This page constitutes a bibliography of Boer publications, books, articles and some other documents. It will be noticed that many of them are either published in Nigeria or have the country as a major focus, the reason being that I have served in that country for most of 30 years. In addition to original writings, there are some that are edited by Boer and a few are translations. Among them you will find some that are so short that they can be considered pamphlets, but, because of their subject matter, are included. You will recognize them by their page numbers.
This bibliography is organized according to major topics, the last one being “General.” 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 have (a) story(-ies) related to them – roughly, those from 1966-1996 in Volumes 2-3; those from 1996 on, Volume 4. You can always turn to that Memoirs series for more information.
Tucked away in this bibliography are reviews of Boer’s writings and comments about his ministry.
It is intended that these documents will be deposited in the Boer collection at Heritage Hall, Calvin College, Grand Rapids MI, USA. The books are already mostly in the Calvin Library as well as in the library of the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Jos, Nigeria.
Two other pages on this website also contain bibliographies, the items of which are not included in this Boeriana page. For those materials you need to go to the Kuyperiana and Islamic pages.
For your convenience, an asterisk (*) is inserted behind each major heading throughout this document. Using the “Find” function, you can thus easily navigate from one section to another.
|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|
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, 1999 (?) (pp. 11).
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).
Boer, Jan H. and Kriel, J. R. “Foundations of Biomedicine.” TW 2 (Dec/1991) pp. 2-3.
“A Short History of the WHC Project.” An updated version of the 1984 lecture of the same title. See below. TW 1 (June/1991) pp. 2-5.
Wholistic Health Care of, for and by the People, 1989 (pp. 37).
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.
“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 held in Jos, May 1-2/1981 (pp. 43).
Caught in the Middle: Christians in Transnational Corporations. Jos, Nigeria: ICS, 1992 (222 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.
Critical questions from and correspondence with Ron Geerlings, an official of CRWM, about this book, Oct. 25/1993.
De Groot, Paul. “Even Churches Invest in Unethical Behaviour.” Discussion of Boer’s perspective in CC, Jan. 29/1988, (pp. 1-2).
The Church & the External Debt: Report on a Conference Held in Jos, Nigeria, November 26-30, 1990 (edited). Jos, Nigeria: ICS, 1992 (219 pp.).
Apart from Boer’s 70-page paper – see next item – the other papers are written by African scholars, all Nigerians with the exception of one Kenyan. Three Muslim scholars were among them. The subject is to develop Christian perspectives, including history and solutions, on Nigeria's debt problems.
“Sounds from the World Church.” (Pp. 69-153).
Reviewed by Bala Dogo in TC, 1993/1 (p. 26).
Articles, Lectures, Tracts*
“Caught in the Middle: Christian Investors.” CC, Sept. 23/2013, p. 5. A revisit to the 1992 book on the subject.
“Introduction of Mr. Noble Obani-Nwibari.” Delivered at Calvin College, 1998(?).
“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. 221-337).
Reparations: A Hidden Agenda? A Critical Analysis of the Campaign for Reparations.” TC, 1/1992 (pp. 10-13).
“Why Are You Poor?” Jos: ICS, 1991. A tract to alert Nigerians to the effect of the country’s external debt.
“Corporations, Christians and Churches.” Lecture delivered at King’s University College, Edmonton, Dec/1987 (pp. 16).
“Fighting Communism – A Walk with the Lord.” CC, Oct. 7/82 (p. 3).
“Some Suggestions for Renewal in Christian Socio-Economic Thought and Practice.” A paper delivered at the Jos-Bukuru Theological Society, April/1982, (pp. 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 (20 pp.). Also available on Companion CD see Islamica page for information).
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, earlier 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 (pp. 17).
“The Challenge of the Green Revolution to the Church: An address to the first Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Jos.” Delivered on May 26/1980. NC, Sept/1980 (pp. 7, 15).
“How the Church Can Be Involved in Rural Development.” Continuation of the “Challenge of the Green Revolution….” NC, Oct/1980 (pp. 3, 14).
MISSIONS AND MISSIOLOGY*
Missions: Heralds of Capitalism or Christ? Ibadan, Nigeria: Day Star Press, 1984 (pp. 208).
This is a summary of Boer’s doctoral dissertation published in 1979. See next item for details.
Review by Alan Chattaway, hand-written. Apr. 24/1988 (pp. 6).
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.
Articles, Lectures, Tracts*
“WWW: Wholistic World Witness.” Lecture, Jan/2008. Available on CD from Missions Fest Vancouver at < www.missionsfestvancouver.ca > and from author.
“Existing Religious Frictions in Nigeria.” BC Christian News, Sept/2003.
“The Church Reforming in Nigeria.” Article written for The Banner, 1992.
“Conditions for Evangelism.” Lecture, 1992.
“Overview of CRWM Mission in Nigeria.” Home Service lecture delivered to Boer’s supporting churches, 1991-1992.
“Radical Mission Thinking.” Missionews, Nov/1991.
“Nigeria: No Tangled Fishing Lines.” The Banner, Sept. 11/1989 (pp. 10-11).
“A Tiger in Your Tank: The Anatomy of Christian Reformed Missiology.” Public lecture delivered at CTS, Oct. 8/1987 (pp. 27).
Mission to Secular Structures.” A lecture in Missiology at CTS, May/1984 (pp. 5).
“Dynamic Equivalent in Church and Theology.” A lecture in Missiology at CTS, Apr. 30/1984 (pp. 10 plus 5 pp. of notes).
“The Politico-Colonial Context of Missions in Northern Nigeria.” Lecture delivered at the Conference on Christians in Politics, ICS, Jos. July 15/1983 (pp. 21).
