Race in Ministry

One thing this class has made clear to me is that race is real.  I’m not saying it’s real in any scientific or biological way, but real in the sense that people have different experiences in the United States, on account of their race.  Thus, when thinking about effective and biblical ministry, it needs to […]

God’s Mission has a Church

God’s church doesn’t have a mission, rather God’s mission has a church.  I can’t underestimate the potency this change of perspective has had on my understanding of God’s mission on earth and my place in it.  It has deepened and enriched my understanding of God’s fundamentally missional nature.  It has also challenged some of my […]

Africa’s impact on Christianity

History has a way of reflecting the interests and assumptions of those who write it.  All the great things we love and cherish had to originate somewhere, and coincidentally we trace their origins to our own ancestors.  To combat the narrative in the West that Christianity was founded primarily around Rome by white Greeks, Oden […]

Jeremy Taylor Against Roman Catholicism

The Church of England throughout history has produced thinkers and practices that have impacted the global church.  As Anglicanism began to emerge and take shape during and after the Reformation, Jeremy Taylor was an important leader who helped form and justify Anglican theology and practice.  Taylor used his skills and influence to take aim at […]

Leviticus 20:9-21

The first thing to do in interpreting the passage at hand, Leviticus 20:9-21, would be to put it in its historical context.  There are a variety of perspectives when considering authorship.  Traditional views credit Moses as its author,[1] dating the content to the latter half of the second millennium BC.[2]  On the other end, others […]

God of just the “oppressed”?

This paper will begin with a summary of God of the Oppressed, followed by two theological positions I want to analyze deeper, my critiques of those positions, and ending with a summary of what I hope will be the main takeaways. This paper acknowledges Cone’s insights on how context influences our theology and how God’s […]

Church of England and Methodism

Ecumenism has been on the rise in Christianity over the last century.  This recent push towards ecumenism was largely initiated by the Church of England.   During the first half of the C20th, as the world was ravaged by two global wars, many started to grow a deeper sense of our common humanity.  Within an environment that was focusing […]

African Independent Churches and Apartheid

Introduction                 Africa has spent ages wrestling with and contextualizing scripture.  It has been aware of the liberating spirit of the Holy Spirit for centuries.  This spirit was in dire need in South Africa during apartheid.  There was a vast amount of resistance to apartheid that came from various Christian communities.  Two questions I will […]