Afraid Books - By Rev Dr Robert H. Bennett
I AM Not Afraid: Demon Possession an Spiritual Warfare
While Africa and Madagascar seem like strange and faraway places, the world in which we now live has become much smaller than many of us could ever have imagined. Moreover, even our neighbors visit the local fortuneteller, read the horoscope page in the newspaper, and attend séances that seek to reach departed friends, lovers, and family members. Consequently, as we begin a journey into faraway places, we may soon find they are not as far away as we may have expected.
from Chapter 3
I Am Not Afraid is Rev. Dr. Robert Bennett s fascinating first-hand account of the spiritual warfare found within the Lutheran Church of Madagascar. Is spiritual warfare something new to the Church? Bennett reviews what the Bible, Church Fathers, and contemporary Lutheran leaders have to say.
Part One includes recent conversations dealing with spiritual warfare, an introduction into the Malagasy Lutheran Church, and the traditional Malagasy worldview. These are the stories of those who have been rescued from the darkness of sin and brought into the light of the Gospel.
Part Two looks to the Bible and the Church for explanation and historical perspective on the spiritual warfare found in the Malagasy Lutheran Church. Is it something only found in the time of Jesus and the apostles? What has the Church said in the past about such activities? Bennett explores the views of Martin Luther and other Lutheran leaders, and finally provides some helpful contemporary material and resources for dealing with spiritual warfare in today s context.
Includes a glossary of key terms, transcripts of personal interviews, bibliography, Scripture index, and subject index.
Afraid: Demon Possession... In America
Learning Missiology from our International Students
A fascinating and unnerving book, Afraid is a must-read that equips all Christians to recognize the devil s influence in our society and to act on it. Robert Bennett describes real events and actual confessions people have shared with him of demonic encounters in America, in our modern age. Summoning demons, interacting with ghosts, and holding séances led to what many may call horrifying hallucinations and even schizophrenia. But for many Americans, these things are their spirituality. How can we break free from the despair and crushing fear that such encounters can bring? How do we come to the aid of our neighbors who are lost in Satan s deceptions? Bennett points us to the only way out: God s grace and the medicines He gives to His people.
Missiology incorporates multiple disciplines into its educational model. One area of integration which is lacking is the area of worldview. Paul Heibert and other notable missiologists have contributed to the study of missiology through the incorporation of anthropology. Heibert and others have directed the missionary to incorporate various methods of ethnographic and phenomenological study into their methodology. Such additions have yielded benefits. However, recent mission and intercultural studies programs in the United States have attracted international students from diverse mission fields, which if properly incorporated could provide added benefit to the discussion. This paper will focus on ways international students can be incorporated into the worldview component of the mission discussion and how such an incorporation could improve the formation of missionaries preparing for the field.
Exorcism and Spiritual Warfare in Madagascar; Real Life Stories of Possession
Exorcism is common in Madagascar. Many in Madagascar think that Exorcism is an important element in the growth of Christianity. In Ephesians chapter two Paul reminds his readers that all are born spirituality dead and only receive life through the miracle of God's word. This book is about the power of the name of Jesus in the lives of those who were spiritually dead and lost in the power of Satan and his demons. It contains the stories of Christians who were previously members of the traditional religions of Madagascar and have now become leaders in the Christian Church. The only commentary added to these stories is an introduction describing the region of Madagascar from which the storyteller originates and other basic information to assist readers unfamiliar with Malagasy culture.