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1Metaphors of Election in the Old Testament

저자 : Elisha Kwabena Marfo

발행기관 : 삼육대학교 선교와사회문제연구소 간행물 : Asia-Africa Journal of Mission and Ministry(AAMM) 22권 0호 발행 연도 : 2020 페이지 : pp. 3-25 (23 pages)

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The theme of election is prominent, if not the central theme, in the Old Testament. Election is expressed in some particular terminologies, but very often mirrored otherwise through imageries and metaphors. The election metaphors cover several issues that present themselves in the daily lives of humankind. Metaphors such as parental adoption or father/son relationship, military recruitment, master/servant relationship, shepherd/flock relationship, farmer/plant relationship, potter/pottery relationship, and marital union are used by the Hebrew Bible writers to highlight the theme. This underscores the theological significance of election in the Old Testament. Looking at the different aspects of the election metaphors, it also appears as a concept contributing to the theological coherence of the Old Testament. Thus, the concept belongs to the very theological framework of the Old Testament.

2Mirroring Corruption Epidemic in Nigeria via the Biblical Lens: The Role of the Church

저자 : Kolawole Oladotun Paul

발행기관 : 삼육대학교 선교와사회문제연구소 간행물 : Asia-Africa Journal of Mission and Ministry(AAMM) 22권 0호 발행 연도 : 2020 페이지 : pp. 26-42 (17 pages)

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Undeniably, the menace of corruption is perceived to have eaten deep into several phases of nations of the world; meanwhile, Nigeria is not an exception. The scope of this study is channeled basically towards the Nigerian context. The reality and actuality of corruption in Nigeria nation suggests that Nigeria still retains its popular known notch as the 'giant of Africa', being shortchanged for 'giant of corruption'. Although, it can be argued that Nigeria is not the most corrupt country in Africa; its uniqueness being part of the corrupt countries is obviously glaring. It is not in any way an overstatement to say that corruption is the middle-name of Nigeria itself; with the fact that there seems to be no dailies in Nigeria media without a trending issue on corruption. With several religions in Nigeria (Islam, Christianity, African Religion); it is logical to ask why do corruption still prevails? Although 'corruption' is not a system of belief, it persists as a trending entity with many devotees, followers and disciples, having ingrained their mindset that the nation cannot function properly without corruption. The observed menace spurred the interest of this study, with specific attention to the Christian perspective. Christianity is one of the prevailing religious movements in Nigeria; therefore, the sphere of this research is in the Christian direction; how the Church can step in to help the messy situation. The temple of God (which is the Church) must be clean to restore the sanctity of the society. Observably, several Christians and Church leaders are with silence-syndrome approach and standing aloof mechanism to eradicate corruption; but worse is the case in the country. The fact that abstinence from secular activities (while trying to uphold Christian values as against corruption) is of no good effect is glaring; therefore, this research posits that the Church must exhaust all her platforms in speaking against corruption with Church leaders and Christians as worthy ambassadors of the Church.

3The Shepherd and his Sheep: An Exegetical Study of Psalm 23 In Light of Contemporary Church Leaders

저자 : Jeremiah Temitope Adelodun

발행기관 : 삼육대학교 선교와사회문제연구소 간행물 : Asia-Africa Journal of Mission and Ministry(AAMM) 22권 0호 발행 연도 : 2020 페이지 : pp. 43-53 (11 pages)

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Leaders are to be ladders for the followers, but this appears to be lagging among many leaders in the contemporary society and such trait has eaten deep into the church as a sacred organization/society. Most leaders in recent times tend to lack the necessary role model and understanding needed in rendering their leadership responsibility leading to passion towards material pursuit and egoistical desires. This problem is what this paper seeks to portend solution to in church organizations for a proper understanding and disbursement of roles by church leaders especially towards the members or followers. As such, an understanding of the content of Psalm 23 is to be adopted with the intention of playing a role model for leaders in order to welcome a positive turn around in their attitude towards their followers and members.

4Imprecatory Prayer and Its Implications for the Nigerian Church: A Christological Perspective

저자 : Ayobami A Ayanyinka

발행기관 : 삼육대학교 선교와사회문제연구소 간행물 : Asia-Africa Journal of Mission and Ministry(AAMM) 22권 0호 발행 연도 : 2020 페이지 : pp. 54-69 (16 pages)

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Imprecatory prayers in this paper is described as a way of venting one's rage against or cursing one's enemy to death using the instrument of potent or offensive words to achieve the desired result. Albeit, it is a phenomenon that thrives in the past, mostly among the Pentecostal churches in Nigeria, but has gradually crept into some orthodox churches in today's Christian worship. This problem is not limited to Nigeria alone, but Africa generally. It is a shared belief that through imprecations, evil forces will be neutralized, dislodged, and strangulated, or better still, can avert the impending doom or evil plan targeted at the adherent and thus reverse it directly upon the evil- wisher. This is popularly known as operation “Back to Sender” or “Fire for Fire.” Churches, where these practices abound, claim that imprecations are biblical. Their reference points reside on the selected biblical proof texts that have an element of curses in the book of Psalms and allude to Pauline and Petrine speeches in the book of Acts. Hence, the paper employs the discursive and analytical approach in examining the topic. It provides a wealth of imprecations in both the Psalms and Acts for a dialogical discourse among distinguished scholars. The findings showed that, though some portions within the Bible have a curse element, Christ's command on loving our enemies and praying for our persecutors was a divine order that must be obeyed by the church universal.

