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Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Volume 41, Issue 3, 2013
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Volume 41, Issue 3, 2013
Author Daniel F. O'KennedySource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 223 –238 (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10/7832/41-3-37More Less
The prophetic book of Zechariah is often neglected when studying the mission of God and his church. Zechariah originated during the post-exilic era in Jerusalem and there are many similarities between this community and the post-apartheid community in South Africa. There are several references to "nations" and "peoples" in Zechariah, but most of them refer to God's judgment against the nations. This article focuses on three key missionary passages namely Zechariah 2:11 (15), 8:20-23 and 14:16. The prophet visualises a faith community where the other nations will come and join them to experience the presence of God. Zechariah 2:11 uses covenantal language and emphasises that many nations "shall be my people." Churches struggle to attract non-believers in our time. The study of Zechariah can help the church to be more missional so that non-believers will utter the words of Zechariah 8:23: "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."
Mission as liberation in socio-economic and political contexts : towards contextual and liberating theology of mission in the context of migration and human dislocationAuthor O.A. BuffelSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 239 –255 (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/40-3-38More Less
The article argues that for mission to be contextual and liberating it has to take seriously the plight of those who for various socio-economic and political factors have been forced to migrate from their countries of birth. Furthermore it critically analyses those factors that have led to the uprooting and the dislocation of Africans who are further impoverished, if not enslaved in the new countries where they are domiciled, particularly in the South African context. The paper argues that it is time, just like at Melbourne (1980) with regard to the poor, for those people who are dislocated to be "put in the very centre of missiological reflection". In addition they also have to be put in the centre of theological reflection, and in particular theological education. Only if the plight of foreigners (migrants) who have been dislocated is placed at the centre of theological education can the churches through their main functionaries who benefit directly from theological education play a liberating and humanising role in welcoming and humanising the foreigners who have been dislocated. Clergy, theologians and laity have significant roles to play in view of uprooting and dispelling the myths, stereotypes and resentment that often fuel xenophobia, in view making Africa hospitable to Africans.
'There is death in the pot!' Exploring the agency of faith communities and the bible as an asset in addressing mycotoxin contamination of food and animal feedAuthor Rose MboyaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 256 –269 (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/41-3-1More Less
This paper is an exploration of the contribution that faith communities can make towards stopping the vulnerability of poor communities to illnesses caused by the consumption of mycotoxin contaminated foods. Mycotoxins are associated with illnesses such as the dysfunction of organs and cancer. The article draws upon available literature, specifically from the author's study on home stored maize in Rungwe district, Tanzania in 2009, which revealed exceedingly high levels of mycotoxins in maize from subsistence farm households. Using the African Religious Health Assets Programme's (ARHAP) approach as a theoretical framework, the author argues for the engagement of faith communities and the Bible in stopping the consumption of mycotoxin contaminated foods.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 270 –289 (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/41-3-39More Less
In the The Split-Level Fellowship, Wesley Baker analysed the role of individual members in the Church. He gave a name to a tragic phenomenon with which Church leaders are familiar. Although true of society in general it is especially true of the church. Baker called the difference between the committed few and the uninvolved many, Factor Beta. This reality triggers the question: Why are the majority of Christians in the world not missionally involved through personal witness and which factors consequently influence personal witness and missional involvement? This article explains how the range of personal witness and missional involvement found in local churches are rooted in certain fundamental factors and conditions which are mutually influencing each other and ultimately contribute towards forming a certain paradigm. This paradigm acts as the basis from which certain behavioural patterns (witness) will manifest. The factors influencing witness are either described as accelerators or decelerators and their relativity and mutual relationships are considered. Factors acting as decelerators can severely hamper or even annul witness, while accelerators on the other hand, can have an immensely positive effect to enlarge the transformational influence of witness. In conclusion a transformational model is developed through which paradigms can be influenced and eventually changed. This model fulfils a diagnostic and remedial function and will support local churches to enlarge the individual and corporate missional involvement of believers.
