Service, Justice, Proclamation and Balance

What is the point of distinguishing between works of service and proclamation of Good News?

The Five Marks of Mission: The Great Commission 12

We are coming towards the end of my mini-series on what is often called, the Great Commission. This post is partly knicked from a talk given by Chris Wright at Keswick and looks at the Five Marks of Mission in the light of the Great Commission. As long-time readers of this blog will know, the […]

The Bible and Disciple Making

This is the first part of my answer to the question of why we should bother translating the Bible people when there are many more, apparently more urgent, problems in the world. In a sense, this answer is the most straight forward, but perhaps it is also the most contentious. To put it simply, I […]

Chris Wright: The Marks of Mission

In a comment on an earlier post, Mark Meynell mentioned Chris Wright’s sermon on the Marks of Mission at All Souls this week.  Can I briefly endorse Mark’s comment and suggest that you get over to the All Souls website and download the sermon immediately. It will only be available for four weeks, so if […]

Mission and the Election 3: Loving Service

To respond to human need by loving service. Christians and Christian organisations have a long history of providing caring services to people in the UK. Even in a country as rich as ours, there are still many people who are in need of a helping hand in one way or another. The Christian response is […]

Mission and the Election 2: Nurturing Believers

This is the second in a series which looks at the UK election through the grid of the Five Marks of Mission. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers. I don’t see anything that any of the parties are planning to do which will seriously impinge on the ability of the church to teach, baptise […]

Mission and the Election 1: Proclamation

There has been a fair bit of chatter about the upcoming election in the UK in the Christian blogsphere. Mouse has helpfully summarised who is saying what. I thought I would try and take a slightly different tack by examining the election through the grid of Christian mission. Of course, that then opens up a […]

Mission Exists Because Praise Does

Most people who are involved in mission work from an Evangelical perspective know the famous phrase from John Piper: Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over and the countless millions […]

Mission in the 21st Century: Transforming unjust structures of Society

This is the next in a delayed series of posts examining the five marks of mission, inspired by Mission in the 21st Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Mission by Andrew Walls and Cathy Ross. Today we reach the fourth mark: to transform the unjust structures of society. It is good to start this short […]

Five Marks of Mission Posters

If you have been following my series on the Five Marks of Mission, you might be interested in the posters which you can download from here. They are simple, but rather nice. I’ll have one on my wall before the end of the day. You can download the poster in jpg, pdf or MS Word […]