These Post-modern African Folk

Interesting blog post on the postmodern conversation among Africans and African Americans. Matt Glock’s post on Global Christianity was kicked off by Jonny.

My thoughts?

– A friend from Africa (Ngwiza – who now heads up DAWN International) told me that the postmodern question is a very relevant one for African churches, in particular because the modern church introduced to them by Scottish missionaries could not deal with the demonic or the supernatural with its Enlightenment mentality.

– The area of the world with the most 24-7 prayer rooms last summer was Africa.

– Another friend from Africa told me that the emerging culture issues were the same for African youth. When i asked him how many of the pastors in his country were young, he looked at me as if i was stupid – the AIDS virus had wiped out most of the older pastors and most of them were now in their twenties. We in the west will continue to be enriched by those in the Global south. Its happened before. The Celtic Christianity was enriched by desert monasticism of Egypt hundreds of years ago.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.

1 Comment

  • keith says:

    We do so need to hear the massively under-represented voice of the church and mission movements in the south. This is some of what I am trying to do at Under the Acacias – bringing stories from Burkina Faso to bear on our own perpsectives and practice – for example, the occasional series I’ve been doing on emerging church and multicultural society.

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