If you want to understand changes in mission, but you don’t want to read a technical book; why not try and novel.
This book provides an interesting trip through aspects of anthropology, linguistics and intercultural dialogue. In doing so, it provides a new way of looking at issues such as dependency, short-term mission and the reality of the supernatural.
While I tend to prefer my novels to include a few murders and a harassed detective, Jim Harries’ book which explores some important contemporary issues in mission is worth a read.
For Westerners to begin to grasp the impact of what they say and do in Africa requires a profound knowledge of what is already there
Two books with some strong points, but some serious weaknesses.
‘I have little doubt as to the good intentions of the vast majority of mission efforts from the North to the South today. I do doubt whether many practitioners in the North understand what is happening in the South.’
… that there should be some missionaries from the West whose ministries are conducted in the language of the people being reached, without use of outside financial subsidy.
Ben has just interviewed a colleague from the US who spent three years studying in Africa. His insights are fascinating and well worth a read. How do you think your three years here will impact your future? Good huge question. I suspect my understanding of God and this world, of people and community, of the […]
Jim Harries has just posted a paper of mine on the Vulnerable Mission discussion site on the subject of vulnerability in Bible translation. God the Son took on human flesh in God’s supreme missional act of self-revelation. Through the process of the incarnation, death and resurrection, God not only revealed his nature to his creation, […]