Dinkins Master Blog List

Dr. Larry Dinkins has written a number of blogs and papers for the OMF Thailand website and other websites. These blogs and papers contain interesting observations and inspiring real world stories about practical ways to share the Good News in Thailand. Below is a collected list of Larry’s blogs and papers. Follow the links and be encouraged …

600 words well spoken – October 24, 2017
Back in 1980 the OMF Orientation Course in Singapore lasted a couple of months. Part of our training was in the LAMP method (Language Acquisition Made Practical), which included learning basic phrases and then practicing them out in the community. …

The Speed Limit Monk Statue – August 29, 2017
Thailand has 68 million people and 35 million cars on the road. Of those vehicles, 76% of them have a Buddhist image sitting on the dashboard for protection. …

Treats and the gospel – August 1, 2017
Thai people love to eat and have even coined a phrase, “gin prumprua”. It is hard to translate, but basically means that the Thai love to snack throughout the day and center their social interaction around food.  …

Two god village – July 4, 2017
There is a peculiar village outside of Chiang Mai called “House of Two gods”. At first I wondered if there had been some kind of mythical battle in the past between two rival gods …

Idolatry and Strawberry Fanta – May 24, 2017
I just read a fascinating article called, “In Thailand, blood sacrifice is out, Strawberry Fanta is in.” Most all Thai homes have a “spirit house” …

Contrast of Songran Festival and Passion Week – April 21, 2017
It seems that every year during the Songkran Festival in Thailand a new record is broken. If it was a new record for the most water throwing revelers in the same place it would be acceptable, but instead it represents the high number of deaths and injuries on the highways and byways of Thailand …

A monk’s Part in Premier League Championship – April 4, 2017
The main motto promoted by the Thai tourism department is “Amazing Thailand”. The year 2016 was indeed amazing for our country, but none so surprising, especially in the area of sports, than the first place finish of Leicester City in the Premier Football League. …

Bible Story Telling with Muslim – February 14, 2017
I was teaching a Bible class in the evenings in Phuket, South Thailand. I had extra time during the day and so would frequent a Roti shop run by a young Muslim man. …

53 Year Ministry of Dr. Henry Breidenthal – January 17, 2017
For over 40 years Dr. Henry Breidenthal (52 years with OMF) has gone to a public park on Sunday afternoons to hand out gospel tracts. I had the privilege of watching Henry in this ministry at the Lumpini Park in Bangkok thirty years ago …

10 Lepers Story and Thanksgiving – December 13, 2016
I was asked to preach on Thanksgiving/Harvest Sunday in a mainly tribal church in Chiang Mai called “Beulah Church”. It was impressive to see a huge mound of fruit pilled up at the pulpit that morning …

Sharing Bible Stories as Way of Life – Septemeber 13, 2016
Before making a one day visa run to Bangkok, I prayed that I would have an opportunity to share Bible stories with the Thai I encountered that day. The first was a retired civil engineer in his early 50s who was going on vacation. The story I told to him was …

Michael Phelps and Herbal Treatment – August 9, 2016
The American swimmer, Michael Phelps, caused quite a stir at the Olympics in Rio when he arrived at the starting blocks for the 100 meter freestyle relay race with large circular bruises on his back. It took a while for the reporters to figure out that he and his teammates were trying to get a competitive edge by employing an ancient method called “Chinese cupping” therapy. …

In Memory of the 70 Year Reign of the King of Thailand – June 28, 2016
On June 9th I got on a crowded overhead train in Bangkok and observed that two thirds of the commuters were wearing yellow. It turned out that the whole nation was wearing the colour of the monarchy, and especially celebrating the 70th anniversary of the reign of their King – Bhumibol Adulyadej. …

Sharing with Hitchhikers and Taxi Driver – May 4, 2016
For a week I had been teaching orality at a conference and whilst going home on the last night I passed a couple on the side of the road. Feeling convicted that I should help them, I stopped and then reversed back to them. Their motorcycle had broken down and they needed a ride. …

Orality Praxis in Discipleship and Church Planting – January, 2016
In 1993, after a dozen years of church planting and seminary teaching in Thailand, OMF leadership encouraged me to pursue a doctorate in inter-cultural education in order to advance my skills and give more credibility to the seminary program. The academic challenge was stimulating, yet my main desire was to use this opportunity to gain answers to recurring questions I had about the slow growth of the church. …

Thoughts of Dr. Henry Breidenthal’s Ministry – December 30, 2015
In 1975 I was a student at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Dan Bacon (DTS grad and OMF director at the time) was the chapel speaker and asked us students whether we were praying for any specific missionary. …

