The Majority world is not replacing the western mission, it is joining it
We need to study Church history; but we need to study all of it, not just the bits that interest us.
Britain may have taken second place in the Rio 2016 medal table, but by other scores, we are not doing quite so well.
The church’s role is always to confront the wrongs in society and to point people to Jesus, but it must do so from within the society in a framework that can be understood. So different churches in different places and at different times do things in different ways.
The Christian faith is growing around the world and for the most part, this is due to God working through people that you’ve never heard of.
Over 90% of traditional mission work is directed towards areas where there are already established churches.
God’s mission is a massive, complex and multinational phenomenon and we can only begin to understand it if we look at it from a standpoint that transcends our national or regional context.
Can the old wineskin of the Western mission agencies serve the new wine of the rising world mission movement? This is a massive challenge and one which technology alone will not solve.
Western Christianity was not, as many believed, the guardian of a pure gospel, providing a universal church with a culture-free benchmark of orthodoxy.
The day of Pentecost opened up the door to the reality of a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual church, but it took a lot of struggle and argument before the believers saw that they needed to walk through the door.