The Binga outreach : a critical reflection on the reformed church in Zimbabwe's cross-cultural ministryAuthor H. Jurgens HendriksSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 290 –306 (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/41-3-40More Less
This article describes the first cross-cultural outreach of the Reformed Church in Zambia (RCZ) to a non-Shona speaking group. This Church founded preaching posts and, eventually, a congregation among the Tonga people living in the Binga area on the southern side of the Zambezi River / Kariba Lake. These people, of a unique culture, were displaced from their land, causing great suffering, when the dam was built and the lake formed. They received very little compensation - if any. Other tribes looked down on the Tonga people. In the nineties, University students initiated an "evangelism outreach." This article describes the events, relates something about the Tonga people, and deals with the RCZ's discovery that they were defaulting to the missionary methods of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) that founded their Church more than a hundred years earlier. This realization led to the question how they should go about reaching out to different cultural groups of people.
Author Stuart C. BateSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 307 –334 (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/41-3-41More Less
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.
Dare we speak of hope?: Searching for a language of life in faith and politics, A.A. Boesak : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 335 –336 (2013)More Less
Here is another of Boesak's significant contributions to the development of a much needed political spirituality in South Africa (see his The Tenderness of Conscience ). It is unashamedly political in the best sense of the word as it seeks to impacts on the polis or community. It does not hesitate to use God's name or character in the same sentence as those of political leaders. Boesak even takes courage and names the devils in South African and other societies as part of his quest for greater meaning in life and in his search for a closer relationship with God through God's people. Although this book is concerned with justice, Boesak hardly uses the word. His prime focus is on hope linked to faith, though it is about fulfilling righteousness by righting wrongs with a particular focus on contemporary South Africa and Obama's USA.
Engaging the World: Christian communities in contemporary global societies, A. Adogame, J. McLean, & A. Jeremiah (Eds.) : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 336 –337 (2013)More Less
Commission VII of the Edinburgh 2010 study process had as its theme Christian Communities in Contemporary Contexts. This was obviously a multidimensional perspective based on studies of poverty, suffering and marginalised communities; globalisation and the reproduction of hierarchies; Christianity and socio political action; identity, gender and power; the interface between migration, diaspora and ethnicity; and HIV/AIDS, church and mission.
Mission at and from the margins: Patterns, protagonists and perspectives, P. Jesudason, R. Rajkumar, J.P. Dayam & I.P. Asheervadham (Eds.) : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 337 –338 (2013)More Less
This book touches on one of the most sensitive and delicate issues faced by Christians in India and further afield - a problem which has deep and historically penetrating negative impact on Christian mission - the case of the Dalits (formerly and erroneously known as 'untouchables'). Here Christianity is at the mercy of cultural history in the sense that it normally operates from a position of power within a receptive culture and objectifies the indigenous people whose identity is considered defective. Study of the mission to the Dalit communities offers new perspectives on the forces that cause marginalisation for here is a community whose right to exist and to be treated as human beings is challenged.
Pentecostal mission and global Christianity, W. Ma, V-M. Kärkäinnen, K. Asamoah-Gyadu (Eds.) : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 339 –340 (2013)More Less
It is only right that the subject of Pentecostal mission should be the focus of a separate volume in the Edinburgh Centenary Series as with other major traditions in global Christianity due to its widespread rapid growth and impact. The editors have included a range of theological, historical, practical and strategic spirituality studies on what they consider to be the most important themes in historical and contemporary perspective. The focus of the papers include provide a combination of analytical studies and taking note of specific developments within this dynamic movement.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 340 –341 (2013)More Less
This book represents the fruit of new and innovative qualitative community-based action research on female education as life-long learning in Africa, with special reference to the context of Burkina Faso. Using a narrative and case study methodology in the absence of substantial primary and secondary evidence, the author rigorously pursued his research in such a way that one of the positive results is the government's adoption of accelerated learning Speed Schools in 2006 as a way of expediting the growth of female education. This model has a universal application. Ouedraogo's basic premise is that the development of female education is a vital component of the socio-economic growth of nations.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 41, pp 341 –342 (2013)More Less
From its outset, this book offers a stimulating and fresh approach to the topic of an authentic Asian theology that needs to be more clearly articulated among the emerging theologies of the twenty first century. The author writes out of the conviction that previous work has been only superficially contextual. For him, western theology has not addressed the real concerns within a context of the relevance of Christ to revolutionary social change, pervasive poverty, ethnic and economic minorities, culture as a positive and negative force, the multi-faith situation and church conflict.