African Contextual Realities
Everyone who has “eyes to see” acknowledges the growing importance of the African church to the future of global Christianity. But what does it mean for the church to take root in Africa? How should the message of the gospel and the practice of Christianity be contextualized for Africa? African Contextual Realities addresses many of the questions surrounding contextualization from a practical point of view and is the fruit of the 6th Annual Conference of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology held in Nairobi in 2016. The book explores such questions as:
- In what ways should the mission of God be universally recognizable in every cultural context?
- In our efforts to contextualize, how do we avoid compromising the very gospel we are to proclaim?
- How can the African church wean itself away from dependency on the Western church?
- How does Christianity speak into some of the cultural and social issues arising out of contemporary African settings – issues like widow cleansing, Christian-Muslim relations, and peace-building?
All those who are interested to learn more about the contextualization of African Christianity will find this volume to be an important resource.
African Contextual Realities is a serious study by theologians who have an intimate grasp of African Christianity. The authors of this exciting book have met the goal of the book, namely to contextualize the Christian message. I enthusiastically recommend this book to church leaders, pastors, mission students, missionaries, etc. It is a book that scratches where the church is itching!
Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, PhD
Author and Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics,
ECWA Theological Seminary, Kagoro
African Contextual Realities showcases an outstanding collection of contextually oriented theological essays. They analyze spiritual and pastoral challenges of everyday life and suggest models for healthy contextual theological engagement and formation. Highly recommended.
Robert J. Priest, PhD
Professor of Anthropology, Taylor University
Former President, American Society of Missiology
Table of Contents
- Part I: Contextualizing Theory and Theology for Africa
- 1 – Holiness, Missio Dei and the Church in Africa
- Gift Mtukwa
- 2 – A Theology of Spiritual Power in African Christianity
- Johana Kariuki Gitau
- 3 – Contextualization of Pastoral Theology in African Christianity: Theory, Models, Methods, and Practice
- Ndung’u J. B. Ikenye
- 4 – The Significance of Johann Ludwig Krapf ’s Mission Work in East Africa
- David Kimiri Ngaruiya
- Part II: Addressing African Realities
- 5 – Syncretism in African Christianity: A Boon or a Bane?
- Joseph D. Galgalo
- 6 – Dependency’s Long Shadow: Mission Churches in Kenya and Their Children
- Joseph William Black
- 7 – The Impact of an Essential African Christian Theological Reconciliation Schema in Peace-Building in Africa
- Fredrick Amolo
- 8 – Widow Cleansing in Rural Kenya: Toward a Critically Contextualized Theological Response
- Mary Thamari Odhiambo
- 9 – Religion, a Means to Disobedience: A Reflective Analysis of the Story of the Golden Calf in Exodus 32
- Hermann Mvula
- 10 – Interfaith Dialogue between Christians and Muslims as a Response to Religious Radicalization in Kenya
- Patrick Mburu Kamau
- Part III: Christian Education in the African Context
- 11 – African Christian Universities and the Old Testament Concept of the Lev
- Daryll Gordon Stanton and Rickson Nkhata
- 12 – A New Model of Theological Training in Nairobi: Tyrannus Hall at the Nairobi Chapel
- David Bawks
- 13 – From the Classroom to the Pulpit: Navigating the Challenges
- Elizabeth Mburu
- 14 – Toward the Propagation of KAG Christian Schools in Kenya: An Investigation of Stakeholder Perceptions
- Rev Isaac Kasili
- 15 – Spirituality, Work Conditions, and Job Satisfaction of Distance Education Personnel in Kenya’s Christian Institutions of Higher Education
- Rosemary Wahu Mbogo
- List of Contributors