Theologies of the Multicultural Church

At the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Soong-Chan Rah spoke about our need to develop cultural competency to address the changes in ethnoracial diversity in the world and in the church.

“We are in the midst of a western cultural captivity where we value the western culture more than we value the tenets of Scripture, where we want people to become like us in our western identity more than we want people to become like Christ.”

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Soong-Chan Rah on Western Cultural Captivity

Soong-Chan Rah reflected on Acts 15 and asked how the Western Church might move from its captivity to culture and toward deeper commitment to Christ. WATCHInterpreting Paul for the 21st Century

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Soong-Chan Rah on Cultural Intelligence

Soong-Chan Rah explained how power and cultural incompetence in majority cultures breeds an oppressive otherness, and he explores how this has particularly played out in the church. WATCHInterpreting Paul for the 21st Century

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Kevin Haah, Craig Hendrickson, Roberta King

Response | Kevin Haah, Craig Hendrickson, Roberta King on Cultural Intelligence

Kevin Haah, Craig Hendrickson, and Roberta King offered perspectives on leading congregations and communities in developing cultural intelligence. WATCHThe Missional Church

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Soong-Chan Rah on Suffering and Celebration

In his lecture “Suffering and Celebration,” delivered at the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Soong-Chan Rah spoke on the multicultural church’s need for intersecting theologies of both suffering and celebration. WATCHInterpreting Paul for the 21st Century

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Ryan Bolger and Juan Martinez

Response | Ryan Bolger and Juan Martínez on American Christian Narratives

In response to Soong-Chan Rah’s lecture “Suffering and Celebration,” delivered at the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Ryan K. Bolger and Juan Martínez discussed the problems of American church growth and the varying Christian narratives told in churches. WATCHJustice, Grace, and Law in the Mission of God

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Soong-Chan Rah on Generational Dynamics in the Church

Soong-Chan Rah examined the sociocultural factors at play across generations within immigrant churches—with a specific look at the Asian North American church. WATCHJustice, Grace, and Law in the Mission of God

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Sunko Lin and Timothy Park

Response | Sunoko Lin and Timothy Park on Asian Immigrant Churches

In response to Soong-Chan Rah’s lecture “Navigating the Generations,” delivered at the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Sunoko Lin and Timothy K. Park discussed the generational divides in Asian Immigrant churches. WATCHJustice, Grace, and Law in the Mission of God

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These lectures were given at Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies’ 2012 Missiology Lectures, “Tools and Theologies of the Multicultural Church.” Soong-Chan Rah was the Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary at the time of these recordings.