The Integrative Potential of Scripturally-based Discipleship

Between 2003 and 2008, I returned repeatedly to Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation on the southern borders of the Sahara desert. On each occasion, I was invited to present a series of missional, discipleship seminars, to two Burkinabé constituencies.

  • Rural-based, Pentecostal missionary-pastors and bible-school trainees associated with church-planting movement, Assemblée Evangélique de Pentecôte
  • Urban-based university students and young office workers associated with national youth movement, Mouvement des Jeunes Serviteurs de Dieu

On each occasion, informal feedback from participants suggested that a significant spiritual dynamic was taking place among participants during the seminars.

Between 2009 and 2013, building upon my experience of contextual leadership training, in conjunction with Fuller School of Intercultural Studies, I completed a programme doctoral research, exploring the missiological dynamics underlying my interactions with Burkinabé leaders and learners.

My research employed the perspective of contextual missiology to address theological education and discipleship in the context of Burkina Faso. My conclusions were based upon a qualitative analysis and evaluation of Burkinabé leaders’ and learners’ insights, attitudes, perspectives and hopes regarding incumbent forms of training and praxis.

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America’s Cup

Greatly looking forward to the America’s Cup, starting this evening and coming to a climax in about a month’s time. Sir Ben Ainslie—following his decisive thrilling participation in Oracle Team USA’s fantastic overhaul of Team New Zealand, in 2014—is the skipper of Land Rover Team BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing). This weekend sees the start of the qualifiers that, over the next three weeks, will lead to a finalist facing off against Team Oracle, the current holder of the Cup. Continue reading “America’s Cup”

Theological Education and Scripturally-based Discipleship: Critical Distinctions

Modern theological education, as generally understood and practiced today, is a wholly Western concept. Yet, over the past century and a half, it has become a global prescription. The reason for this is the successful expansionism of the Western missionary movement.

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Swiss Valley Trail

Leisurely 7 miles
Overcast, occasional drizzle

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Leisurely 7 mile walk, along the Swiss Valley Trail, beginning from Llanelli Leisure Centre, following the Route 47 cycle path, towards the Upper and Cwm Lliedi Reservoirs. The Swiss Valley Trail is built on the site of the former Carmarthenshire Railway—the earliest operational public railway in Great Britain, authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1803. Continue reading “Swiss Valley Trail”

Graig Fawr, Cefn Drum

Length: 8.5 miles — Grade: Moderate
Weather: Dense fog; light rain

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Moderately demanding, circular 8-mile ramble, starting out from Pontardulais Station, proceeding through the outskirts of the town, following the route of St Illtyd’s Way to ascend Graig Fawr, passing its trig point (OSBM S2002TP3429). The route returns by following the ridge-line of Cefn Drum, before proceeding through Pontardulais, back to the start. Continue reading “Graig Fawr, Cefn Drum”

Llanfihangel-rhos-y-corn

Moderate 10 miles
Overcast, some light rain

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Moderate 10-mile ramble, starting from the car park at Keepers Lodge, about a mile north of Brechfa. Route principally  follows the course of the Afon Marlais, through the woodland of the Brechfa Forest, before traversing moorland to the cairn and “shalom” sculpture and trig point (S2528, TP218), marking the summit of Mynydd Llanfihangel-rhos-y-corn. Continue reading “Llanfihangel-rhos-y-corn”