• A Comparative Discourse on Christian and Secular Distinctive Features of Transformational Development

      Yoms, Ephraim; Bowers Du Toit, Nadine (Southern African Missiological Society, 2017-09-07)
      The primary objective of this article is to explore some distinctions between Christian and secular views of transformation, characteristics of transformational development and the holistic practitioner. To meet this aim, relevant literature has been explored. The article argues that the Christian’s development motivation, goal and process are distinctive. The affirmation of indigenous knowledge; peaceful relationships, self-worth, empowerment and spiritual development are basic characteristics of transformational development. The paper also insists that the attitudes and characteristics of a holistic practitioner play a crucial role in realising these characteristics of transformational development. Understanding the value of this could assist faith-based organization and church-based development agency staff in engaging holistically.
    • A Haunting Responsibility to James Cone

      Meylahnn, Johann (Southern African Missiological Society, 2019-02-08)
      The Communist Manifesto begins with the words, ‘A spectre is haunting Europe – a spectre of Communism’. Maybe with the death of the father of Black Theology one could argue that a spectre of Black Theology is haunting the globe. A Spirit of Black Theology is haunting the globe and particularly South Africa, and this spirit is seeking to become manifest, in other words, seeking to be made manifest by finding an embodiment. Theologies in the South have inherited this spirit, the spirit of James Cone, and with this inheritance comes a responsibility. In this article I will seek to respond to this spirit, but in the light of another of Marx’s texts, The Eighteenth Brumaire, where he argues that the new social revolution, which would maybe be an appropriate response to Cone’s spirit, is a revolution that takes its poetics from the future. “The social revolution cannot draw its poetry from the past, but only from the future. It cannot begin with itself before it has stripped itself of all its superstitions concerning the past. Earlier revolutions relied on memories out of world history in order to drug themselves against their own content. In order to find their own content, the revolutions of the 19th century have to let the dead bury the dead. Before, the expression exceeded the content; now the content exceeds the expression” (Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire). The content, the cry, exceeds the expression. Between these two texts of Karl Marx (and Engels), I will specifically be reading Cone’s expropriation of the cry of black pain, and how this cry calls for a response (expression) in the contemporary context of mass migration, fundamentalism and a shifting world order from a mono-polar world to perhaps multi-polar globe, whilst heeding Marx’s words that the content exceeds the expression.
    • A network society, social media, migration and mission

      Niemandt, Cornelius J.P. (Nelus) (Southern African Missiological Society, 2014-05-19)
      Human mobility and migration are closely associated with and reciprocally influenced by globalisation. Add the relentless connectivity facilitated by the proliferation of mobile communication and the emergence of social media to this mixture, and an emerging new glocal culture is evident. People are not only migrating to new localities and territories, but simultaneously into a new culture. We are witnessing the greatest mass migration in the history of humanity from the real to the virtual world. It is a shift from shared space to shared interest.The metaphor of a river in flood has been used to describe the fact that migrant communities are a point of convergence of some of the biggest challenges facing the church and society at large: globalisation, hyperdiversity, interconnectedness, a Google culture and postmodern tribalism. Culture flows like a river and the church functions as a bridge connecting humans striving to make sense of life and Scripture as well as the tradition transmitted over the centuries. Some of the missional challenges will be to incarnate the gospel in this emerging culture. This study was positioned at the convergence of two important processes the rise of the network society (especially social media) and migration. It took up two of the challenges posed at Edinburgh 2010, namely to fruitfully integrate the role of media in modern society into overall missiological thinking, and to think about the call for a structural reform of the church to grapple with the challenges of migration.The network society represents a profound social transformation. New technologies deliver connectedness in the palms of our hands and social media serve as an expression of the passion for connection, community and knowing others and being known by others.This research is a theoretical and missiological reflection on the role and importance of social media such as Facebook in migrant communities. It investigated issues such as: contextualisation and inculturation in a Google culture; the foundational role of relationships in a network society and migrant culture; the ability of social media to facilitate connection to the multiple cultural and religious belongings of migrants; the role of social media to help migrants to find meaning through shared, self generated experiences; the role of social media in facilitating hospitality to the stranger.
    • A theological perspective on migrants and migration focussing on the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

