From my latest post at Covenant, the blog of The Living Church:
So, let’s imagine a country where the Communion has no presence. Let’s imagine a country where having a Bible is against the law and where citizens who become Christians might be executed. Let’s think about a place where there is not a single church building. In the words of John Lennon, “It’s easy if you try.”
What would establishing a missionary diocese there look like?
Read it all HERE.
I was glad to recently find that my article from Journal of Anglican Studies on the Episcopal Church in Jordan was included in this annotated bibliography on Jordan by the Model Arab League.
Here is the summary of that article from page 6 of the bibliography:
As in a few other Arab countries, Jordan is home to an indigenous Christian community. Jordan is interesting in this regard, as the Anglican Communion, also known as the Church of England, is present alongside other denominations like the Eastern Orthodox. For various reasons, the historic tensions between Christians and Muslims, as well as between Christians and Christians of other denominations remain a consistent suppressed issue. Written from the perspective of a Western Christian observing the Anglican Christian community in Jordan, this article explains the problems that the Jordanian Christian community has encountered in modern history due to their identity. The author then makes suggestions that may help resolve some of these issues and improve levels of religious freedom in Jordan. In similar Arab countries, analogous changes may improve levels of religious freedom overall.
The article, ‘The Episcopal Church in Jordan: Identity, Liturgy, and Mission’ can be downloaded
or viewed at academia.edu
I have mixed feelings about publishing this paper. Academically it is somewhat sloppy and needs additional sources and so on. But on the other hand it has a certain sincerity and passion which my later works lack. I am grateful to Fr George Montague of St Mary’s for his work with me on this, and his willingness to entertain a more missiological than academic paper. So I share this with you all more as a curio than anything else. The research paper was submitted to the faculty of St Mary’s University (San Antonio, Texas) towards the completion of the degree of MA in Theology.
Abstract: A missiological essay on theological anthropology, seeking to balance aspects of the human being and the sacramental, charismatic and evangelical Christian traditions. The author argues that balancing these three traditions corresponds to balancing the body, spirit, and mind of the human being, and that this balance is essential to the success of the Church as it engages its mission in the world.
Key Words: evangelicalism, charismatic Christianity, sacramentality, theological anthropology, mission.
Citation: Miller Botero, Duane Alexander. ‘The Lights we have Kindled’. Unpublished research paper. (San Antonio, Texas: St Mary’s University, 2005.)
Get the PDF here. The essay is also available here.
Lecture 3: The content and method of Jesus’ mission
Nazareth Seminary, Fall of 2012.
Lecture questions: In what ways was Jesus’ ministry original? In what ways did he simply carry on established traditions? What was the content of his teaching? And how did he envision to accomplish that goal?