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The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Five: Glimpses of the Work of God

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Five: Glimpses of the Work of God

Historian Woodrow Walton helps us look back over the big events and movement of history to see how God was working to make the story of Jesus known throughout the world. In this postscript to the Resurgence of the Gospel series, he ties together what the challenge of the Turkic-Moslem curtain meant and how it […]

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Four: The Reconversion of Europe

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Four: The Reconversion of Europe

The Resurgence of the Gospel and the Flowering of the Global Christian Message Part Four: The Reconversion of Europe How did monasteries, hospitality, and persecution lead to the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Part of The Gospel in History series.   The Re-conversion of Europe At this juncture, I turn my attention back […]

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Three: The Challenge of the Muslim Curtain

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Three: The Challenge of the Muslim Curtain

The Resurgence of the Gospel and the Flowering of the Global Christian Message Part Three: The Challenge of the Muslim Curtain Introduction Through upheaval and suppression, being despised by civil governments and facing outright persecution, Christians survived on the other side of the Muslim Curtain. This is part of their story. “The Turkic-Moslem Curtain” is […]

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Two: Recharting the Christian World Mission

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Two: Recharting the Christian World Mission

The Resurgence of the Gospel and the Flowering of the Global Christian Message Part Two: Recharting the Christian World Mission Church councils, a changing geo-political landscape, invasion and upheavals had a radical impact on how followers of Jesus participated in the Christian mission. It may seem strange but it is from Ephesus that the re-charting […]

Prosperity Gospel in Zambia: The Problems of Engaging African Theology Using English

Prosperity Gospel in Zambia: The Problems of Engaging African Theology Using English

In this review essay, missionary-scholar Jim Harries challenges Western assumptions used to decry the prosperity gospel as it is taught and believed in Africa. Hermen Kroesbergen, ed., In Search of Health and Wealth: The Prosperity Gospel in African, Reformed Perspective (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2014). In reviewing a book about Africa written in English, […]

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part One: The Medieval Prologue and the Remapping of the World

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part One: The Medieval Prologue and the Remapping of the World

The Resurgence of the Gospel and the Flowering of the Global Christian Message Part One: The Medieval Prologue & the Remapping of the World   In Retrospect By looking backwards to the beginning of the spread of the Gospel that Jesus is both Lord and Christ and considering the results of both the life, death […]

Presenting the Beautiful Gospel: Ten Theses about Contemporary Christian International Mission and Cross-Cultural Evangelization

Presenting the Beautiful Gospel: Ten Theses about Contemporary Christian International Mission and Cross-Cultural Evangelization

In former times, some missionary efforts were aligned with militaristic imperialism. Are the terrible expressions of colonialism being promoted by contemporary missionaries? Professor Celucien Joseph reminds us there is a better way.   For many years, I have been thinking about the interreligious conflict between Christianity and other religions in the world, and the work […]

The Spread of the Gospel in Hindsight: The Church’s First 1452 Years

The Spread of the Gospel in Hindsight: The Church’s First 1452 Years

What can Christians today learn from the successes and failures of Christians in the first fifteen centuries of the breaking out of the Good News of Jesus the Christ? This article by historian Woodrow Walton is an Epilogue to The Gospel In History series. With apologies to the Gregorian Calendar, A.D. 28 is selected as […]

Spreading from the Frontiers: Another Look at the Gospel in the Medieval Church

Spreading from the Frontiers: Another Look at the Gospel in the Medieval Church

Wars without end, daily terror, displacement of entire populations: Can the medieval Church help us understand how to respond to our troubles today? What relationship should there be between the Church and political power? What should we make of how monks lived out their understanding of the good news of Jesus on the margins of […]

The Gospel of Judas: Monster or kitten?

The Gospel of Judas: Monster or kitten?

In the first week of April 2006, the press announced with great fanfare the discovery of the “lost Gospel of Judas.” The terminology was well crafted to scandalize. A “lost gospel” might mean that the Bible has been incomplete all this time. What information might it add to what we already know about Jesus? Will […]

Justo Gonzalez: Acts: The Gospel of the Spirit

Justo Gonzalez: Acts: The Gospel of the Spirit

Justo L. González, Acts: The Gospel of the Spirit (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2001), 291 pages, ISBN 9781570753985. Acts: The Gospel of the Spirit is a translation and update of González’s Hechos in the Comentario Biblico Hispanoamericano (Miami, Fla.: Editorial Caribe, 1992). González‘s discussion for each section in Acts is divided into two parts distinguished […]

The Gospel in History series

The Gospel in History series

The Gospel in History series by Christian Historian Woodrow Walton How has God worked through his people to keep and spread the true good news about Jesus Christ despite global-scale opposition? The Gospel in Late Antiquity The Ghost Of Alexander Severus: Third Century Religious Pluralism as a Foretaste of Postmodernity Has Christianity ever found itself […]

New Threats to the Gospel After Suppression and Expansion

New Threats to the Gospel After Suppression and Expansion

Reappraising the Christian Faith During Late Antiquity: AD 175-400. Christian historian, Woodrow Walton, invites us to take another look at the early church and the struggles it faced as it emerged from the Apostolic Age and became the state religion of the crumbling Roman Empire. Part of The Gospel in History series.   What is […]

Language Disconnect: The Implications of Bible Translation upon Gospel Work in Africa

Language Disconnect: The Implications of Bible Translation upon Gospel Work in Africa

Abstract Theological education, even when using indigenous languages, can be uninspiring to African people if its implicit underlying pre-suppositions remain European. Use of European-languages as educational media minimises the likelihood of deep connection with African ways of life, but often has the pragmatic plus of being accompanied by outside funds. A preference for use of […]

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