Hooker, Josh. Windhoek: NETS 2012 More »
In this booklet Josh Hooker addresses the social evil of suicide in Namibia. He explores the idea that suicide is the unforgiveable sin and that those who commit suicide automatically go to hell. As well as looking at key biblical passages he considers the theological implications of the gospel of God's grace as it relates to suicide. Finally, he challenges the churches of Namibia to a more biblical response to the families of those who have been bereaved in this way.
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Kasera, Basilius. Windhoek: NETS 2012 More »
Basilius Kasera helps us to think through as Christians how we will respond to the crushing issue of poverty. He shows us that it is a problem that we must not ignore, one that must remain a cause of concern for Namibian churches and one that must spur us into action. Others have recognised this problem but have resorted to a false and unbiblical theology. In this booklet we are introduced to the key ideas of the so-called Prosperity Gospel that is widely preached in Namibia and warned of its destructive power.
Prill, Thorsten. Windhoek: NETS 2012 More »
Thorsten Prill examines the difference the gospel makes in our lives. Without the true gospel, he reminds us, we are still dead in our sins and still involved in the rebellion against God. Unfortunately, many today in Namibia (even many who call themselves 'Christians') have not understood this all-important message. This means that people remain under God's punishment for sin. In this booklet we are called back to the cross of Jesus as our only hope. This is a message we must share with others and live in the light of.
Hooker, Josh. Windhoek: NETS 2012 More »
Marriages are under pressure today. Many want to redefine marriage altogether or simply ignore it. But, where did the institution of marriage begin? What does the Bible say? Josh Hooker takes us back to the early chapters of Genesis and shows us that marriage was instituted by God. He shows us how sin has spoilt the marriage relationship, so that husbands and wives often become competitors, rather than companions. He addresses the issues of physical and emotional abuse within the marriage relationship and shows how the cross of Jesus gives us hope for our marriages.
Matsveru, Florence. Windhoek: NETS 2012 More »
We need to face up to the reality that there are people living with 'HIV and AIDS' within the contemporary church. However, Christians do not always show the love of Christ in dealing with those who are inflicted in this way. In fact, sometimes churches have a policy of shunning HIV positive people altogether. Florence Matsveru in this booklet calls us to think again. She calls us back to the Bible, which addresses issues of stigmatism and standing in judgment upon others. The church's response should not be to shun those with HIV, but rather to embrace them with Christ's love.
Rieger, Achim. Windhoek: NETS 2012 More »
We need the Bible to understand what the Christian life is about, Achim Rieger suggests. In this booklet he describes from the Bible what it means to be a Christian, to live as a Christian, and to grow as a Christian. The Christian life, he insists, is not about religion but about a relationship with the Living God. He demonstrates the importance of prayer and Bible reading for Christians so that they can nurture their relationship with God.
Prill, Thorsten (editor) München: Grin Verlag, 2010. More »
Established in 1991, the mission of the Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS) is to equip Christians with knowledge and skills to live godly lives and serve the Church and the wider community. The purpose of this book is to contribute to the accomplishment of this mission. It is the first volume of essays by NETS faculty members. Each essay is a sustained reflection on a particular aspect of God s mission in southern Africa and beyond. Josh Hooker gives a reflection upon the role of theological education in the southern African context. For him the crucial question is: Are we truly equipping Christians for ministry? Basilius Kasera examines the impact of modern heresies, such as prosperity gospel and open theism, on the church in Namibia in the light of Genesis 3:1-5. Thorsten Prill tests the claim that evangelism has never been popular both as a concept and a ministry. For this he investigates four 20th century theologians (Barth, Bonhoeffer, Tillich and Moltmann) who have had a significant influence on theological thinking both in European and North American mainstream Protestant denominations and in mission initiated churches in southern Africa. In a second essay he explores the relationship between globalisation and mission.