      Botha, Nico A (Southern African Missiological Society, 2014-05-19)
      The main purpose of the paper is to draw some contours of a theology of migration. The specific focus in the paper is on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which constitutes a very complex situation of human migration fromneighbouring countries to South Africa. The praxis cycle is called into service to construct a theology of migration informed by insertion, context analysis, theological reflection and strategic planning. The main thesis of the paper is that a theology of migration should as a bare minimum reflect the following dimensions: a theological theology, i.e. the language about God in the context of migration, a narrative theology, a liturgical-communal theology and an intercultural and interreligious theology. The proposal offered on strategic planning is aimed at the radical transformation of relationships between South Africans and migrants.
    • ABODE IN HEAVEN: PAUL AND LIFE AFTER DEATH IN 2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-10

      Verster, Pieter (Southern African Missiological Society, 2016-07-30)
      In 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, Paul uses different methods to explain his view on life after death. He uses the metaphors of a tent, a building, clothing and being at home with God. It is clear that Paul accepted that the future with God is certain and that he will receive a building from God in heaven even though he may die. There is life with God even before the final resurrection. A life of bliss is assured for those who believe in God.
    • An Adamic incarnational Christological framework as a theological approach for African contextual ministry

      Magezi, Vhumani (Southern African Missiological Society, 2016-11-30)
      Many African Christian thinkers and writers are responding to the foreignness of Christ in African Christianity by treating Christ under the traditional African ancestral category. However, it is our contention that the designation of the ancestral category to Christ has a tendency of diminishing the actuality of Christ as God incarnate and encouraging syncretism in African Christianity. Given this, this paper proposes and formulates an Adamic incarnational Christological model as an alternative response to the foreignness of Christ in African Christianity. In employing the anhypostastic and enhypostastic principles, we demonstrate that Jesus Christ is not a foreigner to African Christians, since the human nature he assumed in the incarnation is a general human nature which embraces all humankind. In establishing the Adam-Christ relationship in Romans 5:12-21 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, we advance Adam as a biblical-theological category in enhancing the relevance of Christ to Africans. It is from this perspective that our Adamic incarnational Christological model proposes that in the incarnation, God in Christ fully identified with all mankind as the New Adam, acting from the ontological depth of his divine-human existence to save African Christians from sin and all its consequences, including death and opposing spiritual forces. Thus, our own model underscores the relevance of Christ to African Christians by emphasizing Christs complete solidarity with all humanity as the New Adam.
    • Artisanal cheeses or artisanal Jesus loving your postal code enough to reflect it in the life and theology of the church

      Niemandt, CJP Nelus (Southern African Missiological Society, 2014-12-21)
      In this reflection on a creative and critical dialogue on the future of missiology as a theological discipline, the theological imperative of contextualisation was emphasised. The point of departure was that the contextual nature of theology, and thus missiology, must be at the forefront of the theological process. The relationship between Christianity and diverse cultures, and especially the relationship between faith andglobalisation, were noted as some of the complex and challenging concerns of contemporary missiology that necessitate the development of alternative approaches to the witnessing and development of Christianity. It argued that the very fact of the incarnation, as well as the theological necessity of contextualisation and inculturation, provides the raison dtre for the future of missiology as a theological discipline. The research proposed attention to the following as part of missiology grounded inparticular cultural contexts with the ultimate purpose of directing the practice of the Christian mission in its specific settings: discernment, a focus on ordinary life, emerging mission-shaped churches, and missional spirituality.
    • Between Empire and Anti-Empire: African Mission in the 21st Century

      Bate, Stuart C (Southern African Missiological Society, 2014-12-01)
      There is always empire and anti-empire in societies. An analytical lens needs to see both together to provide a better understanding of human society. This is particularly important when it comes to issues of religion which resides in some form in both empire and anti-empire. This presentation will unpack five points. Firstly it will present a brief historiography of the existence of empire and anti-empire mainly but not exclusively as it relates to Christianity. Secondly it will provide the main parameters of a social analysis of the nature of empire and anti-empire. Thirdly it will articulate the specific role of religion (again mainly Christianity) in the societies of empire and anti-empire. Fourthly it will apply these findings to the specific context of Africa (mainly South Africa) indicating two signs of empire and anti-empire in our past and present context. Finally it will provide some goals for Mission in 21st century Africa which go beyond the empire/anti-empire paradigm. These are based on a vision of transformational authority centred in the paschal mystery.
    • Black Theology of Liberation (Is it the) Thing of the Past? A Theological Reflection on Black Students’ Experiences

