Political activity has been at a premium across the UK in the last few years with decisions being taken about the Scottish constitution, the European Union and our own parliamentary representatives at Holyrood and Westminster. As we read this we will no doubt be in the run up to voting in the next round of elections. Regardless of our political persuasions one thing we can all agree on is this; there have been big changes in the political map of the UK. Continue reading
It is a joy to see the way our denomination is journeying by taking up the task of reshaping for mission. Proposed church plants, revitalisation work and continued gospel ministry all point towards further kingdom growth in our nation. With that as the backdrop the words of Hudson Taylor, the founder of OMF, seem very pertinent; “Let us in everything not sinful become like the Chinese that by all means we may save some”. Loving people by bringing Jesus to them in ways which are culturally relevant is what we have signed up to; this is exciting. Continue reading
Cherry blossoms are a big deal in Japan. As spring progresses there is expectation in the air. Many across the country are waiting to see the trees erupt into full bloom. People travel the length and breadth of Japan for the simple purpose of getting the chance to soak up the wonder of nature. There is even a cherry blossom forecast estimating which date is likely to be the best for witnessing the spectacle. Continue reading
Recently there have been a series of books released by the Keswick convention seeking to deal with important aspects of christian life and ministry. Mission Matters follows in this series and does not disappoint. Like many of the books written by Tim Chester (author and church leader from Sheffield) it is readable, reliable and thought provoking. Continue reading
As the kingdom of God is growing and the gospel is expanding across the world it is important that we continually look at what we are doing and why we are doing it. For centuries the “western” world, particularly Europe, has been viewed as the crucible of the church. However this has changed dramatically during the course of the 20th Century bringing with it a more than western future for the church and therefore global mission. Here are 6 thoughts on how we respond to this major shift.
Most Christians get very scared of one particular word. It’s the E word. It comes with a lot of baggage and is easily misunderstood. Oh no, it means that I need to talk to people that i don’t know. Worse still, I might have to speak with friends or family; they’ll think I’m crazy. Continue reading
Obscure and out dated, a relic from a time long past. You would be forgiven for thinking that this was an accurate depiction of the church of Jesus. Although this is a common conception I would suggest that there is more to it than this. Observations like these do have their element of truth and there are some church things that are just weird (banners and a love for pastel colours to name two). That being said they are not accurate statements and in fact they point out two clear presuppositions. Continue reading