Scielo RSS <![CDATA[Acta Theologica]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/rss.php?pid=1015-875820100002&lang=en vol. 30 num. 2 lang. en <![CDATA[SciELO Logo]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/img/en/fbpelogp.gif http://www.scielo.org.za <![CDATA[<b>Huldigingswoord prof. J. Janse Van Rensburg</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200001&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en <![CDATA[<b>Drome kan waar word</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200002&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en <![CDATA[<b>A narrative approach to the pastorate</b>: <b>critical remarks with reference to the current theological debate</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200003&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en Theology in the South African context finds itself in turmoil. At the heart of this theological storm lies the diversity among theologians about how the Word of God should be proclaimed in the postmodern era, as postmodernism poses a challenge to all sciences to re-formulate their claims. So far, the pastorate has met this challenge by making use of the so-called narrative approach to therapy. Specific attention to the narrative approach shows that it operates from a postmodernist epistemology where truth becomes relational and socially constructed. The critical question stemming from this, however, is whether pastoral theology can make use of the narrative approach and still claim theological validity. Pastoral theologians are heeded to proceed with caution during this period of theological turmoil to avoid the pitfalls of either fundamentalism or liberalism. <![CDATA[<b>Did we look away too soon?</b> <b>New interest in the ascension and sessio of Jesus</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200004&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en In the last decade, after years of neglect, quite a number of interesting books about the Ascension and Sessio of christ were published. One thinks especially about the contributions of Farrow, Dawson, Redding and Burgess. The aim of the article is to have a closer look at the publications, to ask for reasons for the new interest and to question progress in the discussion about the two themes evaluatively. <![CDATA[<b>The absence of presence</b>: <b>homiletical reflections on Luther's notion of the masks of God (larvae Dei)</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200005&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This paper addresses a complex but core issue of preaching, namely the experience of the elusiveness of God's presence (revelation) by taking cognisance of the notion of masking. Besides being a common cultural phenomenon, the art of masking could also be evaluated theologically and therefore homiletically. Luther's understanding of the masks of God (larvae dei) is introduced into the discussion, and a number of homiletical implications are drawn in view of the continuous tension that exists between God's revealing and his concealing. <![CDATA[<b>Time as a gift</b><b> - </b><b>God's time: the rhythm of the church year</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200006&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en When seen as a gift - as God's time - the careful shaping of the church year strengthens the celebratory character of the worship service; contributes to the effective proclamation of the Word; underlies the church's confession; introduces new people and young people to the faith; forms community; adds to comforting people; exerts healing; anchors the church's diaconal work; contributes to missionary proclamation to "outsiders"; and reflects the ecumenical character of the church service. This article is a plea for a greater consciousness for the structure and times of the church year, with a view to the conveyance of the full truth of the Gospel and the formative effect in the life of the community of faith. <![CDATA[<b>"<i>Habitus</i>" in soul care</b>: <b>towards "spiritual fortigenetics" (<i>parrhesia</i>) in a pastoral anthropology</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200007&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en It is argued that habitus plays a fundamental role in both a practical theological and pastoral-anthropological approach in order to focus on the "wholeness" of the human soul (soul as a qualitative and relational entity). It is hypothesized that a spiritual understanding of fortigenetics and the emphasis on a positive growth model can help pastoral theology to develop a theological theory for the empowerment of the being functions of human beings. In this regard, the theological notion of parrhesia can play a decisive role. The article proposes a paradigm shift from pathogenic thinking to growth thinking within the parameters of hope care. <![CDATA[<b>Wellness ministry by AFM pastors in an urban context</b>: <b>an exploratory qualitative investigation</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200008&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en A total change of culture is happening in the world, and the church should take cognisance of it because people's religious experience is not detached from their cultural context. In the light of the changing contemporary culture and new challenges for the ministry, the research question was posed: Why is a wellness ministry by AFM pastors in an urban context necessary and what should it entail in guiding people towards wellness? The objective of the research on which this article is reporting, was to research a wellness ministry by AFM pastors in an urban context. In this article, it is demonstrated how empirical research can be used to produce important results in understanding the necessity of a wellness ministry by AFM pastors in an urban context. In a qualitative investigation with eight pastors, which included a pilot study, valid results were obtained. <![CDATA[<b>Grounded theory approach in sermon analysis of sermons on poverty and directed at the poor as listeners</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200009&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en The grounded theory approach is implemented in analysing