Published Books & Book Chapters

"History of Christianity in Thailand" 

in Missions in Southeast Asia: Diversity and Unity in God’s Design, ed. Kiem-Kiok Kwa and Samuel Ka-Chieng Law (Carlisle, UK: Langham Publishing, 2022).

September 2022

"Chapter 8 - History of Christianity in Thailand" provides a brief survey of the development of Christianity in Thailand from the early nineteenth century through the present, providing students, laypeople, and scholars alike an understanding of the broad contours of Protestant history in this Southeast Asian nation.

Purchase from Langham Publishing


"Missionary Communication When Locals Are Listening" 

in Emerging Faith (Seanet 16): Lessons from Mission History in Asia, ed. Paul H. De Neui (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Publishing, 2020).

January 2020

"Chapter 4- Missionary Communication When Locals are Listening" gives three case studies of missionary communication gone awry in order to highlight common causes of communication mishaps and to suggests guidelines for minimizing such missteps among both foreign missionaries and local Christians in Buddhist cultures. The author provides two historical examples and one modern example of mishaps in missionary communication in Thailand that also bear relevance for cross-cultural Gospel communication beyond the contexts of Southeast Asia and Buddhist-majority cultures. After narrating the three case studies in some detail, these incidents are used as reference points in identifying causes of missionary miscommunication and suggesting solutions for modern Gospel communicators.


Purchase from the William Carey Publishers


เสาหลักห้าประการของโปรเตสแตนต์ (The Five Pillars of the Protestant Faith)

co-authored with Rung Rangsanachin, Seree Lorgunpai, Natee Tanchanpongs, and Chaiwat Chawmuangman

Thailand Protestant Churches Coordinating Committee

October 2017

Many Thai Protestants today are unsure what it means to be Protestant. There are so many denominations. What do they have in common? This Thai language book introduces readers to the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation in order to help them understand the essentials of the Christian faith that unite Christians from various denominations and why they matter for life in the present day. The book is written by Rung Rangsanachin, Seree Lorgunpai, Natee Tanchanpongs, Chaiwat Chawmuangman, and Karl Dahlfred. Karl contributed chapter 1 “What are the Five Pillars of the Protestant Faith?” and chapter 6 “Soli Deo Gloria."


Purchase from the Thailand Bible Society



คำสอนเพื่อชีวีต (Thai Christian Catechism)

co-authored with Natee Tanchanpongs and Chaiyasit Suebthayat

Grace City Bangkok

May 2016

The "Thai Christian Catechism" presents the foundations of the Christian faith using a question and answer format and can be used as a tool in teaching and explaining the faith accurately, concisely, and clearly. It provides a foundation for applying Christian faith to everyday life. The Thai Christian Catechism is anchored in the Word of God, and includes clear Scripture references for each question and answer pair. Additionally, the catechism provides a framework and a model that helps the reader to grow in their ability to correctly interpret the Bible. The catechism explains the Gospel, refutes errant teaching, and forms our lives according to the model we have in Jesus Christ.


Purchase from Kanok Bannasan (OMF Publishers Thailand)




Daniel McGilvary: Pioneer Missionary to Northern Thailand

Amazon Digital Services

February 28, 2013

When Daniel McGilvary arrived in Chiang Mai in 1867, there was not a single Christian believer. In the 40 years that followed, McGilvary evangelized tireless, made disciples, and planted the very first churches in Northern Thailand. How did he do it? In this short biography, missionary and author Karl Dahlfred recounts the amazing ministry of this faithful nineteenth-century missionary pioneer.





Theology Drives Methodology: Conversion in the Theology of Charles Finney and John Nevin

Amazon Digital Services

May 11, 2012

In “Theology Drives Methodology”, Karl Dahlfred examines the theology and methods of Charles Finney and John Nevin, demonstrating how the different beliefs of these two men led them to radically different conclusions about the best methods to use in promoting the Gospel. Finney’s beliefs led him to use high-pressure revival meetings to induce conversions. Nevin’s beliefs led him to emphasize...more



Published Articles

Evander McGilvary in Northern Thailand: An Honest “Heretic” and the “Conservatives” Who Wanted to Keep Him

Journal of Presbyterian History 100, no. 1 (Spring / Summer 2022): 4-19.

June 2022


Book Review: “Songs of the Lisu Hills: Practicing Christianity in Southwest China” by Aminta Arrington

Studies in World Christianity, 27:2 (July 2021), 197-199.

July 2021


A Bumpy Road to Indigenization: The American Presbyterian Mission and the Church of Christ in Thailand

Journal of Presbyterian History 99, no. 1 (Spring / Summer 2021): 35-47.

June 2021


The Sinner’s Prayer in Animistic Cultures: Problems and Solutions

Mission Round Table, 15:1 (January-April 2020), 4-11.

April 2020


Book Review: "Polycentric Missiology” by Allen Yeh

Journal of Asian Mission, 19:1 (2018), 151-154.

May 2018


Teaching for Life (คำสอนเพื่อชีวิต)

Billions, "More-than-western-Theology", September-October 2016, pages 16-17.

September-October 2016


พระคัมภีร์เพียงพอสำหรับชีวิตคริสเตียนจริงหรือ? (Is the Bible Alone Really Enough for Christian Life and Faith?)

นิตยสารประคริสตธรรมประทีป, ปีที่ 67, ฉบับที่ 364, มกราคม-กุมภาพันธ์ 2016, หน้า 10-16

(Bible Torch Magazine, Year 67, Issue 364,  January-February 2016, Pages 10-16)

January-February 2016


ผู้ชายคริสเตียนและคลิปโป๊ (Christian Men and Pornography)

นิตยสารประคริสตธรรมประทีป, ปีที่ 66, ฉบับที่ 362, กันยายน-ตุลาคม 2015, หน้า 26-32

(Bible Torch Magazine, Year 66, Issue 362,  September-October 2015, Pages 26-32)

September-October 2015


เหตุที่มิชชันนารีไม่อาจกลับบ้านได้อีก (Why Missionaries Can Never Go Home Again)

นิตยสารประคริสตธรรมประทีป, ปีที่ 66, ฉบับที่ 360, พฤษภาคม-มิถุนายน 2015, หน้า 16-17

(Bible Torch Magazine, Year 66, Issue 360,  May-June 2015, Pages 16-17)

May-June 2015


How Then Shall We Go?

Tabletalk, "The Great Commission" April 2014 Vol. 38, No.4, Pages 14-15

April 2014


Bangkok Taxi Evangelism

Modern Reformation, "The Cross and the Crescent" July/August 2012 Vol. 21 No. 4 Page number(s): 28-29

July 2012


Did the baby Jesus cry?

The Briefing

December 15, 2011


Book Review: "Worship and Mission after Christendom" by Alan and Eleanor Kreider

Great Commission Research Journal

August 2011


When Living the Gospel Isn't Enough

The Briefing

December 2010


Witnessing to Christ in our Age: Does the Resurrection Matter?

Modern Reformation

November 2010


The Power of Pastoral Visitation

The Briefing

November 2010


What is Christ-centred worship?

The Briefing

March 2010

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