Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"African Spurgeon" to Preach at Pre-conference Chapel

Dr. Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, will be the guest preacher during Greenville Seminary's pre-conference Chapel on March 8.

Dr. Mbewe, a former miner now widely known as the "African Spurgeon," is a prominent speaker at Christian conferences throughout the world. In addition to his outspoken leadership among the churches in Zambia, he has written two columns per week for more than a decade in the country's Daily Chronicle newspaper. One is a sermon, while the other examines popular social questions in a style tailored for the common man.

The pre-conference chapel will be held at the seminary at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The 2016 Spring Theology Conference will follow, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville.

Dr. Mbewe has been the principal of the Lusaka Ministerial College during various periods of its existence. He is a graduate of the Cape Town Baptist Seminary in South Africa. He holds an Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Theology and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Missions. He is the chancellor of the African Christian University, chairs the board of trustees of the African Renaissance University of the African Alliance of YMCAs, and is a board member of the Central Africa Baptist College and the Covenant College Zambia. He is the author of Maintaining Sexual Purity (2008), Foundations for the Flock (2011), and Insights from the Lives of Olive Doke and Paul Kasonga for Pioneer Church Planting and Mission Today (2014). He is also the editor of Reformation Zambia.

He writes a popular blog called A Letter from Kabwatawhere he addresses a wide variety of theological and cultural issues, calling it "A peep into life in Africa through the eyes of an African Reformed Baptist pastor."

In addition to his many comparisons to Spurgeon, one source has likened him to even more foundational historic theologian: "This statesman, scholar, preacher, writer is Africa's premier expository export. He ranks as one of the most influential Reformed preachers and writers to come out of Africa since Augustine."

"Mbewe's fearless confrontation of the shallow theology and unbiblical practices endemic to African denominations has been credited with (blamed for) the widespread migration of Zambian Christians from their erstwhile Arminian, Pentecostal, seeker-sensitive allegiances, to the bourgeoning Calvinistic, Cessationist, expository ministries," according to Clint Archer at Cripplegate.