Speaking and writing have both pros and cons. When you speak, you can drive home a point through your personality that you can never do in writing. However, writing can flesh out and deepen points that time constraints may prevent in speaking. In this section I want to share some resources that either I have written or have been influential for me.
I desire to see the spiritual inheritance of the older generation passed down to the next generation. The challenges to this process are many, but I am convinced that the next generation misses out dearly if they fail to receive that blessing. Based on Gen. 1:28, I have articulated a number of my theological and practical concerns on “Intergenerational Ministry: Why Bother?” These are published in Honoring the Generations: Learning with the Asian-Church (Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson University Press, 2012). This book grew out of a 2009 consultation sponsored by Catalyst Leadership Center and the Carl F. H. Henry of Theological Understanding on Asian-American ministry.
I also reviewed the following book on discipleship: J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett’s work, Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old Fashioned Way (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010) in Themelios.
Crossway Publishers asked me to develop a 12-week Bible study on Genesis, focusing on biblical theology, the gospel and practical application. This project is managed by my good friend Dane Ortlund and managed by J. I. Packer. I’ve turned the manuscript in, and it should be out soon!
Presently, I’m also co-authoring a book with my doctoral mentor, G. K. Beale, (tentatively) entitled Expanding Eden: The Mission of God from Creation to New Creation with InterVarsity Press. We suggest that Eden is the first dwelling place of God which was designed to expand and fill the entire earth. God’s original mission, though, is only finished when the dwelling place of God fills the entire earth in Revelation 21–22.
I’m also working to review a recent book by a sociologist Christian Smith on the lifestyle and beliefs of 18–23 year olds: Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
A birds-eye picture of my dissertation was presented at the Asian-American Theology section of the Evangelical Theological Society in 2009: Suffering for Mission Mitchell Kim. A biblical theology of mission must encompass a robust theology of suffering, and these two themes must be intertwined. I argue for this from Gen 1:28 and 3:16–19, and then explore how these themes are worked out in Exodus 1, the book of Acts and Romans 8.
Some Influential Articles
In seminary, I was too academically oriented to learn about the practicalities of real ministry. It took a couple of years of full-time ministry to humble me and make me realize that I had no framework for ministry. The founder of Navigators, Dawson Trotman, provides a classic exposition of the importance of discipleship in this piece: Dawnson Trotman Born to Reproduce. Personally, I found Dann Spader’s ministry through Sonlife helpful to apply these principles in the local church, as spelled out in Dann Spader 7 Disciplines of a Disciplemaking Church and Dann Spader Restructuring for Multiplication. Of course, the classic book on this subject is Robert Coleman’s The Masterplan of Evangelism, and they are developed more recently in Ajith Fernando’s Jesus-Driven Ministry.
Other influences are too numerous to list. Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “A Divine and Supernatural Light” provided a needed reminder that we need not only a notional/cognitive understanding of God but also an affectional apprehension of Him as well. John Wesley’s system of small groups provides a wonderful historical model for seeing discipleship integrated in the church. I am indebted to my doctoral mentor, G. K. Beale, for a framework to understand how the Bible fits together by careful attention to the use of the Old Testament in the New; the commentary he edited on The New Testament Use of the Old with D. A. Carson is excellent, and his forthcoming New Testament Biblical Theology should be a tough read but provide an amazing framework to understand the entire Bible through the lens of new creation. Wendell Berry and Eugene Peterson taught me how to pastor. Fyodor Dostoyevski taught me psychology.