Would you like to know us theologically?—John Mbiti

Theologians from the new (or younger) churches have made their pilgrimage to the theological learning of older churches. We had no alternative. We have eaten theology with you. We have drunk theology with you. We have dreamed theology with you. But it has all been, in a sense, your theology. We know you theologically. The…

Mission After Globalisation

Mission After Globalisation: The Problem of Race There is gnawing silence in contemporary missiological conversations on the subject of race and its implications on mission – or missio Dei – in this twenty-first century. I believe this silence is very revealing, especially about the way the unfolding story of God’s mission will be told and interpreted in…

Missio Africanus: The Start of a Conversation

On the 27th of June 2014, some 75 Christian leaders from different parts of the UK met at the legendary Crowther Hall in Selly Oak, Birmingham, for seminar called Missio Africanus.[1] A third of the gathering were (white) British pastors and leaders of missions organisations, and the remaining two thirds were Africans from different denominations…

Incarnational Theology and Intercultural Mutuality

In a Masters class that I taught recently, one of the students asked me a question that I found tricky: “can missional incarnation happen upwards?” Knowing the student, it was clear to me that I was faced with a good trap. On the one hand, I would have to process this question in the light…

Self-theologising In The Diasopra

Liberating Theology: Can Africans Self-theologise in the Diaspora? In the mid–1800’s, two missionary leaders, Henry Venn and Rufus Anderson, suggested that the new churches that came out of the Western missionaries’ work in Africa and other places needed to be self-governing, self-propagating, and self-supporting in order to be considered mature enough to be left on…

Mission At The …

Mission At The Margins Our Father which art in the ghetto, Degraded is your name. Thy servitude abounds, Thy will is mocked, As pie in the sky, Teach us to demand, Our share of gold, Forgive us our docility, As we demand our share of justice, Lead us not into complicity, Deliver us from our…

Three Reasons You Should Never Say “Reverse Mission.”

It has to be said now that “reverse mission” is not the most appropriate term for the rising presence of African Christians and missionaries in Europe and North America. While the term has gained popularity among some schools of missional thought, and has been used extensively since the turn of the millenium, there is now…

Wanted: Talking Strangers.

At the center of contemporary Western missiology (or missional theology/ecclesiology) is the voice of Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, a British missionary theologian who spent some thirty years working in India. When he returned to England in the mid-70s, he was shocked to see that the Christian Britain that had sent him to India in the 30s…