.michael christensen

Director of Shalom Initiative
for Prophetic Leadership and Community Development
Drew University






Partakers of the Divine Nature: Deification in the Christian Traditions, Michael J. Christensen and Jeffery Wittung, eds.  Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007.


Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith by Henri Nouwen with Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird, HarperCollins, 2006.


The Heart of Henri Nouwen: Words of Blessing, ed., with Rebecca Laird. Crossroad, 2003.


The World After Chernobyl: Social Impact and Christian Response. Crossroads Monograph Series on Faith and Public Policy (1997, 2001).


Equipping the Saints: Mobilizing Laity for Ministry, ed. Abingdon, 2000.


Children of Chernobyl: Raising Hope From the Ashes, with Michele Carter. Augsburg Fortress Press, 1993-winner of First Place Book Award, California Press Women (1994); Russian edition (1995); Japanese edition (1996).


The Samaritan's Imperative: Compassionate Ministry to People Living With AIDS. Abingdon, 1991.


City Streets, City People: A Call to Compassion. Abingdon, 1989.


C S. Lewis on Scripture --first published by Word Books in 1979 (over 25,000 hardbacks sold); reissued in paperback by Abingdon Press and Hodder & Stoughton, 1988); reprinted by Parthenon Press (1996); reprinted by Abingdon (2002).


Contributions to Reference Books and Edited Volumes


Chapter on “Global Youth Culture in Russia and Ukraine”in Youth, Religion and Globalization: New Research in Practical Theology.  International Practical Theology Vol. 3.  Richard R. Osmer and Kenda Creasy Dean, eds. (Berlin: LIT Verlag 2006)


“Extravagant Love:  How Jerry Came Home after Hurricane Katrina” in Katrina: Stories of heroism and faith in the midst of natural disaster.  Fetcher L. Tink and Oliver R. Phillips, eds.  Beacon Hill Press, 2005


“Community in Disaster” and “Chernobyl” in Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World, Karen Christensen and David Levinson, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2003.


“How Big is God?” in Befriending Life: Encounters with Henri Nouwen, Beth Porter, ed. Doubleday: June 2001.


Associate Editor and Contributor: Routledge Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements, Richard Landes, General Editor (Routledge 2000); Contributed essays on “Chernobyl”, “Russian Millennialism” and “Marking Millennial Moments.”


“Calcutta” and “Street Youth” in Encyclopedia of Homelessness (Two Volumes) David Levinson, General Editor. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004.


Thematic essays and in-text notes on “Heart”, “Fasting”, and “City” in The Everyday Study Bible. Word, 1996.




“Is AIDS a Judgment of God?” in Circuit Rider (July/August, 2007)


“A Faith-Based Response to the AIDS Crisis in Malawi” in The Living Pulpit (July-September 2007)


“The Shrewdness in Stewardship” in The Living Pulpit (July-September 2006)


“Teaching from the Center:  Spirituality of the Heart in the Theology of Henri Nouwen” Journal of Christian Education and Information Technology (April 2006, Vol 9)


“Partakers of the Divine Nature: The Problem, Promise and Process of Theosis” in Journal of Christian Education and Information Technology (October 2005, Vol 8)


“The Outsider Inside the Upside-down Kingdom: A Biblical Basis for Ministries of Mercy and Justice” in The Living Pulpit (October 2004).


“John Wesley and the Poor: The Wesleyan Heritage in Nazarene Compassionate Ministries” in the Wesley Tercentennial Issue, Holiness Today (June 2003).


“Spiritual Brothers: Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen” Sacred Journey (April 2002).


“After the Year of Jubilee” The Living Pulpit (Vol. 10 No. 2 April/June 2001).


“Huston Smith on the Universal Truths in the World Religions” Sacred Journey (August 2001).


Guest Editor, Circuit Rider, “Are You Wired?” technology and ministry issue published by United Methodist Publishing Company (May/June 2000).


“Merton and Nouwen as Brothers” Henri Nouwen Stitching Newsletter (Dutch, Jan. 2001).


“Time and Calendars in Russian Apocalyptic Eschatology” in Journal of Christian Education and Information Technology (April 2004, Vol 5)


“The Psychosocial Impact of Chernobyl: Thirteen Years After” The Journal of Intergroup Relations (Vol. XXVI, No. 1, Spring 1999).


“The Chernobyl Prophecy in Russian Apocalyptic Eschatology” The Living Pulpit (Vol. 8, No. 1, January 1999).


“Believers Without Borders: Bringing Hope to Kosovo Refugees” The Covenant Companion, (July 1999).


“The Russian Idea of Apocalypse: Nikolai Berdyaev’s Theory of Russian Cultural Apocalyptic” The Journal of Millennial Studies, Online @www.mille.org/journal.html (December 1998)


"Theosis and Sanctification: John Wesley's Reformulation of a Patristic Doctrine" Wesleyan Theological  Journal (Vol. 31, No. 2, Fall, 1996).


"Evangelical-Orthodox Dialogue in Russia" The Journal of Ecumenical Studies (Spring 96).


"Evangelism, Ecumenism and Mission" Religion in Eastern Europe (Volume XVI, No.3, 1996).


“AIDS Ministry and the Article of Death: A Wesleyan Pastoral Theological Perspective” Catalyst (March 1995).


Feature Book Review of Thomas Oden’s Classical Pastoral Care, in Baker Books’ four-volume edition. Christian Counseling Resource Review (Summer 1995).


“Practical Divinity: Our Theological Task in Urban Ministry” Catalyst- - the quarterly publication of A Foundation for Theological Education (Vol. 20, No. 4, April 1994).


“People With AIDS” Christian Counseling Today (Spring 1994).


“C. S. Lewis on Love, Sex and Remarriage” The First Hour (Spring 1994).


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