‘Sorry, he’s spent his whole life in East Africa.’ I find myself saying this almost daily. (I say East Africa rather than Tanzania because many people have no idea where Tanzania is, or mishear it as Tasmania.) Sometimes saying this diffuses the tension of a situation, like when Elliot joins […]
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.
This post was written in 2014. We’re publishing it now before a new round of posts in the lead-up to our time in Australia. As part of some of the ethics reading I’ve been doing, recently I read Eric Seibert’s ‘The Violence of Scripture’. He’s an anabaptist Old Testament lecturer […]
A friend of ours is a Senior Lecturer at the Anglican Bible college in Dodoma and I asked him what he thought about western responses to the prosperity gospel. We feel we’ve been doing lots of learning on the topic of prosperity theology but we’re always keen to run it […]
To conclude this series as I’ve been quoting from Pentecostal Theology in Africa, I want to leave us with a short anecdote about a Pentecostal friend of mine and how her theology is counter-cultural. In his chapter on christology, Clifton Clarke says: For many Africans, death is not the end […]
I’ve been asked a few times since we got to Australia, ‘Do you find it overwhelming how much there is for kids and mums to do here?’ It’s a good question. I’m not working at the moment until our deputation starts in December, so it’s just me and Elliot with […]
When we went through customs in Dar es Salaam on our way to Australia, Elliot ran ahead of me while I spoke to the customs agent and he did his thing with our passport. The customs officer poked his head out of his cubicle, smiled at Elliot and commented on […]
Last week we saw something of the character of prosperity gospel in Africa as described by David Ogungbile in his chapter in Pentecostal Theology in Africa. In his view though, it is not talk of prosperity which is the problem, but how it is used. He laments its individualistic wealth […]