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Quiz on Hinduism

As a part of a conference in North America that some of us recently attended, we put together a quiz to see how much people knew about Hindus and India. It was a lot harder than we thought to try to come up with items that were obviously one option or another, but we had…

Seeing Beyond the Individual

How many people do you see in this picture? Most people would say, “one”. But if you are going to succeed as an Alongsider, you should get used to seeing at least a hundred people in this picture. Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, neighbors, siblings, cousins, bosses, and classmates are all the invisible forces that govern…

“This is how you do a satsang”

When a satsang is demonstrated to Christians who are interested in walking alongside Hindus, many respond with the following questions: Can I get the song list from this? Can you teach me how to lead a satsang? Can we practice breaking the coconut so I know how to do it? Once equipped with the resources…

Book Review of Disciple Making Among Hindus

  Disciple Making Among Hindus. Timothy Shultz. William Carey Library, 2016. pp. 136.   Tim Shultz’s recently released book, Disciple Making Among Hindus, should quickly become the default introductory book for anyone who wants to walk alongside Hindus as they explore a relationship with Jesus. This is an extremely accessible book for people just beginning…

Default Christianity

As Christians first interact with Hindu believers practicing their faith in contextual ways, some see a problem with it. When bhaktas chant, wear a tilak, light lamps, etc., some people begin to question whether it is ‘right’. For these people, they feel it would be much safer to stay with the default version of Christianity,…

Can I Say “Merry Christmas” to a Hindu?

Over the holidays, a friend called me and asked if she could say “Merry Christmas” to a Hindu business client. She was worried that she might unknowingly offend him.   Another friend wrote and was puzzled what to say to a Hindu work colleague who regularly visits synagogues, churches, and Hindu temples. The colleague was…