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Introduction

April 1995 marked for me that important turning point in our lives that the pioneer generation of Internet users will long remember. That was the month that I first gained access to Internet, through one of the faculties at Chiang Mai University (the Faculty of Engineering, if I remember correctly). It was a "backdoor" way online because at the time the Thai government still limited access to Internet to a few of its own agencies. It soon dawned on me that Internet radically changed my access to the "outside" world; and I celebrated the Email Revolution by writing HeRD, short for Herb's Research Diary, entries. The initial list of recipients included only 11 individuals, but by the time I finally gave up on HeRD , in April 2000, I was sending it to over 60 people. Whatever the stated purpose of the diary may have been, its real purpose was to give me an outlet for ideas that kept popping up an almost daily basis as I engaged in Thai church history research.

For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed doing the diary entries, which seemingly struck a responsive cord among some of its readers. Eventually, however, doing twenty entries a month became simply too much of a burden. I was running out of things to say, in any event. The newness of the Net and the excitement of being in all but immediate touch with people around the world had also worn off. So, in April 2000, I gave it up, but it didn't take too long before I began to miss doing HeRD . I missed it enough so that two years later, in March 2002, I put out my first issue of HeRB , initially using the same method of sending it out to a list of recipients. HeRB soon led to herbswanson.com , so that it is fair to say, I think, that this website is the ultimate fruit of HeRD .

Whether successfully or not, I generally tried to use HeRD for "playful scholarship" rather than "serious scholarship." It was a place for important thoughts and trivial ones. Somewhere in my readings, I was profoundly struck by the observation that the German philosopher Nietzsche conducted his philosophy as a series of "thought experiments." He did not bother with trying to make his individual experiments consistent. I like that idea. That's how I saw and still see the individual HeRD entries; they are little thought experiments.

In any event, like numerous other of my writings, this website is a fitting "final resting place" for HeRD . I trust that those of you who take the time to look at the entries will still find them useful. If nothing else, they contain a good deal of raw material for the study of the church's past and present in Thailand . Other than correcting typographical errors, when I see them, I have not changed most of the entries at all; they read here just as they did originally. After some thought, however, I have obscured the names of most of the people who corresponded with me and to whom I replied in subsequent HeRDs. Having their names permanently displayed on a website was not part of the original "contract," and it is best to not have their names appear here now. For the first four years (1995 to 1998) there is an index to the entries for each year found at the end of the year. Enjoy!

Herb Swanson
Ban Dok Daeng
September 2004

Contents List, 1995-2000

HeRD#

 

August 1995

Date

Subject

1995

Orientation Blurb for New Recipients
1 12 August 95 Elder Inta, C'Mai Boys' School teacher
2 13 McGilvary's views on Evangelism, 1889
3 14 OVERVIEW
4 15 Pa Wan, Training School, Night School
5 16 Hospital Problems
6 17 Pastoral Counseling
7 18 Converting the Hmong
8 19 Medicine & Religion
9 20 Transliteration
10 21 Mission Treasurer
11 22 Mission Treasurer Again
12 23 Chiang Dao Church, 1898
13 24 Peace Celebrations
14 25 Medicine & Self-Support
15 26 Pastoral Care & Self-Support
16 27 Ethnocentrism?
17 28 Missions & Capitalism
18 29 Missionary Culture
19 30 Missionary Medicine & the Church
20 31 Medicine Again
September 1995
21 1 September 95 Translating Missionary English
22 2 Discipline & Church Renewal
23 3 Kawilorot's Threat
24 4 Christian Love
25 5 Ghormley, Harris, & PRC
26 6 Pastor & Church at Bethel
27 7 Pastor & Church in Lamphun
28 8 The Missionaries
29 9 Parochial Schools
30 10 Leper Work Beginnings
31 11 First Impressions
32 12 First Impressions - from the other side!
33 13 Women's Education
34 14 Pastoral Care Struggles
35 15 Evangelism Interview I
36 16 Evangelism Interview II
37 17 Women's Roles
38 18 Wilson Comes Home
39 19 A Revived Church
40 20 Lazy Readers
41 21 The Missionary Life
42 22 Then Why Come?
43 23 Resistance to Evangelism
44 24 Children's bones
45 25 Baptist Questions
46 26 MM1 - Marburger Background
47 27 MM2 - Germany or Thailand ?
48 28 MM3 - A Mistake
49 29 MM4 - Why Missionaries Quit
50 30 Tourist
October 1995
51 1 October 95 Distance
52 2 Confusion
November 1995
53 1 November 95 Webs of Meaning
54 2 Paul Lyn
55 3 Casting the Net
56 4 Growth
57 5 The Sum of It All
58 6 Getting Married Properly
59 7 Marriage Again
60 8 And Marriage One More Time
61 13 Paradox
62 14 Democracy's Beginnings
63 15 Persecution
64 16 The Good Life?
65 17 Wilsons ' Fears
66 18 A Hope
67 19 A Hope Shattered
68 20 Did God Do It?
69 21 Coincidentally
70 22 Reply to [J]
71 23 Sanitarium
72 24 A Baptist Family in C'Mai
73 25 The Holy Spirit at MDD
74 26 Carpenters & Missions
75 27 Capitalism & Missions
76 28 Student Papers: Second Church , Bangkok
77 29 Student Papers: Kru Suk I
78 30 Student Papers: Kru Suk II
December 1995
79 1 December 95 Student Papers: Church Split
80 2 Fornication
81 3 Fornication Again
82 4 Who Were the Converts?
83 5 Padroado
84 6 Propaganda Fide
85 7 Catholic Evangelism
86 11 Medical Compromise
87 12 Easter & Songkran
88 13 Reviving Ordained Ministry
89 14 Huh?
90 15 Complaints Committee
90S 15 from [HK]
91 16 reply to [H]
92 18 Religious Toleration for Christian Soldiers
93 19 Karen Evangelists
94 20 A Historian's Pitfall
95 21 Charter of the Laos Mission
96 22 Picky or Meticulous?
97 23 A Complication Arises
98 24 Fetters
99 25 Expansion & Christianity
100 26 Reflections
101 27 Holy Mud
102 28 Reactive rather than Proactive?
103 29 The Past's Own Past
104 30 Changing Women's Roles
105 31 Poundin' Pepper in Heaven

