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

Global navigation set the stage for the flowering of the Christian world mission.

These accidental incidents sets the stage for a whole new story, an oceanic stage for the globalization of the Christian missionary enterprise initiated by the Spanish, Portuguese and the Protestant Moravians out of Czechoslovakia across the Atlantic but into different areas. Around Africa went the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the English into the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal, the South China Sea, the Pacific and the Coral Sea, and that is another part of the story, the flowering of the Christian world mission on a scale passing all others before.

A replica of the ship that first circumnavigated the world.
Image: Wikimedia Commons

At the tip of South America is Tierra del Fuego and a strait called the Strait of Magellan, where the Atlantic meets the Pacific. The strait is named after another navigator, Ferdinand Magellan, who sailed through that strait by entering the South Atlantic and traveling further south than any other navigator. After a scary passage, they passed into the South Pacific and eventually reached the Philippines. He died in the Philippines but his crew took over after his death and struck out west and completed the first circumnavigation of the globe.

That is another story to be told.




Coming in the Fall 2019 issue:

“In the Wake.” Historian Woodrow Walton continues his study of how the story of Jesus spread to the uttermost parts of the world.



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Sunquist, Scott W. Explorations in Asian Christianity: History, Theology, and Mission (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2017).


Recommended Reading

Cahill, Thomas, How the Irish Saved Civilization (RandomHouse Penguin).

Dawson, Christopher, The Formation of Christendom (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2008. Original ed., 1965, Sheed & Ward, New York).

Goheen, Michael, ed. Reading the Bible Missionally. The Gospel and Our Culture Series (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2016).

Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople, fl. 428. The Bazaar of Heracleides, Newly translated from the Syriac and edited with an introduction, Notes and Appendices by G.R. Driver, M.A., & Leonard Hodgson, M.A. (Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 1925).

Oden, Thomas C., Early Libyan Christianity: Uncovering a North African Tradition (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Press, 2011).


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Category: Church History, Summer 2019

About the Author: Woodrow E. Walton, D.Min. (Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions), B.A. (Texas Christian University), B.D. [M.Div.] (Duke Divinity School), M.A. (University of Oklahoma), is a retired Seminary Dean and Professor of biblical, theological and historical studies. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, he and his wife live in Fort Worth, Texas. Walton retains membership with the Evangelical Theological Society, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Society of Church History, American Academy of Political Science, and The International Society of Frontier Missiology.

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