I get the impression from some writers and opinion formers in the West that they won’t respect church leaders in Africa (and elsewhere) unless they are fluent in Western (generally, Reformed) theology. In other words, unless Africans think and talk like us, we won’t listen to them.
Today’s missionaries are refugees witnessing to Christ in tent cities across the globe, Philipino taxi drivers sharing their faith as they drive their cabs in the cities of the Middle East, Chinese businessmen working in Africa, African students at universities in secular Europe, Brazilian church planters in Asia and British believers serving under local church leadership in Latin America.
A wonderful day out on the hills.
We spend a lot of time talking about prosperity theology, but what we really need is a theology that will cope with suffering. It’s not just that God doesn’t always give us what we want, he might also allow us to suffer for no apparent reason. Can our faith and our theology cope?
If we are to be truly humble in mission, the western church will need to rethink it’s strategies, goals and Perspectives and get back to studying the Scriptures with people from other parts of the world and seeking God’s strategies, goals and perspectives.
Looking at some practical issues around multicultural church as illustrated from the book of Acts.
Different languages and cultures were God’s idea in the first place. The gospel makes all races equal, but it doesn’t make us all the same, differences are preserved.
Some thoughts about the past, present and future of mission agencies.
Catching up on two months worth of reading; I’m sure that I’ve left some out.
Some thoughts on Forum, Agencies and a Twitter conversation.