I am pleased to serve as both General Editor and contributor to the brand new Third Millennium Africa Journal. Read the introduction to the journal below.
Africa is changing, and this inaugural issue of the Third Millennium Africa Journal (TMAJ) is the start of a new conversation. Unlike traditional academic journals, TMAJ offers a blend of African and Western styles to offer the substantial insight needed to help the Church understand the evolving future of Africa.
As Africa changes, so the African church is also changing. Worship services have drastically changed in the last 30 years. The African church has taken up the challenge of missions and is focusing on the unreached people groups in Africa and beyond. Theological education in church seminaries and other institutions has become better organized and has produced many excellent African theologians who are grappling with the modern issues of the Church. The Church is growing and expanding in influence, so much so that experts in religious movements like Andrew Walls and Peter Jenkins have predicted that Africa may become the centre of Christianity gravity in the next few decades.
Unfortunately, not all of the changes Africa faces are good. Western philosophies like post-modernism are slowly beginning to impact the continent and the Church. A hardening of attitudes toward Islam, which creates adversarial relationships, is becoming more evident in Christians. Greed and affluence and a misguided, incomplete and sometimes erroneous theology of prosperity have made strong headway in the Africa church.
It is because of these reasons that Third Millennium Africa Initiative (TMAfrica) was created and its first publication Third Millennium Africa Journal is being presented. This organization has created a forum where cutting edge theological and ecclesiastical issues in Africa and beyond are identified and discussed. For example, in this maiden publication of Third Millennium Africa Journal, the issues of post-modernism, relations with Islam, theological education, African missions and the church’s interaction with the cyber world are all addressed.
With a deeper understanding of the coming world, it is our hope that the African Church will learn from both the mistakes and successes of the Church in the West and continue to grow in numbers and strength. It is our desire, that the Church in Africa becomes a beacon of hope to a world in great need of Salvation in Jesus Christ.
My article for the journal is titled, “Practicing Missional In The Face of Postmodernity: How to Hit the Target When the Target Does Not Exist”. This was the basis for the talk I gave at West African Theological Seminary in Nigeria back in 2011. The abstract for my article is below.
Living out the mission of the Gospel in a Post-Modern culture creates a unique set of challenges for the church. It is important to appropriately reach out to the culture in which we live, but it is an obscenity to God when we compromise His Kingdom culture to do it. (2 Thes. 2:15, Col. 2:8, Gal. 1:13-24). In an effort to create an ongoing dialogue about practicing missional and the face of post-modernity, this paper begins with a survey of the philosophical roots of post-modernity as it developed in the Unites States with a focus on how these philosophies shaped the theology and praxis of the church. Second, with a special focus in the writings of Francis Schaeffer, the paper explores the result of post-modernity in Man’s ability to discern his existence and the search for a unified truth. Third, the paper provides a rubric through which the reader can analyze the Modern, Post-modern and Kingdom worldviews on the topics of Truth, Reason, Meaning, The Human Condition and Faith. Finally, the paper will close by offering practical considerations for how the church can be faithful to our Divine calling, live a missional existence, and reach the post-modern world with the message of Jesus Christ.”
If you are interested in the future of Christianity in Africa, pick up a of this new journal today.