1996

January 1996
106 1 January 96 New Year Request
107 2 Weight Reduction Scheme
108 3 Historical Situations & Missions
109 4 Power of the Past
110 5 Medical Achievements
111 6 Paul's Methods & Northern Thai Church History
112 7 History & Providence
113 8 Bible & Evangelism
114 9 Bible & Evangelism Again
115 10 The Model Missionary
116 11 The Presbyterian Life
117 12 Missionary Residences: Another View
118 13 Laos Mission Priorities - 1903
119 14 Difficult Personalities
120 15 Educational Success
121 16 The Search for Sincere & Pure Conversions
122 17 TR in Siam
123 18 A Maverick
124 19 Persian Persecution
125 20 The Northern Thai Woman
126 21 Geography, Math, & Apologetics
127 22 Benevolence
128 24 Evangelism as Benevolence
129 25 Humanitarian Benevolence
130 26 Adapting the Gospel
131 27 Ecumenical Warfare
132 28 Parallels
133 29 The Jewish Church
134 30 Satan & Dualism
135 31 Satan the Reaper
February 1996
136 1 February 96 Satan & Alienation
137 2 The Missing Generation
138 3 District 11
139 4 The Alien Church : Questions
140 5 The Persistence of Renewal
141 6 "On Bended Knee"
142 7 The Persistence of Healing
143 8 Charity
144 9 Chiang Mai Christmas
145 10 Mae Dok Daeng Christmas
146 11 Chalmers Martin
147 12 It's like Going Home
148 13 Culture & Pastoral Care
149 14 Sex, Trinity, & Missions
150 15 Timescape
151 16 Indigenous Missionary Medicine
152 17 Teddy Rides Again!
153 18 Converts & Modernization
154 19 Mike I: Karen Beginnings
155 21 Mike II: Maung Htwe
156 22 Mike III: The Burma Rules & Karen Ordination
157 23 A Sea of Missions
158 24 Urban Christianity
159 25 Urban & Rural Christianity
160 26 A Christian Siam
161 27 A Christian Siam Again
162 28 A Christian America
163 29 Dr. Vrooman's Mysterious Toothache
March 1996
164 1 March 96 Missionary Records & Northern Thai History
165 2 Women & Church History
166 3 Teaching English
167 4 More Thoughts on Church & Culture
168 5 Ecclesiastical Brain Drain
169 6 A Charter for Educational Institutions
170 7 Mission & World
171 8 A Country Apart
172 9 Money & Missionaries
173 10 Discipline
174 11 That Ill-fated Steamer
175 12 BFM Finances
176 13 Statistics
177 14 Irregular Compassion
178 15 Like a Bank Cashier
179 17 Medicine & Evangelism
180 18 Benevolence Defined
181 19 An Oft Repeated Refrain
182 20 The Drug Trade Missionary Style
183 21 The Danger of War
184 22 Discovering Christian Rank
185 23 Harald I: Singapore , Gateway to Siam
186 24 Harald II: Obstacle to Evangelism
187 25 A Christian Korea
188 27 Nepali Beginnings
189 28 The Language of Separation
190 29 In the Beginning
191 30 They are Not to Withdraw
192 31 Satan Again
May 1996
193 1M ay 1996 History as Evaluation Research

