Student Affairs Team and Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry
EducationBA, Bethel College in Biblical and Theological Studies (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, New Jersey, USA)
DipEd (Sec), Christ College (Melbourne, Australia)
DMin in Cross-Cultural Ministry, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Massachusetts, USA)
BioKaren has lived in the Middle East since 1990, and began teaching at ABTS in 2008. In addition to teaching part-time at ABTS, she shepherds the International Community Church. She is married to ABTS Professor Perry Shaw and they have 2 adult children in Australia. Karen enjoys poetry and nature photography.
Areas of research, writing and teachingCross-cultural ministry, Cultural Anthropology, the Role of the Affective in Spirituality and Faith, Orthopathy, Missions, Spiritual Disciplines, Gender and the Bible
Wealth and Piety: Middle Eastern Perspectives for Expat Workers, Littleton CO: William Carey, 2018.
Chapters in Books:
“When Women Speak: A Missiology of Resistance. Response 2,” in When Women Speak …, ed. By Moyra Dale, Cathy Hine, and Carol Walker, Oxford: Regnum, 2018, 195-200.
“All in the Family: Nepotism & Mission?” Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Vol. 49, No. 4, October 2013, 134-135.
“A Strategic Time and Place: A Resource for Hope and Healing in Lebanon and its Neighbors,” Mutuality, 20 No. 3, Autumn 2013, 12-14.
“Divine Heartbeats and Human Echoes: A Theology of Affectivity and Implications for Mission,” Evangelical Review of Theology, 37:3 (July 2013), 196-209.
“16 Reflections Gleaned from 1 Day of Silence,” EthicsDaily.com, on-line at http://ethicsdaily.com/16-reflections-gleaned-from-1-day-of-silence-cms-20428, posted 31 January 2013.
“Not Yet,” Christian Ethics Today Vol. 20 No. 1, Winter 2012, 23-24. Originally published in Arise, the e-newsletter of Christians for Biblical Equality, 30 December 2011.
“Taking Initiative: You Wanna Start Somethin’?” Mutuality, 17 No. 1, Spring 2010, 4-5.
A 7-part series entitled, “A Sunni Woman’s Heart” Seedbed, 2008-2010.
Three presentations around the theme “Jesus Christ and the Religious Other: Toward a Biblical Understanding of Islam”. Delivered at Middle East Conference 2018 of the Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. Beirut, Lebanon, 18-22 June, 2018.
• “There is No Difference: A Pauline Anthropology of the Religious Other”
• “Naaman the Syrian: Responses to the Religious Other”
• “Beyond Cognitive Approaches to Christian Witness: Orthopathy and the Affective in Multi-Faith Contexts”
“When Women Speak – A Missiology of Resistance”. When Women Speak Consultation, Melbourne School of Theology, 24-26 September 2015.
A Series of Five Lectures entitled, “Engaging the Heart of Islam.” Delivered at Middle East Conference VI of the Institute for Middle Eastern Studies. Beirut, Lebanon, 15th -19th June, 2009.
1. The Affective in the Human Person, with special attention to Muslims
2. A Theology of the Affective and the Mission of God
3. Missional Implications of Emotional and Intuitive Reactions
4. Prominent Features of Affectivity among Sunni Women
5. Thinking Theologically About What Matters to the Muslim Heart
“Men and Women Learn (and Teach) Differently.” Delivered (with Dr. Perry Shaw) at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut Lebanon, 11th May 2009.
“Habits of the Muslim Heart.” Delivered at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, California USA (August 2008), St Thomas Presbyterian Church, Port Macquarie NSW Australia (July 2009), and Wagga Wagga Church of Christ, Wagga NSW Australia (August 2009)
“As Flame by Burning.” Delivered at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut Lebanon, 26th May 2008.
“Plausibility Structures.” Delivered at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut, Lebanon. May 2006.
“The Invitations Are Out.” Keynote address delivered at the General Conference of Middle East Christian Outreach, Cyprus, July 2005.
“As Flame by Burning.” Keynote address delivered at the General Conference of Middle East Christian Outreach, Cyprus, July 2005.
“True Confessions of an Inadequate Missionary.” Keynote address delivered at the General Conference of Middle East Christian Outreach, Cyprus, July 2005.