      Kobe, Lerato (Southern African Missiological Society, 2019-02-08)
      This article pursues a theological reflection on black students’ experiences using the liberative paradigm found in Black theology of liberation (BTL). Reflecting on black students’ experiences in the classroom, the article asks the question; is Black theology of liberation the thing of the past? Pertaining to the question, the article links James Cone and Steve Biko’s experiences in university with my own experiences in the university, particularly as a student of theology in South Africa. Therefore, the focus of the article is threefold; James Cone’s experiences as a student of theology in America, Steve Biko’s experiences as a black student under the apartheid government. Lastly, the article investigates my own experiences to present a theological reflection on black students’ experiences post-apartheid
    • book review

      Baron, Eugene (Southern African Missiological Society, 2017-09-11)
    • Book Reviews

      Authors, Various (Southern African Missiological Society, 2014-05-19)
      The following books are reviewed in this issue:Ingleby, J. San, TK., Ling, TL. (eds.). 2013. Contextualisation and Mission Training. Engaging Asia's Religious Worlds. Oxford: Regnum Books International. 109 pages. ISBN 978-1-908355-40-9. Price: 5.99Kim K & Anderson A. 2011. Edinburgh 2010: Mission now and then. Oxford: Regnum. vii + 476 pages. ISBN 78-1-870345-91-0. No price quoted.Myers, BL. 2011. Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development. New York: Orbis Books. 386 pages. ISBN 978-1-57075-939-0.Ott G & Wilson G. 2011. Global church planting: Biblical principles and best practices for multiplication. xiv + 449 pages. ISBN 978-0-8010-3580-7. Price US $29.99.Redford, SB. Missiological Hermeneutics: Biblical Interpretation for the Global Church. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2012. 363 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 13:978-1-60899-402-1.Van Gelder, G & Zscheile, DJ 2011. The Missional church in perspective: mapping trends and shaping the conversation. Grand Rapids: BakerAcademic. Xx + 186pp. Paperback. ISBN987-0-8010-3913-3.
    • Book Reviews

      Authors, Various (Southern African Missiological Society, 2015-05-30)
      The following books are reviewed in this issue:Yong A & Anderson JA. 2014.Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a global Christianity.Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press.Raymo J & J. 2014.Millennials and Mission: A Generation Faces a Global Challenge.Pasadena, California: William Carey Library.
    • Book Reviews

      Duncan, Graham A (Southern African Missiological Society, 2015-12-18)
      Culture change in Ethiopia: An evangelical perspective -Mekonnen A 2013.Stopping the traffick: A Christian responseto sexual exploitation and trafficking -Miles G & Crawford CF (ed.) 2014.Christian warfare in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe:The Salvation Army and African liberation, 1891-1991 -Murdoch NH 2015.
    • Book reviews

      Duncan, Graham (Southern African Missiological Society, 2016-07-30)
    • Book Reviews

      Authors, Various (Southern African Missiological Society, 2014-12-01)
      The following books are reviewed in this issue:Adogame A, McLean J, & Jeremiah A (ed.) 2014. Engaging the World: Christian communities in contemporary global societies. vi+235 pages. ISBN 978-1-908355-21-8. No price quoted.Jesudason P, Rajkumar R, Dayam JP & Asheervadham IP (ed.) 2014. Mission at and from the margins: Patterns, protagonists and perspectives. Oxford: Regnum. xviii+277 pages. ISBN 978-908355-13-3. No price quoted.Ma W, Krkinnen V-M, Asamoah-Gyadu K (eds.) Pentecostal mission and global Christianity. Oxford: Regnum. xi+ 397 pages. ISBN 978-1-908355-43-0. No price quoted.Ouedraogo P 2014. Female education and mission. Oxford: Regnum. xiv+263. ISBN978-1-908355-11-9. No price quoted.Yung H 2014. Mangoes or bananas: The quest for an authentic Asian Christian theology. Oxford: Regnum. xv+232. ISBN978-1-908355-47-8. No price Quoted.Boesak AA 2013. Dare we speak of hope?: Searching for a language of life in faith and politics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. xiv +202 pages. ISBN 978-0-8028-7081-0. Price $18.00.
    • Book Reviews

