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  • What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society from Southern African Methodists.
    What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society from Southern African Methodists.
    by Dion A Forster, Wessel Bentley
  • Methodism in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan Mission
    Methodism in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan Mission
    by Dion A Forster, Wessel Bentley
  • Christ at the centre - Discovering the Cosmic Christ in the spirituality of Bede Griffiths
    Christ at the centre - Discovering the Cosmic Christ in the spirituality of Bede Griffiths
    by Dion A Forster
  • An uncommon spiritual path - the quest to find Jesus beyond conventional Christianity
    An uncommon spiritual path - the quest to find Jesus beyond conventional Christianity
    by Dion A Forster
Transform your work life: Turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling. by Dion Forster and Graham Power.
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This page contains various books in which I have written chapters or other articles.  I have some forthcoming chapters that will be published in the year ahead.  Please check back to see them updated as they final products are published.

Academic Publications:

  • Forster, D.A., 2015. What hope is there for South Africa? A public theological reflection on the role of the church as a bearer of hope for the future. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 71(1):1–10.
  • Forster, D.A., 2014a. Called to work: A descriptive analysis of Call42’s research on faith and work in South Africa. Koers – Bulletin for Christian Scholarship, 79(2):1–9.
  • Forster, D.A., 2014b. Mandela and the Methodists: Faith, fallacy and fact. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, 40 (Church History Society of Southern Africa 40th Anniversary supliment):87–115.
  • Forster, D.A. 2010. A generous ontology: Identity as a process of intersubjective discovery – An African theological contribution. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 66(1). Available: http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/731 [2014, February 6].
  • Forster, D.A., 2010. The Church has AIDS: Towards a Positive Theology for an HIV+ Church. EPWORTH REVIEW, One(Two):6–24.
  • Forster, D.A., 2010. African relational ontology, individual identity, and Christian theology An African theological contribution towards an integrated relational ontological identity. Theology, SPCK, 113(874):243–253.
  • Forster, D.A. & Oosterbrink, J. Forthcoming (2015). Where is the church on Monday? Awakening the church to the theology and practice of ministry and mission in the marketplace. In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi, (Festschrift in honour of Koos Lotter). 

Books: 

  • Bentley, W. & Forster, D.A. 2012. Between Capital and Cathedral: Essays on Church- State relationships. Research Institute for Theology and Religion, Pretoria.
  • Forster, D. 2010. Christian and Positive: Reflections on Christianity in an HIV+ world. MMA Publishers, Kempton Park.
  • Forster, D.A. & Bentley, W. 2010. What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society from Southern African Methodists. First. Methodist Publishing House.
  • Forster, D.A. & Power, G. 2011. Transform Your Work Life. United States. Boise, Idaho: Russell Media.

Chapters in books: 

  • Forster, D.A. and Barlow, J. et al. 2010. A case study in HIV AIDS – the impact of HIV AIDS on child headed households in Southern African. How the Church can respond. ISG 44: Church Communities Confronting HIV/AIDS (International Study Guide. Byamugisha, G.B. (ed.). The Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge.
  • Forster, D.A. 2010. Methodist Present Potential. Curran, L. & Shier-Jones, A. (eds.). Epworth Press. 
  • Forster, D.A. 2010. In Search of Grace and Truth: Christian Conversations on Same-Sex Relationships. Attwell, T., Alistoun, R. & Scholtz, R. (eds.). Cingela Press.
  • Forster, D.A., Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, Resource Mobilization Working Group & International Congress on World Evangelization. 2010. Kingdom stewardship: occasional papers prepared by the Lausanne Resource Mobilization Working Group for Cape Town 2010. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Christian’s Library Press.
  • Forster, D.A., Empire, economics and apathy: A Theological reflection on HIV/AIDS. Forster, DA (2011) in Alienation and connection: Suffering in a Global age. Withrow, L (ed), Lexington Books, ISBN 978-0-7391-3705-5.
  • Forster, D.A., In Conversation: The Old Testament, Ethics and Human Dignity, in Restorative readings: The Old Testament, Ethics and Human Dignity. Birch, B and Claassens, LJ (edd), Wipf and Stock, pp.172-177.

