Rupen Das

Author Spotlight – Rupen Das

30 June 2017

Background

Rupen Das has lived in 12 different countries being born in India but spending much of his formative years in the Middle East. Having lived in 50 homes across the world he is a true global nomad yet his father’s extensive travelling with the UN didn’t put him off world mission in his own career.

Strangers in the Kingdom: Ministering to Refugees, Migrants and the Stateless by Rupen Das and Brent Hamoud

Rupen, co-authored Strangers in the Kingdom: Ministering to Refugees, Migrants and the Stateless to help Christians wrestle with a truly worldwide issue, and knows what it is like to be trapped in the middle of a conflict having been unable to leave Beirut, Lebanon when the civil war broke out in 1975 during his second year of university.

Rupen came to faith in Jesus Christ through the ministry of the Navigators and joined their staff team, such was their impact on his life. However, all of the discipleship and training he received did not prepare him for the poverty he witnessed upon his return to India in the late 1970s and 1980s while working in disciple making ministries, nor how to minster to the people living under such hardship. This eye-opening reality led him to embark on a journey of studying Scripture with the expressCompassion and the Mission of God purpose of responding to poverty and social issues from a biblical perspective – a study that resulted in the publication of Compassion and the Mission of God.

Passion for the Poor

Responding to his passion for the poor and desire for social justice and righteousness Rupen resigned from his job and worked for World Vision in relief and disaster management before returning to the world of academia to strengthen theological teaching in the area of mission and development. His conviction to see theological students infused with compassion for the poor led to involvement with the Arab BaptistConnecting Curriculum with Context by Rupen Das
Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut and Tyndale Seminary in Toronto and the publication of a book in the ICETE Series revitalising evangelical theological institutions, Connecting Curriculum with Context.

Rupen is currently a research professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto and is also on secondment from the Canadian Baptist Mission to the International Baptist Theological Study Centre in Amsterdam and the European Baptist Federation for work on equipping churches for integral mission.

It is through authors like Rupen Das that the global church will benefit from evangelical theology from Majority World perspectives to inform and inspire Christians for service to God and humanity.

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