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ISBN: 9781839739286
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 9
Publication Date: 30/06/2024
Pages: 170
Language: English

Good News from Latin America

Reflections in Honor of John Stott


John Stott was a renowned expositor and servant of the global church. His life’s ministry to develop and resource Christian leaders around the world has left an important legacy, especially for the church in Latin America. Many of these Christian leaders would receive direct support from Stott’s ministry, now known as Langham Partnership, to obtain their PhDs, joining numerous others around the world as a community of Langham scholars.

On the 100th anniversary of John Stott’s birth, Langham scholars honor this legacy and Stott’s holistic understanding of the gospel, as they bear witness to the good news of the kingdom of God and its justice in Latin America. Structured around the historical development and impact of the Reformation throughout the continent, this collection of essays reflects on how the gospel has been understood, and addresses fundamental questions that stem from the rich biblical, historical, and theological traditions of the diverse faith communities in Latin America. Providing a proactive model for the global church that encourages dialogue, these contextualized expositions reflect their authors’ deep commitment to the Latin American church and the implications of the gospel.

Author Bios

Nelson R. Morales Fredes
(Edited By)

Nelson R. Morales Fredes (PhD Theological Studies/New Testament, Trinity International University) is professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics at Seminario Teológico Centroamericano, Guatemala. Originally from Chile, he has lived, studied, and taught in Guatemala since 1993. He has written several articles in the journal Kairós, encyclopedia entries, a commentary on 2 Corinthians in Comentario Bíblico Contemporáneo (San Sebastián: Certeza Unida / Buenos Aires: Ediciones Kairós), and Poor and Rich in James: A Relevance Theory Approach to James’s Use of the Old Testament in the Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement Series (University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns, 2018). He is also a board member of the Evangelical Society for Socio-Religious Studies (SEES) in Guatemala.


This volume is a fitting tribute by Langham scholars from Latin America to the global and holistic vision of faith and mission championed by John Stott. Biblically informed and deeply rooted in Latin American history and life, these essays offer a broad set of reflections that would delight the man they honor.

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), PhD
Scripture Press Ministries Professor of Biblical Studies and Pedagogy,
Wheaton College, Illinois, USA

The Bible is intrinsically linked to its context, a connection that extends seamlessly into the realm of theology. Embracing this contextual nature allows us to effectively communicate the core message of the good news (buenas nuevas). In turn, this aids the church in self-reflection and paves the way for wider societal transformation. This book excels in realizing these objectives.

Riad A. Kassis, PhD
International Director, Langham Partnership International

This must-read book provides its readers a full theological menu with food grown in Latin America, and prepared by cooks who are working or have worked in Latin America. It is competent, global yet grounded in its land, irenic yet challenging of paradigms that once again attempt to colonize Latin America with a gospel that does not take into account what our Lord is doing in our continent. I sincerely hope that instructors around the world will assign it in their respective courses.

Osvaldo Padilla, PhD
Professor of New Testament and Theology,
Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Alabama, USA

Table of Contents

  1. Contributors
  2. Introduction Nelson R. Morales Fredes
  3. 1 Latin America Protestant History J. Daniel Salinas
  4. 2 Images of God in Latin America Nelson R. Morales Fredes
  5. 3 The Gospel in the Haystack Sadrac Meza
  6. 4 The Bible, Female Leadership, and Latin American Hermeneutics Javier Ortega Badilla
  7. 5 Reading the Bible “Naturally”: Loving God and Your Neighbor through a Contextual Hermeneutic (Matthew 19:1–12) Juan José Barreda Toscano
  8. 6 The Church: A School for Double Citizenship Ruth Padilla DeBorst
  9. 7 A Crisis in Latin American Evangelical Leadership: Between Intolerance and Incongruity Dinorah B. Méndez
  10. 8 Protestants, Democracy, and Citizenship Darío López Rodriguez
  11. 9 Decolonizing Christianity: Clothing Ourselves in the Gospel of the Kingdom of God Marcelo Vargas A.
  12. 10 Outline of a Latin American Socioenvironmental Theology Victor Manuel Morales Vásquez
  13. 11 The Discernment Community as a Paradigm for a Continuing Reformation Rafael Zaracho


