Friday 2 December 2011

Anvil 27, 2 (2011)

The latest issue of Anvil is available online (requiring a pain-free registration process), with a set of essays looking at theology from a global perspective.


Stephen Bevans

A Theology for the Ephesian Moment

Stephen Bevans writes of what he has learned as he tries to engage in theology from a global perspective – some of the joys and the challenges. He reminds us that not only are all theologies contextual but also that they are all limited. He explains that the problem with contextual theologies is just that – context – but that we have to grapple with this in our diverse world.

Timothy C. Tennent

Theological Translatability in the New Global Context

Timothy Tennent is President of Asbury Seminary in Kentucky with previous mission experience in India. He tells us that theological reflections from the Majority World church need to be a normal part of our theological study in the West and not just an adjunct from exotic climes. This is important because it exposes some of our blind spots and heresies and reminds us of the theological translatability of the gospel on many levels – including the theological.

Atola Longkumer

Witnessing Together: Christian Mission and Global Partnership

Atola Longkumer is from India and teaches at Leonard Theological College in Jabalpur. Her article on partnership deals with the realities and complexities of this vital theme in our global context. For those of us located in the West, or global North, it is good to read how our sisters and brothers from other parts of the world understand partnership and our part in it.

Julia Cameron

John Stott and the Lausanne Movement

John Stott died on the afternoon of 27 July 2011, in the College of St Barnabas, a home for retired clergy, in Surrey. Obituaries appeared in all four leading UK newspapers on 29 July, where he was afforded more space than is given to most cabinet ministers. His global influence can be described only as colossal.

Miroslav Volf

Interview with Miroslav Volf

Rowan Williams

Martyrs’ Memorial, Namugongo

We are very grateful to the Archbishop of Canterbury for allowing us to use his moving poem on the Ugandan martyrs, which does, after all, restore a proper perspective – that God is God and we are not and that the loving God of our Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of the loyalty and fealty of people from any and every culture – even if it cost us our life.


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