At the age of 19 I was a strong atheist who found himself arguing with Christians he encountered in the YMCA, Christchurch, New Zealand. I shot myself in the foot by reading a book by a secular philosopher I borrowed from the university library. It was a book that analysed logical arguments for and against the existence of God. After reading the book I had a light-bulb moment, realising that every argument, for and against, required making at least one assumption that was not subject to empirical verification. Later, I became persuaded that the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus was very solid. But the turning point came on the night of May 15, 1969 when it seemed to me as though God himself was saying to me, “Mike, you know this is true. What are you going to do about it?” That night I gave my life to Jesus as my Lord. I have never regretted that decision. My life was changed overnight.
In the early years of my Christian life I was discipled by Christians involved with the Navigators who were active on the university campus where I was studying. The Bible, God’s self-revelation, is my food and drink to this day. Jesus is a wonderful Lord and there is nothing more wonderful that any human being can experience than to know him.
On this site you will find a treasure chest of resources for cross-cultural mission. There are books and booklets I have written. There are links to a wide range of articles and resources, written and audio-visual, that are relevant to ministry across cultures. There are blogs that thoughtfully reflect on biblical and theological foundations, on what is believed and practised in other religious traditions (especially Islam, Buddhism Hinduism and Animism), and generally on matters concerned with ministering to people across cultures. I also summarise and comment on key books I have read.
Books and Booklets
What has Mike written?
Mike's own cross-cultural writings.
What's out there?
Mike's selections of relevant resources.
What does Mike think?
What do others think?
Mike's comments on a wide range of issues.
Let Mike introduce you to some key contributions.