Some Historical Context on the Death of 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

New Developments in the John Allen Chau Story

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’s Missions Agency Responds to His Death

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

A Historian of Missions on the Death of John Allen Chau

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

Thoughts 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

*The New Republic* Weighs-In on American Missionary 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

“Contact may be dangerous, but so is no contact”

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”

I Found Common Ground with Darryl Hart for the Second Time This Year!!!

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!!!

What Does a Dead Missionary Have to Do With Thanksgiving?

  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?

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Congratulations to the 2017 OAH Award Winners

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

Vita

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