This post is brought to you by the number 4! The title captures the gist.
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.
our efforts to respond to the challenges of our environment, to think our faith within our particular contexts, have often been blocked by people or missionary organizations who want us to limit ourselves to just repeating what they have learned in their lands.
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.
We spend a lot of time talking about prosperity theology, but what we really need is a theology that will cope with suffering. It's not just that God doesn't always give us what we want, he might also allow us to suffer for no apparent reason. Can our faith and our theology cope?
Catching up on two months worth of reading; I'm sure that I've left some out.
If you do the job I do, or train others to do that job, then you should put this on your reading list.
On overview of what I've read this month - too many murders!
The Church in the global south needs the church in the UK, and we in the UK need our brothers and sisters in the rest of the world. Our problem, is that we are slow to realise our need.
Some good history, some real history, a bit of alternative history and a few novels; this month's reading.