Ken Bailey illustrates brilliantly here how important it is for us to understand the original cultural context in order to understand the Bible.
May God rest him in peace with the saints!
It is my solemn duty to report to you that our brother and teacher, Dr. Kenneth Bailey, retired member of the presbytery, died last evening (May 23, 2016) in Grove City, surrounded by his immediate family and some close friends. There will be so much more to say in the coming days, in so many gatherings in our common life, about Ken’s legacy in our ministries. For now, let us hold in prayer wife Mickey, daughter Sarah, son-in-law Victor, and his extended family … even as we hold on to and hold up the good hope of the resurrection.
Details about arrangements to come later this week.
Rev. Dr. Ralph William Hawkins
Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk
The Presbytery of Shenango
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Here are some of his books:
- Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008)
- “Open Hearts in Bethlehem (A Christmas Musical)” (Louisville: W/JK, 2005)
- The Cross and the Prodigal [Revised edition] (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2005)
- Jacob and the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel’s Story (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2003)
- Finding the Lost: Cultural Keys to Luke 15 (St. Louis: Concordia, 1992)
- Poet and Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, l980)
- God Is … Dialogues on the Nature of God [Revised Edition] (Toronto: FFM, 2005)
One of the truly remarkable spiritual movements of our day is the fact that tens of thousands of Muslims from North Africa to Indonesia are dreaming dreams and seeing visions of Jesus. These appearances of Jesus are deeply personal and as life changing as Paul’s vision on the road to Damascus.
“‘Jesus the Messiah’ is the name they hear in these ‘Resurrection appearances’ for that is what they are for those who experience them. The people who see these visions find each other and new ‘house churches’ are emerging from those encounters. These house churches, as in China, prefer to remain ‘under the radar,’ and naturally they use the styles of worship with which they are familiar. In November of this year I was privileged to receive authenticated news of one such movement in which those involved have indeed come to faith in Christ out of Muslim background. Naturally their style of prayer follows the graceful and reverent Islamic worship style of kneeling and bowing the head to the ground in a sacrament of surrender of the whole person to God. Yes, but what direction do these new worshipers face? Islam began by praying facing Jerusalem and then changed critical parts of its theological focus as it shifted to face Mecca for its prayers. Where do these new believers face as they pray? Continue reading “Kenneth Bailey – Will it Be a Line or a Circle?”