An excellent book, on a familiar topic, but from a very different cultural and religious background. Read my review, then buy the book.
Western Europe is at the tail end of 200 years of encroaching secular materialism that has seen the greatest regression of Christianity since the rise of Islam. We are living in anything but a golden age.
My take on the most important issues raised at the MANI consultation. These include; Islam, the Prosperity Gospel and a large country a long way from Africa
Some thoughts about politics and mission inspired by the international reaction to the death of a famous husband.
You cannot respond sensibly to an issue if you do not understand it; British policy makers are spectacularly ill-equipped to deal with some of the most pressing challenges we face in today's world.
Lots of different things are called 'Christian', but I wouldn't want to be associated with all of them. Likewise, there are lots of things that are done in the name of Islam, but we shouldn't assume that all Muslims agree with everything that is done in their name.
Dr. David Garrison's long-awaited global survey of Muslim movements to Christ reveals that we are in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history. David Garrison, PhD University of Chicago, traveled a quarter-million miles throughout the Muslim world investigating movements, each one with at least a thousand baptisms that have occurred over a two-decade period, some containing tens of thousands of Muslims who are now followers of Jesus Christ. Garrison's core question: "What did God use to bring you to faith in Jesus Christ? Tell me your story." The result is the most extensive survey of Muslim movements to Christ ever achieved. (Publishers blurb)
A missionary encounter with other religions rests on a twofold basis: the comprehensive scope of the gospel and an understanding of religion as a comprehensive vision and way of life.
Tragically, many seminar and divinity school programs have been slow to respond to this new situation. It is quite astonishing that theological students in the West will spend countless hours learning about the writings of a few well-known, now deceased, German theologians whose global devotees are actually quite small and yet completely ignore over one … Continue reading Training Pastors and a Theology of Religions
Lamin Sanneh in his excellent book Translating the Message: Missionary Impact on Culture (American Society of Missiology) points out that the Church has grown fastest in Africa where the traditional name for the 'high god' has been appropriated by the Church and Christianised through use in worship and the translated Scriptures. Where a foreign (either … Continue reading What Should We Call God?