Festo KivengereBy: Frank Retief
Kivengere was a man of his age. Neither he nor the churches around him were perfect. But they had experienced God in an unusual way. I do not think his theology would meet the robust requirements of today. He was a child of the Keswick movementChrist-centred, pietistic, devotional. His preaching was anecdotal and winsome. It might not fit in easily with much of the evangelical scene as it is today. Our day may demand more accurate theological thinking although we cannot deny that Festo did indeed read deeply, extensively and constantly in very solid theological material. Yet for all that, Festo Kivengere has a great deal to teach us about personal love for Christ, unflagging belief in the power of the cross to save people and great endurance to the end.