Emerging World Christianity and the Old Testament

I recently subscribed to Books and Culture, a publication owned by Christianity Today, and a treasure-house of ideas I might never be exposed to had I not subscribed. I was floored by an article I read at http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/2007/003/7.22.html

It seems that the number of Christians in the southern hemisphere and the Orient is surpassing that in the North and the West. I knew about this trend. I did not know that Emerging World Christians are growing in their influence in worldwide Christian thinking. This has especially impacted the Anglican Church. Whereas Britain has 1 million Anglicans and far less attend church, Nigeria has 18 million Anglicans and nearly all attend. Put that in perspective. That means Anglicans in Nigeria dwarf the Southern Baptist Convention in the U.S.

Anyway, I got a lot of nakhas (joy) from reading the perspective of Emerging World Christians on the Old Testament. I hope you will get nakhas like I did (email me and let me know):

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One of the remarkable features of African and Asian biblical reading, Jenkins says, is the affinity readers feel to the Old Testament. In contemporary northern churches, the traditional doctrine that the New Testament fulfills and builds upon the Old Testament has mutated into the idea that the New Testament supersedes, even replaces, the Old Testament. But Africans find the Old Testament exciting and relevant. It deals with nomadic life, polygamy, rituals of sacrifice

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3 Responses to Emerging World Christianity and the Old Testament

  1. Joe (Cristian believer) says:

    Interesting is the reference to James as a book of works. I think that James clearly states the position that “faith without companion works is dead and so it is. Certainly Abram believing G_D’s promises was important, but he got up and left his native land and without that, even his faith would have died. Had he failed to bring Issac to sacrifice that would have also negated his apparent faith. One can go on forever in the Old Testament with example after example of faith WITH works. The point James stresses is faith first followed by works. By the way, Luther changed his mind later about this book and agreed to its importance in the canon. Luther was very much afraid that James represented the Papist position of works generating faith. Faith in Jeshua is primary, but G_D gives us works in proportion to our faith.

  2. Wow… call me a “Southerner,” I guess! This is incredible! The Messianic community needs to start reaching out to these areas, I think we’ll see even more traction than we’re getting in the entire rest of the world combined!

  3. Steve says:

    Contradictions with Paul, by James? this shouldn’t be an issue. James the Just is Desposyni, head of the home congregation in Jerusalem.

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