INTRODUCTION TO BOERIANA
This page comprises two major sections.
Section 1—Boeriana Bibliography
Section 2—Reviews of and Comments on Boer Books and Ministry
Section 1 is not exhaustive, for items dealing with Kuyperian thought or with Islam appear on the Kuyperian and Islamica pages respectively.
It is intended that most of the Boeriana and Kuyperiana articles, speeches and lectures, along with supportive research materials for the books, will be deposited in a Boer collection in Heritage Hall at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA. They can be accessed by contacting
Most of the books, of course, are already found in many libraries, including especially the Calvin College Library and that of the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN).
It will be noticed that many of the items are either published in Nigeria or have the country as a major focus. The reason is that I have served there for most of 30 years. Even the eighteen years since I left Nigeria have been so preoccupied with writing about that country, that it and its people still occupy a major place in my thoughts and affections.
What does “Boeriana” mean? It is a fairly common practice to link a noun, whether ordinary or proper, to the suffix “-iana” or simply “na.” When I first chose that name, I assumed that most people with some academic background were familiar with both the practice and its meaning. I expected that most readers of this website, apart from most of my immediate relatives and some friends, have some sort of academic background and would therefore readily understand. To my great surprise, this appears not to be the case. Many of my readers are puzzled by the term.
Well, take terms like “Africana,” “Nigeriana,” “Canadiana,” or “Americana.” What do they signify? They indicate that the materials you are about to read or discuss deal with Africa, Nigeria, Canada or the Americas. In terms of some personal names like “Boer” or “Kuyper,” we are dealing with stuff written by Boer or Kuyper or, in the case of Kuyper, by followers of the Kuyperian tradition. Thus “Boeriana” simply means that the materials before you either are written by or talk about Boer. In this case, I am almost the exclusive author of all that follows on this page.
Probably some of you will ask why I do not change the name of this page. Very simple. This website and its various pages are referred to in so many of my documents, especially in foot-and endnotes, that changing it at this stage would cause widespread confusion. So please remember the meaning of the term and run with it as you read the many documents on this website. I wish you a happy read!
This bibliography is organized according to major topics as follows:
Some sections in turn are divided into "Books" and "Articles, Lectures and Tracts." Some entries would be at home in more than one section.
Most of these publications are referred to in our Memoirs and may have a story related to them – roughly, those from 1966-1996 in Volumes 2-3; those from 1996 onward, Volumes 4-5. You can always turn to that Memoir series for more information.
It is intended that these lectures and articles, along with those on the Kuyperian page, will be deposited in the Boer collection at Heritage Hall, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, where they can be accessed. Those on the Islamica page are mostly housed in the archives of the Yale Divinity School Library. The books themselves are already in the Calvin Library as well as in many others, including the library of the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Jos, Nigeria.
|ATR||African Traditional Religion|
|CC||Christian Courier/Calvinist Contact|
|CCN||Christian Council of Nigeria|
|CHAN||Christian Health Association of Nigeria|
|CLA||Christian Labor Association|
|CRC/CRCNA||Christian Reformed Church (in North America)|
|CRCN||Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria|
|CRWM||Christian Reformed World Missions|
|CTJ||Calvin Theological Journal|
|CTS||Calvin Theological Seminary|
|ICS||Institute of Church & Society|
|NC||Nigerian Christian, magazine published by CCN|
|TC||Today’s Challenge, magazine published by ECWA|
|TRB||TCNN Research Bulletin|
|TW||Towards Wholeness, CHAN Newsletter|
Jan H. Boer & Frances A. Boer-Prins. Every Square Inch – A Missionary Memoir: The Life and Mission of Jan & Frances Boer. Includes photographs. Vancouver, Canada: Self-published right here and as ebook on www.lulu.com. 5 volumes; 2014.
Hard copy to become available for research, along with its underlying documentation, in the archives of Heritage Hall at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA. The same holds true for many other documents on both the Boeriana and the Kuyperiana pages.
However, the hard background documents to the Islamica page are lodged in the Day Missions Collection of the Yale University Divinity School Library, New Haven, Connecticut (Tel. (203) 432-5289).
In addition to the authors’ personal and family histories, these memoirs are also designed for serious missiological research, especially Volumes 2 and 3.
Our Early Story, 1938-1966. Vol. 1 (259 pp.).
From our ancestral history through childhood and immigration to our academic development at Calvin College & Seminary and Michigan State University.
Ministry in Nigeria, 1966-1996. Vol. 2 (466 pp.).
The entire story of our ministry in Nigeria with a strong emphasis on wholistic mission in the context of Nigerian churches that have inherited a dualistic gospel from their missionary forebears. This volume is meant especially for missiological research into the clash between Evangelical and Neo-Calvinistic comprehensive mission.
This volume is of special interest to our “downline,” i.e., our descendants, as well as for anthropological/sociological aspects of missions.
Our Post-Nigeria Life. Vol. 4 (199 pp.).
Our life in Grand Rapids and Vancouver. It is entitled “Post-Nigeria,” because our Nigeria experience till this day in 2014, nearly two decades later, putting its stamp on our life in North America. Our reactions to our current life and culture are heavily coloured by our Nigeria life and ministry, including the Kuyperian perspective that matured during those years. We struggle with secularism here just as much as we did in Nigeria. Some of our struggles with the CRC that began in Nigeria continue in North America. Similarly, the life of writing that started in Nigeria continued to shape our lives afterwards. In fact, it intensified, since we could now write without the “interruptions” of official ministry.
Our Post-Nigeria Travels. Vol. 5 (206 pp.)
Besides writing, our first twelve post-Nigeria years were marked by extensive travel, both in North America and abroad, including Africa, Western Europe, Caribbean, Latin America (a mere overnight touch of Mexico) and Asia in the shape of Japan. Again, our reactions are till today deeply influenced by our Nigerianized and Kuyperianized perspectives.
Comments on Every Square Inch
I read your 5 volumes of Memoir and enjoyed it very much! Obviously I enjoyed it or I would never have continued downloading the next volume each time I finished one. Volume 1 had me hooked as I found pictures of my first cousin, Rich Mulder – how unexpected was that!! Seriously though, I enjoyed your childhood and immigration stories, your family genealogies, college and courtship stories, etc. A surprise was the mention of my dear friend Ann Jansen Noteboom.
The following volumes after the first were interesting because I know so many people and places and of course your children during some of the years. I was also fascinated by background stories of various problems that arose in Nigeria, especially church conflicts. During the years we were there, I only knew superficially of certain problems, not the history of how they came to be. Since we don't get to chat anymore on any regular basis, I found the account of your years in Vancouver ever so interesting, along with stories of your trips. I certainly appreciate your emphasis on giving the glory to God in this world and in your life, for every square inch belongs to Him! – Mary Cremer, Hillcrest Student Hostel Housemother.
 For my experiences under Prof. Jansen, see our Every Square Inch, vol. 1, pp. 171-174.
 For the role of the Cremers and our relationship to them, see our Every Square Inch, vol. 2, p. 286; vol. 3, pp. 220, 233, 353, 386.
“Whenever I meet anyone interested in your history I will inform them of your memoirs. It is absolutely worth the read!” – Ali Dekker, a Dutch fan.
