Brian Russell has just made an excellent posting on sanctification. I think that we can begin to rearticulate the holiness message for the 21st century in the inner cites (and around the world) by committing to speaking about holiness in positive terms rather than primarily in the negative. Holiness is not merely about the elimination […]

Christian Centre of Gravity

This is an essay which I wrote for my Contemporary Theologies of Mission Module. Sorry, it is rather lengthy, but it might be of interest to some – it takes a different spin on the issue of the relationship between the growing church in the South and the Churches in the traditional Western homeland of […]

All Together Now: Why Bible Translation is Important II

This is a follow on to an earlier post (sort of). In the Garden of Gethsamane, Jesus prayed for his followers: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me […]

Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy!

It is always nice when you come across the source of a quote which you have read many times before. I’ve often heard Leslie Newbigin quoted as saying that Mission begins with an explosion of joy and today, reading his book ‘The Gospel in a Pluralist Society‘, I came across the full quote. I’m going […]

Changing things around

You might notice, if you look closely, that there have been a few changes to the layout of this site. Thanks to the good work of Rob Miller at roblog, I’ve been able to make the book review and library section a bit more obvious. You can now get an overview of the books that […]


URBANarmy Is an interesting blog that’s well worth a look. It describes itself as “a collection of urban missio Dei musings and ponderings. There is an excellent link to a book review site that is well worth a glance if you are interested in mission. This post is more than a year old. It is […]

Seeing How Others Work

One of the interesting things we get to do from time to time is work with Christian leaders from other organisations as well as with Wycliffe. Yesterday, Sue and I spent some time with the coordinator of the Christian Therapists Network helping her think through some of the issues raised by the way their organisation […]

Why I think Bible Translation is Important.

This is a rough piece of work that I vaguely hope will become the basis for my MTh thesis. I’m putting it out in public view now so that I can get feedback and ideas which will help me develop my thoughts. I would really value any comments you might make. Please log on below […]

The Heart of Mission?

I’ve just done a short exercise for my MTh course. Following on from some reading; the workbook asked, ‘which Biblical passages lead you to the heart of mission?’ I raised this question myself in a post a few months back, but my answer to the exercise today is different to the one I gave earlier. […]

Roger Welch: Sermon on Supporting Bible Translation

Roger Welch, of Merland Rise Church (and Wycliffe Bible Translators) has an interesting sermon based on Acts 16 about supporting Bible translation in India. The sermon addresses issues of particular relevance to Merland Rise Church, but also looks at some of the bigger ethical issues mission support both for national missionaries and expats. The sermon […]