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Conversion: Turning from Darkness to Light

Presented at the Symposium “Distinctively Christian, Distinctly Mongolian” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on March 13, 2003 By Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen I.  Introduction: Story about Conversion from Kenya It was my final Sunday in Kenya after serving for thirteen years as God’s minister.  In additional to the prayerful farewell, I remember that a vibrant, thirty-year-old lady, a […]

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Proclaiming the Kingdom of God among Animists and Secularists

Presented at the Symposium “Distinctively Christian, Distinctly Mongolian” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on March 12, 2003 By Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen Their tenseness was apparent as they sipped tea at my house. They were wondering, “Will this missionary understand what we have come to explain?”  After circling the problem for some minutes, they stated, “Two of […]

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Living in the Heavenly Realms

Presented at the Symposium “Distinctively Christian, Distinctly Mongolian” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on March 12, 2003 By Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen What is the nature of spiritual powers in Scripture?  What is the relationship of Satan to these powers?  What is the difference between animistic and Christian understanding of power?  These are some of the lessons […]

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Defining an Animistic Worldview

Presented at the Symposium “Distinctively Christian, Distinctly Mongolian” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on March 11, 2003 By Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen I begin this description of animistic worldviews with some trepidation.  I acknowledge that views about animism (and the Christian approach to animism) vary greatly.  Some have not been trained to see animistic realities.  They merely […]

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Worldview and Syncretism

Presented at the Symposium “Distinctively Christian, Distinctly Mongolian” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on March 11, 2003 By Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen I have been honored by the invitation from the coordinating committee to make these presentations on the essence of Christianity and the nature of syncretism.  I wish to thank the organizing committee, the translators of the […]

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Bibliography: Christian Encounter with African Traditional Religion

If you have any suggestions or recommendations about this list, please Gailyn Van Rheenen. Achampong-Baifie, Kwaku. The Sacrifices of God- The Pouring of Libation. Accra-North: Pinamano Press limited, 1992. Adeyemo, Tokunboh. Salvation in African Tradition. Nairobi: Evangel Publishing House, 1979. Asempa Publishers, ed.The Rise of Independant Churches in Ghana. Accra: Asempa Publishers, 1990. Ayisi, Eric O. An Introduction to […]

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Missiological Reflections

The Missiological Reflections archive, or view by topic.

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Missions Dictionary

Dictionary of Missiological Terms Definitions are important because they set parameters of meaning. You are invited to help build this missiological dictionary by suggesting definitions and sources where these definitions are found. Credit will be given for all definitions accepted. E-Mail Gailyn Van Rheenen with suggestions. Note the bibliography of entries at the end of this dictionary. […]

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Mission Quotes

Important Quotes on Missiology If you wish to contribute any additional quotes to this list, please e-mail Gailyn Van Rheenen. Choose a topic: Church Planting Theology and MissionsIncarnationTheology of Power Theological Education Religious Pluralism Morality and Religion Worship Spiritual Renewal Gospel and Culture Postmodernism Missional Ecclesiology Money and MissionsEvangelismMission to the Poor Missionary Acculturation Language and Scripture Language […]

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Mission Bibliographies

Bibliographies concerning specific topics in the area of missiology.