Science without Faith Is Dead. Bundled together with A. Kuyper. You Can Do Greater Things than Christ. See on Kuyperiana page. Jos, Nigeria: Institute of Church & Society, 1991, 1993 (23 pp.). Also available on Companion CD (see Islamica page for information) and on < http://www.lulu.com/shop/abraham-kuyper-and-jan-h-boer/faith-science-miracles-islamfour-kuyperian-essays/ebook/product-20929893.html >, 2010.
Main thesis is that science without faith does not exist; it is a myth. The pioneers who started the movement of modern science were mostly Christians who consciously embarked on this modern movement on basis of the Bible. Even those who do not accept this claim, still pursue their science on basis of certain unproven tenets they believe. The origin of this publication was a lecture I have delivered to various academic conferences in Nigeria.
Articles, Lectures, Tracts*
Note: The entries below cover a wide range of subjects from pets and food to community concerns all the way to Calvinist perspectives and mission, from labour union to investors. Some are of serious and academic nature, while others are lighter and easy to digest. There are many letters to editors, some of whom have been published; some have not.
“All of this potpourri is presented as an example of a wholistic Christian who finds the affairs of the world as important as those of church and religion, since they all play out in the one Kingdom of God. I portray myself here as engaged in the society and world around me, not as a Christian who hides himself in the church world.
Those published during our post-Nigeria years, 1997 and onwards, may be referred to in vol. 4 of Every Square Inch, the work listed at the top of this Boeriana page. Find the material there by doing a < Find search--^F-- > of a key word. Many of the articles make no overt mention of religion, but it is always there, if only as an underlying perspective.
“Delicacies and Ethnocentrism.” This is an open letter to Rick Steves in response to his article “Sightseeing for the Palate,” published in the Vancouver Sun (October 27, 2015).
“What’s Stewardly When It Comes to Pets?” CC, 9 Feb/2015, p. 5.
“The CRC, the Presbyterians and Ecumenical Relationships,” CC, May/2011 (3 pp.).
“Of Scandals, Budget Cuts And Firemen.” CC, 26 June/2010.
Christians and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics: Radio Interview, Feb/2010. English Introduction, Dutch interview text.
“A Humorous Anniversary Tale.” Speech delivered at a friend’s wedding anniversary celebration, Port Alberni, BC, May/2009 (7 pp.).
“The Nature of Religion.” Read at a meeting of Worldview Collaborative, 12 Feb/2009 (6 pp.). An excerpt from the series Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations, vol. 8-1, pp. 90-96 (For further bibliographical data, see reference to the Series on the Islamica page of this website.)
“Dutch Immigration: Integration and Loss of Identity.” Talk sponsored by the Netherlands Consul-General, Vancouver, April 30, 2008.
“An Immigrant’s Journey: The Boer Family.” VS, Apr. 16/2008 (p. B3).
“Easter at Imax: The Ten Commandments,” a sermon and prayer delivered at Imax Theatre, downtown Vancouver, March 22, 2008.
“Calvinist/Reformed Perspective: Selective Key Issues,” a paper prepared for inter-religious dialogue at meeting of Worldview Collaborative, December 11, 2007.
“Letter to Mr. Sam Sullivan, Vancouver Mayor, February 20, 2007.”
“Davie Village Community Forum,” Paper distributed at the Davie Village Community Forum, Vancouver, November 6, 2004.
“Cultural Mandate and Work Ethic.” Speech given at First Baptist Church, Vancouver, 1998.
Christian Labor Association Letter to Pastors. Zeeland, MI: CLA, Labor Day, 1998.
“CLA Alive!” Speech delivered at the annual CLA Convention, Zeeland, MI, USA, 1999 (8 pp.).
Christian Labor Association of America (CLA), two brochures: (1) “Christian Labor Association: Union Representation with Integrity;” (2) “The Christian Labor Association: Why?” Zeeland, MI, USA: CLA, 1998 (8 pp.).
“Old Wine in New Skins: An Old African Worldview in a New Church.” CC, June 5/1998 (pp. 10-11).
“Reflections on the Church in Nigeria.” Address to foreign students at the Jos ECWA Theological Seminary, May 1996.
“Biblical Perspectives on Civil Servants,” a set of notes used to elicit discussion during a workshop for civil servants in Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria, 1996.
Lecture delivered in Political Science class, King’s University College, Edmonton, Oct/1995.
“Role of Worldviews.” Lecture delivered at TCNN. 1994 (pp. 25).
“Being Reformed in Contemporary Nigeria.” Note handed out to TCNN students. 1993 (pp. 9).
“Fighting Communism – A Walk with the Lord.” Letter to the Editor, CC, 7 Oct/1982.
“Where Were You Then?” The Banner, Oct. 4/1982 (p. 16).
"NEAC: Northern Education Advisory Council." Nigerian Christian, May, 1981, pp. 7, 12.
“Christianity in Northern Nigeria: Origins and Problems.” Address to the Nigeria staff of the Mennonite Central Committee, Aug. 14/1980.
“The Christian in the Secular World.” Address given to Associate Fellowship of Christian Students, Jos, Nigeria, 28 Sept/1977 (5 pp.).
“The Mission’s Underbelly: Internal Frictions.” Correspondence with a colleague, December 1975-January 1976.
BIBLE AND THEOLOGY*
The Prophet Moses for Today: 366 Social Biblical Meditations. Revised edition, 2014 (316 pp.).
Social meditations on Genesis and Exodus, including Ten Commandments, in the Nigerian setting. To help develop a wholistic Christian world view based on a Kuyperian Reformed perspective. Practical, hard-hitting.
Pentecostal Challenge. Takum, Taraba State, Nigeria: Haske da Gaskiya Publications, 1996 (59 pp.). A Tiv-language translation has been published by Makurdi, Nigeria: Lamp & Word Books, 2000.
Nigerianized version of The Pentecostals Hit the Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Reformed Publishing House, 1974, a report of the CRC about the Charismatic movement.
The Power in Your Baptism. Translation and adaptation of H. Veltkamp, Zondagskinderen. Makurdi, Nigeria: Lamp & Word Books, 1985. Tiv-language translation, Tahav Mbu Ken Batisema Wou, also published by Lamp & Word Books, 1985.
Explanation of infant baptism in context of prevailing confusion among Nigerian Christians about infant baptism in a context that includes proponents of "believer's baptism," Pentecostal believers, Health and Wealth gospel and Muslims.
Sarakuna: Fassarawa akan Littafin Sarakuna na Daya da na Biyu. Makurdi, Nigeria: Lamp & Word Books, 1975 (pp. 74).
Short Hausa-language commentary on the Old Testament books of I & II Kings. For use in Christian Leadership Training Centres and Bible schools with focus on covenant theology. Published under pseudonym “Yahaya Mai-Gona.”
Samu’ila: Fassarawa akan Littafin Samu’ila na Daya da na Biyu. Makurdi, Nigeria: Lamp & Word Books, 1974 (pp. 94).
Short Hausa-language commentary on the Old Testament books of I & II Samuel. See entry above for further explanation.
