In the current situation, where ethnic identity is very much in the spotlight, the issues of diversity in the church are once more in focus. The temptation is to say that we need to be colour blind, we need to treat everyone the same.
None of us is immune to temptation of one sort or another and a slip can ruin our life and ministry.
People who described me as a really good friend when I was the CEO of a large (by evangelical standards) organisation have not spoken to me since I stepped away from the role.
To any wannabe missionaries out there; a good, prayerful, supportive home-church is absolutely vital to your work. Build up those links and don’t think you can do it on your own.
This piece from 2008 was adapted from an article that I’d been asked write on Bible translation. I’ve no idea where that article appeared. The role of a Bible translator is to adapt Scripture in an appropriate fashion for a given cultural and linguistic setting. The translated text does not cease to be God’s word, […]
This is the script from the sermon that I preached at Emmanuel Church in Keighley, yesterday. It’s longer than most of my blog posts – sorry about that. It also has a number of typos and things carried over from the script, apologies if that bothers you. 2 Peter 1:5-9 Introduction It goes without saying […]
In the end, the big decisions are not really that big and the small ones are enormous.
When I say that I’m lonely, it’s not so much that there aren’t people around; it’s that I miss a connection with people who have known me for years.
When we live in a bubble we become focussed on our own needs and experiences and lose sight of the wider world.
There are a number of conclusions that you can draw from these incidents; but the idea that the Holy Spirit always guides in a clear and unambiguous fashion is not one of them!