On Mission with Chris Wright

Langham Partnership

On Mission with Chris Wright features conversations with Christian leaders around the Majority World. Chris Wright is a noted theologian and author of The Mission of God. Each week, Chris helps listeners discover how much wisdom the church in the west has to gain from their sisters and brothers in villages and towns around the world.

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Dr. Oleksandr Geychenko is a Langham Scholar and the President of Odessa Theological Seminary in Ukraine – one of the first theological schools in the former Soviet Union. Founded 29 years ago when Ukraine was still under Communist rule, today the school is equipping church leaders to be better instruments of God's mission in Ukraine and throughout Eastern Europe. In Oleksandr's conversation with Chris, they discuss what mission looks like in a post-communist nation, the church's response to the recent tumult in Ukraine and along the border, and how theological education is part of God's mission for His people.

Jun 2

54 min 47 sec

Dr. Hani Hanna is a Langham Scholar from Egypt who received his PhD in theology with support from Langham. Today, he is Vice President, Academic Dean, and Professor of Theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo (ETSC) — where he will soon assume the role of President. In his conversation with Chris, they talk about the history of Christianity in Egypt, some present day realities, and why theological education matters, especially for the Middle East.

May 25

53 min 7 sec

Dr. Athena Gorospe, from the Philippines, received her PhD in Old Testament studies with support from Langham at Fuller Theological Seminary. She returned to Manila, where she is a professor at the Asia Theological Seminary and directs the Contextual Theology PhD program. Athena has been referred to as one of 30 Old Testament Bible Scholars you should be reading and following—and it’s not hard to understand why. In her conversation with Chris, she shares powerful insights on how theology is integral to mission, and how the Old Testament speaks hope into present hard times.

May 18

54 min 47 sec

Dr. Martin Accad is a world renowned theological leader in Lebanon who received his PhD training with support from Langham. He’s taught at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, where he founded and directs the Institute of Middle East Studies. Martin is a sought after speaker, thinker, and writer on Islam, Middle Eastern Christianity and Christian-Muslim relations. In part two of his conversation with Chris, Martin shares about his work which focuses on building peace, trust, and understanding across the Christian and Muslim faiths. Martin shares some wise words for those who may be hesitant about any kind of partnership between Christians and Muslims, and they discuss the groundbreaking Bible commentary project for Muslim-background believers he is leading.

May 12

45 min 8 sec

Dr. Martin Accad is a world renowned theological leader in Lebanon who received his PhD training with support from Langham. He’s taught at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, where he founded and directs the Institute of Middle East Studies. Martin is a sought after speaker, thinker, and writer on Islam, Middle Eastern Christianity and Christian-Muslim relations. In his conversation with Chris, he gives us a fascinating look into the Lebanese context – a place of beauty and diversity, where, today, they face some incredible challenges.

May 5

48 min 21 sec

Today — April 27, 2021 — marks the 100th anniversary of John Stott’s birth. John Stott was a respected preacher, best-selling author of more than 50 books (including seminal classics such as Basic Christianity and The Cross of Christ), servant of the global church, and the founder of Langham Partnership — a global ministry that trains and resources biblical leaders in 130+ countries. This special episode commemorates John Stott's impact on three global Christian leaders whose lives and ministries he personally impacted (Ajith Fernando of Sri Lanka, Matius Ho of Indonesia, and Rosalee Ewell of Brazil). You'll also hear from Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California, who shares special reflections and remembrances on his friendship with John Stott.

Apr 28

44 min 18 sec

Ajith Fernando is teaching director (and former national director) of Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka—a ministry he led for 35 years. In addition to teaching and preaching, he spends his time mentoring and counseling younger Christian leaders and pastors. Ajith is passionate about discipleship and working among the urban poor. He’s a sought after speaker, frequenting stages at Urbana and Lausanne gatherings, as well as pulpits of churches around the world. As dear friends and respected theologians, Ajith and Chris discuss lessons gleaned from decades of ministry, how the church in Sri Lanka has grown despite a decades-long civil war, and what lessons Christians in the west might learn from their Sri Lankan sisters and brothers.