A Cikin Farko: Fassarawa akan Littafin Farawa. Makurdi, Nigeria: Lamp & Word Books, 1971 (pp. 68).
Short Hausa-language commentary on the Old Testament book of Genesis. See entries above for further explanation.
Articles, Lectures, Tracts*
“Meditations on Via Dolorosa.” A series of fifteen stations, each displaying bronzed cast-iron statues depicting the stages of the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) at the St. Anne Basilica, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec (1913-1945).
“Our Hope; Our Assignment—Reflections on Isa. 11:1-10.” Shared at Vancouver Christian Reformed Church Advent Service, December 12, 2010.
“Loving God And World.” Speech given at First Baptist Church, Vancouver, 1998.
“The Relevance of Theological Education in the 21st Century.” Lecture presented at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Reformed Theological College of Nigeria, Mkar, Benue State, Nigeria. 13 Feb/1996.
“D-Day: God Saves His People: A Sermon on Esther 7:1-10.” A sermon written on June 6/1994; preached at St. Piran’s Anglican Church, Jos, June 11/1994; published in the church’s quarterly, The Word, March/1995, pp. 3-5.
"Kaunar Allah – Kaunar Duniya" (Translation: "Love for God – Love for the World"). A Hausa-language song with English translation, 1995.
“Opening the Reformed World to the Powers.” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, Feb/1994 (pp. 16-18). Slightly edited versions have been published as “Worldviews: Enlarging the Reformed Tent,” REC Mission Bulletin, vol. xiii, no. 3, Sept/1993. CC, Oct. 28/1994. See there for the article itself under the section “Wholistic Health Care.”
“Propositions about Miracles.” AlumNews of CTS, vol. 1, no. 1, Spring 1994; http://www.lulu.com/shop/abraham-kuyper-and-jan-h-boer/faith-science-miracles-islamfour-kuyperian-essays/ebook/product-20929893.html.
“Kiristanci – Addini Mai Iko: Kos na Pastocin CRCN.” A Hausa-language course, “Christianity – A Religion of Power: A Course for Pastors of the CRCN.” Conducted in Takum, Nigeria, September 1993. In stencil format (pp. 48).
“Being Reformed in Contemporary Nigeria.” Notes handed out to TCNN students. 1993 (14 pp.).
“Teaching Religious Knowledge in Context.” Address delivered at a Bible Knowledge Teachers’ Workshop in Jos, Nigeria, on December 16, 1981.
“Children at the Lord’s Table,” A digest by Andrew Kuyvenhoven in “Awaking Sleeping Dogs?” The Banner, Spring 1980.
“Husband-Wife Relationship in Marriage – A Bible Study,” Lecture presented at TCNN Retreat in the Hausa language, January, 1978.
“Dutch Reflections on God’s Word: A History of the Reformed Doctrine of Scripture from Kuyper to the Present.” Academic research paper, CTS, 1969.
“A Christian Universe: Reflections on the Cross and Common Grace.” Research paper for CTS, April/1964 (24 pp.). See Every Square Inch, vol. 1, pp. 226-227.
“Immanuel: God with Us – Structure, Meaning and History of the Tabernacle.” Research paper for CTS, April/1964 (23 pp.). See Every Square Inch, vol. 1, p. 226.
MISSIONS AND MISSIOLOGY*
Missions: Heralds of Capitalism or Christ? Ibadan, Nigeria: Day Star Press, 1984 (276 pp.).
This is a summary of Boer’s doctoral dissertation published in 1979. See next item for details.
Chattaway, Alan. Unpublished Review of Boer's Missions: Heralds of Capitalism or Christ? 24 Apr/1988.
Missionary Messengers of Liberation in a Colonial Context: A Case Study of the Sudan United Mission. Amsterdam Studies in Theology, Vol. 1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Editions Rodopi, 1979 (pp. 530).
Doctoral thesis, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Re. interplay of missions and colonialism – why, how and long-range results. This study marked the beginning of my decades-long crusade against secular dualism in general, but especially among Christians and in missions. It is shown to be a major culprit in the coalition of missions with colonialism.
“A scholarly study of the British Branch was written by Jan Harm Boer in his Missionary Messengers of Liberation in a Colonial Context: A Case Study of the Sudan United Mission. This is a profound work, which looks at the period 1904-1979. However, it has a major limitation in that it centres only on the relationship of the Mission and the British colonial government.” – Jordan Samson Rengshwat, The Sudan United Mission, British Branch, 1934-1977, Aug/2012 (p. 22).
The Gospel of Liberation in a Colonial Context: A Partial and Introductory Case Study of the Sudan United Mission (1904-1918). Unpublished doctorandus thesis written for the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1974 (pp. 117).
Articles, Lectures, Tracts*
“Christian Reformed Denominational Structural Wranglings.” Two unpublished documents, Dec/2011 (4 pp.).
“Manzon Ubangiji Allah: Tarihin Fasta Habila Adda Angyu.” Translated title: “An Apostle of God: The History of Pastor Habila Adda Angyu,” revised edition, 2011 (24 pp.). Title of first edition: “Labarin Aikin Pasta Habila Adda Angyu a CRCN Gu – Wukari” (37 pp.). Translated title: “The story of the Ministry of Pastor Habila Adda Angyu at CRCN Wukari.” Wukari: CRCN, n.d.
Pastor Habila was the first pastor called to serve the CRCN of Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria. Prior to this position, he was a pioneer evangelist trekking throughout the Wukari-Takum-Baissa area. Wukari, a town of around 20-30,000 people now has three flourishing CRCN congregations in addition to a number of other denominations. For his English-language history consult our Every Square Inch, vol. 2, throughout.
“Missions: Worldly Mandate and Worldly Commission,” sermon preached at Agassiz Christian Reformed Church, April 2008.
“Canada Needs Gospel as Much as Nigeria.” Response to Turaki in Challenge, March 2006.
“Existing Religious Frictions in Nigeria.” BC Christian News, Sept/2003.
“The Church Reforming in Nigeria.” Article written for The Banner, 1992.
“Required Conditions for Evangelism.” Condensed version of talk given in various churches in Jos, Nigeria, 1992 and beyond.
“Overview of Christian Reformed Mission in Nigeria.” Home Service presentation, 1991; revised 1992 (10 pp.).
“Radical Mission Thinking.” Missionews, Nov/1991 (2 pp.).
“CRC Missionaries a Networking Culture.” The Banner, 11 Sept/1989, pp. 10-11.
“A Tiger in Your Tank: The Anatomy of Christian Reformed Missiology.” Public lecture delivered at CTS, Oct. 8/1987 (23 pp.). Every Square Inch, vol. 2, pp. 299-301.
“Introduction to Relevant Reformed Insights from a Missiological Perspective.” Lecture at CTS, Fall, 1987 (8 pp.). Every Square Inch, vol. 2, pp. 298-299.
“The Politico-Colonial Context of Missions in Northern Nigeria.” A paper read at the Conference on Christians in Politics, organized by the Institute of Church & Society, Jos, Nigeria, July 15, 1983. Calvin Theological Journal 19, no. 2 (November 1, 1984): 167–191.
Mission to Secular Structures.” A lecture at CTS, May/1984 (pp. 5).
