We need to think carefully about the way in which we write about our brothers and sisters around the world
Some thoughts about things that must be present if we are going to call an activity "mission".
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.
Extracts from the diary of a young and rather nervous linguist translator.
Christianity isn't African, but it isn't European or American either.
The bottom line is that we need each other and the church would be far healthier if we confessed our need of others rather than declaring that others need us.
An American author tells us what Africa needs and an African disagrees. Who should we be listening to?
I very much doubt that crowds of people are gathering in Abidjan bars to watch Boris Johnston and David Cameron slug it out; but Ronaldo will be pulling them in.
One of the great things about attending conferences is that you meet and make friends.
Some thoughts on the implications of the MANI consultation for the church in the west.