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Ministering in the Midst of a Refugee Crisis: How the Local Church Can Respond

Ministering in the Midst of a Refugee Crisis: Here’s a link to the paper I recently presented at the Evangelical Missiological Society. It is mainly a detailed biblical theology of sojourner/stranger in the Bible and then provides guidelines for how … Continue reading

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More Anthropology for the Real World

It’s great when the rubber meets the road, when theory aids understanding of reality.  Applied anthropology aims for just such an application – how can anthropology help solve real world problems?  I’m in the field of higher education and readily … Continue reading

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Immigration and Cultural Identity – Applied Anthropology

My dissertation has recently become available in electronic format.  If you are interested in how immigration impacts understanding, production, and expression of cultural identity, you should have a look.  Here is a summary: This dissertation explores how urbanization and immigration … Continue reading

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Anthropology for the Real World

For whatever reason, it is very difficult to understand what other people do at their jobs.  Ask a chemist at the pharmaceutical company what he does and he replies, “Oh, I synthesize proteins.”  Ok, but what does that mean?  We … Continue reading

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Short-term, Team Based Ethnographic Research

Ethnographic Research – Long or Short Term Approach? Traditional ethnographic research takes a long time, but the time is necessary for an accurate and in depth understanding of the culture or phenomenon under observation.  When an anthropologist embarks on a … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Methodology of Missions – How do you get where you’d like to go?

Professor David Sills likes to say, “Your theology drives your ecclesiology” and “your philosophy drives your methodology.”  When you think about it, those statements make sense.  How you define what a church is will influence how you go about planting … Continue reading

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Understanding Rituals for Missional Purpose

Western Christians tend to be afraid of rituals, even anti-ritual.  Rituals often bring to mind images of idolatry and magic, head hunting and cannibalism.  In reality, people use rituals continually.  Every culture has a ritualistic script for greeting one another, … Continue reading

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