Scielo RSS <![CDATA[Missionalia]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/rss.php?pid=0256-950720150001&lang=en vol. 43 num. 1 lang. en <![CDATA[SciELO Logo]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/img/en/fbpelogp.gif http://www.scielo.org.za <![CDATA[<b>Editorial</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0256-95072015000100001&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en <![CDATA[<b>Tribute to Willem Saayman</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0256-95072015000100002&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en <![CDATA[<b>Social Struggle and Faith-Based Activism in 'Black Empowerment' times. An agenda for postcolonial mission - sounding the horn on some African perspectives</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0256-95072015000100003&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This paper identifies and outlines certain key issues in the discourse on postcolonial mission, recognizing that half-a-century after decolonization and independence, and after the shift in World Christianity's centre of gravity from Western Europe to the Global South, the legacies of colonialism are still very much with us. From a Two-Third's World perspective therefore, colonialism in its multi-faceted manifestations is still very much alive. Notwithstanding significant gains within the era of 'Black Empowerment', the struggle against racism, oppression, and exclusion, amongst others things, continues. The Christian faith has supplied its fair share of inspiration for social activism, with particular reference to the particular 'five marks/five faces' of mission theology and praxis, namely proclamation; nurture; loving service; social transformation; and care for creation. <![CDATA[<b>Neglecting religious health assets in responding to HIV and AIDS. An assessment of the response of the Free Methodist Church of Southern Africa to HIV and AIDS</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0256-95072015000100004&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This paper is an assessment of the response of the Free Methodist Church of Southern Africa (FMCSA) to HIV and AIDS. It shows that this church is neglecting a crucial religious health asset - the Wesleyan Health Care Ministry - in responding to HIV and AIDS. While this church is rooted in John Wesley's theology and practice, the findings show that it is not using appropriately the insights that his ministry offers for addressing the pandemic. The content of the article was obtained through interviewing church leaders and caregivers, and conducting focus group discussions with ordinary church members in the FMCSA, Southern KwaZulu-Natal. <![CDATA[<b>The use of <b>οικονομία</b></b><b> for the missional plan and purpose of God in Ephesians 1:3-14</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0256-95072015000100005&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en The term οικονομία is used in the Pauline epistles with a specific nuance. It is Paul who uses it specifically as a missional term. He uses οικονομία in Ephesians for the missions activity of God, the missio Dei (Eph 1:10), his own mission activity and the proclamation of the gospel (Eph 3:2) and for the missions activity of the church. The mission of the church is discernible through a missional hermeneutic and reading of Ephesians and the identification of the missional calling of the church. In this paper it is my contention that οικονομία is an important term in a missional reading of the epistle to the Ephesians. This paper will focus on the importance of the word οικονομία for missions in Ephesians. The use of οικονομία as a missional term in the epistle to the Ephesians will support the proposal that οικονομία is to be read as a missional term in all of its occurrences in the Pauline Epistles. The contention of this article is that a missional hermeneutic should be employed when we read the Pauline epistles¬≤ because Paul's mission undergirds and shaped the text. This article will serve as an introduction to a series of articles in which the purpose of the letter to the Ephesians will be revisited. <![CDATA[<b>Ecumenical perspectives on Pentecostal pneumatology</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0256-95072015000100006&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This contribution responds to the unbearable but undeniable tension between the ecumenical movement and the Pentecostal movement by exploring the doctrinal differences in this regard. More specifically, the aim is to understand the challenges posed to the ecumenical movement by the emphasis on Spirit baptism in Pentecostal pneumatology. It is argued that this raises questions around the relationship between Christ and the Spirit and between the Father and the Spirit for ecumenical theology and Pentecostal theology alike. <![CDATA[<b>Building missional leadership and spiritual formation practical theological perspectives on a Master's programme</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0256-95072015000100007&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en A MTh programme with the focus on building missional leadership capacity has recently been developed at the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University. The programme is a joint effort of the discipline groups of practical theology and missiology and Ekklesia, an ecumenical centre linked to the Faculty of Theology. The focus of the programme is to serve as a learning community for pastors and congregational leaders who want to build their missional and ministerial leadership capacity. Research done in congregations of the Partnership for South African Missional Churches (SAPMC) shapes the focus and content of the different modules in this programme. The purpose of the paper is to do a practical theological analysis3 into the background and development of the programme. After giving some insight into the rationale and motivation for starting the programme, the hermeneutical-rhe-torical framework of the programme is explained. The paper goes on to give a brief exposition of the content covered in each of the modules, probes into three frames of interpretation (pedagogical, theological and strategic) and ends by reflecting on feedback from some of the first students that recently finished the programme. <![CDATA[<b>Trends in contemporary Christian eschatological reflection</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0256-95072015000100008&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This article intends to make a scholarly contribution by mapping the main developments in the field of eschatology. Such an attempt could deepen reflection in a mul-tidisciplinary conversation with, for example, Missiology. Exciting and constructive shifts have taken place in eschatology, and five such trends are briefly highlighted. Eschatology is not a mere appendix to the Christian vision, but belongs to its very nature, and requires careful hermeneutical exploration and articulation. The recent appreciation of marginalised voices have wrought exciting new sensibilities and should be cautiously heeded. Attempts are underway to expand the notion of a singular final telos, based on a broadened notion of the divine. Finally, the performative effects of eschatological discourse, especially the political, should be explicitly accounted for. The article concludes with seven guidelines that identify scholarly gains and areas for special future attention. <![CDATA[<b>Book Reviews </b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0256-95072015000100009&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This article intends to make a scholarly contribution by mapping the main developments in the field of eschatology. Such an attempt could deepen reflection in a mul-tidisciplinary conversation with, for example, Missiology. Exciting and constructive shifts have taken place in eschatology, and five such trends are briefly highlighted. Eschatology is not a mere appendix to the Christian vision, but belongs to its very nature, and requires careful hermeneutical exploration and articulation. The recent appreciation of marginalised voices have wrought exciting new sensibilities and should be cautiously heeded. Attempts are underway to expand the notion of a singular final telos, based on a broadened notion of the divine. Finally, the performative effects of eschatological discourse, especially the political, should be explicitly accounted for. The article concludes with seven guidelines that identify scholarly gains and areas for special future attention.