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Prill, Thorsten (editor) München: Grin Verlag. 2012. More »
This book contains essays by NETS faculty members who bring with them a rich ministry experience in churches and para-church organisations in Namibia and other countries. Each essay is a sustained reflection on a particular aspect of Christian mission and ministry in Namibia and beyond.
Thorsten Prill looks at both the challenges and opportunities for the Church in Namibia. He argues that para-church organisations with their focus on evangelism, church-planting and theological training have a significant role to play. In a second essay he identifies key issues in mission today and challenges churches, mission organisations and mission partners to be caught up in a missionary movement with God. Basilius Kasera demonstrates that the use of traditional African names for God as representatives of the God of the Bible is problematic as it leads to a distorted understanding of the biblical revelation. Such an approach fails to distinguish clearly between the revelation of Yahweh and the idols Africans have always worshipped.
In a further article Basilius Kasera discusses the dangers of prosperity gospel teaching for the Namibian Church. Simon Gillham argues that the models and assumptions behind theological education in Africa have been largely imported from the west. Using the biblical metaphor of a tree representing spiritual maturity, he explores what roots, what fruits and what species of theological education might be most appropriate for the African context. Victor Kuligin examines the general state of the Namibian Church in light of the well-known statement that faith without deeds is dead . He argues that there is a discrepancy between the claim of being a Christian country and the lifestyle and conduct of many Namibian church members. He finds an answer for this disconnect in the second chapter of the New Testament letter of James.
Achim Rieger believes that local church leadership should be, first and foremost, trained in the local church given the socio-economic conditions in Namibia. He shows that the training strategy used by the apostle Paul can be a viable option for the Namibian Church. Spencer Tjijenda examines the spiritual condition of the Herero-Banderu people before and during the missionary period. He argues that the evaluation of pioneer missionary Carl Hugo Hahn was not only true but was also motivated by deep concern and love for this Namibian people group an attitude that is still relevant for God s mission in Namibia today.
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Prill, Thorsten (editor) München: Grin Verlag, 2011. More »
This book is the first volume of theological research papers from the Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS). The authors are young southern African theologians and practitioners. While they come from different countries and church backgrounds they all share a commitment to Gospel-centred mission and church ministry. Simba Musvamhiri (Zimbabwe) looks at the discipleship process in a fast growing evangelical-charismatic church in Namibia s capital Windhoek. He argues that attractive services and a strong preaching and teaching ministry, as well as a focus on hospitality are no guarantee that church members are fully committed to follow Jesus Christ in all areas of life and on a daily basis. What is needed is a relational and transferable discipleship process which equips all church members whether they are students, young professionals or other community members, to move towards spiritual maturity. Peter Koona Tefo (Lesotho) demonstrates the importance of pastoral visitation in the southern African context. According to Tefo there is a direct correlation between the frequency and quality of pastoral visits by church leaders and active participation in the life of a local congregation by church members. Abednigo Musona (Zimbabwe) examines the relationship between church leadership and the level of participation of church members in congregational programmes and fluctuations in church membership respectively. He argues that a church leadership which follows Biblical principles is more likely to achieve spiritual and numerical growth. Finally, Zeka Avelino Tjiwana (Namibia) explores the situation of young church members in the north of Namibia. He shows that due to the absence of youth ministry guidelines and a lack of spiritually mature and well trained youth leaders, emotional and spiritual problems of young people are not properly addressed.
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Prill, Thorsten (editor) München: Grin Verlag, 2013. More »
In 2008 many people in Africa and elsewhere were shocked when they saw on their televisions how Zimbabwean, Mozambican and Malawian immigrants were attacked, robbed and beaten up in South African townships. This eruption of xenophobic violence against millions of fellow Southern Africans was unheard of. Some authors have claimed that stereotyping and vilifying language in the Bible contributed to these xenophobic attacks. In this research paper Thorsten Prill shows that the biblical teaching actually rejects racism and promotes acceptance beyond ethnic and social boundaries. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of what the Bible has to say about migrants and strangers and to encourage Christians to live accordingly and to promote the biblical view in their local communities and beyond.
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