“Dynamic Equivalent in Church and Theology.” A lecture at CTS, Apr. 30/1984 (pp. 10 plus 5 pp. of notes).
“The Institute of Church & Society: The Whole Gospel for Modern Nigeria.” A document submitted to CRWM for publication approval. Jos, Nigeria, May/1981 (4 pp.). See Every Square Inch, vol. 2, p. 229 for the occasion.
“Missions and Colonialism.” Lecture delivered at a retreat of a German YMCA delegation in Bauchi City, Nigeria, Dec/1980 (9 pp.).
“Christianity in Northern Nigeria: Origins and Problems.” A Talk Given to the Nigeria Staff of the Mennonite Central Committee, August 14, 1980 (6 pp.).
“Starting the Institute of Church & Society, Jos Branch.” Report no. 1, 1 Nov/1977 (6 pp.).
“The Kingdom of God – A Tract.” A stenciled document distributed by the ICS, 1977.
“Christian Work on the University Campus.” Speech given at the University of Jos and other campuses in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, 1977 (4 pp.).
Letter from Nikodemus, 27 July, 1976.
“The Affluent Missionary Sender and Her Credibility.” The Banner, 6 Feb/1976. (5 pp.).
“Pluralism and World Mission in the CRC.” CC, 14 Oct/1975 (5 pp.).
The Nigerian National Congress on Evangelization, held at the University of Ife, August, 1975 (7 pp.).
“Semi-Annual Report, Baissa,” Jan/1975.
Letter to Mission Services Committee, 12 Sept/1974 (3 pp.).
“Questionable Proposals.” CC, 27 May/1974 (6 pp.).
“The Last of the Livingstones: A Study of H. Karl W. Kumm’s Missiological Conception of Civilization.” Unpublished academic paper written for the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, September, 1973 (80 pp.).
“Missionary of the Kingdom: An Interview.” Vanguard, Dec/1972, pp. 4-15 (40 pp.).
“The Boers’ Early Missionary Style.” Letter from Christian Reformed World Mission to II Highland Christian Reformed Church, 3 Oct/1972 (2 pp.).
“Semi-Annual Mission Reports,” Apr/1970-Apr/1972 (27 pp.).
“Evangelism in Nigeria.” Series of lectures delivered at a conference of tertiary Fellowship of Christian Students held in Kaduna, 1971 (20 pp.). Every Square Inch, vol. 2, pp. 105-107.
“Christmas in a Nigerian Village.” CC, Nov/1970 (7 pp.).
ECONOMICS AND POLITICS*
Caught in the Middle: Christians in Transnational Corporations. Jos, Nigeria: Institute of Church & Society, 1992 (232 pp.).
Discussion of corporations; effect of bottom-line investments; investor responsibility for employees, host community, end-user; Reformed theology of investment stewardship. Special concentration on Nigeria and USA, Christian Reformed Church, United Church of Canada, United Methodist Church and World Council of Churches.
“Caught in the Middle: Christian Investors.” CC, Sept. 23/2013, p. 5. A revisit.
“Your son, Wiebe, sent me the first chapter of Caught in the Middle. I would like a copy of the entire book if you have one available. I have included some articles, speeches and letters about my company and my attempt to shape it around the Cultural Mandate. While this approach is a logical response to God’s word, I find few large companies adopting it. In my quest to get others to adopt this approach to life, I will make use of your thoughts on the subject. Thank you for your faithfulness.”
– Letter (9 Aug/2000) from Dennis W. Bakke, author of Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job. Co-founder and former CEO of AES, a multinational corporation that in 2002 had plants in 31 countries, $8.6 billion in revenue, $33.7 billion in assets, and 40,000 employees.
Anonymous. Correspondence about Caught in the Middle: Christians in Transnational Corporations. 25 Oct/1993 (2 pp.).
De Groot, Paul. “Even Churches Invest in Unethical Behaviour.” Discussion of Boer's perspective in CC, Jan. 29/1988, (pp. 1-2). Based on a pre-publication draft of Caught in the Middle: Christians in Transnational Corporations (1993) and on an interview.
“Corporations, Christians and Churches.” Lecture given at King’s College, Edmonton. December, 1987.
The Church & the External Debt: Report on a Conference Held in Jos, Nigeria, November 26-30, 1990 (J. Boer, ed). Jos, Nigeria: ICS, 1992 (219 pp.).
The authors of the papers in this book, are, with the exception of yours truly, all Africans. The Africans, with the exception of one, a Kenyan, are all Nigerians. The Nigerians, with the exception of three, are all Christians. Those three are Muslims. It was felt that it would be useful in a country that is roughly 45% Muslim, to hear their point of view on a national topic like the external debt. As to the Christians, they are all dedicated to the Lord, but, like most Nigerian Christians, they have inherited from Christian missionaries a soft secularism that is characterized by a dualism of religion and culture. This conference aims at helping them to overcome that heritage with a more unified approach that integrates the Christian faith with their economic theorizing.
Additional Articles on the External Debt:
Dogo, Bala. Review of The Church and the External Debt. TC 1, 1993 (2 pp.).
“Aussere Schulden und das Evangelium.” Translated by O. Schumann. German translation of a Boer article explaining the history and goals of the External Debt project of the ICS. Zeitschrift fur Mission 19, 4/1993 (pp. 221-237).
“The External Debt of Nations and the Gospel.” Reformed Ecumenical Council, 1992 (7 pp).
Articles, Lectures, Tracts*
“Introducing Mr. Noble Obani-Nwibari: A Nigeria-Shell Refugee” to an audience at Calvin College, Grand Rapids MI, 1997.
“‘Kingdom Vision’ Is Transforming Churches in Nigeria.” CC, 30 Sept/1992.
“Reparations: A Hidden Agenda? A Critical Analysis of the Campaign for Reparations.” TC, no. 1/1992 (pp. 10-13). See Every Square Inch, vol. 2, pp. 393-394.
“Why Are You Poor?” Jos: ICS, 1991 (10 pp.). A tract to alert Nigerians to the effect of the country’s external debt.
“John Calvin’s Approach to Politics and Government.” Lecture delivered to the Conference on Christians in Politics, Jos, ICS. July 14-16/1983 (12 pp.).
“Marx in Nigeria.” Report on Conference held at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, March 14-18, 1983 (4 pp.).
“Fighting Communism – A Walk with the Lord.” CC, Oct. 7/82 (p. 3).
“Propositions for Renewal in Christian Socio-Economic Thought and Practice.” A paper delivered at the Jos-Bukuru Theological Society, April/1982 (2 pp.).
“Statement of the Principles and General Political Program of the Anti-Revolutionary Party” (1961). Transl. Bernard Zylstra. Introduction by Jan H. Boer, 1979 (13 pp.).
Traditional Christian Objections to Politics: Talk Given at Hillcrest High School, Jos, Nigeria, Nov. 1, 1977.
“Aspects of the Effects of Wealth on the Church’s Mission” Public lecture delivered at Calvin College, June 1977 (pp. 8).
“The Body of Christ in Emerging Nigeria,” a four-part series. NC, February, April, June, Sept/1971 (21 pp.).
