My chapter on Christianity in what is today Saudi Arabia

Have finally manage to scan and share this chapter of mine.

Read it all at my Academia page:

If you find this chapter helpful, please consider asking your university/seminary library to procure a copy. The link is HERE.


Review of Brueggemann’s *Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy*

Theology of The Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy by Walter Brueggemann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know it’s a standard book in OT Theology. I know that Brueggemann is, in the end, not equal to someone like, say, Brevard S. Childs. But wow, he’s readable.

Some say that Brueggemann leads us to relativism. I don’t think that is necessarily so. His overarching concept of testimony and counter-testimony, which comes from Paul Ricœur,—well, in the end, it works. It brings us into a deeper understanding of Israel and his struggle with and towards and (sometimes) away from YHWH.

If you start with a solid foundation in orthodox dogmatics and hermeneutics, this book will enrich your religious and intellectual life.

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Mission and Disintegration in Global Anglicanism from the 1960s through 2022: An Update to Stephen Neill’s Anglicanism

Here is the abstract:

Stephen Neill’s masterpiece Anglicanism, published in 1965, still has fans and sponsors. This is especially true in the hispanophone world where well-researched resources on Anglicanism are hard to find. The purpose of this article is to provide a summary of some important events that have deeply formed and influenced what is today global Anglicanism. Anglicanism is less centralized-not that it has ever been very centralized-than in 1960, and it is also much more heterogeneous and varied than it was then. This article briefly recounts developments in four key areas: theology, jurisdictions, Lambeth Conferences, and demography.

Read it all HERE (Academia) or HERE (Global Missiology).

What do Anglicans believe about the Virgin Mary? (And some videos about Anglican mission, too)

A recent video of mine:

And while we’re talking about Anglicanism, here are two more:

Filling in the Global Map for the Anglican Communion
Thinking about Mission the Anglican Way

And finally, an oldie but goodie—Anglican Mission in the Middle East (two parts):

Review of James Michener’s *Iberia*

Iberia by James A. Michener

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this book would be like Centennial or The Source, but no, it’s quite different and fascinatingly so. It includes Michener’s recollections of traveling around Spain over various decades. It does have a good amount history but wow, so nice to hear about his own experiences.

I live in Spain, and have been to many of the places he mentions—Barcelona, Toledo, Cordova, Santiago; I live in Madrid. Some might say the book is outdated because it is from the 1960s, but that is precisely what I loved. It was like taking a trip back in time and knowing what the country was like some two decades before my birth. (Note: I also lived in Israel for five years, right in the area where The Source takes place, oh, and Colorado too. Hmmm…)

I learned new things about Spain, specifically zarzuela, and now you can watch/listen to some of these productions on YouTube. James would be happy to know that new productions of zarzuela are presented each year here in Madrid. I have never been to a bull fight in Spain (in Mexico, yes), but I’m inspired and will try to do so when I can.

The book is not dated. The book is beautiful and balanced and takes you back to a Spain that is, in some ways, still here, but in many ways is vanishing.

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