Monday, October 27
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I will set up my covenant with you and your descendants after you in every generation as an enduring covenant. I will be your God and your descendants’ God after you. (Gen. 17:7)
The words of the covenant between Yahweh and Abraham are at once words of comfort and of great controversy. For Munther Isaac, a doctoral student at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS), they lie at the heart of his thesis examining the relationship between the covenant, the land, Israel, Palestine, the gospel, and the people of God. Munther is a Palestinian Christian, and his family has lived in Bethlehem for 10 generations. He is also academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College. His research is thus no mere academic exercise but is grappling with what divides yet unites people of faith globally. His work and research are important not only for those in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Israel but for issues of land and salvation around the globe.
At OCMS, Munther is in dialogue with over 120 scholars from more than 40 nations, many of whom are familiar with the tensions of faith, ethnicity, contested histories, and the ownership of land and identities tied to it. Yet what arises in such engagement is not despair, but hope, as people of faith explore the common ground of the covenant of peace found in the gospel of Christ.
—Rev. Dr. Thomas Alan Harvey, PC(USA) mission coworker; academic dean, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Rev. Douglas Baker, regional liaison for Ireland and the UK, YAV site coordinator, Presbyterian World Mission, Elaine Baker, team ministry, Presbyterian World Mission • Oxford Centre for Mission Studies: Rev. Dr. Thomas Alan Harvey, academic dean, Judith Harvey, team ministry
United Reformed Church: Revd John Proctor, general secretary • Presbyterian Church of Wales: Revd Meirion Morris, general secretary • Churches Together in Britain and Ireland: Rev. Robert Fyffe, general secretary • Oxford Centre for Mission Studies: Rev. Dr. Wonsuk Ma, executive director
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Sovereign Lord, empower us as we pursue your truth in your Word, and fill us with your transformative Spirit, that we might work to overcome discord, injustice, and division through your peace, justice, and reconciliation. Amen.