BA, Kon-Kuk University
MDiv, Chong-Shin Theological Seminary
MTh, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary
◎ Biographical Information
My teaching philosophy is primarily based on the virtue of sincerity and passion in Christian scholarship, believing that students will learn the best when a teacher continues quality research. My fundamental pedagogic goals are to help my students to think critically in terms of Christian anthropological perspectives, to acquire missiological skills of learning people so as to practice an incarnational lifestyle in various cultural contexts, and to creatively build up their missionary methodology both faithful to the Bible and appropriate to their context.
◎ Courses Taught
MB520- Thinking Anthropologically
◎ Research Interests
Phenomenology of Islam, anthropology of Muslim cultures, and issues of spirit powers and folk religions.
◎ Research Works
African Missiology: Contributions of Contemporary Thought. (Editor) Nairobi, Kenya: Uzima Publishing House, 2009.
Islam among the Swahili in East Africa. Nairobi, Kenya: Acton Publishers, 2004.
"Christian Approaches to the Muslim World from a Majority World Perspective" in African Missiology: Contributions of Contemporary Thought (edited by Caleb C. Kim, Uzima Publishing House, 2009).
"Phenomenology of Folk Islam and Some Missional Issues" in Global Mission Advance (Vol. 45, Global Missions Society, July, 2008)
"Relevant Responses to Folk Muslims," co-authored with John and Ann Travis in From Seed to Fruit: Global Trends, Fruitful Practices, and Emerging Issues Among Muslims (edited by Dudley Woodberry, William Carey Library, 2008)
"Asian Christians to the Muslim World" in Asian Missiology (Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2008)
"Some Anthropological Insights for Gospel Communicators in African-Muslim Contexts" in Lausanne World Pulse.Com (EMIS, July issue, 2006)
"Some Anthropological Insights for Gospel Communicators in African-Muslim Contexts," in Lausanne World Pulse.Com (EMIS, July issue), 2006
"A Missiological Perspective on a Spiritual Dilemma among Ordinary Muslims: with Special Reference to Beliefs in Jinn," in Mission Journal (by the Global Mission Society of the Presbyterian Church of Korea), spring (36): 2002.
◎ Selected Papers and Presentations
"Asian Mission in Strategic Perspective: A Non-Western Approach to the Muslim World," presented at the first ASM (Asian Society of Missiology) conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 1, 2007
"Cultural Accommodation and Korean Personality," presented at the 4th WKMF (World Korean Missionary Fellowship)'s Leadership Development Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 22, 2006
"Jinn Possession in the Swahili Therapeutic Ritual and Its Anthropological Implications," presented at the annual conference of Society of Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC) of AAA (American Anthropological Association) held in Amherst, MA, on 15 April, 2005.