194

2 The Distance Drain
195 4 The Emotional Drain
196 5 From the Classroom
197 7 At the Front
198 8 To Christianize or Liquorize
199 10 Feminism on the Field
200 11 Winner Takes All
201 14 2000 Years of Closed Communion
202 15 Missionary Sin
203 16 Laos Mission in Vietnam
204 18 Geography, Indigenization, & Theology
205 19 The CCS
206 20 On the Eve of War
207 21 1941 Again
208 25 Persecution
209 26 Stewardship
210 28 A Statistic
211 29 Dora Taylor: A Requiem
212 31 Mandate for Change
June 1996
213 1 June 1996 Combs
214 3 Dumbfounding Views
215 4 The Unhealthiest Mission
216 5 A Noble Character
217 7 Catholics in the East
218 8 Science is OK
219 10 More Thoughts on Missionary Sin
220 11 The First Women Elders
221 13 Revolution Presbyterian Style
222 15 A Lost Past
223 16 The Plough-Share of Change
224 18 The Two Books
225 19 Reflexive Relationship
226 21 Student Research
227 22 Dialogue McGilvary Style
228 24 Godless Science
229 25 Social Revolution
230 27 Westernization as Enemy
231 29 The Other Dr. McGilvary
232 30 ODM II
July 1996
233 2 July 1996 Threats in Chiang Rai
234 3 The Past Embodied
235 4 The Puzzle of Animism
236 6 Who Should Lead?
237 7 Science vs. the Spirits
238 9 Biblical Meanings I
239 10 Biblical Meanings II
240 12 Biblical Meanings III
241 15 Heathenism Kills
242 16 Gilkey Says
243 17 Gilkey Again
244 20 Gilkey One More Time
245 21 Heathens No Longer
246 23 God & Famine
247 25 A Lesson from Mae Salap
248 26 Chae Home Church
249 28 Ella
250 29 Chiang Saen Church
September 1996
251 1 September 1996 The Hard Issues I
252 2 The Hard Issues II
253 4 The Hard Issues III
254 5 Persecution at Ban Some
255 7 King & Bible
256 8 Hodge
257 10 An Ecumenical Spirit
258 11 Wifehood in Siam
259 13 Christmas
260 16 First Impression
261 17 Racism?
262 18 Worship & Spirit
263 19 Buddhism Defined
264 24 Towards Cultural Sensitivity
265 25 Strangers at Home
266 26 Lizzie's Ministry
267 28 Musical Indigenization
268 29 Transformed Women
269 30 A Most Advanced Nation
October 1996
270 1 October 96 The Deeper Meaning of Weddings
271 2 The Seed
272 3 The Flies of August
273 4 Medical Issues
274 6 Comforting Words to Missionary Ears
275 7 Conversions in Nan
276 8 "Uncover the Mysteries"
277 9 McGilvary & the Kamu
278 10 A Happy People
279 12 Building Character
280 13 Johannine Schismatics
281 14 First Church, Asia
282 15 Sixth Conference I
283 16 Sixth Conference II
284 17 Sixth Conference III
285 18 Sixth Conference IV
286 19 Sixth Conference V
287 20 Sixth Conference VI
288 27 Sixth Conference VII
289 28 The Walls of Jericho
290 On a Lighter Note
November 1996
291 2 November 96 The "Antecedents Issue"
292 3 Keeping the Sabbath
293 5 Two Boats
294 6 Inscrutable Providence
295 8 The Web
296 9 The "Crypto-Christian" Question
297 11 Bears, Karen, & Noi Wong
298 12 Progress in Bangkok
299 14 The "Crypto-Christian Question" II
300 15 The "Crypto-Christian Question" III
301 17 Core Sample
302 18 A White Neighbor
303 19 White Neighbor Lost
304 23 A Defective Communion of the Saints
305 24 Half-Naked in Church
306 25 The Christian Counter-Culture
307 27 Liberation from Fear
308 29 Christian Disunity Then & Now
309 30 Lamphun Research Notes
310 1 December 96 Christmas Greetings from the Board
Special Series on Buddhism
S1 3 March 96 Buddhism & Heathenism
S2 6 Buddhism & Satan
S3 9 Buddhism & Superstition
S4 14 Buddhism & Idolatry
S5 17 Buddhism & Atheism
S6 19 Buddhism & Works Righteousness
S7 2 May 96 Buddhism & Immorality
S8 5 Depths of Feeling

