Fall Prayer Points

Dear Friends, 

As a follow-up to the August, 2020 Number 40 Newsletter here are prayer points for the fall:

1. Please pray for the online courses and in class courses being taught this fall by our Director that these will go well and will prove a blessing – especially for students learning online for the first time due to the pandemic.

2. We rejoice and thank the Lord for 34 writers now signed on for the Africa Textbook Project. We are still seeking two more writers. Please pray that they may soon be found. Please also pray for the editing work which is on-going.

3. Pray for the Haddington House ministry seminars planned for this November which will focus upon local leadership.

4. Pray for the editorial work this fall on the 2021 Journal and pray for all the writers now completing their work.

Rev. Jack C. Whytock, Ph.D., Director

Haddington House

Africa Textbook Research Underway

This huge project on the history of evangelical Presbyterian missions and churches on the continent of Africa has commenced. Dr. & Mrs. Whytock have been working at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa in the various libraries there. They have been delighted to find primary documents and many rare manuscripts that they hope will contribute to the interest and value of the textbook.

Also, many others (from across Africa as well as on other continents) have shown an interest in researching and writing. We are thankful for the network of interest and cooperation that is developing. Please pray for this network to continue to grow and pray for each contributor as he or she pieces together part of the great tapestry of this story.

Thank you for your part in this work.

For information about the project, click here.

ANNOUNCING a three-year publication project co-ordinated by Haddington House Trust 2020-2023 WORKING TITLE: From Cairo to Cape Town: Presbyterian Missions and Churches in Africa

PUBLICATION RELEASE DATE 1 JANUARY, 2024

for

The 200th Anniversary of The Establishment of The First Presbytery on The Continent Of Africa

Basic Parameters

  • to use a connectional basis to the Westminster Confession and/or Shorter Catechism as a linkage constitutionally or practically for inclusion purposes 
  • to focus upon the evangelical tradition of Presbyterianism 
  • to include dates from the beginnings to 2022 
  • to produce a book with several chapters with a variety of contributors

Purposes: 

  • to promote the writing of Presbyterian mission and church history for African church history
  • to promote exchanges through this project and new networks so people become aware of one another and of other missions and churches, agencies, etc. who have or continue to be involved in Africa 
  • to produce this work as a textbook for theological training institutions for classes and libraries across Africa and also globally

Approach: 

  • identify and find writers who can assemble chapters for this collection
  • edit work and provide a forum for writing and publication
  • produce a new textbook for African church history

The following topics as chapters will be considered:

  • denominational histories/mission and church
  • regional histories
  • specialized ministries 
  • institutional development/history, e.g., schools, hospitals medical, other
  • diaspora
  • controversies
  • themes
  • Ethiopianism, Presbyterianism
  • other

From Cairo to Cape Town: Presbyterian Missions and Churches in Africa

Haddington House Trust 2020-2023

Style and Format:

  • all chapters must contain a bibliography at the end of the chapter
  • maximum word count will be between 8,000 and 10,000 words 
  • average article lengths of 5,000 are encouraged 
  • footnoting style should be kept fairly light and not take over the page
  • no remuneration but each contributor will receive one complimentary published copy 

Schedule:

  • chapter or section proposals welcome early in 2020 addressed to the general editor ( proposals of 250 to 500 words should be sent, stating the area which is being proposed)
  • the general editor will also be contacting potential contributors
  • deadline for draft text submissions will be January 1st, 2022 but the editor will accept drafts for examination and consultation before that date
  • editing and returns, if necessary, for rewrites, where needed, will be done throughout 2022 
  • no draft text will be received after January 1st, 2022 
  • typesetting and publishing will be done in 2023 

Book launches and lectures in 2024

  • some chapters will also be read by others  
  • all contributors will be encouraged to be collaborative and exchange draft chapters where there may be possible overlap, etc.

Expanded article on liturgy, church architecture, and church history recently published in South Africa

This article by Dr. Jack Whytock explores the reformation of space for public Christian worship past and present. The article has three parts: 1st, a general survey of worship space at the eve of the Reformation; 2nd, the response of the Magisterial Reformers; and 3rd, the ongoing use of space for public worship, chiefly in the evangelical/reformed tradition.

Click here to view the article