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Book Give Away!

I wrote a new book which came out last Easter just after the first lockdown started, and so, well, even I sort of forgot about it. But, I eventually got my hands on a few copies, so, I'd like to give two of them away.  The book is about the theology of the founders of the Apostolic Church, so it should hopefully be of interest to Apostolic pastors, which means one of the copies is reserved for any pastor in the Apostolic Church. The other copy is for anyone in the UK (because international postage is too expensive, sorry!). Here's the link to enter the competition. (I've never tried making a competition before, so sorry if it's not the most slick!) There are four ways to enter.  1) Subscribe to the blog by email. 2) Follow me on Twitter. 3) Tweet about the competition using via the competition page above.  4) For the pastor copy, any pastor can email me at the address in the Apostolic Church UK Staff Address Book.  You can see the full table of contents on the Google b

Seminary & Missions: A Historical Perspective



Seminary / Bible College and missions have long been linked. (In fact, as we saw in the previous post this link between theological training and missions goes all the way back to biblical times). So, today lets look at a historical example.

Back in the days of the Reformation, Calvin 'the Academy' in Geneva to train future ministers. Yet the academy did not simply exist to fill the pulpits of Geneva. Rather the academy existed to train missionary ministers to take the gospel beyond the Swiss city, to France and even further afield. The academy was opened in 1559; in 1561 the records indicate that 142 men were sent
 out on 151 missions. By 1562 there were 2,150 protestant churches in France, with a membership of 3 million (out of total population of 20 million); furthermore it was estimated that half of the French nobility adhered to the Reformed faith! 

Although it must be remembered that the missionary endeavour to France (and even Brazil) stared 4 years before the official beginning of the Academy, this should not lead us to think that the earlier missionaries were sent out untrained. Rigorous theological training and gospel missions went hand in hand in Calvin's Geneva. The missionaries knew the Scriptures and preached the biblical gospel, and God worked through that gospel proclamation.  Although the word revival is not usually attached to the Genevan Reformation, I think that is the word that would be used today for the conversion of 15% of the population, principally in the space of 8 years!  Theological training and evangelism go very well together!

(P.S. The pictures are of the Calvin Auditory in Geneva, original home to the Academy, and site of Calvin's lectures even before the Academy's founding).