1997

January 1997
311 1 January 97 Happy New Year
312 2 Hughes I: Barriers to Christian Faith in Thailand
313 4 Hughes II: Another Barrier to Faith
314 5 Hughes III: Friendship and Evangelism
315 7 Hughes IV: Other Influences on becoming Christian
316 8 Hughes V: Church Life and Its Evangelistic Impact
317 10 Hughes VI: The Impact on Faith of Parents and School
318 11 Hughes VII: Catholic Schools
319 13 When Did It All Begin?
320 14 Latent Personal Conviction
321 16 Tatian the Assyrian
322 17 Racists?
323 19 Not So Very Different
324 23 Futures I
325 24 Futures II
326 25 Futures III
327 27 Futures IV
328 28 Futures V
329 30 Futures VI
330 31 Futures VII
February 1997
331 2 February 97 Futures VIII
332 3 Futures IX
333 5 A Buddhist Agenda for the CCT
334 6 Showing Love to Senior Citizens
335 8 Ministry with Seniors
336 9 Gamboling Calves
337 11 The Pauline Model
338 12 Mae Yawt
339 14 Uttaradit Split
340 15 Uttaradit Split : Another Voice
341 17 Ignatius and the Uttaradit Split
342 18 A Voice from Chiang Rai
343 21 More Thoughts from Ignatius
344 22 The Final Surprise?
345 23 Like & Unlike
346 24 The "I" Word
347 25 Martyrdom
348 26 The First Protestant Reformation
349 27 Maturation or Ossification?
350 28 Bangkok Conference
March 1997
351 2 March 97 Reinventing the Wheel
352 3 The First New Testament
353 5 Redo the Canon??
354 6 Changing Perspective
355 7 God-Fearers Greek & Thai
356 9 From & Into
357 10 Double Aliens
358 27 A Manly Spirit
359 28 Feasts & Festivals
360 29 The Great Themes
361 30 Women's Role: An Early Church Perspective
362 3 Issues in the Study of Pentecostalism
363 2 April 97 A Pentecostal Perspective on John Song
364 3 Thailand 's First Pentecostal Church
365 4 Burning Questions from the Past
366 5 How We Find the Answers
367 6 The Churches of Nakhon Thai District
368 7 Finnish Lessons
369 8 Double Alienship Revisited
370 9 A Makro-ian Approach to Indigenization
May 1997
371 12 May 97 Where We've Been
372 13 Musical Modernization
373 14 In Transition
374 16 Experiences Compared
375 17 She's a Historian
376 18 Pentecostal Beginnings in the North
377 20 Sheep-Stealing I
378 21 Sheep-Stealing II
379 22 Sheep-Stealing III
380 24 Sheep-Stealing IV
381 25 Golden Age Christianity
382 26 First Apostle to Siam
383 27 The First Generation
June 1997
384 2 June 97 Circles
385 3 The Joys & Dangers of Institutionalization
386 4 The Human Jesus
387 5 Purity vs. Compassion
388 6 The Honorable Pastor
389 9 Pastoral Profile
390 10 Pastoral Values
391 11 June 97 Return to the Conventional
392 12 History
393 13 Missionary Westernization in the 17th Century
394 14 The First Missionaries
395 16 Isolation
396 17 Not Fair
397 18 Etic vs. Emic
398 19 Research, Research, Research
399 20 The Constitution
400 21 Movies, Bangkok , and 1933
401 23 What Do YOU Think of America ?
402 24 Definition of Indigenization
403 25 Counting Christians
404 26 Ministry With Seniors I
405 27 Ministry With Seniors II
406 28 Ministry With Seniors III
407 30 Ministry With Seniors IV
July 1997
408 2 July 97 Ministry With Seniors V
409 3 Patterns in Karen Church History
410 4 The Gospel of Jesus
411 5 Institutionalizing the FFFM
412 7 SDA Experiences
