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Geography: A Taxonomy of Mission 5

When I was a lad, the world was much more simple than it is now. There was the Christian world (Europe and places where the European diaspora lived) and the rest. Mission was about taking the Gospel outside of the Christian world. At home, we did evangelism. Mission was about telling people the Gospel for the first time and evangelism was reminding people who were culturally Christian, but had lost sight of the fact, about what they were supposed to believe. OK, I’m simplifying horribly, but the picture is more…

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Books I Have Read: Introducing Christian Mission Today

If I were to ask which is the most important book on mission today, I suspect that most people would answer either Transforming Mission by David Bosch or The mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative by Chris Wright. Don’t get me wrong, these books are both excellent. If you want an overview of how mission thinking has changed over 2,000 years, you can’t do better than Bosch, though his twenty year-old predictions about the future direction of mission are understandably a little more shaky. Likewise, if you want an unpacking of the…

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Discipleship and World Mission

Any discipleship training course in the UK needs to take the issue of world mission really seriously, but not for the reason you first thought of.

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Mission Strategy III: World Demographics

In what ways should the ‘shift of gravity’ of the Church impact the thinking of traditional mission agencies?

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Conference People

Reflections on the WEA Missions Commission Conference: I am grateful for the opportunity to listen to some remarkable church leaders and to hear some great stories about what God is doing around the world; it’s just a shame that the majority of the conference did not live up to the promise of the two short sessions given over to these stories.

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Church People

I heard some amazing stories last week. There was the large South African church which was running social involvement and evangelistic programmes across the country and in other African nations. A small church in Singapore is planting churches and running schools in Cambodia; this may not sound much, but when you learn that the pastor’s wife died for her faith while helping one of these schools it all gets a little more serious. We heard about a West African denomination which is looking to plant churches in every village in their…

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Mission People

  There are some wonderful people involved in mission work. I’ve just returned from the rather grand sounding World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission Conference and over the next few days, I’d like to share some of my thoughts and experiences. My next couple of posts will say something about the content of the conference itself, but my overriding memory of the four days, is not of the work sessions, but of the people I got to share my time with. It was good to bump into a few Wycliffe friends…

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Evangelical Churches and Overseas Mission

This is the closing paragraph from a superb reflection on the place of mission today by theologian and church leader, Steven Holmes. Please go and read the whole thing. And so we live in this place where UK evangelicalism has lost its missionary vision, and cannot, yet, embrace a new one. Mission weekends are now an oddity amongst our churches; interest in global mission is perceived as a strange and specialist concern. This is a far-reaching, and (I believe) potentially disastrous shift in our evangelical identity; I am convinced that…

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More on UK Church Culture and Global Interaction

Over the last few days, I’ve been venting my frustration about the way in which people who are asked to speak about cross-cultural mission often have very little background or understanding of the subject (here and here). However, perhaps the most important issue in all of this is the very biblical principle that we should be quick to listen and learn and slow to speak. Could it be that the most important message of cross-cultural mission, today, is that we need to start learning from others rather than assuming that they…

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What Mission Speakers Don’t Understand About Mission

In which I suggest three ways in which many mission speakers do not always reflect the reality of mission today.

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