“Nigeria: The Struggle of Becoming.” CC, 8 May/1969, pp. 1-2.
DEVELOPMENT, OPPRESSION, JUSTICE*
Justice and Peace: Biblical Social Ethics. Translated from Hausa by Gail Ruston. Jos, Nigeria: TEE Association of Nigeria, 1995 (218 pp.). For further details go to the entry Tafarkin Salama, 1985, below.
Christians & Mobilization. Jos, Nigeria: Institute of Church & Society, 1989.
Encourages Nigerians, especially Christians, to stand up against the oppression they suffer from their elite. Demonstrates from the Bible that such issues are of great concern to God and that Christ Himself showed extreme anger at the people’s oppressors. Also gives Biblical grounds for opposing it. A local version of Kuyperian Reformed liberation style. Originally a lecture delivered to various Nigerian academic audiences.
Talakawa Ku Tashi Tsaye. Jos, Nigeria: Institute of Church & Society, 1987 (30 pp. Hausa language).
Less academic but expanded version of above entry encouraging Nigerian villagers to begin to question and take action against an oppressive elite in government, business and church. Gives Biblical grounds for such action. A popular Kuyperian Reformed liberation approach. Read and discussed in community development groups. English translation of the title: “Peasants, Stand up and Be Counted.”
Tafarkin Salama. A publication in the format of Theological Education by Extension (TEE). Jos, Nigeria: TEE Association of Nigeria, 1985, 1995 (180 pp.). For English version, see Justice and Peace, 1995, above in this bibliography.
Biblical social ethics in Nigerian context to be studied at home and supported by occasional meetings of the fellow participants. Topics include the Kingdom of God and its main pillars as the background for subsequent discussions on wealth, bribery, business, government and politics, human rights, oppression. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only treatment of these subjects in the Hausa language from a Christian perspective.
Kai da Dukiyarka: Ayoyi daga cikin Littafi Mai Tsarki. Jos, Nigeria: Institute of Church & Society, 1982 (80 pp.).
Hausa version of Living in God’s World, 1980. See next entry for details.
Living in God's World: Biblical Quotations. Jos, Nigeria: Institute of Church & Society, 1980, 1989 (81 pp.).
Compilation of Bible texts used as basis for community development. Liberation theology for Nigerian masses dealing with such issues as the wisdom of the Kingdom of God; work, wealth and property; economic relations, justice and oppression. Used as a conscientization manual in community development groups. Used also by Bible study groups in both Nigeria and North America.
Articles and Lectures*
“Development: A Matter of the Heart.” Lecture delivered at CRUDAN Workshop on Theology and Development, Jos. Oct/1994 (12 pp.).
“Missions and Injustice.” A Reaction to a Missionary Seminar in Grand Rapids, MI. Originally published under the title “Radical Mission Thinking.&rrdquo; Missionews, Nov/1991 (2 pp.).
“Christians and Mobilization for Development in Nigeria,” Paper written for the Institute of Church and Society/Northern Area Office (Christian Council of Nigeria), Jos, Nigeria, 1989 (25 pp.)
Encourages Nigerians, especially Christians, to stand up against the oppression they suffer from their elite. Demonstrates from the Bible that such issues are of great concern to God and that Christ Himself showed extreme anger at the people’s oppressors. Also gives Biblical grounds for opposing it. A local version of Kuyperian Reformed liberation style. Originally a lecture delivered to various Nigerian academic audiences.
“The Challenge of the Green Revolution to the Church.” An address to the First Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Jos, Nigeria on May 26, 1980. Published in two installments in NC, Sept/1980, pp. 7, 15; Oct/1980, pp. 3, 14.
“Youth Participation in the Kingdom.” Speech delivered at a Youth Conference organized by the YMCA, Kaduna, Nigeria, April/1979 (8 pp.).
“The Rural People: Victims of Social Change in Nigeria,” Church & Society Paper CS/3. Ibadan and Jos: ICS, 1978 (22 pp.).
WHOLISTIC HEALTH CARE (WHC)*
Unless indicated otherwise, all items here are published by
Christian Health Association of Nigeria (CHAN)
P. O. Box 6944
“Wholistic Health Care.” Paper delivered at the West Michigan Theological Society, Grand Rapids MI, 1999 (14 pp.).
Wholistic Health Care, Co-edited with Dr. Dennis Ityavyar. 2 volumes. 1995.
In addition to articles by the editors, these books contain articles by many Nigerian experts in medicine, theology, faith healing, African traditional healing, psychology, psychiatry. Includes representatives of Christianity, ATR and Islam. This set represents a rare Christian comprehensive collection on wholistic healing in the Nigerian context, with the extra bonus of Traditional and Muslim insights included.
Vol. 1 – Religious and Medical Dimensions. 1995 (pp. 225). Includes the following Boer articles:
“The Church and Wholistic Health Care – Welcome Speech” (pp. 7-10).
“Wholistic Health Care – What Is It?” (pp. 24-32).
“Wholistic Health Care in a Biomedical Setting” (pp. 50-56).
“The Church and Wholistic Health Care” (pp. 58-63).
Vol. 2 – Cultural and Political Dimensions. 1995 (pp. 167).
“Worldviews: Enlarging the Reformed Tent,” REC Mission Bulletin, vol. xiii, no. 3, Sept/1993 and CC, Oct. 28/1994. A slightly revised version almost simultaneously published as “Opening the Reformed World to the Powers,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, Feb/1994, pp. 16-18.
Boer, Jan H. and Kriel, J. R. “Foundations of Biomedicine.” TW 2 (Dec/1991) pp. 2-3.
“A Short History of the WHC Project.” Towards Wholeness: A CHAN WHC Newsletter, June, 1991, pp. 2-5.
Wholistic Health Care of, for and by the People, 1989 (32 pp.).
Plea for wider approach to healing that includes the medical model, selective African traditional healing, faith healing. Advocates wider approach to healing that accepts the medical model as only one component of a larger arsenal of healing methods. Context: Imposition of monopoly of medical model on Africa by colonialism and missions.
Reader’s Comment: I "...did enjoy reading/skimming (if I'm to be completely truthful) the document. Lots of the issues identified I imagine will always be issues (being too one dimensional in our approach medically, lack of patient involvement, not paying attention to the environmental influences of a patient [esp the spiritual backdrop]). I also find it intriguing how similar a lot of the issues are to today and to this country (minus the shaman part maybe). It was well written and I enjoyed it.” – David Lieuwen, MD, Grand Rapids MI
“Talk on WHC at CHAN Christmas Party.” Dec/1989 (p. 6).
“A Short History of the WHC Project.” 1984 (p. 7).
“Wholistic Health Care: Further Development of the Concept and some Problems Regarding Its Practice.” 1981 (p. 7).
“In Search of Wholistic Health Care: Report on a Seminar.” Jos: May 1-2, 1981 (55 pages).
“God, Sin, Suffering.” Speech Delivered at a Retreat of Medical Practitioners, May/1980 (12 pp.).
Medical Practice and Christian Faith. Speech Delivered to a Retreat of Medical Practitioners, May/1980 (3 pp.). Held at the Jos headquarters of ECWA – Evangelical Churches of West Africa, May/1980. For background see our Every Square Inch, vol. 2, p. 225.
