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Some Thoughts for Reformation Day

The Reformation allowed authentic, diverse versions of Christianity to develop across Europe. But this diversity came at a price.

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A Survey of the Global Church

A brief overview of some of the encouragements and challenges faced by the church around the world as it seeks to engage in mission.

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The Gospel in A Pagan Society

The first Christians lived in a very diverse environment which was very hostile to the the new, growing Christian Church. In his journeys, Paul confronted this multi-cultural environment and demonstrated that there is an intellectual and moral depth to Christianity that lifted it above the other religions of the day. When Luke came to write down his account of Paul’s life in the Acts of the Apostles, he was very careful to give us models of how Paul defended the Gospel in different contexts in a pagan society.

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Books I Have Read: The Doctrine of the Trinity

the reason why I’ve mentioned this book is not for the quality of the theological argument (which is excellent) but because of the gracious way in which the various authors interact. It is obvious that the four scholars disagree very strongly at some points. However, they go out of their way to be curteous in their disagreement and to highlight the areas where there is common ground between them. To my mind, this book provides an excellent example of the way in which Christians should debate and disagree over issues. If people can discuss the nature of God (surely the most vital issue to Christians), it is sad to see the way that issues of far less importance cause such dissension and hostility on Twitter and other fora.

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An Emerging Ecumenical Paradigm for Mission

Ten factors which are being worked through by five different traditions: a picture of the emerging mission paradigm today.

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Ramblings About Home

Sue and I have been married just over thirty years and in that time we have lived in four countries and I really don’t know how many houses (my best guess is twelve, but for years we were effectively nomadic, travelling to workshops and training events around the country on a regular basis).

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The Imperative of Cooperation

There are lots of good, practical reasons why mission agencies might want to think about cooperating with each other. However, John’s Gospel gives us an imperative for cooperation which is much more telling than any mere gains in efficiency or financial savings.

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Historical Paradigms of Mission

Three paradigms; a few factors and thirty odd pages. The history of the world mission movement briefly (and brilliantly) summed up by Mike Goheen. With notes by me.

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Appreciating the Gospels

When we read the story of the crucifixion, we feel angry at the rigged trial that Jesus had to go through and we are deeply saddened by his suffering on the cross, but we also feel a sense of relief as we read because we know everything will work out at the end. We cannot begin to share the gut-wrenching agony and despair that the disciples experienced when they saw all of their hopes for the future die along with Jesus on the cross. Those who lived with Jesus didn’t know how it would work out and they didn’t really understand who Jesus was. When he died on the cross, they really thought that it was all over.

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Posts I Wish I had Written

Yesterday, two friends posted things on their blogs that I wish I had written. There doesn’t seem much sense in attempting to write something new today, when I can point you to a couple of great things that other people have done. Missiologist extraodinaire Paul Davies has just kicked off a blog series which looks as though it will be very interesting: In the past “mission” has been thought of as only “over there”. You must cross saltwater or at least national borders to be involved in mission. In recent…

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