“The Whole Gospel for Modern Nigeria.” A document submitted to CRWM for publication approval. May/1981 (pp. 3).
“Missionary Dualism Versus the Holistic World View of the Bible: The Relationship between Missions and Colonialism in Northern Nigeria.” TRB xxxx1980?
BIBLE AND THEOLOGY*
Pentecostal Challenge (adapted and edited). Takum, Nigeria: Haske da Gaskiya Publications, 1996 (pp. 88). 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 Prophet Moses Today: 366 Social Meditations. Jos, Nigeria: Institute of Church & Society, 1995 (pp. 190).
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.
Veltkamp H. and Boer, Jan H. The Power in Your Baptism. Adapted and translated by Boer from H. Veltkamp, Zondagskinderen. (Franeker, The Netherlands). The English translation – Makurdi, Nigeria: Lamp & Word Books, 1985 (pp. 20).
Explanation of infant baptism in context of prevailing confusion among Nigerian Christians about infant baptism in the general Muslim environment.
--------. Tahav Mbu Ken Batisema Wou. Tiv language translation of the above. Makurdi, Nigeria: Lamp & Word Books, 1985 (pp. 22).
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 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*
“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.
Editor. “At 25, RTCN Paid Tributes and Dreamed of Dreams.” NKST Newsletter 2 (March 1996) 1-2. Comments on above lecture.
“D-Day: God Saves His People – A Sermon.” The Word 4, Jan-March 1995 (pp. 3-5).
“Enlarging the Reformed Tent…” CC, Oct. 28/1994.
“Opening the Reformed World to the Powers.” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, Feb/1994 (pp. 16-18).
“Miracles and Healing.” CTS ALUMNnews 1, Spring,1994 (pp. 4-5).
“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).
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 CD (www.SocialTheology.com) and as ebook on www.lulu.com. 5 volumes; 2014. Also to become available for research, along with its underlying documentation, in the archives of Heritage Hall at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA.
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 (pp. 259).
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 (pp. 465).
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.
Family and Social Life in Nigeria, 1966-1996. Vol. 3 (pp. 409).
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 (+/- pp. 200).
Our life in Grand Rapids and Vancouver. It is entitled “Post-Nigeria,” because our Nigeria experience is 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 (+/- 200 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.
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.
Labarin Aikin Pasta Habila Adda Angyu. Brief Hausa-language biography of Pastor Habila Adda Angyu of Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria. Wukari: CRCN Wukari. 1980s (pp. 37).
Articles, Lectures, Tracts*
“An Immigrant’s Journey: The Boer Family.” VS, Apr. 16/2008 (p. B3).
“CLA Alive!” Speech delivered at the annual CLA Convention, 1999 (pp. 13).
“Old Wine in New Skins: An Old African Worldview in a New Church.” CC, June 5/1998 (pp. 10-11).
“Christian Labor Association: Union Representation with Integrity.” Zeeland, MI, USA: CLA, 1998. A brochure.
“The Christian Labor Association: Why?” Zeeland, MI, USA: CLA, 1998. A brochure.
Letter to Pastors in West Michigan on behalf of CLA on Labour Day 1998.
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).
“‘Kingdom Vision’ Is Transforming Churches in Nigeria.” CC, 1992.
“John Calvin’s Approach to Politics and Government.” Lecture delivered to the Conference on Christians in Politics, Jos, ICS. July 14-16/1983 (pp. 22).
“Where Were You Then?” The Banner, Oct. 4/1982 (p. 16).
“Teaching Religious Knowledge in Context.” Address delivered to the ECWA Bible Knowledge Teachers’ Workshop, Dec. 16-17/1981.
“NEAC: Northern Education Advisory Council.” NC, 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.
Review of Kultuur, lewensvisie en ontwikkeling by B. J. Van der Walt, in Koers 65/4, 2000 (pp. 547-549).
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 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 (p. 4).
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/1981 (p. 5).
“Sons of Tiv.” Review of Sons of Tiv by Eugene Rubingh, International Reformed Bulletin 48 1972 (pp. 41-51).
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR*
“Seniors Discounts Betray Children.” VS, Dec. 5/2014.
“Calling a Spade a Spade.” VS, Feb. 27/2013 (p. A12). Title deleted.
“Down and out ‘Hero’ Deserves Boot with Wooden Shoe.” The Vancouver Courier, Sept. 18/2005.
“Dalai Lama and the Warm Heart.” Georgia Straight, March 4/2004. Title deleted.
“Depending on Each Other Better than on Mama Victoria.” VS, Dec. 30/2002.
Complaint about the flood of telephone directories delivered indiscriminately. Grand Rapids: Public Pulse, Feb/1998.
“Why the Waste?” Newswatch, Nov. 1/1993. Published under pseudonym Yohanna Mai-Gona.
“Opting Out.” The Banner, Feb. 19/1990 (p. 3).
Letter to editor of CC regarding Communism and Apartheid, Oct. 21/1985.
Letter to editor of The Guide, magazine of the Christian Labour Association of Canada. About one-sided interpretation of corporations. Sept 1/1985.
DOCUMENTS ABOUT BOER’S MINISTRY*
Stern, Dwayne, “Former Alberni Man Publishes Book.” Alberni Valley Times, July 25/2003.
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 in Catalyst 17: June-July/1994 (p. 5).
Shande, Gideon, G. T. “CHAN’s Search for Wholistic Health Care.” TW 2 Dec/1991 (pp. 1-2).
“Ministerial Profile Form.” Ministerial Information Service, CRCNA, May 22/1984 (pp. 7).