Chan relates some of his theology around ancestors and priesthood to African theology as well: “Sometimes dysfunctional pastors are simply tolerated rather than asked to leave for fear of “touching the Lord’s anointed.” Many African Initiated Churches seem to have similar views about their leaders. They reflect the pervasiveness of […]
Paper plates are so versatile and they’re cheap and easy to source locally. Make any number of animals, or just use them for fingerpainting!
The Tiger Queens, Stephanie Thornton This historical fiction novel follows four women in the court of Genghis Khan and his sons. The brutality and fragility of life for women is clear but each of them comes to wield a degree of influence. This is not merely imagination on the part […]
Chan concludes his book with this contextualized summary of the story of the world: “The trinitarian family — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — purposed from eternity to enlarge the divine family by including humans so that the extended family could live in perfect communion. The trinitarian family is an […]
I’m mainly going for awe with science rather than explaining mechanics. Bicarb and vinegar have the ‘wow’ factor in spades, even more so if you hide food colouring under the bicarb and then use a syringe to squirt the vinegar on. All of these materials are cheap and easy to […]
I wrote on Facebook: I called it an ‘evangelistic conversation’ but I really don’t like the term. ‘Evangelism’ can have negative connotations of conquest and for 200 years Africa has been the plaything of European imperial ambition (let alone the colonisation that came before that). This conversation highlighted that poignantly. […]
There are far too many keen insights and penetrating critiques in Simon Chan’s Grassroots Asian Theology to be contained in a few topics or a few quotes but here are a few that stuck out to me. On changing the world “In spite of a lack of theology of engagement, […]