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Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Volume 33, Issue 1, 2005
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Volume 33, Issue 1, 2005
Author W.A. SaaymanSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 5 –19 (2005)More Less
A brief survey of four prophetic figures in the history of South Africa (Ntsikana, Nongqawuse, Siener van Rensburg and Beyers Naude) show that a prophet is a visionary intermediary, mediating a message between an authority (God) and an audience. Operating in stressful situations, prophets speak and act with the authority, conferred on them by appreciative audiences, often in alliance with (or in opposition to) political powers. The HIV/Aids pandemic and poverty are stressful situations calling for prophetic voices in contemporary South Africa.
Author K.H. Bowers, N. & AugustSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 20 –34 (2005)More Less
This paper argues for the use of mission as 'transformation' as a more inclusive concept which creates space for dialogue, and yet distinction between theological and humanities schools of thought on what is commonly understood as development and increasingly termed 'transformation.' For this purpose, the essay traces shifts in both secular and missions debates and the call from each respectively for a more holistic approach.
Author M. MasenyaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 35 –45 (2005)More Less
The Bible plays a very important role in Pentecostal churches, not only of African-South Africa, but worldwide. The question explored in this paper is whether members of these churches use prophecy in the same way as the eighth century Old Testament prophets such as Hosea, Isaiah, Amos, Jeremiah, etc. Do they see prophecy as an important tool for social critique, or does prophecy have another meaning in the lives of Pentecostal believers? If the latter is true, how do the members of these churches interact with prophetic texts in their sermons and daily lives?
Author S. RakoczySource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 46 –55 (2005)More Less
The quality of ecclesial life in a community determines the credibility of its prophetic witness. Such quality emerges from mysticism (depth) and ubuntu (relationships). The church needs to walk on the 'two feet of love' (love for God and love for neighbour) so that it may become a community of prophetic resistance, being prophetic even before it speaks. To illustrate this reflection on prophecy as the public face of mysticism, the author then surveys the papers read at the SAMS 2004 congress on 'Prophecy and mission'.
Author Steve De GruchySource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 56 –72 (2005)More Less
This paper argues that Christians involved in urban mission could gain much from a consideration of the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF). In doing so, 1) it argues that Christian engagement in the world needs an adequate theory of development praxis, and that the SLF provides us with this; 2) it explores the SLF in some detail so that we gain some familiarity with it in order to 3) examine some of the core concepts within the framework by way of a theological appreciation; 4) it concludes with a brief reflection in the context of urban mission.
Author Andrew DaveySource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 73 –88 (2005)More Less
Author Clovis Pinto de CastroSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 89 –98 (2005)More Less
The meaning of public space and a deep understanding thereof has become more and more vague, in hedonistic life and consumable faith. This is apparent in privatised space, life and faith. We should rediscover the Biblical perspective of 'knowing, loving and serving God'. This would feed a new understanding of 'faithaction' and a citizenship that has effect not only in the private, but also in public spaces.
Author Simanga R. KumaloSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 99 –110 (2005)More Less
In post-colonial Africa, the struggle for liberation, with the exception of a few countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda, and Congo, has gone beyond the political stage into the economic and social stage. The focus now is on reconstruction, nation building, social and economic development. This paper makes three proposals.
Author Genevieve JamesSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 111 –124 (2005)More Less
The global growth of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement has been descriptionbed as phenomenal. It coincides with growing urbanisation and a presence of the movement in most of the cities of the world. Unreached cities are targeted and megaplans exist to accomplish this. Urban space is used for meetings and 'prayer walks' are done, but the challenge not to withdraw from the public sphere is real.
Author Joan MillardSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 125 –137 (2005)More Less
Two African Independent Churches had links with Kilnerton College in Tshwane (Pretoria) through their respective founders. Rev Mangena Mokone one of the first teachers at Kilnerton and a key figure among the emerging black Methodist leaders, established the Ethiopian Church in 1892. Mokone's life is briefly descriptionbed as well as the reasons that prompted him to secede from the Methodist Church.
Author Clifton R. ClarkeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 138 –165 (2005)More Less
African indigenous churches (AICs) are commonly known as being highly pneumatic. Some even argue that their overly pneumatic spirituality has weakened their Christology. The question of the place of Christ within the pneumatically centred theology of AICs is an important one that has been explored more rigorously in recent years. This article that constitutes part of nationwide research in Ghana among indigenous churches, explores the place given to Christ within the religious apprehension of Ghanaian AICs.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 166 –178 (2005)More Less
From the mid-1990s, Zimbabwe experienced an upsurge in ritual activities that centred around tombstone unveiling. In this ritual process, relatives and friends of the deceased gather to remember his or her time on earth, culminating in the unveiling of the tombstone. The timing of this rite has often corresponded to the ceremony designed to transform the spirit of the deceased into an ancestral spirit. It is this ambiguity regarding the identity of the ritual that has seriously challenged the African Christian community in Zimbabwe.