Juan José Barreda Toscano

JUAN JOSÉ BARREDA TOSCANO holds a PhD in theology with emphasis on sacred Scriptures from Instituto Universitario ISEDET, Argentina. Director of Bíblica Virtual: Comunidad de estudios contextuales. Professor of biblical hermeneutics at Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinoamericano - UCEL.

Dario Lopez Rodriguez

DARÍO LÓPEZ RODRÍGUEZ holds a PhD in evangelicals and human rights from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK. Pastor of the Church of God of Peru, Lima. Professor at the Facultad Evangélica Orlando Costas.

Dinorah B. Méndez

DINORAH B. MÉNDEZ holds a PhD in theology from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK. Retired professor after thirty years of teaching at the Seminario Teológico Bautista Mexicano. For the Baptist World Alliance, vice president of the Commission on Baptist Heritage & Identity (2020–2025) and member of the Commission on Theological Education.

Sadrac Meza

SADRAC MEZA holds a PhD in systematic theology from Trinity International University, Illinois, USA. Professor at the Seminario ESEPA in San José, Costa Rica.

Víctor Manuel Morales Vásquez

VÍCTOR MANUEL MORALES VÁSQUEZ holds a PhD in theology from the University of Liverpool, UK. Teacher of evangelical religion, philosophy, and Spanish in elementary and middle school at the Georg-Müller Schule, Bielefeld, Germany.

Javier Ortega Badilla

JAVIER ORTEGA BADILLIA holds a PhD in theology with emphasis on sacred Scripture from the Instituto Universitario ISEDET, Argentina. Pastor of a Christian and Missionary Alliance church. Professor of New Testament at the Seminario Teológico Alianza and at the Evangelical Theological Community of Chile.

Ruth Padilla DeBorst

RUTH PADILLA DEBORST (PhD, Boston University) is a wife of one and mother of many, a theologian, missiologist, educator, and a storyteller. She has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for several decades. She works with the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI), a learning community with Master’s and Certificate level programs. She coordinates the Networking Team of INFEMIT (The International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation) and serves on the board of Arocha. She lives in Costa Rica with her husband, James, and fellow members of the Casa Adobe intentional Christian community. Her education includes a Bachelor’s in Education (Argentina), an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Wheaton College), and a PhD in Missiology and Social Ethics from Boston University.

J. Daniel Salinas

J. DANIEL SALINAS has a PhD in Historical Theology from Trinity International University, Illinois, USA. He has served in IFES student ministry in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay and has been a lecturer in many other Latin American countries. Currently he is the International Partnership Coordinator for the Theological Education Initiative, a programme of United World Mission. Born in Bogota, Colombia, and raised in an evangelical home, Daniel is married to Gayna and they have three children.

Marcelo Vargas A.

MARCELO VARGAS A. was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He is director of Centro de Capacitacion Misionera, a faculty member at NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, and a teacher and director of the Centro de Capacitación Misionera in La Paz, Bolivia. He has worked extensively in churches with Aimaran indigenous believers and holds a PhD in anthropological missiology from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and University of Wales, UK.

Rafael Zaracho

RAFAEL ZARACHO (PhD in Theology, University of St Andrews) is a professor at Instituto Bíblico Asunción in Paraguay. He is part of the Anabaptist tradition in which knowing and following Jesus are crucial elements of the everyday life of being a disciple. His contribution to this book is part of his desire to create and promote discerning communal spaces. His invitation is to promote and create spaces for diverse and multiple models of teaching, learning, and final works. He is married to Rut and they have two children Sofía (nine) and Sebastian (four).

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