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Jonathan Bonk Addresses Christian Faith During McClure Lectures
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted the annual W. Don McClure Lectures Sept. 27-28. Jonathan J. Bonk, executive director of Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Conn. addressed “Christian Faith in a Post-Christendom World.”
Sept. 27 events included “Thinking Small: Toward a Missiology of Interruptions”, “Missions and Money: Affluence as a Western Ministry Problem…Revisited”, "Africa, the Gospel and Ethics: Pre-Christendom Faith in a Post-Christendom World” and “Ambassadors for Christ” based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. Click on the lecture title to read more.
Bonk is the executive director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Conn., and editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Before moving to New Haven in 1997, he served for 20 years as professor of global Christian studies at Providence College and Theological Seminary in Canada. He was raised in Ethiopia by missionary parents, serving there with his wife in famine relief from 1974-1976. A Mennonite minister, he has served as president of both the American Society of Missiology and the Association of Professors of Mission, and is currently president of the International Association for Mission Studies. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews, has published five books, and edited several others. He is best known for his book, Missions and Money: Affluence as a Western Missionary Problem (Orbis, 2nd edition, 2007), recently translated into Korean (Christian Literature Society of Korea, 2010). He travels extensively in Asia, and as project director for the Dictionary of African Christian Biography, visits Africa regularly. He is editor of the Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries (Volume 9) in Routledge’s Religion and Society Series (2007), and serves as a regular visiting professor of missions and evangelism at Yale Divinity School and at the Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul.
These lectures honor the Rev. Dr. W. Don McClure, a 1934 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, who served as a missionary in Africa for nearly 50 years. Born in Blairsville, Pa., McClure began teaching in Khartoum in 1928, upon graduating from Westminster College. After studying at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he returned with his wife, Lyda, to Sudan to evangelize among the Shulla people. He was shot to death by guerrillas in 1977.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.