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On Mission with Chris Wright
40 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Bayar Garamtseren (Pt. 1): Re-establishing the Church in Mongolia
For 70 years, Mongolia was closed off to the world under Soviet communist rule. When the country opened up in 1991, Dr. Bayar Garamtseren was 18 years old and began attending the very first church in modern-day Mongolia. Today, he is the first Mongolian to receive a PhD in biblical studies, directs the Mongolian Bible translation project, pastors a local church, coordinates Langham Preaching in Mongolia, and runs a Christian publishing house—all so that the church may be strengthened in maturity as it continues to grow in number. In Part 1 of their conversation, Chris and Bayar discuss the drastic changes in his country since the end of communism, the rich history of Mongolia and the Mongolian church, and the remarkable growth of Christianity in a country where—only 30 years ago—barely a handful of Christians lived.
55 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Oleksandr Geychenko: Equipping Ukrainian Church Leaders in Uncertain Times
Dr. Oleksandr Geychenko is a Langham Scholar and the President of Odessa Theological Seminary in Ukraine – one of the first theological schools in the former Soviet Union. Founded 29 years ago when Ukraine was still under Communist rule, today the school is equipping church leaders to be better instruments of God's mission in Ukraine and throughout Eastern Europe. In Oleksandr's conversation with Chris, they discuss what mission looks like in a post-communist nation, the church's response to the recent tumult in Ukraine and along the border, and how theological education is part of God's mission for His people.
53 minutes | May 25, 2021
Hani Hanna: Preparing the Egyptian Church for Mission
Dr. Hani Hanna is a Langham Scholar from Egypt who received his PhD in theology with support from Langham. Today, he is Vice President, Academic Dean, and Professor of Theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo (ETSC) — where he will soon assume the role of President. In his conversation with Chris, they talk about the history of Christianity in Egypt, some present day realities, and why theological education matters, especially for the Middle East.
55 minutes | May 18, 2021
Athena Gorospe: Recovering Christ's Concern for the Marginalized
Dr. Athena Gorospe, from the Philippines, received her PhD in Old Testament studies with support from Langham at Fuller Theological Seminary. She returned to Manila, where she is a professor at the Asia Theological Seminary and directs the Contextual Theology PhD program. Athena has been referred to as one of 30 Old Testament Bible Scholars you should be reading and following—and it’s not hard to understand why. In her conversation with Chris, she shares powerful insights on how theology is integral to mission, and how the Old Testament speaks hope into present hard times.
45 minutes | May 12, 2021
Martin Accad (Pt. 2): Interfaith Peacebuilding in the Middle East
Dr. Martin Accad is a world renowned theological leader in Lebanon who received his PhD training with support from Langham. He’s taught at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, where he founded and directs the Institute of Middle East Studies. Martin is a sought after speaker, thinker, and writer on Islam, Middle Eastern Christianity and Christian-Muslim relations. In part two of his conversation with Chris, Martin shares about his work which focuses on building peace, trust, and understanding across the Christian and Muslim faiths. Martin shares some wise words for those who may be hesitant about any kind of partnership between Christians and Muslims, and they discuss the groundbreaking Bible commentary project for Muslim-background believers he is leading.
48 minutes | May 5, 2021
Martin Accad (Pt. 1): Christian Mission in a Sectarian State
Dr. Martin Accad is a world renowned theological leader in Lebanon who received his PhD training with support from Langham. He’s taught at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, where he founded and directs the Institute of Middle East Studies. Martin is a sought after speaker, thinker, and writer on Islam, Middle Eastern Christianity and Christian-Muslim relations. In his conversation with Chris, he gives us a fascinating look into the Lebanese context – a place of beauty and diversity, where, today, they face some incredible challenges.
