Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Worldview and Culture

Dear Colleagues

If there is anyone who would like to explore further the ideas and concepts I raised in my presentation the attached
chapter might be a good place to start. While I don't agree with everything contained within the chapter it is a useful
introduction. I've also attached the power point which I used to provide the framework and main points.

Ian Swan

(Walsh, Brian J. and Middleton, J. Richard, "Worldview and Culture" (The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian Worldview,
Downers grove, Il: Intervarsity press, ch. 1, pp 33-39)


Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Developing Leaders of maturity

If you click on the link you can download Ria Scholtens excellent paper on "Developing Leaders of maturity" with the PowerPoint which she presented at Matrahaza (Hungary) at the ETLN-conference in January 2010.

Download the paper

Download the PowerPoint

Friday, 29 January 2010

New Releases from Wipf & Stock

Ian Swan has recomended these publications as a helpful resource.

Additional New Releases from Wipf & Stock
an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers

Tracking God

An Ecumenical Fundamental Theology

Ivana Noble

“Here is theology as it should be today: ecumenical yet appreciative of particular traditions; critical yet rooted in professed belief; of the Church, but with eye and ear to the spiritual questions of a pluralistic world. Comprehensive in scope, the book also attends to nuances of well-selected sources spanning two millennia. Professor Noble, like Matthew’s scribe, brings out ‘what is new and what is old.’ Both theological students and seasoned scholars will find this a treasure.”
William H. Petersen, Emeritus Dean & Professor of Bexley Hall Seminary

Ivana Noble
is an associate professor of Ecumenical Theology at the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University, Prague and is Senior Research Fellow at the International Baptist Seminary in Prague. She is the author of Accounts of Hope (2001) and Theological Interpretation of Culture in a Post-Communist Context (2010).

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ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-700-8 / 276 pp. / $30 retail / paper

Dominion over Wildlife?

An Environmental Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations

Stephen M. Vantassel

“Using both Old and New Testament references, Stephen Vantassel very effectively defends trapping, hunting, fishing, and all animal use from the claims of the Christian Animal Rights movement . . . This book is essential reading for Christians and non-Christians alike. Not only does it clarify the issue of animal use, it allows people to use the Bible to defend themselves from attacks by animal rights activists. And it enlarges our awareness of our relationship with the physical world. Vantassel has given us the gift of increasing our consciousness, thereby expanding our ability to worship God.”
Bob Noonan, Editor, Wildlife Control Technology

Stephen M. Vantassel
is Project Coordinator for Wildlife Damage Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to his numerous articles authored on the subject on the of humanity’s relationship to wildlife, he is the author of The Wildlife Removal Handbook, rev. ed., and The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, rev. ed. He presently lives with his wife, Donna, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-343-7 / 232 pp. / $26 retail / paper

Pilgrims on the Silk Road
A Muslim-Christian Encounter in Khiva

Walter R. Ratliff

“Walter Ratliff’s history of the Mennonite Great Trek to Central Asia offers a new angle of vision upon one of the most remarkable events of Mennonite history. Pilgrims on the Silk Road puts the Great Trek into the context of nineteenth-century imperial rivalry and of the Russian conquest of Khiva. The author tells tales of Muslim-Christian cooperation that resonate with meaning in our twenty-first century of religious polarization. Ratliff’s perspective is revisionist without being contentious. I hope this book will find a wide readership.”
James Juhnke, Bethel College, Emeritus

Walter Ratliff
is a journalist and religion scholar from Washington, DC. He holds degrees from Georgetown University, Wheaton College, and the University of New Mexico. He is the producer/director of the documentary “Through the Desert Goes Our Journey” (2008).

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ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-133-4 / 312 pp. / $34 retail / paper

My Brother’s Keeper
Essays in Honor of Ellis R. Brotzman

Edited by Thomas J. Marinello and H. H. Drake Williams

“What a sparkling collection of essays that demonstrates scholarship in the service of the church at its best. They are competent, clear, and significant. Read with care. Several of these essays pack a punch. We may not always agree with them, but we will always be provoked by them to question our own thinking and align our own practice more exactly with the gospel.”
Derek Tidball, former principal of the London School of Theology.

Thomas J. Marinello
is Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, and the Director of Tyndale By Extension at Tyndale Theological Seminary, Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews.

H. H. Drake Williams III,
is Associate Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, and the Vice-President of Academic Affairs and the Academic Dean at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands. He is the author of The Wisdom of the Wise: The Presence and Function of Scripture within 1 Cor 1:18—3:23 (2001) and Making Sense of the Bible: A Study of Ten Key Themes Traced through the Scriptures (2006).

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ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-779-4 / 300 pp. / $33 retail / paper

Additional New Releases from Wipf & Stock:

(Find more information regarding these new releases by selecting their title, and visiting the Wipf and Stock Web site where you can see cover images, synopses, author bios, request review copies, and more.)