413 8 Reflections on SDA Experiences
414 9 Ideas & Attitudes
415 10 No Big Change
416 12 Generations
417 14 The Impoverished Pastor
418 15 Buri Ram Success
419 16 Chiang Rai Success
420 17 You're Fooling Yourself
421 18 Sunday School I
422 19 Sunday School II
423 20 The Jesus Seminar & Thai Church History
424 21 Christianity a Judaism
425 22 Images of the Church
426 23 The Satisfied Pastor
427 26 Things That Fail to Happen
428 27 Reactive Adaptation
429 29 Purity Revisited
430 30 Oral Tradition In Reverse
September 1997
431 2 September 97 Review Note
432 3 Accommodation
433 4 Looking at Acts
434 6 John & Jesus
435 7 Something Happened
436 8 Galilee & Jersualem
437 10 A Bunch of Drunkards
438 11 Needs of the Churches
439 13 Evangelism in a Bangkok Context I
440 14 Evangelism in a Bangkok Context II
441 16 A Convert's Story
442 17 Pentecostal Beginnings in Nakon Pathom
443 19 The Pentecostal Worship Trap
444 20 Fluid Boundaries
445 22 Evangelism That Works and That Doesn't
446 23 The Salary Trap
447 25 TAG Numbers
448 26 Movement and Institution I
449 28 Movement and Institution II
450 30 Christianity & Judaism Again
October 1997
451 1 October 97 Dead Church in Ayudhya
452 3 Porous Boundaries
453 4 Patronage Issues
454 6 Patronage Issues Again
455 7 Trapped in the Past I
456 9 Trapped in the Past II
457 11 Lutheran Decision
458 12 Karen Churches & Church Buildings
459 14 Ministry I - Burning the Dragon
460 15 Ministry II - Home Coming
461 17 Ministry III - The Problematic Bible
462 18 Ministry IV: Catholic Indigenization
463 18 Ministry V: Uneasy Protestants
464 21 Ministry VI: Enslaved
465 22 Ministry VII: Equality vs. Justice
466 24 Ministry VIII: Chinese Churches & Biblical Ritual
467 25 Ministry IX: Pentecostal Westernization
468 27 Ministry X: Making Disciples
469 28 Chiang Mai Catholicism
470 30 Circulating Saints or Mainline Migrants?
November 1997
471 1 November 97 Hope of Bangkok I: Friends & Relatives Revisited
472 2 Hope of Bangkok II: The Pentecostal Worship Trap
473 4 Hope of Bangkok III: Notes on Leadership Training
474 5 Hope of Bangkok IV: About Pentecostal Migration
475 7 Hope of Bangkok V: Competitive Counting
476 8 Migration and the CCT
477 10 Pa Malai
478 11 Pa Malai's Pillow
479 13 From Thai Buddhism to Thai Christianity?
480 14 Protestant Animism
481 16 Reality & Jesus
482 17 The Prototypical Conversion
483 19 Interpreting the Convert's Story
484 20 Small Window on a Wide World
485 22 The Pauline Struggle
486 23 The Third Entity
487 25 Sins & Sin
488 27 Remembering the Crucifixion
489 28 A Use for Scholarship
490 30 Heil Schicklgruber!
Special Series by Dr. Philip Hughes
(August-September 1997)
S1 Introduction
S2 Social Change and Values
S3 Decline in Interest in Religion
S4 Change in Community Life
S5 Social Capital
S6 Religious Pluralism
S7 Social Change for University Students
S8 The Values of Thai Tertiary Students
S9 Interpreting Thai Student Values
S10 Good Friends and Other People
S11 Success in Life
S12 Middle Order Values
S13 Religion and Calm Contentment
S14 The Importance of Religion
S15 Why Religion is Important to Thai Students
S16 Differences between Christians and Buddhists
S17 Religion and Social Change

