It is not credible to proclaim that God’s reign is near if God in Christ is worshiped but God’s liberating power is absent in the life and work of the communities.
Some thoughts about the West’s involvement in mission. Why things are the way they are and what we might do to change.
Mission is a biblical universal, the modern missionary movement was a specific, culturally conditioned initiative which, while amazingly successful in its time, is likely to become increasingly dysfunctional if the attempt is made to preserve it as it is.
Some thoughts on missionary support and what it’s like to be on the receiving end of it.
When Paul announced the message about Jesus Christ in Greece and Rome, he had to use all sorts of terms that had a completely different sound to his hearers than what he intended.
A biblical approach to mission avoids both simply trying to apply Paul’s methods in an ahistorical fashion and also adopting the latest insights from anthropology and sociology without any biblical reflection.
our efforts to respond to the challenges of our environment, to think our faith within our particular contexts, have often been blocked by people or missionary organizations who want us to limit ourselves to just repeating what they have learned in their lands.
The moral of the story seems to be that if you are interested in reaching people who haven’t heard about Jesus, you might do better to get in touch with one of the “old fashioned” mission agencies.
Some oddities on mission agency websites.
Some contemporary murder mysteries, a fascinating historical novel and a rather odd, but very pleasing series set in a near-future Europe. This month’s reading.