Bible and Mission Links 41

Lots of thought provoking stuff for church leaders, missionaries, Bible translators and others.

The Future Belongs to …

I’d far rather live in Andrew Neil’s world than the one that Daesh want to bring about, but ultimately, they are both as mistaken as each other. The future does not belong to Daesh and it doesn’t belong to Paris.

Speeding Up Christ’s Coming

The preaching of the gospel cannot “hasten the day” of Christ’s return or “bring back the King” as has sometimes been invoked in missionary literature and hymnody. This would clearly violate the missio dei, which underscores God’s initiative in revealing the “signs” that will accompany the end and the return of His Son.

“Completing the Task” and missio Dei

Therefore, even when every person has had an opportunity to hear the gospel, or even if a church is planted in every people group of the world, missions will not be over.

The End of the World Is Nigh (or Is It?)

The Independent has this fascinating report: The end of the world is nigh; 21 May, to be precise. That’s the date when Harold Camping, a preacher from Oakland, California, is confidently predicting the Second Coming of the Lord. At about 6pm, he reckons 2 per cent of the world’s population will be immediately “raptured” to […]

Earthquakes and Rumours of Earthquakes

It seems to me that one of the passages which is most misunderstood and misused in the whole of the New Testament, is Jesus’ discourse on the Mount of Olives, which can be found in Matthew 24 (or Mark 13). There are numerous theories regarding the return of Jesus which are drawn from (or more […]

Some Random Good Stuff

I have come across a few fascinating theology pieces this week, which I want to draw your attention to. I can’t actually remember who pointed me to some of them, so apologies for the lack of referrals. The Jubilee Centre have published an excellent piece on eschatology and politics. The summary of the article reads: […]

Mission and Worship

John Piper’s words “missions exists because worship doesn’t” (from Let the Nations be Glad) have been an inspiration to many since they were written and have gained a quasi-sacred status among some Christians. It is surprising, but refreshing, then to see this concept challenged by a couple of Aussies: Someone once challenged us that in […]

Church Disputes

As arguments between churches go, this one isn’t the worst I’ve seen. See the rest of the story here. If you want want to know my view on who is right; the answer is neither of them, though the Catholics are doing better than the Presbetyrians. The mistake both churches are making is to think […]

NT Wright on Heaven and Hell

Another video – this one from ABC News, with NT Wright talking about what happens when you die. I can’t embed the video on this site, but you can watch it here. He is talking about similar themes to those addressed in his latest book Surprised by Hope. This post is more than a year […]