The Need for ‘Elenctics’ in Cultural Apologetics

Within global evangelicalism the historical discipline within missiology known as ‘elenctics’ (to ‘convict’ or ‘unmask’ sin) deserves to be revived and reflected upon in the apologetic and missionary task both in Western and non-Western contexts. While mentioned favourably by the likes of John Stott and David Hesselgrave, elenctics’ champion has been the twentieth century Dutch … Read more

A Global Network of Evangelical Mission Represented in Eighteenth-Century Moravian Art

In his 2007 essay “Slavery, Race, and the Global Fellowship,” Jon Sensbach highlights Johann Valentin Haidt’s renditions of The First Fruits (1740s/1750s). These Moravian paintings celebrated “spiritual multiculturalism with their many-hued gallery of redeemed figures from mission-fields in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, all delighting in God’s bounty.” I will expand Sensbach’s analysis to an … Read more

Trans-Atlantic Baptist Antimissionism: A Comparison

In Baptists Through the Centuries: A History of a Global People, David Bebbington argues that “the existence of a parallel schism in England” confirms “that theological issues were central” within American Baptist antimissionism and identifies theological conviction as the “mainspring” of this opposition to missions. However, while theological concerns must never be discounted, populism and … Read more

The Heard Word: How Hearing Scripture Was the Catalyst for Worship

David Rhoades and Thomas Boomershine are examples of scholars who have widely promoted and demonstrated oral performances of books of the New Testament. Their goal has been to bridge the gap between ancient performances of Scripture and modern readings. Additionally, the seventeen volumes of “The Biblical Performance Criticism” series emphasize the orality of the biblical … Read more

Saint Augustine: Participation In Tractatūs in Joannis Euangelium

The purpose of this paper is to argue that Augustine, prior to his reprimand of Coelestius for his interpretation of 2 Peter 1:4, had developed within his Tractates in John’s Gospel a doctrine of participation that was scripturally based and Christ-initiated, not self-willed on the part of man. Augustine’s understanding of participation had a strong … Read more

Adventures in Theology: Theological Method as Journey

In this paper I use the metaphor of a journey to describe and employ a theological method that accounts for Scripture, tradition, philosophy, science, culture, and experience. Particular attention will be paid to how one understands and interprets revelation using the overarching metaphor as a guide. A case study will be presented developing in outline … Read more