Hitch Hiking Monk – December 24, 2015
After a 3 day bible story training in Mae Sot, North Thailand, Kennedy Paizs and I were making the five hour trek back to Chiang Mai. I noticed an elderly monk hitch hiking by the side of the road. I stopped and asked his situation, …

Demon in the Air – October 8, 2015
Larry Dinkins was tired. His two-week ministry trip to Thailand had been fruitful, but intensive. He’d led 10 one-on-one counseling sessions, attended three church services and spoke at several seminars. Now, he was on the plane headed home. …

Retire in Thailand – October 2, 2015
How can you make the most of your retirement? I recently read an article by Evan Tarver listing “7 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Thailand” and it got me thinking. …

Shattered – Erawan Explosion – August 19, 2015
Thailand and all of Asia was shocked by the huge blast in Tianjin, China on August 12, but then Thailand’s attention was diverted a few days later by the joy of setting a world record for bicycle riders with 150,000 participating in Bangkok to mark the 83rd birthday of Queen Sirikit. …

My Most Significant Story Telling Experience – June 2, 2015
On my first day in a small village in Mukdahan province of Northeast Thailand, I was sitting in my host’s house and noticed an eight year old girl who seemed to be leaning over a fence. When I observed her for a couple of more moments I realized she had fallen into a barb wire fence! …

Towards Contextualized Creeds: A Perspective from Buddhist Thailand – May 2, 2014
One of the first things our supervisor instructed us to do as church planters in Central Thailand was to glue a card with the Apostles’ Creed into the cover of every hymnal. Every Sunday we would have our small congregation of mainly leprosy believers memorize the creed and recite it in unison. …

Simply the Story (เล่าเรื่องเจาะใจ) at the Bangkok Bible Seminary (Video) – February 6, 2013
Dr. Larry Dinkins gives an introduction in Thai to Simply the Story (เล่าเรื่องเจาะใจ) at the Bangkok Bible Seminary. (38:43 minutes)

Voting for a Sermon – January 28, 2013
I tried an experiment in a Thai church I was asked to preach at recently. As a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate I always try to prepare my expositional messages well ahead of time and end up spending many hours in preparation. Yet I departed from my usual regimen on this occasion and found myself standing in the pulpit on this particular Sunday saying something I had never said in 40 years of preaching, “Congregation, I have to be honest and tell you that I’m not sure what I’ll be preaching on today.” …

Four Encounters – Four Stories – August 23, 2012
Before I came to Thailand I had been trained in a number of evangelistic approaches such as 4 Laws, EE, Romans Road, etc. I added to my repertoire methods that missionaries had devised, most of them tract or poster based. Most of them were rather “canned” and what I noticed was the Thai immediately equated my presentation with selling a religious “product” and invariably responded with, “All religions are the same, they teach you to be a good person” …

Power of Oral Bible Story Telling – March 23, 2012
On Saturday I reconnected with a former student of mine who has been a pastor for over 10 years. I shared with him what I had been learning about oral communication among Thai and tribals. He readily admitted that he did not know how to preach a narrative type sermon from the pulpit. …

The Surprising Power of Bible Narrative with Thai & Tribals – February 29, 2012
I have just finished four orality (Simply the Story) workshops in the Thai language in Khon Kaen, Bangkok, and with Thai/tribals in the Chiang Mai area. This is the fourth year that we have done such training with the Thai and these patterns continue to emerge: …

Preaching for Life Change – August 8, 2011
At the U.S. Center for World Missions a group of us mission trainers were asked to brain storm concerning our understanding of an “ideal” cross-cultural church planter. They encouraged us to go ahead and dream, so we listed most all of the skills, character traits and qualities that would make for a successful church planter. …

Book Review: “From Buddha to Jesus” by Steve Cioccolanti – October 20, 2009
You wouldn’t expect a pastor of an International Church in Melbourne, Australia with a name like “Cioccolanti” (Italian for “chocolate”) to claim an inside track to the mind and worldview of Buddhists. However, his claim to an insider’s view of Buddhism is substantiated by his Thai upbringing and exposure to a very religiously diverse extended family. …

If I Had It To Do All Over Again – July 15, 2009
Soon we will celebrate 30 years of ministry to Thai people with OMF.  I was asked what I might have done differently if I knew what I knew today and as I reflected, I came up with the following items.  Looking back, all of our mission experience has been by God’s grace and it has been a tremendous privilege to serve Him. …

Walk-Thru the Bible: A Cross-cultural Tool? – October 1, 2000
In 1963, Ralph G. Braun began a home Bible study. But his study was a bit different. He used a chronological approach, hand signs, and a map laid out in his living room. Braun called this unique method Old and New Testament Walk-Through. …