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Transformation: An international Journal of Holistic Mission Studies

Articles by C. René Padilla

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In Search of New Economic Alternatives for Latin America
Transformation 1994 (Vol. 11, No. 2, page 6)

THE OXFORD CONFERENCE on Christian Faith and Economics is an international study process which produced the Oxford Declaration on Christian Faith and Economics (See Transformation April 1990). This was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "far better than anything that would have come from most any other recent religious international gathering." I The second phase of this international process is examining the impact of the market economy on Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Two-Thirds World, and an appropriate response to it. The International Conference meets in Oxford in January 1995. In preparation Il regional conferences have been held in North America, Austria (for Eastern Europe), Latin America and in October 1993 11 in Russia. '1 A report follows from the Latin American regional conference, and a summary of the Russian regional conference together with one paper 11 presented there.

A Message for the Whole Person
Transformation 1993 (Vol. 10, No. 3, page 1)

T he gospel of Jesus Christ is an ethical gospel. It has to do with God's infinite love manifest in his Son, but also with the love that he demands from us as his children. It deals with our relationship to God, but also with our relationship to our neighbour. The close connection between what God in Christ has done for us and what he expects of us in response to his love is clearly brought out in 1 John 3. 16-18:

Latin American Evangelicals Enter the Public Square
Transformation 1992 (Vol. 9, No. 3, page 2)

Padilla analyses the factors behind the massive political awakening of evangelicals in Latin America. These include the economic and social crisis; the desire for an end to political corruption; the break up of a Christendomcharacterised by authoritarianism which marginalised large sectors of the population; the mass mobilisation and lay ministry in evangelical churches which develops capacities to be exercised in the political sphere. There is no Christian politics and no reason to form an evangelical political party. But the temptations of power must be resisted, and evangelicals must develop a political theology and interdisciplinary teams to develop guidelines for action.

"Come, Holy Spirit — Renew the Whole Creation"
Conference / Consultation Report
Transformation 1991 (Vol. 8, No. 4, page 1)

It was a call to hope regarding what God can do through the Spirit in the midst of a world characterized by hopelessness

Responses to Democracy - a Christian Imperative
Transformation 1990 (Vol. 7, No. 4, page 9)

Neuhaus fails to see the extent to which democracy in the USA has become a myth and to which the USA has become a major anti-democratic force around the world.

A Meditation on 1 John 3:16-18
Transformation 1989 (Vol. 6, No. 1, page 15)

Who can ever fathom the depths of God's love? Who can ever describe it in all its fullness? Every attempt to understand or to depict the meaning of it falls short of its reality. The measure of God's love is nothing less than the giving of his Son to die for us sinners. 'God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life' (Jn. 3:16). If God did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us, nothing can be too much for him to give us in order to accomplish his purpose in us and through us!

Evangelism and Social Responsibility: From Wheaton '66 to Wheaton '83
Transformation 1985 (Vol. 2, No. 3, page 27)

The cluestion of the relationship between evangelism ant1 social responsibility has in the last few years been a matter of special concern to evangelicals in many parts of the world. Today, most evangelicals would hardly fit the stereotype of a person who is solely committed to 'savitly souls' and who closes his or her eyes to bodily nccjds. However, the problem comes when an attempt is matlo to define what importance such needs should have in relation to missionay priorities. A number of international and interdenominational conferences held between 1966 and 1983 reflect this debcite

The Fruit of Justice will be Peace
Transformation 1985 (Vol. 2, No. 1, page 2)

Peace is related to justice as a fruit to the tree that produces it.

In the Mission of the Church in Light of the Kingdom of God
Transformation 1984 (Vol. 1, No. 2, page 16)

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