We can no longer expect to be listened to on the great cultural and moral issues of the day, simply because we are Christians. We have to earn the right to be heard through intelligent, gracious and prophetic engagement.
The reshaping of global Christianity has significant implications for the study of Christianity and the understanding of Christian missions. The old mental maps and conceptual wine skins quite simply will not do.
The Apostle Paul would find a modern British church very strange and I'm sure that we would be equally uncomfortable with a first century gathering somewhere in Turkey.
“I am convinced that if we are attentive to the refreshing winds of the Holy Spirit during this tumultuous and yet thrilling time, we will have a missiological rebirth where, side by side, with the global church, we will see a remarkable renewal of the church’s life and faith like we have not known.”
This means realizing that we are not the majority, and we are not going to force the rest of society to adopt our ways. We are going to have to acknowledge that society has a different view of marriage from us, that we practice business differently and are not typical in how we conduct our affairs, that we use our time and resources differently, and so forth. We are going to have to know who we are better than we have in the past, distinct from the larger society in many ways.
This week, I've been reading Global Mission: Reflections and Case Studies in Contextualization for the Whole Church, edited by Rose Dowsett. It's an excellent book which should probably be included as a basic text in any undergraduate mission training course. Over the next day or two, I will be posting a few quotes that I … Continue reading The Church in the North and West