It is always wonderful to read good literature on Asian American Theology. I had the honor of meeting Dr. Al Tizon, one of the editors of the book, Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian American Congregations. He is one of the three editors of this informative book which examines various Asian North American congregations and the various issues which are pertinent to this vibrant Christian community.
The book includes a diverse list of contributors who are both theologians and pastors of growing Asian North American churches. For those who know little about the Asian North American christian community, you will learn alot from this book. For those who are immersed within the Asian North American community, it will provoke new ideas and thoughts on how this group can continue to flourish and impact the wider Christian community. The book touches on issues of leadership, generational gap, evangelism, gender, scripture, theology and ministry which are deeply intertwined and integrated within Asian North American churches.
It is a must read for all.
In this intentionally grounded and richly theological volume, the editors bring together diverse leaders from pulpit and academy alike to explore the opportunities for ministry in an Asian North American Christian community that is increasingly challenged by a generation gap, not so much between age groups but between first-generation immigrants and the second- and third-generations. Contributors include Peter Cha, John Chung, Mitchell Kim, Sam Kim, David Lee, Grace May, Nancy Sugikawa, Gideon Tsang, Tim Seng, Jonathan Wu, Greg Yee, and Peter Yi.
“The Asian North American voices in this volume have much to teach evangelicals across the spectrum who are ready to escape the western cultural captivity” -Amos Yong, Regent University School of Divinity
“Here in these pages are fresh lessons from Scripture, inspiring ministry stories, and an array of leadership insights to help the Asian North American church take needed next steps toward a better future.” -Russell Yee, Fuller Theological Seminary
About the Author
M. Sydney Park, MDiv, ThM, PhD, is a Bible scholar and Assistant Professor of Divinity at Besson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL. She also ministered in Korean-American churches for eleven years. Dr. Park is the author of The Concept of Submission within the Godhead and the Church in Philippians (T & T Clark, 2007) and co-author of The Post Racial Church: A Biblical Framework for Multiethnic Reconciliation (Kregel, 2011).
Soong-Chan Rah, MDiv, ThM, DMin, an urban ministry scholar and associate professor of evangelism and church growth at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, served for ten years as founding lead pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship, an urban, multi-ethnic church in Boston. He has also pastored Korean immigrant churches. Soong-Chan is the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009).
Al Tizon, PhD, is associate professor of holistic ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. He is also the director of Word & Deed Network of the Evangelicals for Social Action. Dr. Tizon is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church.