Students of history know that 2020 holds little that qualifies as "unprecedented." And students of Scripture know that God is always "up to something." Leaders who will be faithful to our mission in society must be good students of God's redemptive purposes in history, able to "understand the times and know what God's people should do." This issue of Glocal Conversations brings us to consider history redemptively. We observe with William Brown and Asbjorn Simonnes the finger of God in the story of Norway and Denmark, in the lives of Hans Nielsen Hauge and Soren Kierkegaard. What might we learn from their proactive stand in a difficult hour? Then with Jessica McFalls we consider how Jesus beats Karma - spiritual praxis in discipling Tibetan Buddhist-background followers of Jesus. Then, again in South Asia, with Kosam Ramroop we consider the redemptive mercy of God in the history of Indentured Servitude in the British Empire.

This issue also contains book reviews, a first for us. Three experienced missions leaders review for us From Jerusalem to Timbuktu by Brian Stiller, The Significance of Singleness by Christina Hitchcock, and Three Pieces of Glass by Eric Jacobsen. We trust you will appreciate the perspectives given - and find yourself adding new books to your Christmas reading list!

As always, we welcome feedback to this issue. Feel free to write the authors at the addresses indicated on their files, or write me at journaleditor@uofn.edu.

Glenn Martin

For the Editorial team

Published: 2020-12-03