Good, critical feedback on a mission agency’s activities should be absolutely central to any decision making by boards and leadership in the UK. Getting this feedback isn’t easy and it means much more than listening to the people who benefit from what you do. However, if local people are not helping set your agenda, then you are doing something very wrong.
Some mission agencies are doing very well, others rather badly.
If we were serious about the idea that mission is God’s activity and not ours, we would be much less precious about organisational boundaries.
“Brazil has put a former evangelical missionary in charge of its isolated indigenous tribes, provoking concern among indigenous groups, NGOs, anthropologists and even government officials, who fear the government of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is overseeing a new push to spread Christianity among Brazil’s indigenous people.” So what?
This piece from 2008 was adapted from an article that I’d been asked write on Bible translation. I’ve no idea where that article appeared. The role of a Bible translator is to adapt Scripture in an appropriate fashion for a given cultural and linguistic setting. The translated text does not cease to be God’s word, […]
Paul and the other NT writers found their justification for mission across a broader range of Scriptures than many people do today. We should follow his example.
A quote from a commentary on Acts Chapter Two which sums up much of what has driven my whole adult life.
This is the script from the sermon that I preached at Emmanuel Church in Keighley, yesterday. It’s longer than most of my blog posts – sorry about that. It also has a number of typos and things carried over from the script, apologies if that bothers you. 2 Peter 1:5-9 Introduction It goes without saying […]
The deepest reality of life in the Spirit depicted in the book of Acts is that the disciples of Jesus rarely, if ever, go where they want to go or to whom they they would want to go.
I’m sorry, but making occasional trips overseas doesn’t qualify you to speak about the nature of mission any more than sitting in a pew gives me the background to talk about church leadership.