If we keep destroying habitats at the rate we are doing, we will inevitably come into contact with more animals carrying viruses that are potentially harmful to us and it is not impossible that we will encounter something that can be transmitted as easily as Covid-19, but with the mortality rate of Ebola.
One of the by-products of the long sojourn of the gospel in Western culture is the false assumption that all potential questions have been canvassed and answered and that there are fundamentally no new questions to be answered. Thus, Christian theology becomes static within certain fixed categories.
Christianity in Europe is no longer a purely European phenomenon. This 40 minute interview gives some insights into what God is doing in Europe today.
The challenge we wish to bring in this book is not merely that Christianity is a non-Western religion because historically its origins are in Asia; nor just that non-Western Christianities should be taken more seriously by theologians and scholars of Christianity because Christianity’s numerical strength now lies in the global South. What we argue is that all aspects of Christian studies, including church history, theology, inter-religious and societal relations, must be reshaped and revised in light of the nature of Christianity as a world religion.
Some suggestions for reading and places to look if you want to know more about what God is doing in the world today.
The church around the globe is too diverse and too big for anyone ever to claim to have a handle on it. We need to expand our horizons and get a better picture of what God is doing in the world, but we won’t ever see the whole thing.
This is a video that anyone who is interested in mission or church work should make time to watch.
He gave the Bible to a fallen world as a way of communicating himself and his nature to mankind and in a similar way, he has sent the church out into the world to bear witness to his reconciling work in Jesus. Because mission and the Bible are both expressions of God reaching out to the world, it is not surprising that they are closely intertwined.
It is far too easy for churches in the UK to subconsciously set themselves to transmit with regard to the rest of the world. We see ourselves as teachers, trainers and contributors, but we rarely think in terms of receiving.
The faculty of Fuller Seminary has posted a series of short videos introducing each book of the Bible. I’ve not watched all of them, but the ones I have seen are thought-provoking and informative. This is the sort of page that is worth bookmarking for future reference. Here Sebastian Kim looks at the book of […]