In the current situation, where ethnic identity is very much in the spotlight, the issues of diversity in the church are once more in focus. The temptation is to say that we need to be colour blind, we need to treat everyone the same.
None of us is immune to temptation of one sort or another and a slip can ruin our life and ministry.
OK, I could have chosen, When I Survey, or In Christ Alone or one of a myriad of other wonderful hymns of the church. In objective terms, they are probably better songs than the ones I have chosen. However the term favourite is inherently subjective and these songs touch me on a number of levels, they reflect on my life, my memories and my calling and they rock!
Through all the ages to come the Indian Church will rise up in gratitude to attest the heroism and self-denying labours of the missionary body. You have given your goods to feed the poor. You have given your bodies to be burned. We also ask for love. Give us FRIENDS!
It was mission that gave them their sense of separate identity from their Jewish roots. The Church was born in Antioch, not Jerusalem.
I find it slightly ironic (though unavoidable) that Luke’s great story of the gospel being understood in multiple languages was recorded in just one language.
A quick look at an interesting book.
The Evangelical Alliance in the UK have produced an interesting report on the church’s response to coronavirus, based on a survey of churches and Christian organisations. You can find the full report here, but if you are short of time, you can get the highlights in this short video. If the video doesn’t show up […]
We need to listen to the voices of BAME Christians and to allow them to speak for themselves and not explain away their experiences.
“We need a bit of biblical wisdom”