As a restorationist movement, Pentecostalism has grown from humble beginnings to occupy its appropriate place in world missions. The fact that presently Pentecostalism is predominantly a Third World movement dictates that intense theological focus and energy should be expended in this area. This article attempts to outline some of the reasons for the phenomenal growth experienced by Pentecostalism but also points out some weaknesses that the movement needs to take into consideration for a more holistic and effective witness.
Lesslie Newbigin made a number of important contributions to 20th century missiology, but he will be most remembered for his insistence on an in-depth missionary encounter with modern western culture, in which the church challenges the foundational beliefs of modern culture and presents the gospel as an alternative way of life.
This paper discusses the rise of Hindutva in India, the Controversy surrounding the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, the communal Hindu-Muslim violence in Gujarat during 2002, and the atrocities committed against Indian Christians since December 1998. The role of the Sangh Parivar, an alliance of Hindu organisations is highlighted troughout in conclusion, the paper reflects on the attitude of the majority Hindu community towards religious minorities.
This article analyses the sexist socialising of children in the church. It is based on theoretical analyses of sexist socialisation, and on empirical research conducted in the Sunday Schools of the CPSA in the Johannesburg dioce. The nature, methods and agents of socialisation are discussed as are the conscious and unconscious forms of socialisation.
Calls within the African context for re-writing the Bible not only fail to address adequately the hermeneutical issues, but are balanced by other calls for rereading the Bible. Rather than investing in a new sacred scripture to replace the Bible, the crisis surrounding its interpretation in Africa needs to be addressed,with responsibility both towards the biblical texts and today's Bible reading communities. It is important to investigate how such rereading can be done to achieve the goal for which re-writing was (is) proposed: disentangling the Bible from patterns and practices of domination.
The Gospel and our Culture Network (GOCN), as dialogue partner with its emphasis on the local-church in-mission, offers missiologists a contextual ecclesiology of the dominant North American culture that should stimulate our debates fruitfully in South Africa. In the new South Africa, modernity has shaped our national and ethnic cultures in critical ways.