‘Who will lead the sheep when the shepherds are gone?’ Clergy plays an important role in the
establishing and sustaining of the church; without them, congregants will not be rooted in
the faith nor will the faith be ...
This article presupposes the right of the faithful to pose critical questions about God. God concepts
cannot be distanced or freed from ideology. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the reflection
on Jahwe and Elohim are mostly ...
Meylahn, Johann-Albrecht(AOSIS Open Journals, 2017-10-25)
A very simplified description of physics could be, according to Wikipedia, natural science that
involves the study of matter and its motion and behaviour through space and time. In relation
to this simplified description ...
Miller-McLemore, B.J. (Bonnie)(AOSIS Open Journals, 2017-10-25)
This essay appraises the history of the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT),
arguing that competing aims have pulled it in different directions. The essay arose initially out
of a roundtable on IAPT at an ...
Manyaka, Semape Jacob(AOSIS Open Journals, 2017-09-29)
This article investigates using social entrepreneurship as a way of developing sustainable
township economies, so that poverty can be eradicated from the townships of South Africa
and township dwellers can begin to play ...
This article is a result of research being conducted to explore how churches in two regions of the
City of Tshwane – Pretoria Central and Mamelodi East – respond to urban change and
vulnerability. Both regions are deeply ...
Meylahn, Johann-Albrecht; Musiyambiri, Joshua(AOSIS Open Journals, 2017-10-27)
This article is a practical theological reflection on leadership practice. The study offers a critical
reflection of the Church’s practice of leadership as it interacts with the practices of the world.
The leadership has ...
Discipleship has almost vanished from normal church conversations. I will argue in this article
that this is for more than one reason, but may be, because we have for some or other illogical
reason, equated confrontational ...
The context of this research is the Shigalo Tabernacle Worship Centre, where the
researcher is currently ministering. The faith community is within Shigalo Village in
the town of Malamulele in the Vhembe District, which ...
Much study regarding the Belhar Confession has been conducted already such as: The
Belhar Confession in its historical context Plaatjies-van Huffel (2014), Chronicle of
Conference Barman/ Belhar Consultation 18 and 19 ...
This study is an attempt to analyse and understand elderly suicide within the context of
pastoral counselling in the current Korean society. This research on elderly suicide is
carried out from the perspective of ...
Oppenshaw, Derek Leonard(University of Pretoria, 2017)
The foundational hypothesis to this study is that congregations which have a healthy
perception and a greater understanding of conflict will develop more effective responses
to conflict that will translate into more ...
Graham, Elaine L.(AOSIS Open Journals, 2017-08-31)
This article takes an autobiographical approach to the development of practical theology as a
discipline over the past 30 years, with particular attention to my own context of the United
Kingdom (UK). The unfolding of ...
Akih, Abraham Kpwegeh; Dreyer, Yolanda(AOSIS Open Journals, 2017-08-31)
Penal reform is a challenge across the world. In Africa, those who are incarcerated are especially
vulnerable and often deprived of basic human rights. Prison conditions are generally dire,
resources are limited, and at ...
This article attempts to examine how elderly suicide is viewed in Korean novels, against the
background that suicide rates are higher among older people in Korean society. Firstly, elderly
suicide is caused by loneliness ...
Inspired by the vision of care in Vincent van Gogh’s depiction of the parable of the Good
Samaritan, this article offers a paradigm for inhabiting compassion. Compassion is understood
in this article as a moral emotion ...
Meylahn, Johann-Albrecht(AOSIS Open Journals, 2017-07-06)
This article seeks to respond to the challenge of doing theology in multi-world contexts, by
understanding how these multiple worlds appear. Understanding the role of power in the
appearance of these different worlds ...
Meylahn, Johann-Albrecht(AOSIS Open Journals, 2017-08-22)
This article represents a response to Andries van Aarde’s view on a ‘gateway to the future from
a deconstructed past’, a paper presented as part of a conference, ‘Gateway to the Future from
a Deconstructed Past’, ...
Leaders play an important role in clergy’s response to their call. Toxic leadership, also known
as the dark side of leadership, negatively influences their decision to remain in full-time
pastoral ministry. There is a ...
This contribution explains the value of self-giving and critically questions the discourse on
self-sacrifice in relation to ministerial spirituality. In practice, what others may describe as selfsacrifice
may be experienced ...