Apr 21

50 min 6 sec

Dr. Seble Daniel, a Langham Scholar, is the first female to receive a PhD in Bible and theology in her denomination—the largest in Ethiopia. With the platform of her PhD, she trains even more biblical leaders at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa, the capital city. And, at the invitation of the government, she is involved in helping educate communities about ending female genital mutilation. Seble is joined by Tigist, one of her students who is taking what Seble taught her and using it to disciple Ethiopia’s next generation. Their conversation with Chris covers a lot of ground—from the history of Christianity in Ethiopia, to the issues facing the church today—and what is needed for the church to impact the surrounding culture.

Apr 14

1 hr

Matius Ho is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Leimena Institute, a non-profit organization focused on helping Indonesia’s Christians engage productively and biblically in social, political and economic issues. Matius also helped launch Langham’s pastor training movement in his country—a movement which has an incredible impact on the local church. In his conversation with Chris, they discuss the religious, political, and cultural landscape of Indonesia—a nation of 17,000 islands that are home to 1,300 ethnicities, more than 600 languages, and the largest population of Muslims in the world—and the role Leimena is playing in equipping the church to engage and impact society for Christ.

Apr 6

40 min 41 sec

Dr. Elizabeth Mburu, of Kenya, is an associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Pan-Africa Christian University in Nairobi. In addition to speaking and lecturing across Africa and internationally, she serves as Regional Coordinator for Langham Literature in Africa, where she’s helping lead a project to update the groundbreaking Africa Bible Commentary. In part two of her conversation with Chris, they continue their conversation about the Africa Bible Commentary, the early church in Africa, and how God is using His people in Africa to bless the global body of Christ.

Mar 30

27 min 50 sec

Dr. Elizabeth Mburu, of Kenya, is an associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Pan-Africa Christian University in Nairobi. In addition to speaking and lecturing across Africa and internationally, she serves as Regional Coordinator for Langham Literature in Africa, where she’s helping lead a project to update the groundbreaking Africa Bible Commentary. In part one of her conversation with Chris, she touches on the ways Africa is defining global Christianity for the future, some of the unique gifts the African church can offer the global church, and much more.

Mar 24

28 min 58 sec

Dr. Conrad Mbewe is an internationally recognized theologian, sought-after speaker and Bible teacher, and author of several books, including Pastoral Preaching: Building a People for God. He is pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church and founding chancellor of African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. In his conversation with Chris, they touch on the legacy of missions in Zambia, the state of the church there today, and a bit about Ubuntu culture — and what we can learn from the Christian aspect of fellowship that it fosters.

Mar 16

42 min 12 sec

Dr. Daniel Santos teaches pastors and post-graduate students as an Old Testament professor and Academic Dean at the Andrew Jumper Graduate Center at McKenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil. As a Langham Scholar, Daniel has a pastor’s heart that has been combined with a deep understanding of the Old Testament through his PhD. He desires to see more young Christians in Brazil grasp the meaning of God’s Word. Two of his novel approaches to doing this are through his blog, "Listening and Sowing Good Seeds," and through 90-second videos he posts on YouTube, all focused on opening conversations with his students for a deeper understanding of Scripture. In his conversation with Chris, we’ll learn about life in Sao Paulo, some of the challenges the church faces there, and how a conversation with John Stott inspired Daniel to focus on reaching the next generation for Christ.

Feb 24

47 min 20 sec

Praveen and Veena Bunyan have served as pastors in India and the US, and now live in Hyderabad, India where today, they are a husband and wife team who share a passion to strengthen the church in a region where it’s dangerous to follow Jesus. As part of Langham Preaching’s pastor training movement, Praveen and Veena work together to equip and mentor grassroots pastors. In their conversation with Chris, they discuss the challenges facing the growing church in India, the challenges and opportunities of serving as a couple, and some powerful lessons the church in the west can learn from the church in South Asia, where Christians are a small minority.

Feb 16

51 min 22 sec

Dr. Femi Adeleye is an internationally renowned New Testament scholar, teacher, author and leader for the global church. Originally from Nigeria, he spent more than 30 years in leadership with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). Today he serves in Ghana, where he leads Langham’s pastor training movement in Africa. In the second half of their two-part conversation, Chris and Femi discuss the incredible growth of the African church, and they dig into some tough questions — like why the continent remains plagued by hard issues like corruption and conflict when there are so many professing Christians.