Review of Kultuur, lewensvisie en ontwikkeling: ‘n Ontmaskering van die gode van onderontwikkelde Afrika en dies oorontwikkelde Weste (1999) by B. J. Van der Walt, in Koers 65/4, 2000 (pp. 547-549).
The author is a South African Christian philosopher with tons of philosophical books aimed at African development to his credit. An English title of this Afrikaans book might be Culture, Worldview and Development: An Expose of the Gods of Underdeveloped Africa and the Overdeveloped West. This book is in effect Abraham Kuyper harnessed to African development.
Review of Liberating the Future: God, Mammon and Theology by Joerg Rieger, in Missiology: An International Review XXVIII/2, April/2000 (p. 211).
“Review of Karl Kumm: Last of the Livingstones: Pioneer Missionary Statesman by Peter Spartalis, 1994 (116 pp.). International Bulletin of Missionary Research. For further information see our Every Square Inch, vol. 2, p. 404.
Review of Christianity and Politics in Doe’s Liberia by Paul Gifford, in NRC 28 Feb/1995 (pp. 8-9, 12-13, 15); NC 28 Feb/1995 (pp. 8-9, 12, 14-15); TRB 28 April/1995 (pp. 32-38); Mission Bulletin XIV Dec/1994 (pp. 20-24).
Review of Pathways to Survival in Nigeria by Bishop F. E. Segun in NC, 1988 (3 pp.).
Review of Planning Strategies for World Evangelism by E. Dayton and D. Fraser, in CTJ, Feb/1982 (p. 3).
Review of God’s People in God’s World: Biblical Motives for Social Involvement by John Gladwin, Aug/1980 (191 pp.). Reviewed Aug/1981 (5 pp.).
Review of An Urban Strategy for Africa by Timothy Monsma. CTJ, April/1980 (3 pp.).
Review of Sons of Tiv by Eugene Rubingh, International Reformed Bulletin 48 1972 (pp. 41-51).
LETTERS TO EDITORS AND WRITERS*
“The Mbaka / Buhari Story and Readers’ Comments.” Premium Times, July 31, 2015.
“A Dead-end Journey: From Oppressed to Oppressor.” CC, June 8, 2015, p. 5.
“The West vs the Russian Bear.” Letter to Editor, Maclean’s, 13 Jan/2015, p. 47.
“Annual Report on Christian Organizations.” Unpublished open letter to CC, 8 Dec/2014 (2 pp.).
(1) “Aboriginals, Racism, Political Correctness.” Letter to Editor, Metro, 9-12 Oct/2009. (2) “Chat about Aboriginals: Loenen-Boer Correspondence.” Feb/2013. (3) “The Price of Aboriginal Leadership.” Letter to the Editor, VS, 7 Nov/2014 in response to (1) “Family at centre of pay firestorm…,” 5 Nov/2014; (2) “Reserve life out of step…,” 7 Nov/2014.
“Senior Discounts.” Letter to the Editor, VS, 2 Dec/2013.
“Calling a Spade a Spade.” VS, Feb. 27/2013 (p. A12). Editor replaced original title.
“Money-hungry Lawyers.” Letter to Editor, VS, in response to lawyer Kevin McCullough’s “Lawyers Trigger Job Action,” 5 Jan/2012. Submitted 7 Jan/2012.
“Zwarte Piet and Racism.” Letter to Editor, VS, 26 Nov/2011. Every Square Inch, vol. 4, p. 98.
“Occupiers’ Abuse of Traditional Religion.” Letter to the Editor, VS. Submitted 9 Nov/2011. Every Square Inch, vol. 4, pp. 32, 121-122.
“St. John’s United Church.” Letter to Editor, West Ender, department of “Rant and Rave,” submitted 16 April/2011.
“Remove Obstacles to Justice.” Letter to Editor of The Province, 12 Nov/2010, in response to “Court delays make mockery of justice.”
“Belhar Confession: Amazed Twice Over.” Letter to Editor, The Banner, a CRC magazine. Submitted on 24 Oct/2010.
“The Tamil Boat Show.” Letter to Editor, The Province, 11 Aug/2010.
“Hirsi Ali, Mark Steyn, Liberals.” Letter to Mark Steyn, 16 June/2010, in response to Steyn column about Hirsi Ali, 14 June/2010.
“Church and Atheists.” Letter to Editor, MacLean’s, 3 May/2010.
“Olympic-sized Distortions.” Sent to VS but not published. Written 12 Feb/2010.
“Public Debate about Private Schools.” Letter to Editor in response to N. O’Connor’s article on Public Versus Independent Schools, 15 Jan/2010. Sorry, but the information as to which newspaper is missing. 17 Jan/2010.
Letter to Editor in response to “Shareholders Stage Revolt,” The Province, 27 Feb/2009. Not published.
(1) “Dual Citizenship and Living Abroad.” Letter to Lorne Gunter, 3 Jan/2007. (2) Letter to Editor of VS, 30 July/2007 (p. A7). (3) “More on Multiple Citizenship.” Letter to Daphne Bramham in response to her series on citizenship, VS, 27, 29, 30 June/2009. Date of letter 5 July/2009.
(1) “Ðead and Buried.” Letter to Editor, “Rant & Rave” department, West Ender, 30 July/2008. (2) “Police and Gangland Violence.” Correspondence with Kim Bolang, crime editor at VS, 7 Jan/2009. (3) “Treatment of Gangsters.” Letter to Editor of The Province submitted on 15 Dec/2010, in response to editorial “Courts need to keep gangsters off streets,” 14 Dec/2010, p. A16.
“Reformed Fundamentalists vs Vaccination: Correspondence with Douglas Todd,” 31 Aug/2008 – 3 Sept/2008. Todd is the “Religion and Philosophy” writer for the VS.
“Abusive Immigrants Not Wanted.” Letter to Pete McMartin, VS columnist, 29 Feb/2008.
“Immigrants and Language Learning.” Letter of response to Christy Clark, “Fear and Language,” in The Province, 28 Oct/2007.
“Exemption of Hookah from Smoking Ban.” Unpublished letter to Editor of The Province, 24 Sept/2007.
“Of Honourable Judges.” Unpublished letter to Editor of 24 Hours, 11 Apr/2007.
“Problems with Lawyers and Courts.” Letter to Editor, 4 June/2006, in response to Bob Kuhn, “Who Will Have the Last Word….” BC Christian, May/2006.
“Sorting out the Genuine ‘Subsidees’.” Letter to Editor, Metro, 27 April/2006, in response to an article on social welfare, 25 April/2006.
“Missionary History Falsified.” Letter to Editor of West Ender, 11 Feb/2006, in response to Charles Demer’s article, 9-15 Feb/2006, pp. 14, 16.
“Welcoming the Jews to Canada.” Sent to VS but not published. Written 9 Dec/2005.
“The French, Dutch and Canadians.” Letter to Editor, VS, 16 Oct/2005 with a response from Doug Todd, 17 Oct/2005.
“Down and out ‘Hero’ Deserves Boot with Wooden Shoe.” The Vancouver Courier, Sept. 18/2005.