Trust in an Age of Arrogance

C. FitzSimons Allison

ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-555-4 / 200 pp. / $23 / paper

Doomed Edifice
The Eclipse of the Prophetic Ministry and the Spiritual Captivity of the Church

P. W. Baker

ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-040-5 / 164 pp / $19 / paper

Is Mormonism Now Christian?

Steven A. Crane

ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-251-5 / 170 pp / $20 / paper

Mission to the World
Communicating the Gospel in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Knud Jørgensen

Edited by Tormod Engelsviken, Ernst Harbakk, Rolv Olsen, and Thor Strandenaes

ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-110-5 / 472 pp / $54 / paper

By the People, For the People
A Political Voice for Progressive Christians

Franklin I. Gamwell

ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-321-5 / 152 pp / $17 / paper

The Christian Case against Contraception
Making the Case from Historical, Biblical, Systematic, and Practical Theology & Ethics

Bryan C. Hodge

ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-010-8 / 310 pp / $34 / paper

Jesus’ Radical Message
Subversive Sermons for Today’s Seekers

Z Holler

ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-267-6 / 172 pp / $20 / paper

Embraced and Engaged
Grace and Ethics in American Foreign Policy

Ron Kirkemo

ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-335-2 / 282 pp / $31 / paper

New Birth
Faith, Culture, and Church as Family

Pius Ojara SJ

ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-647-6 / 196 pp / $23 / paper

Foundations of Economics
A Christian View

Shawn Ritenour

ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-724-4 / 564 pp / $50 / paper

Who Do I Say That You Are?
Anthropology and the Theology of Theosis in the Finnish School of Tuoma Mannermaa

William W. Schumacher

ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-320-8 / 214 pp / $24 / paper

Revisioning Christian Unity
The Global Christian Forum

Huibert van Beek

ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-109-9 / 320 pp / $35 / paper

Ethics for Jessica
Meditations on Living

Gayle Graham Yates

ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-065-8 / 240 pp / $26 / paper


Fotos ETLN 2010

Esercito della Salvezza
Command Headquarters
Rome - Italy

Anne-Florence Tursi
CSWO Italy Command

Some Fotos of ETLN Conference in Budapest 2010

Esercito della Salvezza
Command Headquarters
Rome - Italy


Greetings to all!

Anne-Florence Tursi
CSWO Italy Command

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Emailing posts to the blog...

For those of you who are a little unsure how to post on the blog, we have added a Email-to-Blog function. If you email to the email Hervé provided (you may need to put this address in your address book), the mail will be turned into a blog message and posted straight away.

If you mail to someone from the ETL-Network and before you send it off, realise that the message may be of interest to others, just put the address provided in the CC-line and the message will be posted here for all to see.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Friday, 27 November 2009

Winning Children for Christ...

The European Children's and Youth Secretaries' Network Training met recently and there is someover lap with ETL. One issue in particulr centred upon how child focused (rather than child friendly) our training programmes are.

The questions they raise are:

  • We need to evaluate how our training colleges incorporate children’s spirituality and ministries into their training programmes?
  • Is it possible to evaluate how our training colleges incorporate children’s spirituality into their training programmes?
  • How can we incorporate children’s spirituality and ministries’ into our training programmes at our Training Colleges?
  • What kind of training in children’s ministries did you receive as a cadet/have you received?
  • How can our Training College programmes encourage cadets to be child-friendly in their work?

Friday, 19 June 2009

A young man in Madrid, active soldier, is looking for Salvation Army training in youth and children's ministries in order to better equip himself to minister at his Corps. He is ready and wanting to commit a year, hopefully soon, for this type of equipping. Do we have such an oportunity in Europe? Please let me know whatever options you know of.

Grace and peace to each of you

In Christ


Thursday, 26 February 2009

pioneers of the Kingdom...

Willis has forwarded this quote:

"There are certain things which The Salvation Army can spare and still be The
Salvation Army -- citadels and other meeting places, for instance. Money,
too, can be done without. The advantages of organization are not entirely
essential. One thing, however, The Salvation Army cannot spare. The
Army, which William Booth gathered together out of the most impossible material,
to the astonishment of the world, cannot do with the pioneer spirit. The
pioneer spirit is as necessary now as ever, for left to itself a movement tends
to stagnate. Uniformed officers and soldiers we have in encouraging
numbers -- but too many seem to have forgotten that they are not to be known as
'members'. We can say without equivocation that were we to lose the daring
and the determination of the pioneer spirit we should no longer be The Salvation
Army. There are plenty of churches and congregations. They have
their own special work to do, but we are called to be pioneers of the Kingdom."

– General Erik Wickberg
as quoted in The Officer magazine, January/February 2007