Episode 25 – Asian Urbanism and the Church

In this episode we talk with Dr. John Cheong, an associate professor of World Religion and Intercultural Studies at Grand Canyon University, about how cities in Asia are developing and how the church is responding. Dr. Cheong spent more than a decade as a senior lecturer and consultant in Missiology throughout Asia, and has written extensively on religion, contextual theology, globalization, diaspora missiology, and urban mission.

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  • 1:59 So let’s just start off by hearing a little bit about who you are, how you came to know Jesus and, uh, tell us about your family as well.
  • 14:44 I would love to hear your thoughts on Asian cities and Asian urbanism. What’s unique? What would you want to say about cities in Asia that maybe help us understand cities differently, or might be contrasted with a Western city?
  • 22:33 You hinted at, in your early story, that when you went back to Malaysia the first time and were working in a church context, that there were some lessons learned there in terms of how do we engage well?
  • 26:01 You noted that churches attracted a lot of young professionals and students and young people, seventies, eighties, nineties. Um, does that now mean that the church is shifted to be become a middle-aged kind of church? Do they need to shift gears again to reach the, the next generation of young people?
  • 28:23 You have done some thinking, a lot of thinking, I would say, just regarding city space and the church and how the church thinks about space, uses space, anything you want to throw into the conversation there?
  • 35:04 what are some places you would point people to for just understanding cities well? And then where can people access some of your thinking and writing?
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    This episode was hosted by Michael Crane and produced by Radius Global Cities Network and Scott Slucher. It was edited by Kristen Sosebee