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.  
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