Conference papers: 

  • Forster, D.A., Christian and positive: A positive theology for an HIV+ Church Paper presented to the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization Theology Working Group in Beirut, Lebanon (February 2010).
  • Forster, D.A., An integral reading of forgiveness in Matthew 18.21-35. Paper presented at the University of the North West, New Testament Ethics and Cosmology conference, 10 August 2012.
  • Activating Moral Imagination : EXPOSED2013 as a faith-based Fourth Generation Approach? Forster, DA and Bowers du Toit N, 2014. Paper presented at the ISTR, Münster, Germany 26 July 2014. (under review).
  • Forster, D.A., Truth and Reconciliation Commission revisiting the faith hearings of 1997. I was nominated to represent the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s presentation to the TRC in Stellenbosch on 8 and 9 October 2014.

Non accredited journal articles 

  • Forster, D.A., The role of the Church in reconciliation in South Africa. Lausanne World Pulse, April 2010. Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Wheaton Illinois.
  • Forster, D.A., How technology is changing, or should change, the way in which the Gospel is shared. Lausanne World Pulse, June/July 2010. Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Wheaton Illinois.
  • Forster, D.A., The earth is the Lord’s! How taking a stand against corruption can be Gospel work. November 2014, Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Wheaton Illinois. 

You'll find books that contain published chapters, or books that I've written articles in or edited, listed below - for a fairly comprehensive list please see the wiki.  Please follow the links below each book to order a copy from Amazon.com.

  • What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society from Southern African Methodists.
    by Dion A Forster, Wessel Bentley

    I wrote this book with my good friend Dr Wessel Bentley.  I wrote two chapters in this book.  One on ecology and earth-keeping, and another on Biblical interpretation and postmodernism.

    There are many great contributions to global Methodist Scholarship in this book!  You can find out more details about my books (and this book) here.

     

     
  • Methodism in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan Mission
    by Dion A Forster, Wessel Bentley

    I also wrote this book with my friend Dr Wessel Bentley.  This was our first combined effort and it was a great success for us and for our denomination.  It was the first complete work to discuss historical, theological and practical considerations in Methodist Mission in Southern Africa.

    My chapter discussed the Methodist Church's mission as an instrument of social and political justice in South Africa under Apartheid.

    This is a wonderful resource for South African Methodists and interested Christians and scholars from elsewhere in the world.

     
  • Methodist Present Potential
    by Luke Curran

    The reference for the chapter I wrote in this book is: 

    A world faith Forster, DA, in Shier Jones, A and Curran, L (eds.) Methodist Present Potential (2009:136-162), London: Epworth Press.

    In this chapter I discuss how Methodism has taken on different shapes in different contexts across the globe, while still maintaining a common theological identity.  The example that I discuss is the appropriation of John Wesley's concept of 'social holiness' in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa's fight against Apartheid.

    Here's some information from Amazon.

    This book is a dialogue between the present and the past - for the sake of the future. Ten years after the publication of "Methodism and the Future" a new generation of scholars and church leaders reflect on the tradition that they have inherited.

    And here's some information from the Publishers website, Epworth Press.

    Methodist Present Potential is for everyone concerned with the future of Methodism given the threatened demise of the Church in the 21st century.
    This book is a dialogue between the present and the past – for the sake of the future. Ten years after the publication of Methodism and the Future a new generation of scholars and church leaders reflect on the tradition that they have inherited.
    The book explores the potential of Methodism's approach to: mission and evangelism, Scripture, the sacraments, race and gender, church structures and discipline, ecumenism and the world Church.

    This is a great resource for Wesleyan and Methodist Christians, there is enough information to engage the more astute theological mind, and enough variety and inspiration to enliven the casual reader. You can read my original post on this book here.