1998

January 1998
491 January 98 Happy New Year
492 Defined by Cult
493 Christian Animism Revisited
494 Christian Asceticism
495 A Great Deal of Trouble
496 The Essence of the Church
497 Brunner On Movement & Institution
498 More Thoughts on Movement vs. Institution
499 In a Nutshell
500 The Movement-Institution Model & Thailand I
501 The Movement-Institution Model & Thailand II
502 A Last Thought On Movement vs. Institution
503 Convergence & Divergence
504 Moore on Jesus
505 Moore on Christianity
506 Anthropologist vs. Missionary
507 Schweitzer, Jesus, & Thai Church History
508 Two for the Price of One
509 Convergence & Divergence Revisited
510 The Resurrection as Event
February 1998
511 February 98 Mark Notes
512 Good News isn't History (Mark 1:1)
513 God's Associate (Mark 1:2-3)
514 John (Mark 1:4-8)
515 John's Baptism (Mark 1:9-13)
516 How Did Mark Know? (Mark 1:9-13)
517 Back to Galilee (Mark 1:14-15)
518 Immediate Response (Mark 1:16-20)
519 Beyond Historical Recovery (Mark 1:16-20)
520 Mark's Sources
521 Further Speculation on Mark's Sources
522 God's Holy & Amazing Messenger (Mark 1:21-28)
523 A Healing Touch (Mark 1:29-31)
524 A Minor Detail of Some Importance (Mark 1:29-30)
525 He Prayed (Mark 1:35-39)
526 Chronological Break (Mark 1:39-40)
527 The Problem of Silence (Mark 1:40-45)
528 Holistic Medicine (Mark 1:40-45)
529 Mark & Polyphonic Historiography
530 Counterpoint: Jesus & Thai Church History
March 1998
531 March 98 Counterpoint: Judeo-Christian Karma
532 Counterpoint: Lessons for Church Historians
533 Counterpoint: Beyond Literalism
534 Jesus At Home (Mark 2:1 & 3:20)
535 The Ideal Christian Life Re-examined (Mark 2:1)
536 First Challenge (Mark 2:1-12)
537 It Coulda Happened Just This Way (Mark 2:1-12)
538 How Old Was Jesus? (Mark 2:5)
539 Second Challenge (Mark 2:13-17)
540 Jesus & the Agents of the Over Class (Mark 2:13-17)
541 The New Community (Mark 2:13-28)
542 Gospel Husk (Mark 2:23-28)
543 The Plot Thickens (Mark 2)
544 Crossan's Mark (Mark 10:13-16)
545 Contra Crossan I (Mark 10:13-16)
546 Contra Crossan II (Mark 10:13-16)
547 The Empirical Jesus Revealed (Mark 3:1-6)
548 Mark's Data Reconsidered
549 The Crowd (Mark 3:7-12)
550 Keep Quiet! (Mark 3:11-12)
May 1998
551 May 98 Organizing the Jesus Mission (Mark 3:13-19)
552 Eyewitness Testimony (Mark 2:1-12)
553 Tertium Genus
554 More Evidence (Mark 2:13-17)
555 Eyewitness Accounts in New Testament Times
556 Ancient Research Historian
557 Crazy Exorcist (Mark 3:20-21)
558 Theological Disputation Over the Person of Jesus
559 Actions Not Words (Mark 3:22-30)
560 pirit-less Gospel (Mark 3:28-30)
561 Beyond the Pot
562 Jesus' Family (Mark 3: 31-35)
563 Indigenization Jesus' Way (Mark 3: 31-35)
564 Sabbath Animism
565 Karen Law
566 A Wedding at Cham Noi
567 Noi Panya & the Karens
568 Noi Panya Again
569 The Women's Service
570 Women's Worship
June 1998
571 Three June 98 Worries
572 A Word Image from the Hills
573 So What?
574 Answers
575 Christianity & Education
576 Agent of Death
577 Pastoral Care Then & Now
578 Then Why Convert?
579 Mo Che To and the Gospel of Mark
580 Traditional & Christian Karens I
581 Traditional & Christian Karens II
582 A Peoples' Theology of Culture
583 The Flowing Lord
584 Why They Convert I
585 Why They Convert II
586 Power & Research
587 Indigenization and the Global Village
588 Bias
589 It's All Relative
590 Conversion
July 1998
591 July 98 Tuva Church
592 CCT Numbers
593 Finding the Real Jesus
594 Pressure (Mark 4:1-2)
595 He Taught in Parables (Mark 4:2)
596 More Thoughts on the Parables
597 Mean-spirited Messiah (Mark 4:10-12)
598 The Very Beginning (Mark 4:10-12)
599 Trapped in Paradox (Mark 4:10-12)
600 Those Who Refuse (Mark 4:10-12)
601 Making the Hidden Known (Mark 4:21-22)
602 Warning (Mark 4:23-25)
603 Parable of the Seed (Mark 4:26-29)
604 Another Seed Parable (Mark 4:30-32)
605 Forming the Jesus Circle (Mark 4:1-34)
606 Forming the Jesus Circle II (Mark 4:1-34)
607 Mark's Sources Revisited
608 Papias on Mark's Sources I
609 Papias on Mark's Sources II
610 Those Who Saw
September 1998
611 September 98 Sinclair Thompson Lectures I
612 Sinclair Thompson Lectures II
613 Sinclair Thompson Lectures III
614 Sinclair Thompson Lectures IV
615 Sinclair Thompson Lectures V
616 Sinclair Thompson Lectures VI
617 Sinclair Thompson Lectures VII
618 Images
619 When Openness Isn't
620 Forgotten Last Names
621 The Burial of Jesus
622 The God-Fearers
623 Why Four?
624 Impact of the First Gospel
625 Where Was Matthew Written? Does It Matter?
626 The Third Entity Revisited
627 Agendas for the Study of Thai Church History
628 A Case for Women Disciples
629 Whose Bible?
630 Brown's Dictum & Swanson's Corollary
October 1998
631 October 98 The Essence of the Gospel
632 Discovering the Essential Gospel
633 Fighting For the Essential Gospel
634 A Timeless Essential Gospel
635 The Wrong Question
636 No Biblical Mandate
637 Jesus And the Essential Gospel
638 Facing The Issue
639 Facing the Issue Again
640 Facing the Issue One Last Time
641 Picking a Better Passage
642 An Almost Essential Gospel
643 No Essential Gospel
644 Making the Kingdom Real
645 Jesus, the Betrayer
646 Mark: History of a Discovery
647 Discovery as History
648 Dead Pigs (Mark 5:1-20)
649 Decapolis Origins (Mark 5:1-20)
650 Power Over Chaos (Mark 5:1-20)
November 1998
651 November 98 A Marcan Footnote (Mark 9:9-10)
652 Reflections on the Marcan Footnote (Mark 9:2-10)
653 Jairus & His Daughter (Mark 5:21-23, 35-42)
654 Don't Tell the Jews (Mark 5:19 and 5:43)
655 What Did Mark Think? (Mark 5:19 and 5:43)
656 Mark as a Reliable Source (Luke 8:40-42, 49-56)
657 A Good Historian Trusted Mark
658 A Marcan Sandwich (Mark 5:24-34)
659 CCT Numbers I
660 CCT Numbers II
661 CCT Numbers III
662 CCT Numbers IV
663 CCT Numbers V
664 Chapter & Verse
665 Musical Indigenization
666 Singing the Right Note
667 Hymns That Reach the Heart
668 Adam's Rib in Thai Context
669 Thinking Theological in Thailand
670 Happy Holidays

