Imagine a little dark-skinned baby born to an unmarried peasant girl named Mary. Impregnated under odd circumstances, Mary had already resisted any potential temptation to terminate her pregnancy. Then, shortly after the baby’s birth, his poor, dark-skinned mom and stepdad were warned to flee as refugees to Egypt because of Herod’s threat of infanticide.
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.
Through all the ages to come the Indian Church will rise up in gratitude to attest the heroism and self-denying labours of the missionary body. You have given your goods to feed the poor. You have given your bodies to be burned. We also ask for love. Give us FRIENDS!
A quick look at an interesting book.
Last week, I was interviewed for the leadership journey podcast run by Alan Wilson. If you’d like to hear what I said, you can find it all here.
Four broad brush strokes looking at the future of the church during and after lockdown.
Dealing with the current pandemic will take global cooperation, but it will need to be applied at a local level. Likewise, the daily life of the church is expressed through local communities, but we are at our best when we learn from each other, serve each other and complement each other regionally, nationally and globally.
An excellent video which raises some significant issues relating to COVID-19. It is a much watch for anyone interested in global mission.
The importance of this book lies in the way that it clearly demonstrates that thoughtful theological reflection from other cultural standpoints can enrich the Western tradition that we take as being normal. The writings of the Fathers, the Reformers or whoever your choice theologians are is not the end of the story. There is much to be learned from people who come to the biblical text asking different questions and gaining new insights. Read this book and have your horizons stretched.
Britain is no longer a major economic or political force in the world. In the same way, the British church needs to learn to find a new place in a rapidly growing world Christian movement.