     Among the contributors are: Angela Shier Jones, Luke Curran, Richard Heitzenrater, Clive Marsh, Jane Craske, Jonathan Dean, Martin Ramsden, Karen Jobson, Shirlyn Toppin, Rachel Deigh and Dion Forster.

    Please feel free to engage me on the chapter!  I'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts.

     
  • Forty-four Sermons to Serve the Present Age
    by Angela Shier-Jones, Kim Dunnam Reissmann, editors

    I wrote a chapter in this book, 'Forty-Four sermons to serve the present age'.  This book was edited by one of my close friends, and a real mentor, Dr Angela Shier-Jones.  It was my first publication in an international book with some of the great Methodist Scholars of our time.

    I had the privilege of attending the book launch at Christ Church in Oxford in 2007 - what an amazing experience!  Here is the reference for my chapter:

    Upon the Lord's sermon on the mount - discourse 8 (a contemporary exposition of John Wesley's sermon on stewardship and the use of money from an African Liberation Theology perspective) in Shier Jones, A and Reisman, KD (eds.) 44 Sermons to serve the present age (2007), London: Methodist Publishing house.

    I wrote on stewardship and the use of money from the perspective of the global South applying a liberation theology approach to the text.  It was an opportunity to discuss issues such as justice, economics, the effects of globalisation.

     Among the authors are persons such as Angie Shier-Jones, George Freeman, JC Park, Trevor Hudson, Mvume Dandala, Paul Chilcote, Theodore Jennings, Brian Beck, Richard Heitzenrater, Leslie Griffiths and a host of others!  You can read my original post here.

     

     
  • Introduction to the Johannine Gospel And Letters (T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies)
    by Jan Van Der Watt

    I had the privelage of editing this book for Professor Jan van der Watt before it was sent for publication.  I learned a great deal from Prof Jan.  He is a remarkable scholar and a very fine man!  I was his research assistant for many years.  I still hold a post in the department of New Testament at the University of Pretoria.

    This book is worth reading for any person who seeks an accessible, yet detailed, introduction to Johannine literature and theology.

     
  • Identity, Ethics, and Ethos in the New Testament (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft Und Die Kunde Der Alteren Kirche)
    Llh

    I translated some of the chapters that went into the book, and edited the various chapters before it went to publication. This was the first major editing project that I did for Professor van der Watt at the University of Pretoria.  I remember that I was trying to complete my own Ph.D at the time and would spend late nights editing this book and then wake up at 4.30am to work on my own research! I'm glad those days are done.

    This book is an exceptional introduction to the ethical themes in the New Testament, and as always Prof Jan's insights into John's theology and literary style are exceptional! This is a must read for any serious Biblical Ethicist.

     
  • Not by Might, Nor by Power
    by Graham Power, Diane Vermooten

    This book, 'Not by might nor by Power' was written by my friend Diane Vermooten.  I did some 'shadow' writing in the book (mainly handling the acknowledgements, a few of the blurbs, my endorsement, and doing some editing to get the book into its final form).

    This book tells the amazing story of the Global Day of Prayer - a prayer movement that began when Graham Power, a brand new Christian who had only come to know Christ less than a year earlier, felt called to challenge all of the Christians in his city of Cape Town to gather for a day of repentance and prayer.  On that day in 2001 45 000 people showed up to pray.  Since then the Global Day of Prayer has spread to every country on earth with over 350 million people participating each Pentecost Sunday!

    The book is an inspiring testimony of courage, commitment, and most of all God's power and grace.

    You can read my post about the book here.

     
  • Bible in 40 Days - Men
    by Compilation

    I translated this series of books from Afrikaans to English for Professor van der Watt.  There are three books in this series - one for men, one for women and one for young people.  The book offers a thematic overview of the whole of the Bible, as well as some specific reflections on prominent Biblical themes. One can read through the whole message of the Bible in 40 days using this book as a devotional aid.

    The book makes for a wonderful gift for friends or family members!  It is extremely well presented (it looks and feels great), and Prof Jan did a sterling job with the content.  I think my translation was fairly accurate.