Some murders, some missiology, some history and a few walks in the hills: my reading for November.
Some thoughts and further information about John Chau and his mission to the Sentinelese and a good story about Bible translation.
One of the most important lessons the New Testament teaches in this regard is the wideness of God's mercy
Some thoughts about the West's involvement in mission. Why things are the way they are and what we might do to change.
Mission is a biblical universal, the modern missionary movement was a specific, culturally conditioned initiative which, while amazingly successful in its time, is likely to become increasingly dysfunctional if the attempt is made to preserve it as it is.
Some thoughts on missionary support and what it's like to be on the receiving end of it.
When Paul announced the message about Jesus Christ in Greece and Rome, he had to use all sorts of terms that had a completely different sound to his hearers than what he intended.
A biblical approach to mission avoids both simply trying to apply Paul's methods in an ahistorical fashion and also adopting the latest insights from anthropology and sociology without any biblical reflection.
I get the impression from some writers and opinion formers in the West that they won't respect church leaders in Africa (and elsewhere) unless they are fluent in Western (generally, Reformed) theology. In other words, unless Africans think and talk like us, we won't listen to them.
If you do the job I do, or train others to do that job, then you should put this on your reading list.