Reading Romans at Ground Level

by Jonathan D. Groves

Many pastors in the provincial towns and rural villages of Malawi struggle to find practical relevance in the letter to the Romans. This book uses field research to characterize pastoral ministry and shows that Malawian pastors mostly use individual verses from Paul’s letter within inductive needs-driven sermons or gospel calls for conversion. A three-horizon contextual approach is used to investigate how the letter might be applied biblically to address contemporary African socio-cultural and pastoral issues.


About the Author

JONATHAN D. GROVES, MA, MSc, MTh, PhD, is a founding trustee and the Mission Director of The Kerusso Trust (, a UK-based mission charity that supports Christian education in rural Malawi. Dr Groves also serves under The Kerusso Trust as a part-time training consultant and missionary Bible teacher in Malawi. Formerly, Dr Groves held posts in biomedical science research and information technology consultancy. He completed his MTh in Biblical Interpretation at International Christian College, Glasgow, UK. Jonathan and his wife Ruth have lived in North-East Scotland with their two children since 1999, and have served in a variety of church ministries over the years.

Book Information

  • Author: Jonathan D. Groves
  • ISBN: 9781783689200
  • Category: Christian Living, Global Perspectives
  • Region: Africa
  • Publisher: Langham Publishing
  • Publishing Date: 02/14/2015
  • Number of Pages: 126



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