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Volume 37, Issue 2, 2009
Author Genevieve Lerina JamesSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 151 –152 (2009)More Less
Please send us your comments on any of the discussions contained in this issue. You may also send us your creative reflections, special liturgies, poems, sermons or pictures (see the one I took below). If we decide to publish your contribution you will receive a free copy of Missionalia. Make certain that you are the writer and that any sources you draw from are carefully acknowledged.
Author Rothney S. TshakaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 153 –164 (2009)More Less
The changed and changing South African society necessitates that we find remedies for the many challenges with which this society is faced. One such challenge is the notion of leadership, which appears to have been redefined by the consumerist and materialist realities to which South Africa is exposed. This article attempts to elicit discussion on ethical leadership. In an attempt to rebuff the anti-intellectualism that is increasingly consuming the church, it places intellectual activities in a new perspective. In dealing with the South African context specifically, the article engages the recent political developments and challenges the church to become more involved instead of succumbing to new tendencies of self-absorption.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 165 –179 (2009)More Less
This article acknowledges the challenges posed by Africa's great aspiration for abundant life here and now and through to the future when a person will meet with his or her ancestors. According to this insight, abundant life can only be obtained in the context of good health, material welfare and harmonious relationships. The church ministering in such a context should therefore address equally the eschatological and the temporal dimensions of salvation. This article argues that the church in Africa has to consider seriously the healing ministry both as essential and strategic for pastoral and mission work. This article views this approach as being in accordance with Christ's ministry and commission. The Reformed Church in Africa can and should, in light of the stated facts and biblical evidence provided, accept the healing ministry as an integral part of Jesus' commission to his followers, past and present.
Author Jesmael MatagaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 180 –191 (2009)More Less
This article considers African Traditional Religion and African Initiated Churches (AICs) as important elements of African cosmology. It places the lack of attention to AICs in the broader context of the neglect of African religious heritage within the discourse of heritage protection in colonial and post-colonial Zimbabwe. Since the early twentieth century, AICs have increased in numbers and influence in Southern Africa. The activities of these churches have often been tainted by the media, which focuses on negative aspects of some members or sects. This has created a negative image of these churches, thereby challenging their legitimacy. Across Southern Africa, AICs manifest a conspicuous presence in the rural and urban landscapes, under trees, on hills and open spaces. The article describes the various material objects used by selected AICs and considers these artefacts as a crucial link between traditional religion and this form of Christianity.
Author Johanna StiebertSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 192 –209 (2009)More Less
This article begins by examining the term holocaust, which often refers specifically to the attempted genocide of Jews and other minorities, notably the Sinti-Roma, by Nazi Germany, between 1933 and 1945. The associations of this word with sacrifice and martyrdom have however met with resistance. Following a careful examination of holocaust, including its racist heritage, alternative designations - churban, shoah and porajmos are explored. Leading on from this is a discussion of the designation African holocaust for the HIV / Aids pandemic. The use of this label is explained but, ultimately, forcefully rejected.
Author Sarojini NadarSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 210 –228 (2009)More Less
The three-fold concerns of the authority of the Bible and the un-critical and un-contextual uses of the Bible in mission raise important questions about the role of the Bible in and for mission. This article aims to examine the role of the Bible in mission through a case study of the ways in which a mission organisation, namely the Council for World Mission, uses the Bible in and for mission. Furthermore, it will survey the biblical texts that the Council for World Mission has used as its raison d'être for mission; probe the challenges that mission faces in the context of globalisation and increasingly conservative uses of the Bible for mission; and examine possibilities of using the Bible not only for mission, but also in mission, through a case study of a contextual Bible study on Mark 7:24-30.
Author Frederick HaleSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 229 –245 (2009)More Less
Western Christendom's encounter with Tibetan Buddhism was for many decades essentially through the printed word, and texts in English and other European languages pertaining to the latter ethno-religious culture multiplied in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his internationally popular novel of 1933, Lost Horizon, James Hilton coined the term Shangri-La, which he adopted from the Tibetan term Shambhala, and argued that certain lessons could be learnt from Tibetan Buddhism that were particularly applicable to the crisis in which the Western world found itself between the two world wars. Amongst these were a general spirit of toleration, moderation in personal ethics, and a critique of materialism. Hilton also voiced his concern that the modern world was heading towards a global holocaust that would destroy much of human civilisation, and put forth his case for preserving it. In the present article, these motifs are discussed in their historical context.
Author Sudipta SinghSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 246 –250 (2009)More Less
This liturgy was written for the inaugural worship of the Global Consultation on Combating Human Trafficking held in March 2009 in New Delhi, India. The writer Sudipta Singh, is the programme director for the Church of North India which is the predominant Protestant denomination in the north of India with close to 2 million members. Singh is a social activist who works resolutely in the area of justice primarily for the marginalized in the South East Asia region but also in several regions across the world. His hope is that the church would recognize its agency in the fight against the commodification of human beings.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 251 –252 (2009)More Less
The author begins his groundbreaking investigation into the origins, growth and development of Pentecostalism in South India by setting it in the context of the worldwide Pentecostal movement. South Indian Pentecostalism is a not insignificant movement in the church history of India. South Indian Pentecostals account for 20% of Protestant Christians in the area.
Author Christoph StenschkeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 252 –254 (2009)More Less
For many decades, exegetes and missiologists have examined the complex relationship between Jesus and Gentiles and the later Gentile mission. How is the pre-Easter life and ministry of Jesus to be related to his commissions of the disciples for mission and to the mission of the early church?
