Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ordination of Elias Said in Haifa

We are proud to share that Elias Said, graduate of our seminary with the Bachelor of Divinity, was ordained to the pastorate at the Haifa Assembly of God in June of 2016.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Brent Neely reviews "Living among the Breakage"

Brent Neely has reviewed Miller's recently published book Living among the Breakage: Contextual Theology-making and ex-Muslim Christians. Here is a portion of the text:
I begin with a direct assessment. This is a fresh and compelling study in what is sure to be an increasingly important field. Miller has provided us with pioneering research in an emerging sector of World Christianity: the indigenous theology of Christians from a Muslim background. Miller deserves commendation for doing well a work that needed doing.  
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A key contribution of this study, then, is to elicit, search out, analyze, and order the “theology” being produced by these new groups of believers in Christ. The point is not that these CMB communities feature professional theologians” or the publication of formal theological texts. No, rather, the point is that in reality the CMBs are working out their faith” in practice, in church life, and in various forms of communication from popular-level books to online poetry. Thought, talk, and action about God (or even “for” God) constitute “theology.” 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Living among the Breakage: Contextual Theology-making and ex-Muslim Christians, by Alex Miller

Our institute is proud to share with you Living among the Breakage: Contextual Theology-making and ex-Muslim Christians, written by Dr. Duane Alexander Miller. This book is based on his doctoral research carried out through New College at the University of Edinburgh.

From the publisher's page:

Around the world people are leaving Islam for Christianity in unprecedented numbers. This book seeks to look into the world of some of these converts, trying to discern the shape of their newfound faith. Why do they convert? What challenges do they face? And ultimately, what do they in their own complex and sometimes difficult circumstances claim to have understood about God that, while in Islam, they had not? In other words, what is the content of their contextual theology? In seeking to answer these questions, Miller looks into the world of an unintentional church plant in the Arab world consisting of believers from a Muslim background, visits with groups of Iranian converts in the diaspora, and examines the written testimonies of still other converts. In a world where Muslim-Christian relations are increasingly important and sometimes tendentious, this book examines the lived faith and contextual theology of people who have chosen to leave Islam and embrace Christianity.

Buy it at the publisher's website or Amazon

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.