World Scene: September 24, 1990

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THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
Major Conference In Africa

A major challenge facing the churches throughout Africa is preparing enough leaders to keep up with rapid church growth. Representatives from 91 theological schools in 26 African countries met recently to address this and other issues facing the church.

Sponsored by the Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa, the event is believed to have been the largest, most representative gathering of theological educators in Africa. Delegates launched the ACTEA Islamics Network and a librarians fellowship. And despite financial sacrifices incurred through travel and accommodations, delegates contributed more than two thousand dollars to purchase theological textbooks for students in war-torn Mozambique.

ISRAEL
‘Golden Calf’ Discovered

Archaeologists excavating Canaanite ruins near the ancient port of Ashkelon in Israel have discovered a “golden calf” from about 1550 B.C. The team said the five-inch-high copper-and-silver figurine is the first such calf replica ever found, smaller but similar to the golden calves referred to in the story of Moses and Aaron at Mount Sinai and in other Old Testament accounts.

The figurine was found lying next to a shattered pottery shrine, in which the calf was mounted when in use. Archeologists believe the calf was either a symbol of the Canaanite god himself or of the animal on which he rode. The unexpected find means excavation of the ruins, believed to be a Canaanite temple, will continue for at least a decade.

SOVIET UNION
Lausanne To Meet In Moscow

Next month more than 850 Soviet pastors and lay leaders will meet in Moscow for the October Moscow Congress on World Evangelization. Lausanne Congress for World Evangelization (LCWE) director Tom ...

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