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Volume 1/Issue 2/August 2015

Editorial

The Priority of Scripture in the Pursuit of Gospel Relevance for the African Traditional Religious Context

Over the past 60 years African theologians have questioned the impact of the gospel within the African Traditional Religious (ATR here after) context. In their pursuit of gospel relevance within ATR context, most African theologians give priority to ATR belief system over Scripture. My goal here is to briefly describe some of their approaches to the question of gospel applicability in the ATR context  […]

Articles

The Challenge of the Brain Drain Within Global Theological Education

Nathan’s Parable

The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He  […]

Moravian Missionary Piety and the Influence of Count Zinzendorf

The Great Awakening in the American colonies of the mid-eighteenth century was an earthquake of activistic fervor. Spiritual leaders, such as George Whitefield (1714-1770), John Wesley (1703-1791), and Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), fashioned the theological and activistic tenor of that revival. Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760) was a contemporary of these great pietistic leaders, and he left a legacy of piety that combined mind,  […]

“To the Joy of the Church, and the Honour of Christ”: A Case Study of Personal Evangelism in Early Chinese Mission[1]

 

1. Introduction

The year 2007 marked the bicentennial of the arrival of Robert Morrison (1782–1834)—the first Protestant missionary to China—at Macau. As part of its celebration, many Christian churches and academic institutes, both in China and overseas, organized conferences and publications. Dis- appointedly, in the year 2013 very few remembered and celebrated the bicentennial of  […]

The Promise & Peril of Globalization: How Local Churches Should Respond to Globalization

When William Carey published his Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens (1792) he could not have imagined the dramatic changes globalization would bring to the political, economic, and religious landscape in just over two centuries. In 1792 America was a fledgling country, the steam engine had not yet revolutionized European economies, and Christianity was predominantly  […]

Report from the Field

Educational Missions in Eastern Europe

“An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip: “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is the desert road.) So he got up and went. There was an Ethiopian man, a eunuch and high official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of her entire treasury. He had come  […]

Closing Editorial

Shepherding People with Disabilities

Most pastors want to serve and lead people with disabilities in their congregation. If you don’t believe it, watch them when a new person with a disability comes into their church. What is more, pastors must set the tone for the congregation to follow when it comes to ministering to and with people with disabilities.

Not all pastors know how to serve people  […]

Book Reviews

Abstracts

Ending the Cycle of Religious Violence In Nigeria Through An Application Of New Testament Ethics of Nonviolence And Peacemaking

By: Adeshina Jayeola, MET. Tyndale Theological Seminary (2015)

The challenge of religious pluralism in Nigeria has always been the cause of an incessant cycle of religious violence between Muslims and Christians, especially in the northern states. As a result of this, there has been continuous mutual distrust and a subterranean struggle for dominance over one another. However, since 2009, this conflict assumed a different dimension due to the insurgency of the  […]

Ordinary Theology of Young Protestants in Serbia—A Qualatative Study

By: Ivan Kalaric, MET. Tyndale Theological Seminary (2015)

This thesis follows the guidelines of fundamental practical theology, and goes from practice to theory and back again. The thesis discovers, examines and evaluates patterns and dynamics of a Christian community in Serbia, namely the SJUJ Youth Movement. In doing so, it seeks to in- vestigate the ordinary theology of the movement, to delimit its practical implications and to derive some pastoral suggestions  […]

Forgetting the Incarnation: A Critical Examination of the Incarnational Approach to Missions in the Netherlands

By: Maurits Luth, MET. Tyndale Theological Seminary (2015)

Secularism in Western Europe, and The Netherlands specifically, shows the need and the chal- lenge for proper contextualization of the Gospel message. A justifiable biblical foundation for each specific kind of contextualization ought to be a main concern for evangelicals. Many have found the incarnation of Jesus Christ to be an inspiring foundation for their way of doing ministry. In the  […]