Book Review: The Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants After 500 Years by Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo.
This book is a shorter book looking at where Christianity has come since the Protestant Reformation. It essentially
attempts to provide an overview of what divides or brings Protestants and Catholics and then answer the question, “Is the Reformation finished?”[i] While their answer of “Yes. No. No, but . . .”[ii] (which ultimately is a no) does not feel adequate. It is not wholly satisfying, largely due to the shortness of the book and lack of focus that is placed on the ecumenical workings since Edinburgh 1910 and Vatican II.[iii]
As I finish in Brazil, I look back at what has happened and what I have learned. At times Brazil has been very difficult like when I did not have any handle on my Portuguese. But these last few months I have been able to really enjoy Brazil and make the most out of it. I still think of the two boys that I wrote about in my last blog, Igor and Luis. Igor has actually ran away from home and is most likely involved in drug trafficking. I still have not learned anything about Luis — all I can do about that is hope he went home.
About one month left in Brazil, then I am off to Asia for the final leg of the journey. The last little while has been really good and I feel like I’m actually getting the hang of things. It also feels like I’m getting into and understanding some of the harder things that are occurring.
I want to tell you about two boys that I have gotten to know a little bit here. The first is named Igor and the other is named Luís. Continue reading “About two boys”
I have been in Brazil for about 2 and half months now and I am really starting to enjoy it. The first month and a half was actually some of the hardest time that I have been through while on this trip.. Being thrown into a new culture and language where there isn’t a lot of people who speak your language can be pretty frustrating.
Today I was walking down a major avenue in São Paulo and I saw something extremely odd. It was a man riding a bicycle with his neck in a brace and without a helmet. It’s the sort of thing that you will come to notice by being in Brazil. Continue reading “Frustrations of an intercultural manner”
It has been a little while since my last blog and I have a bunch to cover. Since Egypt we went to Ethiopia and from there we ended up in Rwanda, Uganda, and eventually Kenya. We visited a different ministry with each country and who all have their own styles of ministry.
We’ve been in Egypt for the last few days. We came here after a couple day layover in Greece and a short while in Valencia. It hasn’t been easy to get used to being in Egypt, especially while leading a big team of North Americans.
There isn’t a lot that is exciting in a missionary’s life, nor is it ordinary. Neither is there a lot that goes on in a potential missionary’s life, especially one that is learning to become one, or at least learn about cross-cultural ministries.