Wednesday 17 February 2021

Didache 20, 2 (2021)

The latest issue of Didache (sponsored by the International Board of Education of the Church of the Nazarene) is now online. The summaries are taken from Dean Blevins’ Introduction. It, and the individual essays, are available from here.

Dean G. Blevins


Benjamin Espinoza

Humanizing Anthropos, Resisting Humanitas: Conceptualizing the Academic Labor of Latinx Faculty in Theological Education

Espinoza draws from Nishinti Osamu’s conceptualization of Anthropos and Humanitas as one explanatory system to understand how White European humans (Humanitas) created a colonial world order which tended to discard or colonize others (Anthropos). Dr. Espinoza then documents how Latinx theological educators resist this vision of Humanitas as they work to legitimize their own labor while creating a space for their own survival and thriving by humanizing Anthropos. 

Jeren Rowell

Support of the Ministry as a Means of Grace

Rowell’s address acknowledges the myriad economic challenges facing ministry, but also draws upon the writing of John Wesley to demonstrate a call to pastors, but also to the congregations called to support ministers.

Paul Harding

A Place to Belong: Finding Meaningful Community Principles in Online Streaming

Harding offers an intriguing treatise on how three online streaming communities… offer insights on the nature of community that might inform the church in the future. Originally written with the COVID pandemic in mind… Harding’s work really offers more substantive thinking around the interplay of technology and community for the future.

Rebekah Corner

An Eco-Theological and Social Justice Response to Climate Change

Corner fashions a Biblical response to this issue [climate change], a hermeneutic that encompasses both ecology and social justice.

Patrick Taylor

On a Mission from God: A Missional Reading of Søren Kierkegaard and the Attack Upon Christendom

Taylor invites participants in the missional theology movement… into conversation with one of the great Danish theologians of the previous two centuries, Søren Kierkegaard. Taylor acknowledges that many readers might not think of Kierkegaard and mission in the same sentence. However, Taylor endeavors to show that Kierkegaard, far from being unrelated to mission, offers a missional praxis of witness for the church today and especially for the Church in culturally-Christian contexts.

Karla Sanchez-Renfro

Missional Theology: Becoming a More Faithful Witness by Creating More Inclusion and Equality

Karla Sanchez-Renfro closes the edition by returning to the theme of diversity and particularly inclusion. Her writing, also as a student of Nazarene Theological Seminary, challenges the same missional theology movement by asserting those participating must create more inclusion and equality at all levels of participation. Ms. Sanchez-Renfro believes this inclusion proves vital if the movement wants to faithfully embody the gospel and encourage all to ‘fully participate in God's mission.’

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