Thinking Out Loud Podcast

Rogue or Martyr? John Chau and the Complexity of 21st Century Missions

Dec 20, 2018

An undated photo of missionary John Allen Chau, who was killed in November by inhabitants on a remote Indian island. Image via Reuters.

The story of missionary John Chau’s untimely death at the hands of North Sentinelese tribesmen has captured the public imagination in a startling fashion, inspiring opinion pieces in publications as diverse as The Washington Post and The New Yorker. Many of the responses have been hostile, arguing that Chau needlessly jeopardized his life and risked spreading diseases on the protected island. Subsequent information has painted a more complex picture of Chau’s aims. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss the unique tensions that erupt when a 21st century missionary seeks to share the gospel with an unreached people group.

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