For the Knowledge of the Glory of the Lord
David Emmanuel Singh and Paul Bendor-Samuel (Eds)
2023 | 111pp pb | ISBN: 978-1-914454-89-9
If the ultimate measure of a mature indigenous church is its ability to self-theologise, then the formation of OCMS in 1983 was a crucial milestone in the growth of Christianity in the Majority World. It marked the ability of non-Western evangelical churches to confidently assert their own distinctive identities with intellectual rigour within global Christianity, formerly Western-dominated. That this initiative is happening in the midst of one of the leading academic centres of the world makes it doubly significant. This book tells this wonderful story, one for which we are deeply thankful – to God for his leading and the pioneers for their boldness and imagination.
Bishop Emeritus Hwa Yung, Former Chair, OCMS Council
Far before ‘Global Christianity’ became a broadly recognized field of study, OCMS was offering women and men from around the world a stellar opportunity to address the realities of their contexts through responsible scholarship and as part of a community committed to God’s good work in God’s world. Get glimpses in this book of how a small educational institution founded by Christians from the Global South has been nourishing faithful mission work the world round for decades. And join the chorus of people from all tribes and nations singing praise to God!
Ruth Padilla DeBorst, INFEMIT Team Coordinator and Professor at Western Theological Seminar
In celebrating its 40th anniversary, this book narrates the past and present of OCMS. The book is full of hidden stories of this 40-year journey. The book contributes to the continuing legacy of OCMS as a true decolonialising institution, encouraging scholars from the Majority World to theologise from their own context, and so contribute to the construction of a true world Christianity.
Bokyoung Park, President of IAMS (International Association for Mission Studies), Professor of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary, Seoul