“Santa Claus ‘BC’ and a Self-Appointed Saviour.” Letter to the Editor, Vancouver Courier, 12 Sept/2005 in response to Cheryl Rossie, “A Room of One’s Own,” 7 Sept/2005.
“Faith, Politics, Reason.” Letter to Peter McKnight, 27 Sept/2004, in response to his article in VS, 25 Sept/2004.
“Dalai Lama and the Warm Heart.” Georgia Straight, March 4/2004. Editor deleted title. Every Square Inch, vol. 4, p. 138.
“Millionaire Immigrant Abusing Legal Aid.” Letter to the Editor, The Province, 11 Aug/2003, in response public complaints, 10 Aug/2003, p. A21.
“The Myth of the ‘Neutral’ Public School.” Letter to the Editor, VS, 19 Apr/2003.
“The Dutch Kuyper Tradition of Pluralism.” Letter to the Editor, VS, 4 Apr/2003.
“Government Dependency Has Created Individualism.” Letter to Editor, VS, 30 Dec/2002.
“How to Reduce Neighborhood Clutter.” “Public Pulse,” Grand Rapids Press, February 1998.
“Why the Waste?” Letter to Editor, Newswatch, Nov. 1/1993. Published under my pseudonym “Yohanna Mai Gona” (John Boer or Farmer).
“Opting Out.” The Banner, Feb. 19/1990 (p. 3).
“Apartheid Opponents = Communism Supporters.” CC, 21 Oct/1985 (3 pp.).
“The Balance of Reformational Thinking.” The Guide (monthly magazine of the Christian Labour Association of Canada), Sept/1985 (3 pp.). The original letter had a different title.
Reviews of and Comments about Boer's Writings and Ministry
Note: Though many of the items below have not been published, they will be/are deposited in the Boer file at the archives of Heritage Hall at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA.
Comments on/about Boer’s Literature and Ministry:
I have spent some time with…the large amount of material you give the links to. Congratulations to you and thank you for the huge effort you put into making available for this generation and those to come this witness to the Gospel – wholistic and powerful in a broken, divided world. You write well, John – with passion and with clarity. I hope your work is used for years to come. – Harvey Kiekover, former lecturer at TCNN, January 22, 2016.
“Appreciation from Taraba State Governor,” December 2015 (forwarded by mutual friend). *
I had just read your parts of the book on External Debt. WOW!!! I had read your book on Transnationals years ago, so was prepared for your superb and painstaking scholarship. But I had forgotten how starved the Christian world is, generally speaking, for such probing exposure! I have made the acquaintance of a staff member at the Acton Institute, which is just two blocks from where I live. Have you written anything since the Occupy Wall Street era to follow up on your treatments (including, of course, the treatment in your dissertation and its summary)? Unpretentious as your Nigeria-published books are, they are really incomparable. Thanks again for your hard labors over the decades and your friendship. I have also photocopied these books (as well as your categorization of Scripture on justice, stewardship and economics) for my friend – Ronald Roper, independent scholar, Grand Rapids, MI.
At a recent paper given to our U3A world religions group on 'The Bible and Colonialism' guess who was the first person quoted in the paper? One Jan H Boer via another author whose name I do not recall but beginning with F. – Graham Weeks, London UK.
A friend wrote me the following: I've been in touch with Bishop Kukah recently as he's on the board of a new fund our foundation has established. During the launch – in front of the President and Vice-President of Nigeria among others – he publicly stated that it was you who taught him about social justice and was talking about what the fund aims to do well ahead of his time. He speaks so highly of you and is planning for a way to bring you back soon for a visit. Just thought you should know that you are still fondly remembered here.
“High Praise for the Accomplishments of CRWM in Nigeria.” Letter from a friend, August 25, 2014.
“Boer: You’ve always been my mentor. You’re an icon and will always be my guide in the writing ministry. God bless you, Sir.” – Obed Minchakput, Jos-based journalist.
The front cover of the memorial service liturgy for my friend Dick Kastelein, features a photograph of Dick reading one of the volumes of my Christian-Muslim series.
Istifanus, Habila M. Review of Boer’s Work at the Institute of Church & Society. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies at The World Peace Academy, accredited by the University of Basel, Switzerland, Nov/2013.
“The Sept. 23, 2013 issue (of CC) had quite a number of articles I found very meaningful, particularly…John Boer’s article on Christian investors…. You have found many wise writers to inspire us to live relevant Christian lives.” – George Langbroek, St. Catharines, ON.
“Last week, we had a PhD seminar in which one of our PhD students used your Muslim-Christians documents very freely. In fact, your material shows up regularly in our post-grad documents. If other institutions are using your material as much as our students are, you have not researched and written in vain.” – Prof. Dr. Danny McCain, University of Jos, Nigeria.
“I have been reading your series on Christian and Muslim relationships in Nigeria. I am starting to read volume 3 and I am already very grateful for all the time and effort you had to write that wonderful series.
“After I am done with college, I will pursue a masters in International Development and eventually a PhD in Economics. The Lord…led me to start researching proposals for the economic development of Nigeria.
“I would like to ask your opinion on some of the economic proposals I will come up with…. I know something may seem right to me, but your unique understanding of the culture and conflicts in Nigeria provide you with the necessary lenses to be able to judge whether something will work or not.” – Larissa Cantarella, Brazilian student at University of Arkansas, USA.
“I am a fan of your website and writings. I taught Issues in Christian-Muslim Relations at the postgraduate level here at TCNN…and we used your series. Thank you for your contribution to the Body of Christ…here in Nigeria.” – Chentu Dauda.
“I am very familiar with your work and have found some of your writings very useful in my research and writings, since 1990, when I was a graduate student at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio, USA.
“I am a fan of yours and would not hesitate to read any writings of yours…. I thank God for your courage and objectivity in your work and for your passion for our people in Nigeria.” – Rev. Dr. Nuhu B. Akuchie.
“I am currently writing my thesis for the masters degree in education at Zaria. My topic is the influence of Pentecostalism on NKST church and I found your book Pentecostal Challenge very useful. Thanks.
“My present position…exposes me to the activities of the Muslims against Christians in the north. Again in my finding out more about these activities, I got yet another book, Christians: Why This Violence?, authored by you. This has convinced me that you are praying for our…Nigeria.” – Rev. Annger, Kaduna.
“I have been to your website and seen the amazing collection that you have. I have also seen comments by Professor Turaki and others. I refer people to the website for research and information. I have also been to www.lulu.com and I am this morning downloading the books now.” – Rima Shawulu Kwewum.
“Well done on this writing project. Very impressive indeed.” – Dr. Timothy Palmer, Professor at TCNN.
“I wish to inform you that I commenced work already on the (master’s) thesis. Topic: ‘An Evaluation of Reformed Wholistic Approach to Society as viewed by Jan H. Boer.’” – Nuhu Akoga, master’s programme at TCNN.
“I just turned in a fourteen-page paper on the relationship between Christianity and colonialism, and your book Christianity and Islam under Colonialism in Northern Nigeria was one of my main sources. I also drew a lot of insight from your article ‘Worldview: Expanding the Reformed Tent.’ Reading your work was refreshing, because, unlike much of my other research, it looked from both the perspective of the missionary and the perspective of the locals.” – Rebecca Vander Wilt, student at Trinity Christian College.
