A peep into life in Africa, through the eyes of an African Reformed Baptist pastor.

Water, water, water, everywhere. What else do you expect? I am a Baptist, and I live in the land of the mighty Victoria Falls!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The latest issues of Reformation Zambia are out!

I have in my hands the latest two issues of Reformation Zambia—hot off the press! I continue to thank God for sustaining this magazine/journal because, as my printer told me when I first asked him to print this magazine, “forget it, magazines do not sell in Zambia”. I guess he was adding credence to the well-known adage, “If you want to hide anything from an African, hide it in a book!” Well, we are now on issue 24…and counting.

Before I give you a snapshot of what is contained in these two issues, let me apologise for the late publication of issue 23 of Reformation Zambia. Our associate editor was unable to get the contents to us by his deadline due to other demands on his time. However, with the timely production of issue 24, we are now back on schedule. Let me briefly tell you what topics are covered in these two latest editions of Zambia’s only Reformed Baptist periodical.

Issue 23 deals with “Adoption—the Forgotten Facet in the Jewel of Salvation”. Victor, the associate editor handling this issue, says, “…adoption is the apex of salvation as revealed in the Bible. It is the zenith of that process of salvation that the God of the Bible pursues so relentlessly in the soul of a person who humbly bows their knee and joyfully acknowledges Jesus Christ as their Lord.

“Concerning the importance of understanding the biblical teaching of adoption, the acclaimed evangelical theologian, J.I. Parker observes, ‘Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption... If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.’”

Issue 24 deals with “Redeeming Our Culture”. It is a special edition because it handles issues that Reformed Baptist pastors in Zambia are grappling with. This issue deals with two such topics: (1) Generational Curses—Myth or Reality, and (2) The Ritualization of the African Woman. These are both very current issues. Everyone who is serving in the church in Africa will want to come to terms with these issues from a biblical standpoint.

If you would like to buy a copy or subscribe to this periodical, write to any of the outlets listed below that may be closest to you. I would especially like to encourage Bible College libraries around the world to subscribe so that they can expose their students to the current thinking of Reformed Baptist pastors in Africa. Too many library shelves in our colleges only have Western periodicals.

Australia & New Zealand – Israel Malekano (israelm@westnet.com.au)
South Africa – Roland Eskinazi (eskinazi@mweb.co.za)
UK & Europe – Davies Kabole (kaboled@aol.com)
USA & Canada – Mirfin Mpundu (mirfinm@gmail.com)
All other countries – Ruth Ngwira (reformationzambia@gmail.com

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