HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422
PAPP, Kálmán D.. Church tradition and culture as contributory factors in service to the Kingdom. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2013, vol.69, n.1, pp.1-7. ISSN 2072-8050.
This study describes how reverend Kálmán Papp (1924-) was able to leave his land of origin behind under difficult, unasked-for and compelling circumstances and embrace a new future in a far-off and unknown country. This follows from his spontaneous responding and acting positively to the effects of cultural interaction and the common denominational factor of the Reformed Church ever present. The study argues in its methodology that it is an oversimplification and a mistake to seek truth by avoiding, underestimating or eliminating the necessary outcome of cultural interaction and church tradition in the choices we make (even theologically) and experiences we have of life. This is the true life story of a church minister who finds his destiny and becomes himself a minister in the service of God's Kingdom, through faith's challenges and encounters with the theologies and cultures of his embracing worlds.