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DOON THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL 10.1 (2013)

Luke’s Portrayal of Paul’s Ephesian Ministry in Acts 19:11-41: A Postcolonial Reflection - Roji T.    George

In his paper, Roji T. George is reading Acts 19:11-41 from a postcolonial perspective attempts to unravel the textual complexities embedded within the Lucan narrative of Paul’s mission in Ephesus as ideologically charged. He argues that Luke, who himself is a hybrid postcolonial ‘other,’ employs the story of Paul’s missionary success in the Roman Ephesia ambivalently within the Roman (post)colonial context. Such a reading, to him, is viable, when the Ephesian Artemis cult is studied as forming the part of a larger political discourse, both emanating from the ‘centre’ and the ‘peripheries’ at the same time, negotiating power discursively. In this context, George argues that the textual complexities inherent within the Lucan text camouflage the Christian identity amidst possible violent repression by the dominant forces, subvert the dominant colonial discourses, and portray Christianity in ambivalent terms as ‘conquering but not threatening’ to the Empire.

Mapping Philippians Missionally - James C. Miller

Miller’s work takes lead from the work of George Hunsberger in order to suggest possible examples of missional interpretations of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, if taken as a sample text. To him, the letter forms a better option than any other letters of Paul like Galatians because of its aim to shape a community which coheres well with the revealing of the divine purpose through Jesus Christ and the honest and intimate feelings shared between the author and the auditors. Miller finds none of the four ‘streams’ mentioned by Hunsberger sufficiently independent of the other ‘streams’ to read the letter, even the Bible, missionally.

Training Workers for God’s Mission: Equipping the Whole People of God for the Whole Mission of    God - Matthew Ebenezer

Ebenezer’s paper widens the scope of our understanding on this topic. He argues that it must be understood as equipping the laity of the Church to carry out the mission of God holistically in their respective areas of calling without stopping to train ‘priest,’ ‘missionaries,’ ‘evangelists,’ etc. To this end, he provides a historical, theological, and Biblical overview of Missio Dei concluding that throughout the Church history words and deeds together formed the Christian gospel. It leads him to propose some pertinent area of holistic missional opportunities available universally to all God’s workers while highlighting the need to train laity to affirm their role in the Missio Dei, re-assess/re-evaluate the theological curriculum, purpose(s), and goals of the theological institutions, and the necessity of a focused laity training programmes.

Religion and Politics in Africa: A Critique on the Prophetic Role of the Church in the African Society    - Joseph Quayesi-Amakye

Joseph Quayesi-Amakye here challenges the African churches to respond to their prophetic call and role in society in order to make their presence relevant to millions of believers within and others outside the church. He argues that the African churches have a mission to the African people, to their religion, culture, politics, economics and contexts. Hence, he questions the political manipulation of religion by some of the African politicians and cautions the church leaders to be faithful to the prophetic calling and ministry of the church.

‘Separated but not Sectarians’: Challenges in Developing a Paradigm for Partnering Pentecostalism    with Asian Christian Theology - Jacob Mathew

Jacob Mathew, in his article, vehemently contends that the Pentecostals are not ‘Sectarians’ at all, instead they are Christians like any other Christian groups (in India). Mathew argues that in Kerala, Pentecostalism emerged as one of the religious revival movements, and in response to the socio-political sufferings. They understand themselves as ‘separated’ in the sense of renouncing the worldly ‘pleasures.’ They are firmly biblically founded and to some extent share with other Asian theologies’ God’s ‘pain-love’ as central to their reflection. Mathew maintains that the Pentecostals must prepare to address the pertinent issues such as economic disparity, child labour, preservation of their own distinct identity, and bold partnering with people of other faiths to be ‘world-and-life-affirming.’

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