      Duncan, Graham (Southern African Missiological Society, 2016-11-30)
      A learning missional church: Reflections from young missiologistsFagerli B, Jørgesen K, Olsen R, Haug KS, Tveitered K (ed.) 2012.Ministry across cultures: Sharing the Christian faith in Asia.Beattie WR (ed.) 2016.
    • Book Reviews

      Authors, Various (Southern African Missiological Society, 2014-06-03)
      The following books are reviewed in this issue:Elphick R 2012. The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa. Charlottesville & London: University of Virginia Press. X+416 pages. ISBN 978-1-86914-239-1. Price $32.00.Burrows WR, Gornik MR & McLean (eds.) 2011. Understanding world Christianity: The vision and work of Andrew F Walls. Maryknoll: Orbis. ix +294 pages. ISBN 978-1-57075-949-9. Price US$30.00.Bosch, DJ 1991, 2011. Transforming mission: Paradigm shifts in theology of mission. 20th Anniversary edition. Maryknoll:Orbis. xxv +630 pages. ISBN 9778-1-57075-948-2. No price quoted.Busch E 2010. The Barmen theses: Then and now. Grand Rapids:Eerdmans. xii +101 pages. ISBN 978-0-8028-6617-2. Price: 10.99.Haustein J 2011. Writing religious history: The historiography of Ethiopian Pentecostalism. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag. xvi +295 pages. ISBN 978-3-447-06528-3. Price 38.00.
    • Book reviews

      Duncan, Graham (Southern African Missiological Society, 2017-03-23)
      The Bible and Christian EthicsSingh DE & Farr, BC (ed.).Jesus and the Cross: Reflections of Christians from Islamic ContextsDavid Emmanuel Singh (Ed.) 2008.Jesus and the Incarnation: Reflections of Christians from Islamic ContextsDavid Emmanuel Singh (Ed.) 2011.
    • Book Reviews

      Authors, Various (Southern African Missiological Society, 2014-05-27)
      The following books are reviewed in this issue:Haustein J 2011. Writing religious history: The historiography of Ethiopian Pentecostalism. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag. xvi +295 pages. ISBN 978-3-447-06528-3. Price 38.00.Jrgensen K 2012. Equipping for service: Christian leadership in church and society. Oxford: Regnum. xiv +150 pages. ISBN 978-1-908355-06-5. No price quoted.Farhadian CE (ed.) 2012. Introducing world Christianity. Oxford: Blackwell. x +280 pages. ISBN 978-1-4051-8248-5. Price $39.95.Nielssen H, Okkenhaug IM & Skeie KH 2011. Protestant missions and local encounters in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Unto the ends of the world. Leiden: Brill viii +337 pages. ISBN 978-90-04-20298-6. No price quoted.Wild-Wood E & Rajkumar P (ed.) 2013. Foundations for mission. Oxford: Regnum vi + 309 pages. ISBN 978-1-908355-12-6. No price quoted.Pearson SC (ed.) 2010. Supporting Asian Christianitys transition from mission to church: A history of the Foundation for theological education in south east Asia. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. xvi + 442 pages. ISBN 978-0-8028-6622-6. Price $34.00.Werner D, Esterline D, Kang N & Raja J (Eds,) 2010. Handbook of theological education in world Christianity: Theological perspectives, ecumenical trends, regional surveys. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster. xxix + 759 pages. ISBN 978 1 875053 87 2. Price ZAR
    • Book Reviews

      Authors, Various (Southern African Missiological Society, 2015-08-30)
      Bediako K,Jesus in Africa: The Christian gospel in African historyand experience.Grogan P & Kim K,The new evangelisation: Faith, people, context and practice.Livingston JK, A missiology of the road; Early perspectives in David Boschs theology of mission and evangelism.Kwiyani HC,Sent out: African missionary work in the West.Ross KR,Roots & Fruits: Retrieving Scotlands missionary story.Fensham C,To the nations of the earth: A missional spirituality.