Theological News Oct 2012 Vol 41 No 4



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TC Chair Delivers Bible Studies at FEET

Dr Thomas Schirrmacher, Chair of the WEA Theological Commission, delivered the Bible studies at the 2012 biennial conference of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians held in Woltersdorf, near Berlin, 24-28 Aug 2012. the theme was 'Beyond the Bible: Moving from Scripture to Theology and Practice'. Basing his studies on Romans 12:1-2, he said that healthy theology as found in Romans 1-11 was the best basis for knowing God's will. 'All ethics necessarily begins with knowing God and His Word.' 

Prof. Schirrmacher also declared that Bible believing Christianity puts more emphasis on individual liberty and national faith than any other religion. 'Paradoxically, Christians are also the most persecuted." He went on to say also that "Another paradox is that the Christian church is the group that is most active in society.' He said that on the one hand 'believers are not of the world and should remain pure', but on the other, Christians were active in the welfare of others throughout the world. Dr Schirrmacher said 'Thirdly, Christianity is the religion with the greatest freedom for the individual.' Finally, he explained, a fourth unique feature of the Christian faith is the translatability of the Bible and the Christian message. "The message of Jesus can be transferred into every language and culture. This means that in theory there are no limits to the possibilities of evangelization and mission.'

Dr Rosalee Velloso Ewell Presents Code to World Baptists in Chile

TC Executive Director made a presentation of the document, Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct at the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering in Santiago Chile on 3 July 2012. Dr Velloso Ewell serves on the executive committee of the Baptist-Muslim relations task force. The document was officially launched in June 2011 and was developed by the World Evangelical Alliance, World Council of Churches and representatives of the Vatican over a period of five years. The 5 page text reflects the classical foundations of Christian witness and the ethics of Christian mission. It is available on the WEA website (

Africa International University offers PhD in Theology

Africa International University (AIU) has announced the commencement of a PhD program in Theology as a new stage in its aim to educate "Christ-centred leaders for the transformation of God's people and the world." AIU is private Christian institution composed of several constituent schools, including Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST), School of Professional Studies (SPS), and the Institute for Study of African Realities (ISAR).

The Theology Department is will start a PhD in theology with concentrations in three areas, Systematic Theology, Theology and Culture and Theology and Development. All students in the program will take the core Theology courses, and then at least three courses in their concentration with two other courses from other concentrations. This will prepare them for effective ministry and give them a broader and integrative advantage to be effective and productive in their professional task as teachers.

What Kind of Church?

By Molly T. Marshall
President and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary  

Making my way up I-35 from Fort Worth to Kansas City after the CBF gathering, I saw the following sign: 'Going to hell? Ask Jesus into your heart. Be Saved. Contact a Christian-based church.' Any of these phrases could invite extended theological reflection, at least during a long drive, but it was the 'Christian-based church' line that arrested my attention. What other kind is there?

Defining what constitutes church has been a challenge since early Christianity burst onto the scene during the Roman Empire. One cynic wrote: 'Jesus came preaching the kingdom, and what arrived was the church.' Much has been made of the relationship of the kingdom or reign of God to the church. Augustine went so far as to identify the two. A more tempered perspective is that the church points beyond itself, bearing witness to the kingdom.