1999

January 1999
671 6 January 99 Getting Title I
672 7 Getting Title II
673 8 Getting Title III
674 9 Getting Title IV
675 10 Getting Title V
676 11 Getting Title VI
677 12 Getting Title: A Postscript
678 17 Getting Title: Some Partial Answers
679 18 Rebels Against Me
680 19 Commitment
681 20 Northern Thai Crypto-Christians I
682 21 Northern Thai Crypto-Christians II
683 22 Northern Thai Crypto-Christians III
684 24 Northern Thai Crypto-Christians IV
685 25 Northern Thai Crypto-Christians V
686 26 Two Realities
687 27 Two Realities Twice Over
688 28 What About Us Little Guys?
February 1999
689 1 February 99 The First Marriage
690 2 The First Hospital , Maybe
691 3 The First Chapel
692 4 A Bigger, Better Building
693 7 Prolegomena
694 8 Lithographic Press I
695 9 Lithographic Press II
696 10 Assistants
697 12 A Conversion Failed & A Point Missed
698 13 The Family Alien
699 14 The Risk of Alienation
700 15 Returning to a Different Home
701 18 More Thoughts on Alienation
702 19 Familiarisation
703 20 Reversion
704 21 The Bliss of Ignorance
705 22 I Need A Hospital
706 23 I Need Medicines
707 24 Why?
708 25 Questioning Mt. Meru
709 28 Mt. Meru's Fall Again
March 1999
710 1 March Davy Crockett
711 2 Research Consultation I
712 3 Research Consultation II
713 4 Research Consultation III
714 5 Research Consultation IV
715 7 Research Consultation V
716 8 Research Consultation VI
717 9 Research Consultation VII
718 11 Research Consultation VIII
719 12 Research Consultation IX
720 14 Chao Fa Kolan
721 15 Another Headache
722 17 Nan Inta's Return
723 21 Window on the Translation Process
724 22 Man-eating Giants
725 23 How Come Christians are Rich?
726 25 Competing Missionary Strategies
727 26 More Hard Questions
728 29 Just A Thought
729 30 AIDS: Love 'Em At a Distance
730 31 Indigenization Princeton Style
May 1999
731 14 May 99 Thoughts on Discovering the Historical Jesus
732 15 The House Party Movement
733 16 The House Party in Siam
734 18 House Party Impact
735 19 Karen Theology : Background to a Project
736 20 Karen Theology: A Beginning Point
737 21 Dialogue with a Dying Partner
738 23 Yua is My Spirit
739 24 The Heart of God
740 25 Advancing Into the Past?
741 26 Search for a Relevant Heritage
742 28 Yua in Search of the Woman
743 29 A Restless Yua
744 31 A Wet, Dusty, Windy Yua
June 1999
745 1 June 99 Water Buffalo Woes
746 3 The Mother of All Stomach Aches
747 4 Closing the Door on the Past
748 5 Conflicting Data
749 7 Absent God
750 8 Orphaned Creation
751 9 The Karen Jesus?
752 11 Reading the Bible with Karen Eyes
753 14 Obstacles
754 15 Village Wisdom
755 16 Centennial Missive
756 18 Attitudes Towards AIDS
757 19 Baggage
758 20 Is Pastoral Care Important?
759 21 Getting It Right
760 22 Getting It More Right
761 23 The Way Towards Contextualization
762 24 Producing Insights & Knowledge
763 25 Theological Research
July 1999
764 7 July 99 Some Things Never Change
765 8 Our Land Too
766 9 Twenties Dialogue
767 10 Twenties Dialogue: Another Angle
768 11 Running Amuck in Bangkok
769 12 Differing From All Its Sources
770 13 Needed: A Two-Sided Model
771 14 Turning Point
772 15 Fate or Providence ?
773 16 Historical Sketch
774 17 Just How Unique is Unique?
775 18 Civilization vs. Christianization
776 19 The World Outside
777 20 The Concept of Culture in Missionary Thinking
778 21 Not the Same
779 22 Faith & History
780 24 Prayer & History
781 25 The Sower & The Seed
782 26 The Faith of Others
783 27 The Only Conceivable Source
784 28 The End Result
785 29 I Know
786 30 In Love with the Past
787 31 Stubborn Fact
August 1999
788 1 August 99 It's All in the Document
789 2 Literalists and Anti-Literalists
790 3 A Possible Origin of the Song Revivals
791 5 Gentlemen Preachers
792 6 Amen, Jacob
793 7 Trends in Thailand Protestant Research I
794 8 Trends in Thailand Protestant Research II
795 9 Trends in Thailand Protestant Research III
796 10 Trends in Thailand Protestant Research IV
797 12 Trends in Thailand Protestant Research V
798 13 Full & Redolent
799 14 Hitchcock Lamp
800 15 Crokinole

