Contextualizing Conversations

College and Clayton Press is excited to announce a new upcoming series: Contextualizing Conversations.

The American church is a beautiful diverse cultural landscape just like John pictured in Revelation 7:9. With dozens of contributors the Contextualizing Conversations series will be an invaluable resource for American Christians, and institutions who desire exposure to diverse aspects of American Christianity. Each volume presents six views on each subject (African America, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Deaf, and Caucasian) helping you to gain exposure to diverse views and methods. The authors are scholars, pastors, and most notably representatives of the respective culture. Whether you are a student, pastor, or layperson, these volumes will help you understand Christian brethren teaching in and ministering in various contexts. 

The first volume, Contextualizing Preaching: Conversations with Diverse Church Leaders, is in production.

Future volumes will discuss hermeneutics, worship, ecclesiology, pastoral counseling, church history, and theology. 

Dr. Mario Melendez serves as the Contextualizing Conversations series editor. 

Dr. Mario Melendez, assistant professor of Old Testament and Biblical Studies, is Auguie Henry Chair of Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University. He holds a Ph.D. in biblical interpretation from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). Dr. Mario has served in Hispanic, Asian, and English churches as a multi-ethnic ministry strategist. In the Academy, he served at NOBTS as an adjunct [Español]; Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies; Victory University (Memphis TN); and Union University. Dr. Mario’s research specialties are Biblical Interpretation, Ancient Near Eastern backgrounds and themes, linguistic acquisition, and multi-ethnic psychology and ministry. He most recently published a book with the Alban Institute entitled Third Culture Faithful: Empowered Ministry for multiethnic believers and congregations.

Check back soon for new updates on the series!

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