - Christian Reflections on a Philosophy and Theology of Medicine

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Andrew Sloane and Graham Joseph Hill discuss the theme, “Christian Reflections on a Philosophy and Theology of Medicine.” The Global Church Project podcast episode #147. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
In 2016, Andrew Sloane published "Vulnerability and Care: Christian Reflections on the Philosophy of Medicine" (Bloomsbury). Medical and bioethical issues have spawned a great deal of debate in both public and academic contexts. Little has been done, however, to engage with the underlying issues of the nature of medicine and its role in human community. This book seeks to fill that gap by providing Christian philosophical and theological reflections on the nature and purposes of medicine and its role in a Christian understanding of human society. The book provides two main 'doorways' into a Christian philosophical theology of medicine. First it presents a brief description of the contexts in which medicine is practiced in the early 21st century, identifying key problems and challenges that medicine must address. It then turns to issues in contemporary bioethics, demonstrating how the debate is rooted in conflicting visions of the nature of medicine (and so human existence). This leads to a discussion of some of the philosophical and theological resources currently available for those who would reflect 'Christianly' on medicine. The heart of the book consists of an articulation of a Christian understanding of medicine as both a scholarly and a social practice, articulating the philosophical-theological framework which informs this perspective. It fleshes out features of medicine as an inherently moral practice, one informed by a Christian social vision and shaped by key theological commitments. The book closes by returning to the issues relating to the context of medicine and bioethics with which it opened, demonstrating how a Christian philosophical-theology of medicine informs and enriches those discussions.
Rev. Dr Andrew Sloane is Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought, and Director of Postgraduate Studies at Morling College. He studied medicine at the University of New South Wales and practiced briefly as a doctor before training for Baptist ministry at Morling, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology and a ThD in philosophy and Old Testament studies. Andrew was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1991 and ministered in Sydney and Newcastle before joining the faculty at Ridley (Anglican) College in Melbourne in 1996. Andrew joined the faculty of Morling College in 2002 and has published in Old Testament and hermeneutics, ethics, philosophy, and theology. His most recent book is Vulnerability and Care: Christian Reflections on the Philosophy of Medicine (T&T Clark, 2016). He and his wife Alison have three adult daughters and currently attend Northside Baptist Church.

Dec 31 2019

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Adam R. Taylor - Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism and Following Jesus Christ

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Adam R. Taylor and Graham Joseph Hill discuss the theme, “Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism and Following Jesus Christ.” The Global Church Project podcast episode #146. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Adam R. Taylor and Graham Joseph Hill discuss the theme, “Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism and Following Jesus Christ.” Taylor says, "Martin Luther King Jr. read the words of the apostle Paul to the church in Rome – "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind" – as a call not to retreat from the world but to lead the world into the kingdom of God, where peace and justice reign. In King's day the presenting problem was entrenched racism; the movement of God was a revolution in civil rights and human dignity . . . Learn what today's transformed nonconformists are doing at home and abroad to keep in step with the God of justice and love, and find ways you can join the new nonconformists in an activism of hope."
Rev. Adam Russell Taylor is the executive director of Sojourners and author of Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post Civil Rights Generation. Taylor previously led the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group and served as the Vice President of Advocacy at World Vision U.S. and the Senior Political Director at Sojourners. He has also served as the executive director of Global Justice, an organization that educates and mobilizes students around global human rights and economic justice. Taylor is a graduate of Emory University, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Taylor is ordained in the American Baptist Church and serves at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.

Dec 30 2019

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Areej Masoud - Any Hope for Palestine, Now or Ever?

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Areej Masoud and Graham Joseph Hill discuss the theme, “Any hope for Palestine, now or ever?” The Global Church Project podcast episode #145. On https://www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Areej Masoud and Graham Joseph Hill discuss the theme, “Any hope for Palestine, now or ever?” Areej Masoud is a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem who currently works as the Development and Communications Department Coordinator at Bethlehem Bible College. Areej is impassioned to speak up on behalf of her people and introduce the world to her reality, often hidden from mainstream media! A reality where access to basic necessities such as healthcare, education, water, shelter, freedom of movement and economic security is greatly restricted.

Nov 17 2019

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