We simply can’t assume that we can go and minister in other people’s back yard without taking their views and understandings into account.
“God loved the world”, he didn’t just love Brits, Americans, white people, Israel or any other group that you might wish to name, he loved all of us.
A quick look at trends in mission agency income over five years.
Back in a couple of weeks!
It seems to me that a lot of Christians, particularly those of the Evangelical flavour aren’t entirely sure what to do with Christmas and are eager to rush on to Easter.
Eventually, after who knows how long (but it seemed longer to Mary) the little boy was born. The midwife slapped his bum, cleaned him up and passed him to his mum.
Dominion by Tom Holland is undoubtedly the best book I have read this year, but there were other good ones, too.
Groups like Extinction Rebellion have managed to mobilise huge numbers of highly motivated young people who are willing to sacrificially devote themselves to a cause that they see as very important. Does this remind you of anything?
The central thesis of this book has been the following: Johannine spirituality fundamentally consists in the mutual indwelling of the Triune God (Father, Son, and Spirit) and Jesus’ disciples such that disciples participate in the divine love and life, and therefore in the life-giving mission of God, thereby both demonstrating their likeness to God as God’s children and becoming more and more like God as they become like his Son by the work of the Spirit. This spirituality can be summarized in the phrase “abide and go,” based on John 15.
Too often, the Christian response is to insist that we have to put “Christ back into Christmas”. Pointing us back to some mythical time in the past when the celebration revolved around Jesus. If that time ever existed (and I’m far from convinced it did), it was in a society very different to our own and the solutions from those days are not the right ones for today.