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TC ERT Oct 2011 Vol 35 No 4

09.25.11

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Paternoster Periodicals, c/- AlphaGraphics, 6 Angel Row, Nottingham NG1 6HL, UK
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Theme: The King James Bible

Contents:

  • Editorial: The King James Bible
  • The King James Bible A Reflection on 400 Years of its history by Brian Talbot
  • C.H. Spurgeon and Suffering by Peter J. Morden
  • The Gospels and Cultural Adaptation in Mission by Frank Koppelin and Thomas Schirrmacher
  • Leaders from Disciples: The Church's Contribution to Leadership Development by Russell L. Huizing
  • Afro-Christian Expression of Sex and Sex Organs: A Critical Moral Challenge to Contemporary African Christianity by Benson Ohihon Igboin
  • Salvation, Pseudo-modernism, Suffering and Hope: A Study of I Kings 17 by John Lewis
  • Reviews
  • Annual Index

Editorial: The King James Bibleh

We dedicate this issue to the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible which has been such a dominant and beneficial factor in the history of a large part of Christianity, as well as the English language itself. So we open with an interesting account by Brian Talbot (Scotland) of the popularity of this Bible with particular attention to the more conservative and evangelical sector of Protestantism.

Our second article takes up the experiences of one of the 19th century’s most famous preachers, C H Spurgeon who was one of the greatest users of the King James Bible. Peter Morden (Spurgeon’s College, London) presents valuable insights on Spurgeon’s attitude toward suffering, and shows how he coped with his own difficulties and, through his preaching and pastoral care, with those of his people.

We then turn to a short article by Frank Koppelin and our General Editor, Thomas Schirrmacher (Germany), to show how the gospels reveal clear signs that they were shaped to promote the mission of the church and were contextualized for the culture. This emphasizes the importance of pursuing this critical task wherever the gospel is spread and churches are planted. Still on the Gospels, Russell L. Huizing (USA) calls upon his knowledge of leadership and management to discuss the way these narratives show that discipleship represents an imitation of the life of Jesus and an incarnation of his Spirit. He notes that these characteristics have been contextualised throughout the history of the church and an analysis of the church’s leadership patterns shows them to be unique in the field.

In a different context entirely, Benson Ohihon Igboin (Nigeria) tackles an important but little discussed topic to argue for the application of the biblical authority in relation to a practical everyday matter. In a comprehensive survey of some lesser known areas of the Bible, he points out that in Scripture (as well as in his own culture), there is a reverence for sex and human sex organs which has been drastically lost in popular speech. This as a critical moral challenge for contemporary African Christianity which needs urgent attention.

We end this issue with a short Bible study by John Lewis (Australia) on the story of Elijah (I Kings 17) which addresses ‘the pseudo-modernistic world of anxious banality and shallow text messages.’ Lewis says that the world has moved into a new ‘post-postmodernistic’ era dominated by new paradigms forged by technologies and powerful social forces. Elijah’s experience will help us to move into a ‘dialogue of response and participation in the divine imperative.’

This issue also features some review articles on important books which require extended treatment. We also review the publication from our own task force on Jewish evangelism which met in 2009.

Thomas Schirrmacher, General Editor
David Parker, Executive Editor