Feb 9

30 min 19 sec

Dr. Femi Adeleye is an internationally renowned New Testament scholar, teacher, author and leader for the global church. Originally from Nigeria, he spent more than 30 years in leadership with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). Today he serves in Ghana, where he leads Langham’s pastor training movement in Africa. In part one of this two-part conversation, Chris and Femi touch on some of the major challenges facing the church in Africa, and the challenge from John Stott that sparked Femi’s passion and ministry to see the Gospel impacting Africa beyond just Sunday—but extending to every sphere of life.

Feb 2

26 min 53 sec

Dr. Havilah Dharamraj lives in a sensitive South Asian country, where she serves as Academic Dean and teaches Old Testament at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies. In a region where believers often face pressure and persecution for their faith, Havilah is at work training and mentoring the next generation of pastors and leaders through her teaching and writing. In her conversation with Chris, she shares about building bridges between cultures in her diverse context, and discusses what we can learn from the church in South Asia.

Jan 26

48 min 35 sec

Dr. Riad Kassis has spent decades in global theological leadership. Among his many roles, he serves as the director of the Langham Scholars program—which scholarships and supports emerging theological leaders throughout the Majority World. From his home base in Lebanon, he also works as a teacher and author. Fellow Old Testament Bible scholars, Chris and Riad discuss the history of Arab Christians, what it’s like for Christ followers in Lebanon today, and how an early encounter with John Stott inspired his approach to ministry.

Jan 20

48 min 15 sec

Dr. Myrto Theocharous, from Athens, Greece, is an Old Testament scholar and the first evangelical woman to get a PhD in Bible and Theology in her country. In addition to her work writing and teaching at Greek Bible College in Athens, she’s passionate about equipping the church to love and serve the poor and oppressed. In her conversation with Chris, she talks about how studying the book of Deuteronomy inspired her work as an advocate for victims of sex trafficking, and she shares some powerful insights on what Christians in the West can learn from their brothers and sisters in Greece.

Jan 13

47 min 21 sec

Rev. Dr. Yohanna Katanacho is a Palestinian Israeli Bible scholar, author, and professor who lives in Israel and serves as Academic Dean at Nazareth Evangelical College. Born into conflict during the Arab-Israeli war, today he’s an advocate of radical love, unity and peace for his homeland. In the second episode of this two-part conversation with Chris, Yohanna discusses his work as an author and how – through approaching the text from his culture and context – he seeks to share insights that can help believers everywhere grow in their spiritual journey.

Jan 5

37 min 53 sec

Rev. Dr. Yohanna Katanacho is a Palestinian Israeli Bible scholar, author, and professor who lives in Israel and serves as Academic Dean at Nazareth Evangelical College. Born into conflict during the Arab-Israeli war, today he’s an advocate of radical love, unity and peace for his homeland. In part one of this two-part conversation with Chris, Yohanna shares about his pursuit of love in the context of hatred, and how his study of theology and the Old Testament has transformed him for mission in his context.

Dec 2020

44 min

Dr. Gladys Mwiti, from Nairobi, Kenya, is the Founder and CEO of Oasis Africa – a pan-African professional counseling and behavioral health care organization. Gladys is a global authority on trauma counseling, work that has put her on the front lines of tragedies such as the Rwandan genocide and the Westgate mall attack. In part two of her conversation with Chris, Gladys talks about her work as a clinical psychologist, some Christian misconceptions about depression, and how she’s teaching others to help people find comfort and healing in the midst of emotional and spiritual trauma.

Dec 2020

27 min 48 sec

Dr. Gladys Mwiti, from Nairobi, Kenya, is the Founder and CEO of Oasis Africa – a pan-African professional counseling and behavioral health care organization. Gladys is a global authority on trauma counseling, work that has put her on the front lines of tragedies such as the Rwandan genocide and the Westgate mall attack. In part one of this two-part episode, Chris talks with Gladys about both the resiliency and the struggles of the African church, and the context in which she launched her career as a clinical psychologist.

Dec 2020

31 min 20 sec

Dr. Rico Villanueva is a Filipino pastor, seminary professor, and author. From his home in Manila, he’s written extensively on lament, so relevant for his nation that has a history of devastating natural disasters, extreme poverty, and colonization. In this episode, host Chris Wright talks with Rico about the importance of lament and how to walk faithfully through hard things – critical topics in the context of 2020.

Nov 2020

30 min 7 sec