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Gordon-Conwell Contact Magazine Winter 10

Gordon-Conwell Contact Magazine Winter 10

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Contact is the ministry magazine of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In this issue, Christian ethics are explored within the context of our post-modern society.
Contact is the ministry magazine of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In this issue, Christian ethics are explored within the context of our post-modern society.

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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
FALL/WINTER ’10 | VOL.38 NO.2
 
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FALL/WINTER ‘10
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Mr. Joel B. AarsvoldDr. Claude R. Alexander, Jr.Mrs. Linda Schultz AndersonDr. George F. BennettRev. Dr. Garth T. BolinderRev. Dr. Richard P. Camp, Jr.Mr. Thomas J. Colatosti,
Chair 
Mr. Charles W. ColsonMrs. Joyce A. GodwinDr. William F. GrahamRev. Dr. Michael E. HaynesMr. Herbert P. Hess,
Treasurer 
Mr. Ivan C. HinrichsRev. Dr. John A. Human, Jr.Mr. Caleb Loring IIIRev. Dr. Christopher A. LyonsMrs. Joanna S. MocklerFred L. Potter, Esq.Shirley A. Redd, M.D.Mr. Timothy B. RobertsonRev. Samuel Rodriguez, Jr.Mr. John SchoenherrMrs. Virginia M. SnoddyJoseph W. Viola, M.D.,
Secretary 
J. Christy Wilson III, Esq.Rev. Dr. John H. WomackWilliam C. Wood, M.D.
EMERITI MEMBERS
Dr. Richard A. ArmstrongDr. Robert E. Cooley,
President Emeritus 
Rev. Dr. Leighton FordMr. Roland S. HinzDr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
President Emeritus 
Rev. Dr. Robert J. LamontMr. Richard D. PhippenJohn G. Talcott, Jr.Rev. Dr. Paul E. Toms
President
Dr. Dennis P. Hollinger
Vice President of Advancement
Mr. Kurt W. Drescher
Director of Communicationsand Marketing
Mr. Michael L. Colaneri
Senior CommunicationsAdvisor
 
and Editor of
Contact 
Mrs. Anne B. Doll
Graphic Designer
Ms. Nicole S. Rim
Assistant Editor of Contact
Mrs. Ruth Hawk
Photography
Mr. Tom KatesMs. Nicole S. Rim
ON THE FRONT LINES
Ministering to a Pre-Christian Communityin Massachusetts
Anne B. Doll
What Is Ethics All About?
Esther Byle Bruland
Wonderfully Made–Terribly Fallen
Dennis P. Hollinger
Ethics in the Workplace
David W. Gill
To Live in Justice
Eldin Villafañe
How to Make Ethical Decisionsin a Complex World
Patrick T. Smith
FACULTY PROFILE
Garth Rosell
Ruth Hawk
SEMINARY NEWSFOCUS ON ALUMNI
Chris Castaldo
OPENING THE WORD
Catherine Clark Kroeger
Inquiries regarding CONTACT may be addressed to:Editor, CONTACT Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary130 Essex Street, S. Hamilton, MA 01982Tel: 978.468.7111 or email: rhawk@gordonconwell.eduwww.gordonconwell.edu
GORDON-CONWELL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, GENDER,NATIONAL OR ETHNIC ORIGIN, AGE, HANDICAP OR VETERAN STATUS.
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ministering to a
pre-christian
communityin massachusetts
anne b. doll
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astor PoSan Ung often talks about “persevering” ashe describes his church’s ministry of evangelism anddiscipleship in Lynn, Massachusetts. Six years ago, thenative of Cambodia and survivor of the Cambodianholocaust planted Living Fields Church in this northern Bostoncommunity. It is a city “trying to develop, to gentrify itself,” hesays, but a “struggling city” plagued by “gang activity, violenceand poverty.”Lynn is also home to part of the nation’s second largest Cambodian population, yet less than 0.5 percent are Christian.In 2004, Pastor PoSan, who attended Gordon-Conwell andhas taught evangelism at the Boston campus, rented space in
an ofice building and set out to advance the gospel among a
people group he characterizes as pre-Christian.“This means that there simply aren’t many Christians andthat they see Christ as a foreign god,” he explains. “They’remostly Buddhist, but Buddhism is very nominal for them.
They are more driven by materialism, instant gratiication,
gambling, etc. So we need to gather as a Christian communityamongst them, trying to be salt and light.”Today, his congregation is mostly Cambodian, witha sprinkling of Korean American, Caucasian American,Vietnamese and Pan Asian members. Assisted by a few volunteerstaff members, he is reaching out to children, youth and adults,beginning with corporate worship where non-believers “can hearthe Gospel and learn from the worship of God.”The church then connects visitors through fellowship,relational evangelism activities, and ministry and discipleshipgroups that meet nearly every evening of the week. Theseopportunities can range from community dinners to outreachmusic lessons, one-on-one discipleship and Bible studies inboth English and Khmer, their native language.
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