Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Arab Evangelicals in Israel

We are glad to announce Azar Ajaj, Duane Alexander Miller, and Phil Sumpter have authored the book Arab Evangelicals in Israel. The book, published by Pickwick, includes research on relations between evangelicals and Messianic Jews, a history of NEC, a chapter on the status of Christian converts from Islam, and other research on the contemporary challenges and hopes of evangelicals in the Holy Land. The book is available in print form and for Kindle via Amazon.

Friday, April 15, 2016

MBB Christians in North Africa (Tunis)

Dear Colleagues,
 
Alex Miller has recently publish an article on contemporary Christians in Tunis. Here is the abstract of the article:
In the last few decades a substantial number of Tunisians have converted to Christianity. This article seeks to better understand their context and based on two weeks of fieldwork in Tunis in the summer of 2014, this article outlines the history of three of the principal churches in the city—one Catholic, one Anglican, and one Reformed—describes some facets of their worship and spiritual life, and then, based on interviews with church leaders and members, explores key challenges facing the churches. Utilizing the framework of Shoki Coe’s contextual theology, the findings are then analyzed in order to better understand the priorities, aspirations and ministry strategies of the local churches.
If you know anyone interested in Christianity in North Africa today, please do share this resource with them.
 
The article can be downloaded from the Pharos Journal's site: http://www.pharosjot.com/uploads/7/1/6/3/7163688/pharos_article_12_vol_97_2016.pdf
 
Or from Dr. Miller's academia.edu site:
 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Bill Rhea's review of Houck's 'Epidemic'

We are happy to announce our first paper of 2016, a critical review and analysis of Russ Houck's  2012 book Epidemic: The Infected Roots of Judaism and Christianity.

Here is the abstract:

William Rhea reviews Epidemic: Examining the Infected Roots of Judaism and Christianity, by Russ Houck. Houck’s book proposes that both Judaism and Christianity have fundamentally misunderstood their own religious texts. Christianity, in particular, is profoundly mistaken in regarding Jesus as fully divine and the Second Person in the Trinity. For these failings, Houck blames Constantine. Rhea responds by examining the biblical development of early Christology as well as the history behind the events at the Council of Nicaea. He seeks to demonstrate a fundamental continuity between the early church’s worship of the enthroned Jesus and the confession of Nicaea, as well as the futility of divorcing the Bible from the religions of which it is inseparably a part. 


Click here to download the PDF of this Mary's Well Occasional Paper by William J. Rhea.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Where do ex-Muslim Christians live, and how many are there?

Patrick Johnstone and Duane Alexander Miller have recently published a global census on believers in Christ from a Muslim background. Where do they live? How many are there? How did they gather this information?

Read about their research and results by clicking HERE.

Or to read just the abstract, click HERE.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

“Finding an End in the Beginning: eschatological trends among ex-Muslim Christians” (Chapter)

In 2014 the book Islam and the Last Day: Christian Perspectives on Islamic Eschatology was released by MST Press (Wantirna, Australia). This volume was co-edited by our seminary vice-president Brent Neely. The book is about Christian perspectives on Islamic eschatology.

In that book Alex Miller published a chapter on how some ex-Muslim Christians agree or disagree with Islamic eschatology, and how they envision certain features of apocalyptic and eschatological realities.

I have recently posted the PDF of that chapter at my academia.edu site. It can be read HERE.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Publication: "The Growth of Iranian Christianity since 1979"

Dr. Alex Miller, a member of our seminary faculty, has recently published an article in the journal Mission Studies. The title of the article is "Power, Personalities and Politics: the growth of Iranian Christianity after 1979" (2015).

Here is the abstract:
While Christianity has existed in Iran/Persia since the fourth century, if not earlier, at the middle of the twentieth century almost all Iranian Christians belonged to an ethnic minority, especially the Assyrians and the Armenians. Ethnic Iranians were almost all Muslims, and then mostly Shi’a Muslims. Since the Revolution of 1979 hundreds of thousands of ethnic Iranians have left Islam for evangelical Christianity, both within and outside of Iran. This paper seeks to explore the multifaceted factors – political, economic and technological – that have helped to create an environment wherein increasing numbers of ethnic Iranians have apostatized from Islam and become evan- gelical Christians. A concluding section outlines Steven Lukes’ theory of power and analyzes the growth of Iranian Christianity in the light of his theory.
Download the article PDF from the author's website HERE.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Faculty Publications: "Evangelicals around the World"

Azar Ajaj and Alex Miller have both published chapters in the new Evangelicals around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century (Thomas Nelson, 2015). Azar wrote the chapter on Greater Syria, Jordan and Iraq and Alex wrote the chapter on North Africa and Egypt.

The chapter on Christians in North Africa and Egypt can be found HERE.

The chapter on Christians in Greater Syria, Jordan and Iraq can be found HERE.

This resource book promises to be used widely by students of global evangelicalism. Check it out at WorldCat or Amazon or Thomas Nelson or Books.google.