44 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Celebrating John Stott's Impact on the Global Church
Today — April 27, 2021 — marks the 100th anniversary of John Stott’s birth. John Stott was a respected preacher, best-selling author of more than 50 books (including seminal classics such as Basic Christianity and The Cross of Christ), servant of the global church, and the founder of Langham Partnership — a global ministry that trains and resources biblical leaders in 130+ countries. This special episode commemorates John Stott's impact on three global Christian leaders whose lives and ministries he personally impacted (Ajith Fernando of Sri Lanka, Matius Ho of Indonesia, and Rosalee Ewell of Brazil). You'll also hear from Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California, who shares special reflections and remembrances on his friendship with John Stott.
50 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Ajith Fernando: Growth Through Adversity in Sri Lanka
Ajith Fernando is teaching director (and former national director) of Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka—a ministry he led for 35 years. In addition to teaching and preaching, he spends his time mentoring and counseling younger Christian leaders and pastors. Ajith is passionate about discipleship and working among the urban poor. He’s a sought after speaker, frequenting stages at Urbana and Lausanne gatherings, as well as pulpits of churches around the world. As dear friends and respected theologians, Ajith and Chris discuss lessons gleaned from decades of ministry, how the church in Sri Lanka has grown despite a decades-long civil war, and what lessons Christians in the west might learn from their Sri Lankan sisters and brothers.
61 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Seble Daniel & Tigist Gelagle: Discipling the Next Generation in Ethiopia
Dr. Seble Daniel, a Langham Scholar, is the first female to receive a PhD in Bible and theology in her denomination—the largest in Ethiopia. With the platform of her PhD, she trains even more biblical leaders at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa, the capital city. And, at the invitation of the government, she is involved in helping educate communities about ending female genital mutilation. Seble is joined by Tigist, one of her students who is taking what Seble taught her and using it to disciple Ethiopia’s next generation. Their conversation with Chris covers a lot of ground—from the history of Christianity in Ethiopia, to the issues facing the church today—and what is needed for the church to impact the surrounding culture.
41 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Matius Ho: Unity Through Diversity in Indonesia
Matius Ho is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Leimena Institute, a non-profit organization focused on helping Indonesia’s Christians engage productively and biblically in social, political and economic issues. Matius also helped launch Langham’s pastor training movement in his country—a movement which has an incredible impact on the local church. In his conversation with Chris, they discuss the religious, political, and cultural landscape of Indonesia—a nation of 17,000 islands that are home to 1,300 ethnicities, more than 600 languages, and the largest population of Muslims in the world—and the role Leimena is playing in equipping the church to engage and impact society for Christ.
28 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Elizabeth Mburu (Pt. 2): Mission in the African Context
Dr. Elizabeth Mburu, of Kenya, is an associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Pan-Africa Christian University in Nairobi. In addition to speaking and lecturing across Africa and internationally, she serves as Regional Coordinator for Langham Literature in Africa, where she’s helping lead a project to update the groundbreaking Africa Bible Commentary. In part two of her conversation with Chris, they continue their conversation about the Africa Bible Commentary, the early church in Africa, and how God is using His people in Africa to bless the global body of Christ.
29 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Elizabeth Mburu (Pt. 1): An African Expression of Christianity
Dr. Elizabeth Mburu, of Kenya, is an associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Pan-Africa Christian University in Nairobi. In addition to speaking and lecturing across Africa and internationally, she serves as Regional Coordinator for Langham Literature in Africa, where she’s helping lead a project to update the groundbreaking Africa Bible Commentary. In part one of her conversation with Chris, she touches on the ways Africa is defining global Christianity for the future, some of the unique gifts the African church can offer the global church, and much more.
42 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Conrad Mbewe: Ubuntu Culture and a Legacy of Christian Fellowship in Zambia
Dr. Conrad Mbewe is an internationally recognized theologian, sought-after speaker and Bible teacher, and author of several books, including Pastoral Preaching: Building a People for God. He is pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church and founding chancellor of African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. In his conversation with Chris, they touch on the legacy of missions in Zambia, the state of the church there today, and a bit about Ubuntu culture — and what we can learn from the Christian aspect of fellowship that it fosters.
