Monday, June 07, 2010

Welcome Mat

Blogger's working again! First I didn't post a welcome last week because of Memorial Day. Then I log in to post last night and . . . no Blogger. Alas. But today - belated as this welcome is - please don't miss our newest blog ring member:

Onesimus Online: history, theology, culture, the church, and other dangerous stuff.

This site shares my perspectives on history, theology, culture, the church, and other dangerous stuff. I teach theology at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology to masters-level students from all over sub-Saharan Africa. With the center of global Christianity shifting to Africa, the issues and struggles we face here are increasingly the most important issues facing Christianity. There is so much good here, and so much that has gone way wrong as well. Too few people educated in the West are even aware that a Western perspective on theological issues is no longer THE perspective. Though political colonialism is a matter for history books, Western intellectual colonialism on the part of both conservatives and liberals is still the assumed posture on the part of Western Christians, academics and do-gooders. I am hoping to provoke discussion of these sorts of issues, as well as highlight both strengths and weaknesses of not only the Christian movement in Africa, but of the West as well.

By: William Black
Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
"I'm presently a lecturer at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST), teaching courses in theology and Christian history. As to experience, I've been a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the pastor of several churches in the USA and Ethiopia. As to denominational affiliation, PC(USA). As to academic pedigree, Duke, Gordon-Conwell and Cambridge. As to zeal, a missionary. But whatever advantages I may have had, I regard as loss compared to the surpassing value of knowing the Messiah Jesus (Philippians 3:7-11). If you know of anyone in Karen who would be interested in getting together at the local pub to talk theology over a pint, let me know!"

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