sermons on poverty and directed at the poor as listeners. This is an abductive approach in the paradigm of social constructionism as developed by Cathy Charmaz in Sociology. I am applying this method of empirical analysis to sermons, in this case sermons on poverty with Matthew 25:31-46 as sermon text. In this article, I am going to discuss the place of grounded theory in qualitative research and the application of Charmaz's approach to it in homiletics. The process of sermon analysis in its different phases will be discussed as well as the interaction of this bottom-up theory with existing homiletic theories in relation to the research topic. The goal is to update our knowledge contextually in the interaction between praxis and theory with a view to preaching in our context of poverty. <![CDATA[<b>The racial discourse and the Dutch reformed church</b>: <b>looking through a descriptive-empirical lens ... towards a normative task</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200010&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en The discourse between the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and race is a difficult and intense one. The aim of this article is to give a descriptive-empirical description of the relationship between the DRC and race by using the Church Mirror surveys. An altered social distance scale is used to measure church acceptance. In the discourse on race, acceptance and unity in the DRC with regard to racial prejudice and attitudes towards the "other" group have a stronger voice than theological or religious arguments. As a normative task in this discourse, at least two aspects can be pointed out: developing a framework for forgiveness and a confession on racism. <![CDATA[<b>Jesus and the marginalized</b>: <b>attaching pastoral meaning to Luke 4:14-30</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200011&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en In Luke 4:14-30, Jesus revealed Himself in fulfilling the prophecy of Elijah and Elisha and being the Saviour of the marginalized. The calling of the pastoral caregiver is to be the hands and feet of Jesus, especially to the marginalized. Jesus also brought reconciliation and spiritual transformation to the person in need. Luke portrays Jesus as the anointed one through the Spirit. Three keys provide access to the understanding of the passages in Luke, of which the first is exegeses of the passages themselves and in historical context. Secondly, interactive internalization provides the reader of the passages with the opportunity to focus on the Word and Spirit and to internalize the event. Thirdly, through the process of appropriation, spiritual growth and transformation takes place. <![CDATA[<b>A preliminary research agenda for the spiritual recapitalisation of the workplace</b>: <b>a practical theological re-construction</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200012&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en In this article practical theology is portrayed as a work-zone under construction. In order to understand the architecture associated with the construction work, the impotence of so called zombie categories and shell institutions are used to illustrate that practical theology needs to be re-constructed. This re-construction is being developed through reconsidering paradigm, epistemology and methodology operating within a relevant re-constructed practical theology. Theoretical principles are embodied in the use of the qualitative delphi forecast method, documenting the consensus opinion of 10 informed participants on the possible role of spirituality within the workplace. Building on these accents, some markers are mapped for the further development of the so called recapitalisation of practical theology with emphasis on a possible meaning for the workplace. Future perspectives for the facilitation of spirituality in the workplace are mapped in conclusion. <![CDATA[<b>Entering the field</b>: <b>initiating liturgical research in an african independent church (AIC)</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200013&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en African independent churches (AICs) have been studied by scholars from various disciplines, especially Missiology and anthropology, making use of various methods including participatory observation. In ritual and liturgical studies, AICs and their abundance of rituals is still a rather under-explored field of research with several reasons making it a difficult area to access. In this article, one aspect of participatory observation in researching ritual action in AICs will be explored, namely the initial phase of entering the field. Real examples from a current South African national research foundation (nrf)-funded research project as conducted by a team of scholars including some from the field of ritual and liturgical studies will first be described and thereafter discussed. Diachronically, the initial phase stretching from a pre-proposal workshop until the first attendance of a worship service in a local congregation is sketched and commented upon. <![CDATA[<b>Resensies/</b><b>Reviews</b>]]> http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1015-87582010000200014&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en African independent churches (AICs) have been studied by scholars from various disciplines, especially Missiology and anthropology, making use of various methods including participatory observation. In ritual and liturgical studies, AICs and their abundance of rituals is still a rather under-explored field of research with several reasons making it a difficult area to access. In this article, one aspect of participatory observation in researching ritual action in AICs will be explored, namely the initial phase of entering the field. Real examples from a current South African national research foundation (nrf)-funded research project as conducted by a team of scholars including some from the field of ritual and liturgical studies will first be described and thereafter discussed. Diachronically, the initial phase stretching from a pre-proposal workshop until the first attendance of a worship service in a local congregation is sketched and commented upon.