Misconceptions about Africa; Audacity, Ethnicity, Resurrection, etc (Links and Quotes)

Africa: How Wild? There are lots of misconceptions about life in Africa. What are these misconceptions? How did they come about? (A discussion).

Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright’s 1990 Sermon – Audacity to Hope (full text) is reposted by Preaching Today.

Reconciliation blog links to Our Jeremiah Why Obama’s Pastor matters.

I understand why the Obama campaign felt they had to distance themselves from Wright’s post 9-11 comments. But I am worried that Obama has missed a chance to talk about the rich and complex tapestry of black religious life
. . . Prophetic Christianity allowed African Americans to retain a sense of humanity in the face of our country’s racism.

Last night, Christi said, “Win or lose, Obama’s candidacy is going to confront a lot of America with its racism and racist roots. There’s a lot of ‘educating’ that is going to have to happen.”

The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism – Jerry Muller Foreign Affairs. A Kenyan comments on it here.

European stability during the Cold War era was in fact due partly to the widespread fulfilment of the ethno-nationalist project. And since the end of the Cold War, ethno-nationalism has continued to reshape European borders.

. . . It is wishful thinking to suppose that (colonial) boundaries will be permanent. As societies in the former colonial world modernise, becoming more urban, literate, and politically mobilised, the forces that gave rise to ethno-nationalism and ethnic disaggregation in Europe are apt to drive events there, too.”He continues: “The fact that in Europe ethnic and state boundaries now largely coincide has meant that there are fewer disputes in Europe.

A Witness to Death (Dr. Jennifer Myhre, Uganda):

When someone dies, the onlookers shake their heads and say “it is God’s will”. But it isn’t, not really. God let his own son die because the death of 7 year old Ugandan children is NOT OK. It is not the way the world is supposed to be. And changing this world requires suffering and sacrifice, the ultimate suffering and sacrifice paid by God Himself. It is a mysterious truth that His people continue to pay.

Pastor M debriefs the conclusion of Msfara – the Tour of Hope (March 17 – several posts).
The continuation of Pastor Ken’s Story. Part one was here – (2nd paragraph.)

‘Counseling 101 never prepared me for this!’ As the rest prayed though, Pst. Kuchio engaged the man in serious conversation about how God not only forgives us but He enables us to forgive others. Then, an amazing thing happened; not only did the man agree to dismantle his revenge mission, but he also decided to turn his life over to Christ.

Michael Kruse is doing a very in-depth review of McLaren’s – Everything Must Change.

Resurrection in the New York Times:

As Christians in most of the world approach the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, it is startling to find three distinguished scholars, all known for scrupulous attention to theological tradition and biblical sources, agreeing that the very idea of resurrection is widely and badly misunderstood. [Madigen, Levenson & Wright.]

Misunderstood not just by those whose contemporary sensibilities restrain them from saying much more about resurrection than that it symbolizes some vague (and probably temporary) victory of life over death. But also misunderstood by many devout believers who consider themselves thoroughly faithful to traditional religious teachings.

. . . Resurrection is not a belief that divides an other-worldly Christianity from a this-worldly Judaism. Nor is resurrection something that refers only — or even primarily — to the individual’s survival after death. Instead, both books emphasize that in classic Jewish and Christian teachings, resurrection refers to a collective resurrection of people and renewal of all creation at the end of time.

Resurrection was linked to the expectation of judgment and a final triumph of justice. This was the idea of resurrection that had evolved as Jews returned from exile and struggled under foreign domination in the period before Jesus. It was this idea of resurrection that Christians had in mind when they declared that what occurred on Easter was the “first fruits” of what was to come.

Read the rest of the article here.

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