Years ago I helped with the publication of St Francis Magazine. It was an online journal that focused on Christianity in Arab and Muslim-majority contexts. I have an archive of most (maybe all) of the articles. I thought that since I’m stuck inside our flat in Madrid with extra time on my hands I would share some of those via this blog.
These are just a few of my favorite ones, though I understand that others are available at Academia.edu and Scribd.com, so if you’re looking for a specific article and it’s not here, please head over to those websites.
These are articles from St Francis Magazine, 2005–2006 (the first and second years of publication). If you are interested in other articles please let me know.
If you’re interested in more of these articles please let me know. SFM really did publish some outstanding work (and some substandard work, I’m sure). But it filled a gap that no one else did at the time and, I think, no one does today.
In 1665 Bubonic Plague, the “Black Death” as it was called at the time, broke out in the city of London, and thousands died. Almost immediately, the royalty left the city, followed quickly by the rich, and then as one wag put it in his history of the time “Most of the clergy suddenly decided they could best minister to their flocks from far, far away.” The scenes of horror recounted in the various plague journals kept by those who stayed are piteous. Hospitals were crammed full of the dying and quickly overwhelmed whatever doctors and nurses had not either fled or died themselves.
But then in the midst of all that terrible sickness and sorrow, and death, who do you think it was who heard the cry of those suffering and returned in droves to minister to the sick and dying, to pastor congregations whose ministers had fled with…