TC ERT July 2015 Vol 39 No 3


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Theme: Heirs of the Reformation


  1. Heirs of the Reformation by Emilio Antonio Núñez
  2. The Mandate of Asian American Evangelical Theology by Amos Yong
  3. A Trinitarian Doctrine of Christian Vocation by Scott Harrower
  4. Jonathan Edwards, Slavery, and Africa Missions by Wayne Alan Detzler
  5. What’s in a Name? Should All Followers of Jesus Call Themselves ‘Christians’? edited by L.D Waterman
  6. Understanding and Evaluating the Participation of Francophone Africans in World Mission: Congolese working in Burundi by Fohle Lygunda li-M
  7. ‘Discerning the Obedience of Faith’: A history of the WEA Theological Commission by David Parker
  8. Book Reviews

Editorial: Heirs of the Reformation

As a tribute to Dr. Emilio Núñez, who passed away on 14 January 2015 at the age of 91, we re-publish one his addresses which first appeared in our issue of April 1980. Núñez, a key member of the TC in the 1980s, was one of the great figures of Latin American evangelicalism. We are all indebted to him and we are also the poorer for his passing. His paper, ‘Heirs of the Reformation’ focuses on a worthy topic which is also our theme for this issue.

Next we welcome back to our pages Amos Yong (USA) with an excerpt from his recent book, The Future of Evangelical Theology (also reviewed on page 280), which issues a striking challenge to his Asian-American colleagues, calling for them to develop their own theological profile rather than simply fitting in with their adoptive context. This is an important perspective in line with Reformation principles, and it arises out of his own personal pilgrimage; it is one that theologians from other communities around the world could well emulate.

Another important principle of the Reformation was the issue of the Christian vocation of the lay person. The essay of Scott Harrower (Australia) is a welcome reflection on this topic showing that ‘the divine triune life expressed in God's economy of creation, salvation and recreation involves a particular set of callings upon God's children’ including ‘the call to be worshippers, workers, lovers, disciples, and particularly gifted servants.’ He concludes that such a theology will ‘take  into account our Spirit-enabled response and loving obedience to the triune God who has been revealed in the Jesus.’

The impact of the evangelical gospel of the Reformation was no more obvious than in cross-cultural mission (although that insight took some time to emerge). Wayne Detzler (USA) reveals some fascinating links between the history of slavery and the origins of the modern missionary movement which provide compelling reading. This leads on to further discussion of the difficult question of the use of the term ‘Christian’ in some sensitive areas of the world. Our article on this topic takes the form of a panel discussion which raises many different angles of the question which need to be considered. Still in the area of mission, Fohle Lygunda li-M (Burundi) presents the results of empirical research on the participation of Francophone Africans in regular and unusual forms of outreach, especially those resulting from voluntary and involuntary emigration. In the process, his work reveals strengths but also some troubling aspects of the matter which need urgent action.

Finally for this issue, the editor contributes the first part of an updated history of Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance which publishes this journal. This section from the new edition takes up the story of the TC from 2005 where the previous edition ended; the remainder of the update will appear later.

Thomas Schirrmacher, General Editor
David Parker, Executive Editor