5Temple/Church Building Dedication Service: Biblical Historical Overview and Contemporary Relevance

저자 : Alexander Agyapong

발행기관 : 삼육대학교 선교와사회문제연구소 간행물 : Asia-Africa Journal of Mission and Ministry(AAMM) 22권 0호 발행 연도 : 2020 페이지 : pp. 70-80 (11 pages)

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Temples or church buildings are not ordinary structures. Not only are they sacred buildings, they also perform different roles in mission and project the image of the Christian faith. With the global outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic, where there are restrictions in holding liturgical worship in them, their place and significance cannot be repudiated. Temples or church buildings are to be dedicated before divine services are held in them. This paper presents a historical synopsis of temple/church building dedication ceremonies. Drawing references from some of the Biblical historical dedication services, the paper relates their relevance in our contemporary time, and closes by showing that such occasions are opportunities for the congregation to be re-consecrated to God in His Service.

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Christian mission mandate is evidently linked to God's fundamental initiative and commitment to reconcile sinful humanity to himself. Thus, the church today only continues in the mission of reconciling lost humanity to God. In doing mission, however, a continuing challenge has been on how best to communicate and facilitate the acceptance of the gospel while remaining biblically faithful. This has led to the somewhat contentious practice of contextualization. Within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa, the quest for contextualization seems to have sustained discussions on its concept/description, whether and how to contextualize the gospel and the challenges to such practice. Therefore, this study investigated the awareness, perceptions and challenges of contextualization among Graduate Seminary Students who are Seventh-day Adventist pastors in Africa. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. A purposive sampling method was used to select two hundred (200) Graduate Seminary students from the four masters and two doctoral programmes offered by the Adventist University of Africa, Nairobi. Ninety-two (92) of respondents participated in the survey. The data gathered from the survey were presented and discussed using frequency distribution tables. The study discovered that the pastors of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Africa claimed to be sufficiently aware of contextualization. However, some perceived it to be the same as inculturation and indigenization. The study further revealed that while the respondents agreed that contextualization could enhance mission and faith practices, there seemed to be some challenges on the spheres that contextualization could occur. Finally, the study identified some challenges to contextualization. Therefore, relevant recommendations were made based on the findings of the study

7Pastoral Care and Counselling Intervention to Prescription Drug Addiction

저자 : Adedotun Abiodun Adeola

발행기관 : 삼육대학교 선교와사회문제연구소 간행물 : Asia-Africa Journal of Mission and Ministry(AAMM) 22권 0호 발행 연도 : 2020 페이지 : pp. 106-117 (12 pages)

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Prescription drug addiction is an increasing problem in our society. Prescription drugs are designed to treat a specific illness or condition. If not taken correctly they can affect the body in various ways, some of which can be uncomfortable, and in some cases, dangerous. Prescription drugs are not safer and less addictive than other medicines as some people think. Prescription drugs are only safe for individuals who have prescriptions for them. This is because a doctor has examined these people and prescribed the right dosage of the medication for a specific medical condition. The addicts endanger themselves by taking drugs that are not prescribed for them. The adverse effects of this practice could be psychological, physical, or emotional. These effects can be of significant intensity on the users and pose challenges to their families as well. In the light of the adverse effects, pastoral counselling becomes imperative in curbing the “health cankerworm” among family unit systems in order to have a healthy community and a better society. This paper is addressed from a pastoral counselling viewpoint and not from a clinical point of view. It is believed that effective pastoral counselling will help families desist from this injurious practice.

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In pronatalist societies, involuntary childlessness is a culturally deplorable thing. Married women feel incomplete when they do not have a child. There is a sense of lost womanhood as they compare themselves with others in the society. In this paper, the experiences of biblical characters are discussed. Rachel's reproachful protest “Give me children or else I die” (Gen 30:1) is examined against the backdrop of the Hebraic cultural impact on the womanhood of childless women. The stories of Sarah, Hannah, and Elizabeth are also briefly studied to amplify the Jewish worldview in their time. The contribution of the patriarchal status in infertility on the intensity of the loss is explored. The article seeks to clarify through biblical lenses how culture impacts the perception of the status of womanhood when someone is battling with childlessness.

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A penchant for the dead occupies a preeminent place in the belief systems of Africans. Though the phenomenon seems to be a worldwide challenge to the equilibrium of societies, the situation in Africa has become more critical, probably due to the general belief that the dead still have the potential to harm the living when the latter mishandle them. As a result of this, an inordinate attention has been given to the dead, through exorbitant funeral rites, at the expense of the living. In the attempt to change the status quo, this study has examined King David's attitude in 2 Sam 12:15–23 and ascertained that his behavior towards the sickness and ensuing death of his son is antagonistic to the prevailing phenomenon of “the Death Positivity Bias.” Through a phenomenological approach to the passage under study, I argue that David's attitude before and after the child's demise must be the way forward. The focus must be on the living, especially those in dire straits. The study concludes, therefore, that David's posture stands as a clear case against “the Death Positivity Bias” phenomenon in Africa.

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