The theological treasures gathered here show the intriguing coherence of an unfolding vision. Earthed in the ministry of a priest, missionary, academic theologian, and well-travelled bishop, the five settings provide 16 chapters written over 34 years in Kenya, Cambridge, Islington, Sherborne and Lambeth. Art, poetry and archives mingle with theology, history and spirituality. Memorable scenes include a Kenyan liturgy on the environment and Bishop Gitari’s preaching, the drama of worship on the streets of London, a Deuteronomic prequel to the Prodigal Son, flashes from the lives of Henry Martyn and Stephen Harding, the birth of South Sudan and the historic dialogue of John Stott and Basil Meeking.
Graham Kings, Ph.D. (2002), Utrecht University, founded the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, where he is Research Associate. Formerly Bishop of Sherborne, his books include
Christianity Connected: Hindus, Muslims and the World in the Letters of Max Warren and Roger Hooker. (Boekencentrum, 2002 and ISPCK, 2017).
"ONE OF the Church of England’s great networkers, noticers and encouragers, Graham Kings served as missionary, scholar, priest and bishop in Kenya, Cambridge, Islington and Sherborne before winding up as Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion. His latest book Nourishing Mission (Brill) is described by David Ford in his Foreword as “feeling like an embodiment of Graham Kings in print, characterised by energy and encouragement, with connections in many directions”." in:
The Tablet, The International Catholic Weekly, 11 December 2021.
Foreword by David Ford Acknowledgements Abbreviations
Introduction 1 Title Words
2 Settings and Chapters
3 Cohering Themes
Setting 1: Kabare
Kenyan Church-State Relations and the Bible 1 Context
2 Was There No Naboth to Say No?
3 Scriptural Litany for the Environment
4 Daniel Chapter 6 and Kenya Today?
5 One-Party State?
6 A Kenyan Passion Play
The Bible, Christianity and African Traditional Religions 1 Ngai or ngai?
2 The Treasures and Wealth of the Nations
3 Theological Fornication
4 Extra Regnum Nulla Salus (Outside the Kingdom There Is No Salvation)
Evangelicals in Search of Catholicity: Lausanne II in Manila 1 Gospel of the Kingdom and ‘Coinherence’: The Intermingling of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
2 Eschatology: It Is Always Soon
3 The Whole Church: Growth or Obesity?
Setting 2: Cambridge
Henry Martyn: Missionary Scholar for Our Age? 1 Introduction: Portraits
2 Henry Martyn’s Life and Context
3 Martyn’s Influence on People in the Past and Today
4 The Study of Mission, Dialogue and World Christianity Today
5 Conclusion: Martyn’s Challenge for Vocations for Our Age
Icon of Indian Indigeneity: Abdul Masih 1 The Turban: A Muslim Convert
2 The Open New Testament
3 The Books and Bottles
Mission and the Meeting of Faiths: Max Warren and John V. Taylor 1 Introduction
2 Background Influences on Warren and Taylor
3 Warren’s Theology of Christian Presence and of Attention
4 Taylor’s Theology of the Go-Between Spirit and the Meeting of Faiths
5 Conclusions: Warren and Taylor’s Influence in World Christianity in the Later Part of the Twentieth Century
Setting 3: Islington
Worship on Upper Street, Islington 1 Context
2 Good Friday Procession, 2003
3 Good Friday Procession, 2004
4 Good Friday Procession, 2005
5 Guest Service and the South African Mysteries
6 Civic Services and Muslim Interviews
7 Christmas Day Broadcast, 2004 BBC
8 Praise Nights
Canal, River and Rapids: Contemporary Evangelicalism in the Church of England 1 Introduction
2 Current Outlines of Watercourses
4 Historical Reflections on the Watercourses
5 Theological Reflections on the Watercourses
6 Conclusion: Rigour without Rancour
Don’t Throw Stones: Deuteronomy and the Prodigal Son 1 Introduction
2 Deuteronomy 21.15–17 Protection against a Capricious Father
3 Deuteronomy 21.18–21 The Dreadful Stoning of the Son at the Town Gate
4 An Honourable Father and Son Relationship in Modern Hebrew Scholarship
5 The Awful Sentence
6 Luke 15.11–32 Welcome Home for a Lost Son
7 Deuteronomy 21.22–23 and Galatians 3.13 Paul’s Reinterpretation
Maps and Myths Matter: Christianity in the Global South 1 Introduction
2 Maps Matter
3 Myths Matter
Conclusion Bibliography Index of Names Index of Subjects
Scholars and students of theology, history, mission studies, religions, world Christianity and ecumenism, including clergy and bishops who are preparing for the Lambeth Conference 2022. Institutions: Faculties of Divinity, Theology and Religious Studies in British, American, African and Asian Universities and Colleges.