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IMAGE Monmouth University’s Science, Society, and Sustainability Seminar Series Presents Governor Florio on February 3
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Former Governor James J. Florio will speak at Monmouth University Feb. 3 West Long Branch, N.J. - Monmouth University’s Science, Sustainability, and Society Series, sponsored by the School of Science and Urban Coast Institute, presents a... Read More...
IMAGE Call for Entries - Monmouth County Park System 2015 Spring Arts Festival
Sunday, 25 January 2015
PICTURED –This carved rim bowl is an example of the artwork created at the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center. LINCROFT —  Calling all artists!  There’s still time to submit an entry into the Monmouth County Park System’s Spring... Read More...
IMAGE "If You Can See It, You Can Be It!" Contest Open to Students Grade 1-5
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Students in grades 1 – 5 called to create and submit characters that will star in an animated cartoon short to raise awareness of gender stereotypes in media.  Fair Haven, NJ – Small Factory Productions invites students... Read More...
IMAGE BSA Troop 32 Honors Two New Eagle Scouts - Jablonski, Katzgrau
Sunday, 25 January 2015
PHOTO: Middletown Boy Scout Troop 32 honors its Newest Eagle Scouts. From left: Timothy Katzgrau and Andrew Jablonski, both of Middletown. Middletown, New Jersey – Boy Scouts of America Troop 32’s leadership, scouts, friends, and family... Read More...
Catholic Schools Week 2015 to Feature Events Throughout Diocese
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Catholic Schools Week to feature events throughout Diocese TRENTON, NJ – Catholic schools throughout of the Diocese of Trenton – in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties – will join counterparts across the country and open their... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Just Sayin...
by Anne Mikolay
Sunday, 25 January 2015
While watching this month's news broadcasts, I have concluded the world is steeped in irony. This tendency to fore-go common sense and do the... Read More...
IMAGE Father Trying to Build Understanding
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 24 January 2015
You won't find too many dads that love like this. Joseph Hernandez of Auburn, Washington, knew before his son's birth that his son would have a birth... Read More...
IMAGE My Encounters with Police Officers
by George Hancock-Stefan
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
During the past few months when there has been so much discussion about police officers, I started to think a lot about how I view police officers,... Read More...
IMAGE An Untold Story - Part 1
by Daniel Murphy
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
This is a subject that I have not written or talked about before.  Some people, I am sure, will be looking at me as if I have finally lost a bit... Read More...
IMAGE Review - An American Sniper
by David Prown
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
There are movies; there are films and there are epics. Today I say an uber-epic. I have just returned from seeing "An American Sniper".  I must... Read More...

Upcoming Events

ImageMost of the church people that read this column are familiar with the 20th century Western Christian movements and Western Christian leaders.  Others may have a denominational knowledge of the missionaries that have gone in the 19th century from the Western World to the continents of Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America.  Thus, Baptists are familiar with Baptists missionaries, Presbyterians with Presbyterian missionaries and Catholics with Catholic missionaries.

However, as most of the Christian analysts tell us, 21st century Christianity will no longer be a Western Christianity, but a Christianity of the Southern Hemisphere. Historians have started to study and write more extensively on what happened on other continents during the 20th century.  Many people are familiar with Martin Luther, the great reformer of the 16th century who started the Reformation and the Lutheran denomination which bears his name, but fewer people known the Kimbanguist Church and its founder, Simon Kimbangu. Many people are familiar with the Wesleyan movement of which the Methodist Church is one denomination, but very few people know of William Harris who is the founder of the Harrist Church in Africa.

While in this article we will briefly expand on Kimbangu, it is important to observe that both men came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in missionary churches.  They were considered local or national leaders by the missionaries, but after a while, they felt that continuing to work with missionaries was restrictive on what God was calling them to do. Instead of looking West, they started to look at the Scriptures in light of their own cultures.

Simon Kimbangu (1887-1951) was born in what was known as the Belgian Congo and baptized in a Baptist Church in 1915.  He was a church teacher until 1921 when he felt the call to preach.  In fact, it is better to say that in 1921, he accepted the call of God which he had refused for six years.  Once he stared his preaching ministry, God accompanied his preaching with miraculous signs and healings.

As he started his preaching, he modeled it on the New Testament.  He chose 12 apostles that he trained and sent to preach the Gospel.  He had three moral rules for his followers: the abolition of all African traditional religious symbols, the eradication of erotic dancing and the destruction of dance drums and the end of polygamy.  He also opposed witchcraft and sorcery. What was fascinating about Kimbangu is that his followers were willing to forsake all these things.

For many years Kimbangu was simply preaching the gospel.  However, one cannot preach the gospel without also attacking the injustices that have been placed on the people by those who are in the government.  To his surprise many of the missionaries were not willing to side with him and as a result, the Belgian government charged him with sedition and sentenced him to death.  The Belgian king commuted his sentence to 30 years in jail where he died in 1951.

Despite Kimbangu's imprisonment, the movement continued to grow and today the number of members in the Kimbanguist Church is over 17,000,000 on the continent of Africa.  The name of the church has been changed to The Church of Christ on Earth and continues to be one of the fastest growing independent churches on the continent of Africa combining a fresh reading of the Scriptures in the African context. 

Christianity is a global movement, as Christ concluded in Matthew 28:16-20 - "Go and make disciples of all nations..." While in some parts of the world the church is struggling, even decreasing in numbers; in other parts, with names and congregations less known to us, it triumphs.