Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary/Multnomah University, returned to teach a second summer intensive course in Global Theology of Culture at NHCC’s Hawaii campus. Last summer, Dr. Metzger taught a course that introduced students to the concept and importance of theology of culture from a global perspective. In this year’s course, special consideration was given to indigenous Hawaiian values of talking story and table fellowship for theology and mission in the Pacific Rim context. Dr. Metzger challenged students, “Don’t take your Hawaiian culture for granted. Take it to heart.” He felt a synergy and warmth in the class that provided the opportunity for discourse that was meaningful and significant for the students and himself as an instructor. Plans are developing for Dr. Metzger to teach a course next summer that will explore the significance of Pidgin English for theology of culture in the Hawaiian context. He is also working on a forum on this theme for the community at large to attend at New Hope Christian College when he is in residence next summer in Hawaii.
In addition to teaching a series of courses in global theology of culture, Dr. Metzger has agreed to serve in a Kupuna (elder/mentor) relationship with New Hope Christian College in the area of Theology of Culture. Dr. Metzger, whose wife is a native of Japan, has a special desire to develop a theology of culture as it relates to the Pacific Rim context. As the Director of Multnomah’s Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins (http://www.new-wineskins.org), Dr. Metzger has worked to develop a Doctor of Ministry track in Cultural Engagement at the Seminary. The track, which is scheduled to launch next summer, seeks to take seriously the Christian Church’s witness and engagement within the broader culture as partners and participants in the life of the incarnate Word of God, Jesus Christ (John 1:14). In the task of cultural engagement, Dr. Metzger sees New Hope’s relationship and influence in the diverse and distinctive cultures of the Pacific Rim as both timely and important. We are so thankful to Dr. Metzger for offering to support New Hope in its desire to represent Christ graciously and authentically to the cultures of the Pacific Rim and beyond.
Dr. Metzger’s latest book, Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths, explores some of the ways in which Christians can learn to develop an apologetic that interacts meaningfully in a multi-faith world without either compromising biblical orthodoxy or estranging those with whom we dialogue.
Dr. Metzger’s newest writing project, Wanted: Christian Ambassadors, not Tourists, challenges the Church to be thoughtful, diplomatic and gracious (instead of loud, obnoxious and illiterate) as we seek to represent the reconciling love of Christ to others.
Read more at Dr. Metzger’s blog here
New Hope Christian College would like to introduce Soorin Backer who we are blessed to have teaching two courses on the Oregon campus this Fall: Human Development and General Psychology.
Along with all of the duties and responsibilities of being a wife and mother of four children, Backer currently serves as Vice-President of the “Mighty Women of Vision” organization in Eugene. Through teaching, mentoring, supporting and counseling, the group is committed to empower and equip women in their giftings to serve in their local churches.
Backer has a strong desire to “equip students with an authentic walk with God to not just accept what has been taught, but to engage the material and integrate it into their lives with the help of the Holy Spirit.” She believes that leaders who are actively pursuing wholeness and healing in their own lives are best equipped to lead others to healing and wholeness.
Backer has recently published her first book, The Women in Jesus’ Life, that depicts Jesus’ interactions with ten different women, highlighting His love and care for each of them that ultimately led to their freedom.