MARG Network

Connecting With Others–Learning From Jesus and Paul

Being an Alongsider requires paying close attention to others, and cultivating a deep understanding of their thoughts and feelings, worldview and interests.   Jesus in Action   Jesus was a master of relationships, and the account of his timeless dialogue with the woman at the well is very instructive in this context. I will comment…

Cultural Separatism

In this article I am using “Christian” as it is used in India–one born into the Christian religious community. My use also includes non-Indians (i.e. Americans, etc) who follow Christ. This article is based largely on Dr. J. Paul Pennington’s chapter on Cultural Separatism in his book Christian Barriers to Jesus.   Many Christians, including…

Faith Shifting

Is faith fixed or fluid? Is faith a journey or a point? What does it mean to follow Lord Jesus in the various seasons of life? In an upcoming session at the Rethinking Forum, we plan to explore what it means to live in the freedom of Lord Jesus when our faith shifts, when we…

Jesus’ Life Was More Hindu Than Christian

In North America, we are pretty far removed from what life was like in biblical times. Everything from our customs, daily habits, and even mindset make it very hard to put ourselves in the cultural context of the Bible. However, that’s not true everywhere. The majority of the world population and the majority of Christians…

Orthodox Church Theology for India

Central Kerala is the one place in India that there has been a lasting mass movement to Christianity among a high caste group. The Syrian Orthodox Church and its evangelical offspring, the Mar Thoma Church, trace their origins to the apostle Thomas. The group came under the influence of the Eastern Orthodox Church and from…

“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…