Facilitating God’s preferred future

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Facilitating God’s preferred future builds on the legacy of Frederick Marais by examining the interconnected themes of spiritual formation and theological understanding, the role of the church in a changing world, along with that of theological training and leadership. Its aim is to enable the church to discern what her mission in the present entails as facilitator of God’s promised future.

This book of friendship is dedicated to FREDERICK MARAIS, colleague and mentor, a true pioneer.

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SUBTITLE: Faith formation, missional transformation and theological education

FORMAT: Book

PAGES: 280

SUMMARY: This book of friendship is dedicated to FREDERICK MARAIS, colleague and mentor, a true pioneer.

Facilitating God’s preferred future builds on the legacy of Frederick Marais by examining the interconnected themes of spiritual formation and theological understanding, the role of the church in a changing world, along with that of theological training and leadership. Its aim is to enable the church to discern what her mission in the present entails as facilitator of God’s promised future.

CONTENT:
Frederick Marais – colleague, mentor, friend
Introduction
Part 1: Faith formation
1. Union with Christ: Rediscovering a key concept of reformed theology (soteriology) and spirituality
2. The way of man: Wisdom spirituality, ethics and new beginnings
3. Creating transformative experiences: Faith formation as a journey of discernment
4. An ecology of formation for missional leadership: Reflections on Frederick Marais’ influence on my missional imagination
5. On silence, solitude and prayer
6. Beholding: “Right brain” apophatic spirituality as a stance for the local church in mission
Part 2: Missional transformation
7. The Trinity and incarnation: From vulnerability to resilience
8. In step with the living God: Designing an instrument for missional culture change
9. Responsible renewal of the diaconate
10. Diaconate: From welfare to restorative justice
11. σάρξ as δόξα? An ecological reading of the Fourth Gospel
Part 3: Theological education
12. Theological education and the modern university
13. From “Afrikaner- gereformeerde volksteologie” to an ecumenical theology: The challenge from the confessional theology of Belhar
14. Ecclesiological review of the development of the Seminary of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa and the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa
15. A framework of five transformative leadership competencies for Dutch Reformed Church pastors
16. Aristotle to Bloom: Theological formation and curriculum development for lay ministers in the Dutch Reformed Church
17. The Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa as a learning organisation
18. The “stolen Bible” and the “stolen land”? Some tentative reflections on the decolonising of biblical studies
19. Reading the Bible responsibly
AUTHOR: Marius J Nel is professor of New Testament at Stellenbosch University. He obtained his DTh in New Testament at Stellenbosch University (2002). His recent books are Ons wil Jesus sien (with CW Burger, 2022) and Reframing: Novel metaphors for reimagining the church and the Bible (2023). He is the chairperson of the New Testament Society of Southern Africa, an assessor of the DRC in South Africa, and co-editor of Scriptura.

Dr Pieter van der Walt co-ordinates the DRC Synod of the Western Cape’s theological research network. He is also part of the General Synod’s teams for Empirical Research and Doctrinal and Current Affairs. He is the series editor of Stellenbosch Theological Reflections, a publication of the Ecumenical Council at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Theology. He was a minister in Paarl in the DRC congregation of Paarlberg for 25 years. Dr Van der Walt is a research associate in Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, Stellenbosch University.

Contributors: Coenie Burger, Chris Hermans, Nico Simpson, Tom Smith, Erik de Jongh, Nigel Rooms, Nelus Niemandt, Lourens Bosman, Nioma Venter, Janneke Neethling, Elna Mouton, Pieter van der Walt, Reggie Nel, Natie Philander, Leon Venter, Guillaume Smit, Andrew Kok, Dion Forster, Marius J Nel

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