Some of you may recall the story of John Allen Chau, the evangelical missionary killed by members of the Sentinelese tribe who live on an island in the Indian Ocean. We wrote about Chau here. Over at GQ, Doug Bock Clark has written the best thing I have read on Chau and his missionary … Continue reading The Best Thing I Have Read on John Allen Chau
Over at The Conversion, historian Bill Svelmoe, a historian of evangelical missions, offers some historical context to help understand the faith of John Allen Chau, the missionary killed last month by the native people of North Sentinel Island. Here is a taste of his piece: The recent killing of a 26-year-old U.S. missionary, John Allen Chau, on … Continue reading Some Historical Context on the Death of John Allen Chau
We have done several posts on the death of John Allen Chau, the missionary killed by the indigenous inhabitants of North Sentinel Island off the coast of India. It seems like we learn more and more every day about this tragic event. Religion News Service reporter https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“>Jack Jenkins shared some new and relevant information on … Continue reading New Developments in the John Allen Chau Story
John Allen Chau, the missionary killed by an indigenous tribe on an island off the coast of India, was working with an evangelical missions organization called All Nations. Over at Christianity Today’s “Quick to Listen” podcast, Morgan Lee (have I said yet that she is a former student?) and Mark Galli (editor of CT) talk to Mary Ho, … Continue reading John Allen Chau’s Missions Agency Responds to His Death
When I was a student studying church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I read Ruth Tucker‘s book From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions. Tucker was teaching in some capacity at Trinity at this time, but I never got a chance to take one of … Continue reading A Historian of Missions on the Death of John Allen Chau
What should we make of the death of a twenty-seven-year-old missionary at the hands of an indigenous tribe on North Sentinel Island off the coast of India? On Sunday we published Kate Carte’s twitterstorm on the subject. Yesterday I linked to Ryu Spaeth’s piece at The New Republic. Since then, evangelical historian Thomas Kidd has weighed-in … Continue reading Thoughts on the Death of John Allen Chau
Yesterday I posted Kate Carte’s twitter thread on the connections between the missionary killed by an indigenous tribe on North Sentinel Island and the American celebration of Thanksgiving. Read the post here. Over at The New Republic, Ryu Spaeth provides some ethical nuance. Here is a taste of his piece, “The Strange Ethics of Killing … Continue reading *The New Republic* Weighs-In on American Missionary John Allen Chau
Please contact me directly at: jfea(at)messiah(dot)edu Select Media Mentions: Marc Fisher, “Eroding trust, spreading fear: The historical ties between pandemics and extremism,” The Washington Post, February 15, 2021. Kate Graham, “Ravi Zacharias, Influential Evangelists, Is Accused of Sexual Abuse in Scathing Report,” The New York Times, February 11, 2021. Alexis Buisson, “Donald Trump has left his mark … Continue reading Media Requests
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: What is Happening at Trinity International University? More Details on the Closing of the Division of Biblical, Religious, and Philosophical Studies at Trinity International University Is the United States of America in the Bible? Yet Another Piece About … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
There were strong reactions when news first emerged about John Allen Chau, the missionary killed by the inhabitants of North Sentinel Island. We have done several posts about the story. Read them here. As we learn more about Chau and the humans who inhabit North Sentinel Island the stories are becoming more nuanced. For example, … Continue reading “Contact may be dangerous, but so is no contact”
This is the second time this year that Darryl Hart has agreed with something I wrote. :-)(The first time was here). Here is a taste of his recent post at Old Life: Glad to see John Fea stand up for evangelism (in response to the news of John Allen Chau’s death) as something distinct from social justice: … Continue reading I Found Common Ground with Darryl Hart for the Second Time This Year!!!
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Thoughts on the Death of John Allen Chau What Does a Dead Missionary Have to Do With Thanksgiving? The Effects of Climate Change Evangelical Gaslighting Rules of Engagement Is the Government Banning the Bible in California? An Evangelical-Voters … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
I wrote this on my Facebook page last night in response to the ongoing conversation on my John Allen Chau post. I thought I would post a version of it (slightly edited) here. –JF Recent posts about the “presuppositions” of those commenting prompted me to write this long note to everyone who participates … Continue reading Rules of Engagement
Yesterday I did a post on John Allen Chau, the missionary killed at the hands of an indigenous tribe on the island of New Sentinel off the coast of India. You can read it here. It is hard to gauge exactly how the post was received based on “likes,” retweets, and Facebook comments, but I … Continue reading What is the Great Commission?
In case you haven’t heard, John Allen Chau, a 26-year-old missionary and graduate of Oral Roberts University, was killed last week trying to spread his faith to North Sentinel, an island in the Andaman Sea. Read about it here. Yesterday my friend Kate Carte unleashed a tweetstorm connecting Chau’s missionary endeavors to the story … Continue reading What Does a Dead Missionary Have to Do With Thanksgiving?
I just finished “Collaborators,” Anne Applebaum‘s brilliant essay in the July/August 2020 issue of The Atlantic. It is subtitled: “What causes people to abandon their principles in support of a corrupt regime? And how do they find their way back?” Applebaum writes about Trump supporters and members of the administration who have abandoned longstanding principles in … Continue reading The Complicit Court Evangelicals
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Here they are: John D’Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award for the best Ph.D. dissertation in U.S. LGBTQ history. Ian Michael Baldwin, University of Redlands Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award for an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history Linda Gordon, New York University Friend of History Award recognizes an … Continue reading Congratulations to the 2017 OAH Award Winners
John speaks often at college and universities, historical societies and sites, libraries, churches, and historical conferences. He also conducts content-oriented historical workshops for teachers. Feel free to look at his current speaking schedule (below) to get a sense of his presentations and lectures. John is no longer handling his own bookings. If you would like … Continue reading Speaking
BIOGRAPHY I was born and raised in Morris County, New Jersey (Montville/Boonton area) and graduated from Montville Township High School (I was elected to the MTHS Hall of Fame in 2010). I hold degrees from Cairn University (B.S.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A and M.Div). I received my Ph.D in American history from the State … Continue reading Vita