Books and articles I've written (including some unpublished stuff)


Missions: The Heart of God
Series of mini-essays on biblical passages relevant to the cause of world evangelism
Doing missions well
12 mini-essays in Engage looking at Anskar, Aylward, Boniface, Carey, Fitkin, Francis of Assissi, Mosteller, Orjala, Saint, Schmelzenbach, Slessor and Townsend
12 mini-essays in Engage on topics shaping world missions today
The 10/40 Window, comity or collaboration, contextualization, culture shock, globalization, infinitely reproducible, mission fit, missionary, redemptive analogies, senders, the three selfs and where the church is not yet.
A sampling of things involved in the process of doing Gospel ministry, outreach, worship and discipleship in ways that make sense to a particular culture. Published in Illustrated Bible Life.
"The Gentile Pentecost"
Acts 10 and Peter's description of what happened at the house of Simon the Tanner. Published in Illustrated Bible Life.
"Did the Apostle Paul believe in the Great Commission?"
Since the Apostle Paul never quoted Jesus' Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), did he believe in it? Published in Illustrated Bible Life.
Religious responses to suffering
Do Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Animists, and Christians respond differently to suffering? Published in Illustrated Bible Life.
"Stewardship: It's a big deal"
Stewardship is about more than just money. Published in Illustrated Bible Life.
"Come Share the Dream"
Why would a person join the Church of the Nazarene? This article responds to a question posed by a university student.
Opinion pieces in the ECHO, SNU's student newspaper
• "Does Jesus care if we cuss?" : A look at some Biblical passages as well as a reflection on the power of language
"Lessons from Italy"
"Life's legacy" Thoughts in the aftermath of my father-in-law's death
• "Can giving up something for Lent actually be an ego trip?"
"Pran kouraj! Take courage!" Thoughts at the end of a spring semester
"Miracles in Mexico"
One of the very first Nazarene Mission Team trips was sent out in April 1966 by Southern Nazarene University. Here's an article written just a few weeks after that trip. No one realized then what a big movement Nazarene Mission Teams would become.
"A New Rallying Cry: Ministry Across the Curriculum"
Published in Faculty Dialogue, the journal of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Are you really feeding that starving child?
The reasons I channel my compassionate giving through my church
I threw my life away
Given to the annual SNU honor society (Phi Delta Lambda) breakfast
Brief devotional meditations
Are you ready •for Christmas?
• Illustrations from ham radio: Full Power and QTH: Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Devotionals built on Amateur Radio illustrations and published in The Transmitter
Three weeks of daily devotional meditations published in Come Ye Apart
• Devotionals about pastors
A year of devotional meditations which appeared weekly in The Standard
Shepherd Community
A look at Shepherd Community, a compassionate ministry center in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Some manuscripts that never made it into print

Heartwarming campus stories: "Chicken Soup for the Soul" type stories from the campus of Southern Nazarene University

Giving it away
"I didn't want it to end"
One bite at a time
Deliverance from addiction
It changed her life
Oklahoma City bombing
Jonah, the reluctant missionary
An e-book about Jonah's relevance to today's missionary task
God's Bulgarian tapestry
An e-book about church planting in Bulgaria by young university graduates
Alfredo Del Rosso: An Italian mastered by a vision
An e-book biography of the founder of the work of the Church of the Nazarene in Italy
"Tough times: the breakup of a missionary team"
An unpublished manuscript that describes a classic case of bad interpersonal relationships on the mission field
"What is missionary home assignment?"
Some humorous (and even serious) thoughts on missionary furlough (now called "home assignment")
Pastoral training
A look at the Nazarene Theological Education by Extension program in Haiti (D.Min. Project report)

Book chapters

"How entire is entire sanctification?"
A chapter in I Believe: Now Tell Me Why, edited by Everett Leadingham
"Will the real me please stand up?"
A chapter on holy living in Living Out of the Mold, compiled by Jerry Hull


While many of the following books are out of print, copies can often be found at booksellers such as

Giving that transforms

2013, Nazarene Publishing House [ PDF of book ]
An overview of how Nazarenes financially support world mission efforts

Discovering Missions

2007, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Discovering Missions is a college-level textbook for "introduction to missions" classes. It is written in a way that makes it accessible to both pastors and lay church leaders [ PDF of book ] [ Online as an e-Book ] [ advertising flyer ] [ Free teaching resources: (PowerPoints, case studies, crossword puzzles, exam questions, video suggestions) on Google Drive ]

book cover of
Discovering Missions

Our Balanced Attack: How Nazarenes Finance World Evangelism

1991, Nazarene Publishing House [ PDF of book     online ]
Our Balanced Attack looks at the way the Church of the Nazarene raises financial support for its missionary outreach, including a unified budget, special offerings, child sponsorship, disaster appeals, matching gifts, gifts "in kind"

book cover of NMI
reading book, Our Balanced Attack

The Kingdom Strikes Back: Signs of the Messiah at Work

1990, Nazarene Publishing House [ book online ]
The Kingdom Strikes Back examines the involvement of the Church of the Nazarene in Haiti in evangelism, health, child care, economic development, and literacy projects

book cover of NMI
mission book The Kingdom Strikes Back

Mr. Missionary, I Have a Question

1987, Nazarene Publishing House [ book online
Mr. Missionary gives answers to questions about Nazarene work in Haiti. The questions were encountered during a year of deputation services in about 150 U.S. churches

book cover of Mr.
Missionary, I Have a Question

Alfredo and His Impossible Dream

1980, Nazarene Publishing House
Alfredo and His Impossible Dream is a biography written for children about Alfredo Del Rosso, the Italian founder of the work of the Church of the Nazarene in Italy. [ more info ]

book cover of NMI
children's mission book, Alfredo and His Impossible Dream

Pasta, Pizza and Pinocchio

1980, Nazarene Publishing House [ read book online ]
Pasta, Pizza and Pinocchio answers questions about missionary work in Italy. The questions were asked of the author in 1978-79 during home assignment deputation services in about 150 U.S. churches

book cover of NMI mission
book, Pasta, Pizza and Pinocchio

Rookie Notebook: Our First Nine Months as Missionaries

1976, Nazarene Publishing House [ read book online ]
Rookie Notebook recounts some of the cross-cultural encounters (and some lessons drawn from them) from the Culbertsons' first year as missionaries in Italy

book cover of NMI
mission book, Rookie Notebook

Paul McGrady, Mr. Evangelism

1969, Pedestal Press [ read book online ]
Paul McGrady, Mr. Evangelism is a biography of a very popular evangelism professor at Southern Nazarene University who was killed in a tragic auto accident

book cover of Mr.

-- Howard Culbertson,

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