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on February 12, 2008
All the contributors come from mainline churches or liberal churches. Possibly some are moderate at best. While it majors in Asian American sociological and anthropological trends and findings, it is extremely light in theology and ecclesiology.
This book devalues and marginalizes Gospel theology in favor of Asian American sociology to shape the ministries of the church. While it realizes that in many Asian American churches, a discontinuity exists between doctrinal orthodoxy and practical orthopraxy, this book suggests that in order to have continuity, it is doctrinal orthodoxy that must "be biblically and critically reassessed" to meet sociological and anthropological orthopraxy rather than reassessing the sociological and anthropological orthopraxy to meet doctrinal orthodoxy.
It is heavy on arguments of methodological comparison (Asian Americans methodology vs. Western American methodology) and personal testimonies of "what works" and "what doesn't work." But what few biblical Gospel references are given, they are interpreted through liberal or moderate theologies. The book is biased toward the Egalitarian view of role of women in ministry, as it is hailed as biblical while the Complamentarian view of role of women in ministry is mocked as sexist.
As a 2nd-Generation Asian American myself and a Reformed Baptist pastor, I found this book of little help in leading the church to become and understanding how the church can become biblically healthy. But, hopefully, this book will spark more theologically and biblically robust works to follow.
My full review of this book is available at [...]