Monday 3 August 2020

Evangelical Review of Theology 44, 3 (2020)

The World Evangelical Alliance’s Evangelical Review of Theology is becoming a free online journal, starting with its August 2020 issue (contents below).

Details of how to subscribe (a single email to the editor), along with access to issues back to January 2018, are available here.

Welcome to the New ERT

Efraim Tendero

How to Advance the Kingdom of God without Travelling

John Langlois

A Candid History of the Evangelical Review of Theology

As it becomes an open-source journal, the Evangelical Review of Theology will be new to most readers, but it has been around for a long time. John Langlois, who was there at the beginning, meshes personal recollections, theology and magic mushrooms in this fascinating story of how the journal came into existence, as part of the amazing revival of evangelical scholarship over the last fifty years.

Thomas K. Johnson

A Case for Cooperation between Evangelical Christians and Humanitarian Islam

Humanity’s ability to live together in peace and harmony – and the very lives of both Christians and peaceful Muslims in many parts of the world – are threatened by radical Islamic elements. The World Evangelical Alliance and a major Muslim organization have agreed to work together to combat threats to their shared values and articulate a positive alternative. This article explains why such an effort is justified and how it hopes to make a global impact.

Janet Epp Buckingham

Where Are the Goalposts Now? Christian Theology on Sexuality in a Changing World

In the last 20 years, as LGBTQ rights have greatly advanced, claims to religious freedom that conflict with these rights have been eroded. This paper considers the case of Trinity Western University, which was denied the right to establish a law school by two provincial law associations and the Supreme Court of Canada, and the implications for Christian behaviour in cultures that have shifted away from traditional views of human sexuality.

Brian J. Grim

Bringing God to Work: The Benefits of Embracing Religious Diversity in the Workplace

It often seems that corporations welcome and encourage diversity in every dimension except religion. In this article, a global leader on religious freedom in the business sector analyses data on US Fortune 100 companies and makes a business case for welcoming expressions of faith.

Bambang Budijanto

The Correlation between Church Growth and Discipleship: Evidence from Indonesia

This article presents and analyses data from surveys conducted by the Bilangan Research Center, which were patterned after similar surveys by the Barna Research Group in the United States. The findings have important implications for improving congregational engagement in effective disciple making.

Gary G. Hoag

Demystifying Gender Issues in 1 Timothy 2:9–15, with Help from Artemis

1 Timothy 2:9–15 is a source of considerable debate over women’s role in the church. Many aspects of the passage have long mystified interpreters. This article shows how a little-noticed contemporary love story from Ephesus may enable us to unlock this influential and often troublesome text.

Elizabeth Olayiwola

The Theology and Culture of Marriage in Nigerian Evangelical Film

Nigerian evangelicals have embraced filmmaking as a way to share Christian truth, but their transnational films expose the significant worldview differences between Christian cultures in Nigeria and the West. This article probes the somewhat mixed messages that appear in videos by Nigeria’s best-known evangelical film producer, Mike Bamiloye.

Johannes Reimer and Chris Pullenayegem

World Diasporas: An Opportunity for World Mission

Many of us who cannot leave our home country on Christian mission have world mission coming to our doorstep – in the form of increasing numbers of international refugees and migrants. This article explains the cultural situation experienced by members of today’s world diasporas and how the body of Christ can reach out to them.

Simone Twibell

Interreligious Dialogue: Towards an Evangelical Approach

Engaging with people from other religious traditions, with respect and grace while also bearing witness to our faith, can be challenging for evangelical Christians but is also a crucial part of carrying out our mission. This article surveys various types and purposes of interreligious dialogue and offers practical guidance on how and why all of us should do it.

Andrew Messmer

Faith, Hope, Love and Jesus’ Lordship: A Simple Synthesis of Christianity

Capturing the essential nature of the Christian faith in a simple phrase or set of ideas is valuable for several reasons: to keep our Christian life balanced, to evaluate our behaviour, and to explain to inquirers or new Christians what we believe and how we live out Christian obedience. Drawing on a series of illustrations from Scripture and church history, Andrew Messmer suggests describing Christianity in terms of a familiar triad: faith, hope and love.

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