My talk from the AFM pre-conference at New Wineskins 2019

La Señal de Jonás y el Missio ad Gentes

Jonah thrown into the Sea.jpg
Jonah being thrown into the sea. (Public Domain), Link


Me da gusto compartir que mi primera publicación para Escritorio Anglicano ya ha sido publicada. El artículo es un analysis de este pasaje:

Vinieron los fariseos y los saduceos para tentarle, y le pidieron que les mostrase señal del cielo. Mas él respondiendo, les dijo: Cuando anochece, decís: Buen tiempo; porque el cielo tiene arreboles.  Y por la mañana: Hoy habrá tempestad; porque tiene arreboles el cielo nublado. ¡Hipócritas! que sabéis distinguir el aspecto del cielo, ¡mas las señales de los tiempos no podéis!  La generación mala y adúltera demanda señal; pero señal no le será dada, sino la señal del profeta Jonás. Y dejándolos, se fue.

                                                                                 —Mateo 16:1-4 (RV60)

La referencia de Jesús al signo de Jonás a la vez cautiva nuestra atención porque Jonás parece ser un tipo relativamente menor para Cristo dado las alusiones más pronunciadas y frecuentes a los paralelos entre Jesús y David (un rey salvador) y Jesús y Moisés (a legislador). En este documento veremos el significado de esta frase y su relación al misso ad gentes.

Puede leer mas aquí.

The New Christians of North Africa (Tunis)

Pharos Journal of Theology, which is published by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, has recently published an article of mine on the new Christians of North Africa, specifically in Tunis. Here is the abstract:

In the last few decades a substantial number of Tunisians have converted to Christianity. This article seeks to better understand their context and based on two weeks of fieldwork in Tunis in the summer of 2014, this article outlines the history of three of the principal churches in the city—one Catholic, one Anglican, and one Reformed—describes some facets of their worship and spiritual life, and then, based on interviews with church leaders and members, explores key challenges facing the churches. Utilizing the framework of Shoki Coe’s contextual theology, the findings are then analyzed in order to better understand the priorities, aspirations and ministry strategies of the local churches.

You can download the PDF from the journal’s website or from my own academia.edu page.

“Power, Personalities and Politics: The Growth of Iranian Christianity since 1979” in Mission Studies

I am pleased to share with you this article which was published in Mission Studies, a Brill journal.

Here is the abstract:

While Christianity has existed in Iran/Persia since the fourth century, if not earlier, at the middle of the twentieth century almost all Iranian Christians belonged to an ethnic minority, especially the Assyrians and the Armenians. Ethnic Iranians were almost all Muslims, and then mostly Shi’a Muslims. Since the Revolution of 1979 hundreds of thousands of ethnic Iranians have left Islam for evangelical Christianity, both within and outside of Iran. This paper seeks to explore the multifaceted factors – political, economic and technological – that have helped to create an environment wherein increasing numbers of ethnic Iranians have apostatized from Islam and become evangelical Christians. A concluding section outlines Steven Lukes’ theory of power and analyzes the growth of Iranian Christianity in the light of his theory.

Brill allows for authors to post a copy of their article on their personal website, so click here to download the PDF.

Photo of the Grave of Temple Gairdner in Cairo

Photo of the Tomb of Temple Gairdner in Cairo

Public Domain, 2007.

Temple Gairdner is one of the great figures in the history of Anglicanism in Egypt, and in the history of Christian witness to Muslims as well. A colleague took this picture of his grave in Old Cairo and gave me permission to publish it in the public domain.

History of Christianity and Mission in Palestine

Some time ago I gave a class named ‘History of Christianity and Mission in Palestine’. It is a survey of, well, Christianity and mission in Palestine from the 1st C. through the Middle Ages.

I thought I should put all the lectures on one page:

Lecture 1: What is Contextual Missiology?

Lecture 2: When Christianity became a Religion

Lecture 3: The Content and Method of Jesus’ Mission

Lecture 4: The Roman Empire and Expansion of Christianity

Lecture 5: The Church in the Roman Empire

Lecture 6: Constantine and Helena

Lecture 7: Donatists, Penance, and Penance

Lecture 8: Pilgrimage and the Holy Land

Lecture 9: Monasticism

Lecture 10: Origin of Islam

Lecture 11: ‘The People of the Book’

Lecture 12: Dhimmitude

Lecture 13: Eastern Orthodoxy

Lecture 14: Templars and Crusaders

Lecture 15: Protestants and Mission

The Origins of the Insider Movement

I have recently published this article on the origins of Insider Movements in reference to an obscure document that I recently became aware of.

‘The 1938 Riggs Report on the “Near East Christian Council Inquiry on the Evangelization of Moslems”: an aborted beginning to the Insider Movement strategy’ in St Francis Magazine, Vol (2), April 2013.

Here is one section:

This is, in a nutshell, the Insider Movement strategy of mission to Muslims – not seeking to make Muslims into Christian, but Sunni [or Shi’a] Muslims into ‘followers-of-Jesus’ Muslims. Riggs explicitly points out that some other term than ‘Christian’ must be found and some other terminology must be developed’ (Part II, point 8). With updated spelling, some of the specific phrases used could be straight out of a contemporary journal article, as when he talks about, ‘believers who thus remain a part of their Moslem social-political group’ (Part II, point 11).

Read it all here, or at Scribd, or at Academia.org.