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Volume 43, Issue 1, 2015
Author Nico BothaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp V –VI (2015)More Less
To respond to the editor's request for a brief eulogy on the life and work of Willem Adriaan Saayman, bestows a great honor on me, but simultaneously throws up an awkward ambivalence. To write about someone with such an illustrious career, a wonderful family man, a colleague amongst colleagues, a brother amongst sisters and brothers, a comrade par excellence might not be too daunting. Yet, the deep and at times uncontrollable sadness about his sudden passing on from a devastating heart attack, renders the task quite difficult. As a friend, a wise councilor, a mentor he has left a huge void and will be sorely missed.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp III –VI (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/43-1-82More Less
This edition of Missionalia is going to print shortly after the funeral of Professor Willem Saayman. Willem Saayman has deeply impacted on South African church,academy and society in various ways, as his close friend and the current general secretary of the Southern African Missiological Society, Professor Nico Botha, bear witness to in the tribute contained in this edition. Given the important influence of Saayman on the field of Missiology in South Africa, the Southern African Missiological Society in particular, and also in this journal, it is appropriate that Saayman is remembered on the pages of this edition. An important part of Saayman's academic legacy is also found on the pages of past editions of this journal, with the repeated citation of some of his articles published in this journal bearing witness to his influence. Of particular significance was his work on a Christian response to AIDS (1991), the development of a Pentecostal Mission model in South Africa (1993), the future of missionary ecclesiology (2000) and more recently his contribution in assisting the African church and missiological community to find clarity on the relationship between the terms missionary and missional (2010). His publications obviously extend far beyond the pages of Missionalia, and we know that his work will continue to influence others.
Social Struggle and Faith-Based Activism in 'Black Empowerment' times : an agenda for postcolonial mission - sounding the horn on some African perspectivesAuthor Desmond Van der WaterSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp 7 –22 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/43-1-79More Less
This paper identifies and outlines certain key issues in the discourse on postcolonial mission, recognizing that half-a-century after decolonization and independence,and after the shift in World Christianity's centre of gravity from Western Europe to the Global South, the legacies of colonialism are still very much with us. From a Two-Third's World perspective therefore, colonialism in its multi-faceted manifestations is still very much alive. Notwithstanding significant gains within the era of 'Black Empowerment', the struggle against racism, oppression, and exclusion, amongst others things, continues. The Christian faith has supplied its fair share of inspiration for social activism, with particular reference to the particular 'five marks/five faces' of mission theology and praxis, namely proclamation; nurture; loving service; social transformation; and care for creation.
Neglecting religious health assets in responding to HIV and AIDS : an assessment of the response of the Free Methodist church of Southern Africa to HIV and AIDSAuthor Innocent IyakaremyeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp 23 –44 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/43-1-80More Less
This paper is an assessment of the response of the Free Methodist Church of Southern Africa (FMCSA) to HIV and AIDS. It shows that this church is neglecting a crucial religious health asset - the Wesleyan Health Care Ministry - in responding to HIV and AIDS. While this church is rooted in John Wesley's theology and practice, the findings show that it is not using appropriately the insights that his ministry offers for addressing the pandemic. The content of the article was obtained through interviewing church leaders and caregivers, and conducting focus group discussions with ordinary church members in the FMCSA, Southern KwaZulu-Natal.
Author Timothy Van AardeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp 45 –62 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/43-1-43More Less
The term οἰκονομία is used in the Pauline epistles with a specific nuance. It is Paul who uses it specifically as a missional term. He uses οἰκονομία in Ephesians for the missions activity of God, the missio Dei (Eph 1:10), his own mission activity and the proclamation of the gospel (Eph 3:2) and for the missions activity of the church. The mission of the church is discernible through a missional hermeneutic and reading of Ephesians and the identification of the missional calling of the church.
