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Community Rather than Clichés

One of the best blogs on the block at the moment is Djibouti Jones: life at the crossroads of faith and culture by Rachel Pieh Jones. Don’t take my word for it; head over there and sign up the her updates. In her latest post, Rachel talks about how she has helped Amina; a young […]

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Bible & Mission

Wrestling with Onesimus 1: Changes

Yesterday, I highlighted a post from Onesimus Redivivus entitled, When Missions Becomes Toxic; or, Um, They Don’t Need Us Anymore. As the title suggests, this is makes challenging reading for anyone in the missionary business and I hope to work through some of the issues that it raises, in the near future. Let me kick off […]

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Bible & Mission

Bible and Mission Links 16

I’ve not been blogging very much over the past few weeks, but that hasn’t stopped other people writing lots of good stuff. Here is a bit of a catch up! Bible Translation As I mentioned yesterday, the World Evangelical Alliance will be taking a long hard look at some of Wycliffe and SIL’s approach to […]

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Bible & Mission Bible Translation Mission

Bible and Mission Links 14

I’ve not been very prolific of late; I don’t seem to have the energy to think creatively or to write at the moment. Hopefully, the Christmas break will help me get back into the groove. However, while I have been staring at a screen and getting nothing accomplished, others have been blogging up a storm; […]

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Bible & Mission

Bible and Mission Links 10

The Wycliffe UK Blog has a good article on Vision 2025, which is well worth a read; among quotes from ‘key’ Christian leaders is this gem from the late Kwame Bediako of Ghana. “No language group should be considered reached until they have the Scriptures available in their mother tongue as the foundation for building […]

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Africa Bible & Mission Bible Translation Politics

Bible & Mission Links 6

It’s been a wee while since my last round up of blog posts on the Bible and Mission, so here goes with another bunch of links: This week’s first offering comes from Mark who has posted a nice little piece on Reading the Bible With the Global Church (I should declare a conflict of interest […]

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Mission

Missionary Confidential: When Sympathy Turns Demeaning

This post from Missionary Confidential is well worth reading and pondering upon. I suspect that it could also be applied to some evangelistic work in the UK, too. Just over a year ago, I read “Following Up on Your Mission Trip” and was jolted by the honesty of this: “I first became aware of the […]

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Humour Observations

Instant Experts

This post is slightly cynical, but oh, so true… 6 ways to tell your friend has become an “overnight missionary expert.” 1. They temporarily wear some wicked awesome sandals. Mission trip sandals, something I’ve chronicled before, come in two varieties: woven and rubber. The woven ones appear to made of some sort of rope and […]

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Short Term Mission Trips: Just Say No?

Vinoth Ramachandra is a well respected Sri Lankan writer and theologian. He has just posted a highly critical post about the short terms mission industry (my term, not his) on his blog. Here is a staggering statistic that I came across recently. Robert Wuthnow, the eminent sociologist of religion at Princeton University has estimated that […]

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Mission

The Success of Short Term Mission Trips

My friend and colleague John Hamilton has just started his own blog, with an excellent post… Often I hear young people (and older) talking about the success of a short term mission experience in terms of God answering all their prayers so that what they had planned to do, was amazingly successful. Often I cringe! […]