“For me, it is an honor actually that an author of your caliber would see my piece interesting enough to be cited.” – Dr. Chudi Chuikwueze, a Nigerian scholar teaching in a New York university.
“I will like to…express my invaluable appreciation over your…scholarly approach to issues. You really deserve my thanks. I received your project via attachment and will, God willing, go through it and render my own contribution.” – Ahmad Yahya, Federal College of Education, Kano, Nigeria.
“Thank you so much for sending your impressive titles on issues of Christian-Muslim relations. There are exceedingly timely and wise contributions. I shall see that they find their way into our library.” – Dr. John Witte, Jr., Professor of Law, Emory Law School, Atlanta.
“I want to sincerely thank you so much for taking the pains to go through my deep provocative writings. I enjoyed the most your comments and questions which made my writing and ideas come alive. More importantly, your pointing out the areas of Christian weaknesses only to strengthen our cause. Bravo!” – Dr. Yusufu Turaki, Nigerian scholar, author and church statesman (re vol. 7 of my series).
“I am amazed at the speed of your project, as you are doing it all alone. You have had to bear the brunt of all these alone. However, it is worth it. I know that you enjoyed writing; now it must be more than a hobby. Be encouraged to hear that, as a Nigerian who has been in the midst of these issues, you have done a lot of great honour and service to us by bringing thee issues to bear upon global conscience and perspective…. It is just timely, as Nigerians right now are rethinking these issues for themselves now…. I am hoping that Nigerians will be able to draw up trends and patterns of Christian-Muslim relationships from your series. We couldn’t have had a better method than the one you have adopted to allow each group to state its case…. John, you have thrown a challenge to both Christians and Muslims of Nigeria and the logical course of action, which is indeed your primary goal and objective, is the way of peace as enjoyed by our Lord.” – Dr. Yusufu Turaki, Nigerian scholar, author and church statesman.
“Well done on the big project [Boer: reference to the 8-volume series]…. You are doing a huge work and I believe a beneficial one.” – Dr. Philip Ostien, an American expert on the Nigerian sharia struggle who has researched, traveled and written on the subject more than any scholar I know.
“I want to thank you again for the books you gave me. The first one I have read is your translation of Kuyper’s You Can Do Greater Things than Christ. I was not aware of this work. It is a very important work and your translation reads very well.” – Dr. Glen Friesen, a Reformed philosopher in Canada.
“I am happy about the book and look forward to seeing the next two volumes. I think you have done a great job in surveying the history of the problems. I also agree with you that you have put your finger on the key problem – the problem of secularism that some Africans have bought. Keep up the good work.” – Dr. Danny McCain, an American professor at University of Jos, Nigeria. [“The book” refers to one of the series volumes.]
“…after I read about your work, …I was excited about the scope and direction of your efforts! I was reassured to know that there is another voice ‘out there’ that is calm, concerned and knowledgeable, having both wide experience among people of the two religions and the understanding gained from a study of history and our present situation. I admire the efforts of both of you and hope to meet you again.” – Ms. Shirley Kelly, a researcher.
Stern, Dwayne, “Former Alberni Man Publishes Book.” Alberni Valley Times, July 25/2003.
“…the whole range of your [web]site was a great big satisfactory engagement. It’s going to take me a few more months to get to some actual Kuyper reading…. Your website will either be my starting point to figure out what to read or …. And the Islamica element will need to be passed on to several friends working on religious and political issues, who may not have seen that possibility for Christian dialogue. Your website is a blessing and a delight!” – Susan Perkins Weston, a self-described “Presbyterian social reformer” and educational executive director in Danville, KY.
The “Insight” page of the Vancouver Sun of January 16, 2002, carried a full-page article about Anglican Primate Michael Peers’ sermon preached in Christ Church Cathedral, in Ottawa, on January 1, 2002. The article bore the title: “Sermon on Secularism Sparks National Debate.” The “Insight” page included most of Peers’ sermon with as title “Some Profound Questions To Be Asked.” It is a very provocative article with direct implications for the challenge of interfaith dialogue. It is even more challenging to read the above together with Dr. Jan Boer’s articles about Islam and Christianity in the Christian Courier, especially the article “The Voice of Islam,” published in the Christian Courier of November 26, 2001. Islam and Christianity (especially its Kuyperian presentation) may have more in common than we have dared dream. Secularism is not only undermining all of Islam, but also all of Christianity. Secularism is what Michael Peers, Jan Boer and Nigerian Muslims are seeking to expose and overcome. – Simon Wolfert, “Discussion Paper – Interfaith Dialogue.” Unpublished paper, January, 2002
“Your article for the RB has been published and is very popular. Thank you for an excellent quality and relevant article to raise the standards of our little journal. Your good friend…was very impressed and ordered twenty copies for each of the CRC missionaries. But more significantly, the Nigeria…are very happy with it. However, some people are saying that this article is just the first step and that it leaves some questions…unanswered.” – Dr. Timothy Palmer, Professor at TCNN.
Witvoet, Bert. “He's No Ordinary Missionary, This Kuyperian Evangelist.” CC, 1995.
Editor, “Profile: A Passion for Justice.” A description of Boer's mission in Nigeria by Citizens for Public Justice in their Catalyst, June-July/1994 (p. 6).
Shande, Gideon, G. T. “CHAN’s Search for Wholistic Health Care,” an excerpt. TW, 2 Dec/1991 (pp. 1-2).
The Reverend Dr. John H. Boer, who conceived, delivered and nursed the WHC Project over a long and difficult period, is now the Chairman of the WHC Board. CHAN has wisely made this decision in order to build up the Project further. With his wealth of experience in all the years that he has nursed the project, the new Chairman will now direct the Project to fruition.
The Project now has two full-time employees – the Co-ordinator and the Secretary Miss Juliana O. Amos. Miss Amos worked with the former Co-ordinator of the Project, so she has valuable experience also gained from Rev. Dr. John Boer. This, we hope, will help in building the Project as well.
– Dr. D. S. K. Bot, WHC Co-ordinator and Boer’s successor, “Wholistic Health Care Project.” CHAN News, October, 1990, pp. 7-8.
“Reverend Boer is New Co-ordinator for ICS.” The Nigeria Standard, 28 April/1978.
“Teachers vs Education Secretary Boer.” A letter from a group of teachers objecting to the policy Boer pursued as Education Secretary, 11 Dec/1971.
I congratulate you on a very excellent piece of work. You were able to get through a large quantity of material, but more pertinently, you manifested a judicious organization of the materials, and succeeded in condensing a great deal into manageable compass. You must have received some idea of my high evaluation of your work from the fact that Dr. Klooster requested copies for the members of his Synodical Committee. He, too, agreed that your report was a very thorough and useful one. May I suggest you seek a publisher for this survey so that it might receive a wider audience. I think that it would serve a most useful purpose. – Professor John Stek, CTJ, 1969, commenting on Boer’s research paper, “Dutch Reflections on God’s Word: A History of the Reformed Doctrine of Scripture from Kuyper to the Present.” Every Square Inch, vol. 2, p. 82.