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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…

5 Ways to Ruin a Relationship with Your Hindu Friend

Hindus are a very socially tolerant and forgiving people. Many alongsiders can tell endless stories of how they have been forgiven for a major faux pas. However, like all people, there are certain things that are harder to swallow than others. Most of these will look like simple cultural differences on the outside, but that…

20 Ways to Give a Warm Welcome to a Hindu

Whether it’s the family next door, a new coworker at the office, or a mother you see routinely at the local library, many people have trouble making an initial connection with newcomers, especially if that person is from a different culture. You want to be polite, but you can’t seem to get much beyond “Hello.”…

Why You Shouldn’t Invite Your Hindu Friend to Church

As the gospel has moved into different cultures, it has adapted. The core message of Christ puts on flesh and blood and incarnates in different ways into different societies.   Christianity in North America Most modern evangelical North American churches have these hallmarks: The defining criteria of community is geographic location Teaching is systematic and…

The Importance of Remaining a Learner

You don’t know anything. This is the single most important mantra to keep in mind when you are walking alongside Hindus. With every interaction, you start at zero. Every person is unique and has an individual story. What you learned from a previous interaction may have absolutely no application with the current person you are…

Reading List for Hindu-Christian Interactions

Understanding Hinduism Papers: “The Cultural Core of Hinduism” by Timothy Paul (link) “Religious Movements in Hindu Social Contexts” by H. L. Richard (link) Comparing Hindu movements with Christ-movements “Religious Syncretism as a Syncretistic Concept: The Inadequacy of the “World Religions” Paradigm in Cross-Cultural Encounter” by H. L. Richard (link) Moving away from seeing Hinduism as…