“If you yourself are not ready to be converted, then you are not engaging in the discussion”.
In this interview (from January 2017) I talk with John about theology and mission in the wake of Trump, populism in its current form, the way Christians just wanted to “win” and so refused to yield power, interdisciplinary approaches, mission studies, “racism and the evangelical vote”, #WTFtheology (aka: John’s proudest achievement), and how mission (a non-America-First understanding of mission) can help counter this growing nationalist, populist tide. – this was in the lead up to the first run of the course, earlier this year at Pilgrim Theological College. See more about that course here
Connect with John on twitter at @FlettJohn.
John Flett is associate professor of missiology and intercultural theology at Pilgrim Theological College, Melbourne, Privatdozent at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethal, and Stellvertretender Institutsleiter am Institut für Interkulturelle Theologie und Interreligiöse Studien, Wuppertal. He specialises in intercultural theology, ecumenical relationships, and mission studies. He has lived and taught in the USA, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Germany, the DRC, and Australia. His PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary examined the history and theology of missio Dei and was published as The Witness of God (Eerdmans, 2010). His Habilitationschrift, undertaken at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, developed a critical account the church’s apostolicity and its continuity across cultures. This was published as Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective (IVP Academic, 2016). He is currently developing a text on how the German church understood the relationship between the Christian gospel and culture during the twentieth century. He is a minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia, is married to Priscilla and has two daughters, Trinity and Mila.