June 8, 2023

Revisiting the Goodness of the Good News

by Mike Kuhn As I look back over the posts I have written on this blog, the trail of my mental meanderings on mission is evident. I was dealing with the academic critique of mission’s collusion with colonialism.[i] In doing so, the goodness of the good news grew murky. I’m […]
September 15, 2022

Cultural Blinders to Discipleship

by Mike Kuhn In Matthew 16, Peter has just made his confession that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus responds with affirmation, the likes of which we scarcely hear from his lips. “You are Peter (the rock) and on this rock, I will build my […]
February 10, 2022

Re-examining Mission

By Mike Kuhn The missionary odyssey of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman has aroused much historical interest. The couple was commissioned in the 1830’s by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) to evangelize native tribes of the American Pacific Northwest—the Cayuse, Nez Perce and Umatilla tribes. In many […]
September 2, 2021

The Agony of Afghanistan

by Mike Kuhn No need to review recent events in Afghanistan. We all know. The result is agonizing for much of the world, elating, perhaps, for some. No claim to a comprehensive treatment here…there’s far too much to consider—the massive toll in human lives from 20 years of military occupation, […]
June 24, 2021

Summer Repost: The Commodification of Mission in the Muslim World

by Mike Kuhn This is a revised version of a post that was published by IMES in 2016 A commodity—something that is bought and sold. Mission—the loving and joyful response of Christ’s followers to disciple the nations, holding forth Jesus’ life and teaching among all the peoples of the world. […]
March 11, 2021

Rethinking Christian Mission Witness in the Middle East

By Mike Kuhn That strikethrough of the word “mission” in the title is intentional. I imagine that for most readers of this blog the word “mission” evokes positive connotations of self-sacrificial giving and heroic exploits of missionaries of a by-gone era. Early Protestant missionaries to the Middle East established schools, […]
October 7, 2020

Is Following Jesus a “Politic?”

by Mike Kuhn Is following Jesus a “politic?” That question is perhaps the latest step in a life-long progression. Early in life I was taught that Jesus saved me from my sin so I could go to heaven when I die. Later came the realization that being a “Christian” meant […]
April 9, 2020

Coronavirus: Finding Mercy in a Tyrant’s Reign

by Mike Kuhn …and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour… (Luke 23:44) I confess.  I thought pandemics were medieval. Sure I remember SARS and Ebola. But those didn’t get close. They affected others. I caught H1N1 (Swine Flu) but I recovered eventually and life went […]