Empandeni interlude, 1989-1903 : Journal of a woman missionary, Josephine Bullen SND de Namur at the turn of the century in Rhodesia, J. Bullen; B.R. Tiernan (Ed.) : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 254 –255 (2009)More Less
This book is a diary of a Catholic nun, Josephine Bullen from the Sisters of Notre Dame (SND). Almost daily, she relates her experiences, culture shock, the beauty of the country during her four-year period of serving the church in Zimbabwe in an area that was then Matabeleland, and later became Southern Rhodesia. The SND were sent out to support the Jesuit brothers who were already there teaching the sons of the local indigenous people. The job of the sisters was to teach the girls of the local tribes. They found it extremely difficult to persuade the local people to convert to Christianity and to accept the value of educating their children.
Author W.A.G. NelSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 255 –256 (2009)More Less
On the cover page of this publication is an image of Hands across the Divide, a sculpture by Maurice Harron that overlooks Craigavon Bridge, Derry. It shows a Catholic and a Protestant reaching out to one another. In a very small way, they managed to bridge the divide between them, which was not merely physical. This publication by Castle is a serious and noteworthy attempt to assist people to narrow the chasms that exist in God's world between individuals and groups.
African and European readers of the Bible in dialogue : In quest of a shared meaning, Hans De Wit and Gerald O. West (Eds.) : book reviewAuthor Kobus KokSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 256 –259 (2009)More Less
This book is the result of an inter-continental conference of European and African biblical scholars held in 2006 in Stellenbosch, South Africa with the purpose of developing new modes of dialogue between the two continents and exchanging perspectives on exegesis and the actualisation of the biblical message in diverse contexts. The need for this particular project could be seen against the reality of the historical background in which Europe and Africa did not participate freely in such dialogues in the past due to the profound socio-cultural differences, etc. that existed between them.
Engaging the church : Analysing the canvas of short-term missions, Laurie A. Fortunak and A. Scott Moreau (Eds.) : book reviewAuthor H.M. Le RouxSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 259 –260 (2009)More Less
The book consists of six major sections that cover the biblical foundations, and a history of short-term missions, a critique of the movement, different types of missions, case studies, resources and references for short-term missions. There are 32 authors who have contributed short chapters to the book, so each chapter is just a few pages long. Some chapters were written as early as 1982, while others were written in April 1998.
Halle and the beginning of Protestant Christianity in India. Vol. 1 : The Danish-Halle and the English-Halle Mission; Vol. 2 : Christian Mission in the Indian context; Vol. 3 : Communication between India and Europe, Andreas Grass, Y. Vincent Kumaradoss and Heike Liebau (Eds.) : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 260 –262 (2009)More Less
These three volumes represent a scholarly masterpiece that will have a lasting impact on future research in the history of mission - not only with reference to the Halle Mission in India but for historiography in general of all Christian mission organisations working outside Europe. This comment applies to the quality of the joint work as well as to its unusual quantity, since there is hardly an aspect of mission historical research that is not at least touched on in these volumes.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 262 –264 (2009)More Less
The canons, if there are any, of postmodernism, allow for a historical novel such as this to be a source for mission history. This book therefore, can be considered a useful tool in considering the history of the origins and development of Mariannhill Mission in the South African Roman Catholic Church. This is a very readable historical novel for a non-historian and non-Christian to read. It has obviously been very well researched so that although the author has on a few occasions used poetic licence it is on the whole written from historical sources.
The Gospel in human contexts : Anthropological explorations for contemporary missions, Paul G. Hiebert : book reviewAuthor David TuttySource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 264 –265 (2009)More Less
This challenge is the gift missiological anthropologist Paul G. Hiebert offers in his final, very readable work The Gospel in human contexts. He died in March 2007 leaving a collection of writings that were intended, as his daughter Eloise mentions in the acknowledgements, "to be a summary of [his] thinking about anthropology and missions over the fifty-plus years of his service." Through her care, we now have access to Hiebert's gift to teachers and practitioners of "missional theology." I name the discipline as Hiebert does.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 265 –266 (2009)More Less
The author's premise in this book is that we need the biblical message to understand human dignity and human fallenness as a basis for the pursuit of human rights. He believes that scripture provides sufficient wisdom and guidance to comprehend human rights and the need for their protection. This far surpasses the contribution other faiths may have to make to this issue at a time in human history when there is a surfeit of human rights abuses. This book includes biblical studies in selected texts and offers practical guidance on action that leads to the preservation of human rights.
Geliebtes Europa - Ostindische Welt. 300 Jahre interkultureller Dialog im Spiegel der Dänisch-Halleschen Mission, Heike Liebau (Ed.) : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 266 –268 (2009)More Less
Undoubtedly, the editor of this catalogue, which deals with special questions emerging from the 300 year history of the Francke-Foundation in Halle is one of those German researchers who have introduced secular historians to the publications and unpublished sources of Christian mission societies. She has thereby helped to establish the discipline of mission history, with its special methodology, in the broader scientific community. The Danish-Halle Mission, also called the Tranquebar Mission after its principal location in India, was strictly speaking a Danish-English-Halle Mission. This was the first organised Protestant Mission and it included the Lutheran Mission, which was initiated and guided by the Danish Monarchy and situated on the territory of the Danish trading post around Tranquebar.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 268 –269 (2009)More Less
By any standards, Karl Gützlaff (1803-1851) was an enigmatic, complex and larger than life nineteenth century missionary character. As fascinating a character as he was, his field of mission in China was no less fascinating. In this book, the author traces Gützlaff's life though his youth, conversion, missionary conviction and commitment to lifelong mission in China. She weaves an intriguing tapestry of one who has been described as a genius, entrepreneur, salesman, charlatan and missionary extraordinaire. Beyond that, the author skilfully sets this in its wider Chinese secular and religious context, by analysing many aspects of early Sino-western relations from 1810 to 1860.