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Conspectus 34

October 2022

The Pneumatological Phenomenon in Acts 2:1–6: Implications for Christian Mission in Africa

Author: Isaac Boaheng

Dr. Isaac Boaheng holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of the Free State, South Africa, an M.Th. from the South African Theological Seminary, South Africa, an M.Div. from the Trinity Theological Seminary, Ghana, and a B.Sc. degree in Geomatic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Boaheng has over seventy publications in Systematic Theology, Ethics, Biblical Studies, Translation Studies, African Christianity, Linguistics, Pentecostalism, and Christian Mission, among others. He is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church Ghana serving the Suame circuit of the Kumasi diocese. Boaheng is married to Gloria, and they are blessed with five children: Christian, Benedict, Julia, Kalix, and Myjiloy. 

Keywords: Africa, Christian, Holy Spirit, mission
The book of Acts presents an exciting story of the beginning and growth of the Christian Church amidst inner problems and outward conflict. As a book that gives an account of how the Christian gospel spread from Jerusalem to various parts of the known world of the first century...

The Contemporary Missio Dei Paradigm and its Expression in the Global South

Author: Richard Otiso

Rev. Richard Otiso is currently working as a church minister at the international Lutheran congregation of Luther in Helsinki, Finland under the Lutheran Evangelical Association of Finland. He is also pursuing a doctorate degree in theology at the South African Theological Seminary. He completed his master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Eastern Finland and a bachelor’s degree in Divinity from Tumaini University in Tanzania. He has worked in Finland as a missionary to immigrants for almost a decade. Additionally, he has planted three international congregations in Finland. Otiso has authored four peer-reviewed papers on the subject of migration, religion, and social integration in Kenya and Finland. He is married with children and his family lives together with him in Helsinki, Finland.

Keywords: Missio Dei, Global South, African Church, ecclesiology
For a long time, the Global South has been unprepared for the ecclesiastical responsibility of mission work that has been naturally part of Christianity in the Global North. This could be so because, traditionally...

African Theology for the African Church: The Need for an Evangelical Approach

Author: Greg Kame

Dr. Greg Kame holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of South Africa, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from West Africa Theological Seminary, and a B.Th. in Theology from the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Kame is currently based in the United States of America where he serves as Assistant Professor of Theology at Regent University and as Senior Pastor of Glen Burnie Baptist Church.

Keywords: African Evangelical Theology, African Theology, soteriology, African Church
As the African Church increasingly disconnects from Western theological influences to take responsibility for developing her own theology, clear questions arise for evangelical theologians in Africa...

Scripture and Context in Conversation: The Ethiopian Andəmta Interpretative Tradition

Author: Yimenu Adimass Belay

Mr. Yimenu Adimass Belay came to Christ from the context of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (EOTC). He completed a B.A. in Bible and Christian Ministry at Meserete Kristos College, an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, and M.Th. at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST). He is an instructor and academic dean at Meserete Kristos Seminary. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament studies under a joint program of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology.

Keywords: Ethiopic tradition, andəmta hermeneutics, Scripture in context, Scripture and tradition
The Ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church has a rich historical and religious heritage that is shaped and anchored by the scriptural interpretation of the andəmta interpretive tradition. The Ethiopian andəmta interpretive tradition uses Scripture in dialogue with the Ethiopian context through translating Ethiopic...

In Search of Cura Vitae: A Theology of Healing and Hope for Ethiopia

Author: Youdit Tariku Feyessa

Ms. Youdit Tariku Feyessa is a faculty candidate and instructor at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST). She has earned her post graduate degrees from EGST in theology and development studies. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in the joint program of the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (VUA). Her research interests broadly lie in interdisciplinary research and public/political theology, emphasizing the role of religion vis-à-vis public life. She mainly engages with gender equality, identity and diversity, patristic theology, eco-theology, the capability approach, theological education, and Christian ethics.

Keywords: cura vitae, society of enmity, lament, metanoia, hope
This article argues that Ethiopia has seen an increase in ethnic-based atrocities and killings, creating a “society of enmity” which is in need of cura vitae, healing. The failure of the Church to minister healing and hope in this context has been largely brought about by political motives.

Book Review: African Public Theology

Author: Michael Blythe

Michael Blythe Nations University; United Methodist Church

This book was compiled at the initiative of Sunday Bobai Agang, who holds a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary, USA, in Christian Ethics...

Book Review: Megachurch Christianity Reconsidered: Millennials and Social Change in African Perspective.

Author: Desmond Henry

Desmond Henry Global Network of Evangelists; Luis Palau Association

While the title of the book may lead one to conclude that the content of the book defends the proliferation of megachurches in Africa, as seen globally, Wanjiru Gitau’s writing presents...

Book Review: The Ministry of Women in the New Testament: Reclaiming the Biblical Vision for Church Leadership.

Author: Anna-Marie Lockard

Anna-Marie Lockard Nazarene Bible College

Research professor Dorothy Lee presents a scholarly study of Christian traditions surrounding the ministry of women in the NT. Her expertise as a biblical scholar is evident as she interacts with Christian...
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