47 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Daniel Santos: Sowing Good Seeds in São Paulo
Dr. Daniel Santos teaches pastors and post-graduate students as an Old Testament professor and Academic Dean at the Andrew Jumper Graduate Center at McKenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil. As a Langham Scholar, Daniel has a pastor’s heart that has been combined with a deep understanding of the Old Testament through his PhD. He desires to see more young Christians in Brazil grasp the meaning of God’s Word. Two of his novel approaches to doing this are through his blog, "Listening and Sowing Good Seeds," and through 90-second videos he posts on YouTube, all focused on opening conversations with his students for a deeper understanding of Scripture. In his conversation with Chris, we’ll learn about life in Sao Paulo, some of the challenges the church faces there, and how a conversation with John Stott inspired Daniel to focus on reaching the next generation for Christ.
30 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Femi Adeleye (Pt. 2): Transforming the Culture of Preaching in Africa
Dr. Femi Adeleye is an internationally renowned New Testament scholar, teacher, author and leader for the global church. Originally from Nigeria, he spent more than 30 years in leadership with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). Today he serves in Ghana, where he leads Langham’s pastor training movement in Africa. In the second half of their two-part conversation, Chris and Femi discuss the incredible growth of the African church, and they dig into some tough questions — like why the continent remains plagued by hard issues like corruption and conflict when there are so many professing Christians.
27 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Femi Adeleye (Pt. 1): A West African Perspective on Integrating Faith and Life
Dr. Femi Adeleye is an internationally renowned New Testament scholar, teacher, author and leader for the global church. Originally from Nigeria, he spent more than 30 years in leadership with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). Today he serves in Ghana, where he leads Langham’s pastor training movement in Africa. In part one of this two-part conversation, Chris and Femi touch on some of the major challenges facing the church in Africa, and the challenge from John Stott that sparked Femi’s passion and ministry to see the Gospel impacting Africa beyond just Sunday—but extending to every sphere of life.
49 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Havilah Dharamraj: Building Bridges to the Gospel in South Asia
Dr. Havilah Dharamraj lives in a sensitive South Asian country, where she serves as Academic Dean and teaches Old Testament at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies. In a region where believers often face pressure and persecution for their faith, Havilah is at work training and mentoring the next generation of pastors and leaders through her teaching and writing. In her conversation with Chris, she shares about building bridges between cultures in her diverse context, and discusses what we can learn from the church in South Asia.
48 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Riad Kassis: An Arab Christian Perspective on Mission in the Middle East
Dr. Riad Kassis has spent decades in global theological leadership. Among his many roles, he serves as the director of the Langham Scholars program—which scholarships and supports emerging theological leaders throughout the Majority World. From his home base in Lebanon, he also works as a teacher and author. Fellow Old Testament Bible scholars, Chris and Riad discuss the history of Arab Christians, what it’s like for Christ followers in Lebanon today, and how an early encounter with John Stott inspired his approach to ministry.
47 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Myrto Theocharous: Incarnational Ministry in the Margins
Dr. Myrto Theocharous, from Athens, Greece, is an Old Testament scholar and the first evangelical woman to get a PhD in Bible and Theology in her country. In addition to her work writing and teaching at Greek Bible College in Athens, she’s passionate about equipping the church to love and serve the poor and oppressed. In her conversation with Chris, she talks about how studying the book of Deuteronomy inspired her work as an advocate for victims of sex trafficking, and she shares some powerful insights on what Christians in the West can learn from their brothers and sisters in Greece.
38 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Yohanna Katanacho (Pt. 2): Reading God's Word Through Palestinian Eyes
Rev. Dr. Yohanna Katanacho is a Palestinian Israeli Bible scholar, author, and professor who lives in Israel and serves as Academic Dean at Nazareth Evangelical College. Born into conflict during the Arab-Israeli war, today he’s an advocate of radical love, unity and peace for his homeland. In the second episode of this two-part conversation with Chris, Yohanna discusses his work as an author and how – through approaching the text from his culture and context – he seeks to share insights that can help believers everywhere grow in their spiritual journey.
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