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Introducing the Africanus Journal

Introducing an important journal to challenge you to think deeply and see the world with kingdom eyes.


The Africanus Journal is an academic, multilingual journal published by the Africanus Guild at the Boston Campus of Gordon-Conwell, the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME). The Journal features faculty, students, alumni and friends of the Guild and of CUME, and strives to promote academic work that is multiethnic, urban-oriented, committed to an inerrant understanding of the Bible and to interpreting it in conversation with the realities of the world in which we live.

Links to the full issues are most easily accessed here:


Some favorite highlights:

“The Extant Writings of Julius Africanus” Vol 1, No 1 (Apr 2009), page 4-17.

Learn about the early Christian theologian, Julius Africanus (probably born in Jerusalem around A.D. 200, a contemporary of Origen), who lends his name to this journal. “He is an ancient example of meticulous, detailed scholarship which is historical, biblical, truthful, and devout.”


Joel Jocelyn, “Church Discipline as an Expression of the Love of God” Vol 1, No 2 (Nov 2009), pages 22-28.

Jocelyn urges readers to get love right. “Since God loves us too much to allow us to be continually tainted by sin, the church should have the same concern for the holiness and purity of its members. God’s love is intricately linked to His holiness. For the church to be holy, its members must be holy. For holiness to become a reality in the church, sin must be dealt with lovingly but at times severely through the means of church discipline.”


Jeffrey Niehaus, “Setting the Captives Free” Vol 1, No 2 (Nov 2009), pages 29-36.

An article on spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry from Jeffrey Niehaus. In his opening footnote, Dr. Niehaus says: “I will not address at any length here the question of whether the gifts of the Spirit are for today. I have long issued to my students, and continue to issue to anyone, a standing invitation to demonstrate from Scripture that the gifts have ceased. As far as I can see, there is no scriptural declaration, and no good argument from Scripture to that effect.”


Steven Tracy “Where is God in the Midst of Suffering and Abuse?” Vol 2, No 2 (Nov 2010), pages 45-52.

“The question, ‘Where is God in the midst of suffering caused by evil abuse?’ is one of the most painful and personal questions imaginable.”


Woodrow E. Walton, “No Other Name: No Other Needed Identity” Vol 4, No 2 (Nov 2012), pages 22-28.

A paper on the unity of Christian traditions from Woodrow Walton.


Karen Mason, “Developing a Christian Theology of Suicide” Vol 7, No 1 (Apr 2015), pages 4-14.

Researcher Karen Mason states: “Reflecting theologically on suicide is important because (1) Christians hold a spectrum of nuanced beliefs, (2) few denominations have a stated position on suicide, and (3) your theology affects what you do.” Mason is the author of Preventing Suicide: A Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors (IVP Academic, 2014).


John P. Lathrop, “Review of Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit WorshipVol 7, No 2 (Nov 2015), pages 56-57.

Although this review of John MacArthur’s inflammatory book was published long after the heat of the controversy, see John Lathrop’s author page for more he has written regarding related books.


Compiled by John Lathrop and Raul Mock



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Category: In Depth, Winter 2016

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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