2000

January 2000
801 3 January 00 Continuing Anew
802 4 Culture Is Where You Find It
803 6 Culture is What We Make of It
804 7 Thoughts While Sitting In Church
805 9 Is It the Same?
806 10 Deflection and Disturbance are Everywhere
807 12 The Colonization of the Past
808 13 Differing Experiences
809 15 The Poor Need A Theory
810 16 The Language of the Colonizer
811 18 Imperial Knowledge
812 20 Defining "The Problem"
813 21 Divine Sovereignty in the North
814 22 Owning the Bishops
815 24 Conservative Revolutionaries
816 25 Hodge on Buddhism
817 27 Hodge on Genius
818 28 Composite Congruency
819 30 The Test of Theological Diversity
820 31 Daniel Passes the Test of Theological Diversity
February 2000
821 3 February 00 Spoken Like a True Scholar
822 4 The Seeds of Westminster
823 6 The One True Type
824 7 Relocating the One True Type
825 8 Momentous Year
826 10 Superiority
827 11 Indigenization & Secularization
828 12 Exploiting the Compatible
829 13 Rue the Thought
830 15 Grace and Culture
831 16 Princeton & the Karen
832 17 Minds Open & Shut
833 19 And Other Sanitary Laws
834 20 The Wrong Calvinist Recipe
835 22 You Are There!
836 23 The Fullness There Of
837 24 God and Space
838 26 Limiting God
839 27 Who Is An Asian?
840 29 The Anglicization of Asian Theology
March 2000
841 2 March 00 Asian Theology
842 3 A Tribal Advantage
843 4 Sumbanese-Karen Parallels
844 5 A Question of Method
845 7 Two Hot Issues
846 8 And One Non-Issue
847 11 Thai Theology: Jesus as King
848 19 Thai Theology: Jesus as Villager
849 20 Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up
850 21 Daniel's Word to the Wise
851 22 Points of Convergence
852 25 A Mere Human
853 25 Another Mere Man
854 26 A Parting Thought on Mere Man-ism
April 2000
855 3 April 00 Theology is Like Manna
856 4 Backward Scotland
857 6 The Double Process
858 * 1934: A Mission That "Just Growed"
859 * 1934: A Crisis in Leadership
860 * 1934: Chiang Mai Domination

* I'm not sure that these last three entries were actually sent out.