In this paper it is my contention that οἰκονομία is an important term in a missional reading of the epistle to the Ephesians. This paper will focus on the importance of the word οἰκονομία for missions in Ephesians. The use of οἰκονομία as a missional term in the epistle to the Ephesians will support the proposal that οἰκονομία is to be read as a missional term in all of its occurrences in the Pauline Epistles. The contention of this article is that a missional hermeneutic should be employed when we read the Pauline epistles because Paul's mission undergirds and shaped the text. This article will serve as an introduction to a series of articles in which the purpose of the letter to the Ephesians will be revisited.
Author Ernst M. ConradieSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp 63 –81 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/43-1-54More Less
This contribution responds to the unbearable but undeniable tension between the ecumenical movement and the Pentecostal movement by exploring the doctrinal differences in this regard. More specifically, the aim is to understand the challenges posed to the ecumenical movement by the emphasis on Spirit baptism in Pentecostal pneumatology. It is argued that this raises questions around the relationship between Christ and the Spirit and between the Father and the Spirit for ecumenical theology and Pentecostal theology alike.
Building missional leadership and spiritual formation : practical theological perspectives on a master's programmeAuthor Ian A. NellSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp 82 –104 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/43-1-81More Less
A MTh programme with the focus on building missional leadership capacity has recently been developed at the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University.The programme is a joint effort of the discipline groups of practical theology and missiology and Ekklesia, an ecumenical centre linked to the Faculty of Theology.The focus of the programme is to serve as a learning community for pastors and congregational leaders who want to build their missional and ministerial leadership capacity. Research done in congregations of the Partnership for South African Missional Churches (SAPMC) shapes the focus and content of the different modules in this programme. The purpose of the paper is to do a practical theological analys is into the background and development of the programme. After giving some insight into the rationale and motivation for starting the programme, the hermeneutical-rhetorical framework of the programme is explained. The paper goes on to give a brief exposition of the content covered in each of the modules, probes into three frames of interpretation (pedagogical, theological and strategic) and ends by reflecting on feedback from some of the first students that recently finished the programme.
Author Rian VenterSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp 105 –123 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/43-1-72More Less
This article intends to make a scholarly contribution by mapping the main developments in the field of eschatology. Such an attempt could deepen reflection in a multidisciplinary conversation with, for example, Missiology. Exciting and constructive shifts have taken place in eschatology, and five such trends are briefly highlighted. Eschatology is not a mere appendix to the Christian vision, but belongs to its very nature, and requires careful hermeneutical exploration and articulation. The recent appreciation of marginalised voices have wrought exciting new sensibilities and should be cautiously heeded. Attempts are underway to expand the notion of a singular final telos, based on a broadened notion of the divine. Finally, the performative effects of eschatological discourse, especially the political, should be explicitly accounted for. The article concludes with seven guidelines that identify scholarly gains and areas for special future attention.
Renewing Christian Theology : Systematics for a global Christianity, A. Yong & J.A. Anderson : book reviewAuthor G.A. DuncanSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp 124 –125 (2015)More Less
My first impression of this book was not good. Despite the attractive cover, I was not convinced that we need another version of systematic theology especially in the form of a textbook. Then, a confession; I am aligned neither to the charismatic nor the pentecostal movement - I am content to be an orthodox catholic reforming Christian. However, as soon as I began reading, I was gripped by the potency of the argument of a twenty-first century global theology grounded in a postmodern, postcolonial and post-denominational context.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 43, pp 126 –127 (2015)More Less
The global missions enterprise, to the extent that it involves the members of each generation passing responsibility for an "unfinished task" to those who follow them,is inherently intergenerational in nature. Jim and Judy Raymo are seasoned mission leaders who possess a keen awareness of this reality. Over a period of more than four decades, these authors have served as missionaries, missionary educators,church leaders, and USA Directors for WEC International. This accumulated experience, which spans more than a generation, has outfitted the Raymos with a unique perspective on the intergenerational nature of the global missions enterprise.