I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name… (Rev 2:13a)
It doesn’t matter where you find yourself in the world, misrepresentation and false teaching of the good news of Jesus will exist. As I write this we have just finished spending time in Vietnam meeting up with colleagues and local church leaders. A recurring theme in our discussions was the rise of pseudo Christian cults and the speed at which they spread in the country. Continue reading
Is the life of faith one which is to be lived in isolation or in community? Well if you said community, ding ding, you have the correct answer. There are many of books which are floating around at present which tell us this. Why is that the case? Well across the bible we see that God in his wisdom has established human relationships and communities as the normal environment for human flourishing. Continue reading
Our world thrives on material things. For some parts of the world, predominantly westernised nations, it is to consume and to consume some more. For other parts of the world, predominantly the two-thirds majority world, the idea of such a life and existence is the dream which is flaunted before them. Coupled with this is the fame game. The desire for other people to know our name, for them to hold us in high regard, that is something worth living for! And sadly, even within the church, the lure of the material and the desire for self-aggrandisement is never too far away. Continue reading
With the rise of secularism in Scotland, and the western world in general, there has been a concurrent agenda forced upon the church or indeed any faith group. Its origins were simple enough and the spread of it has been infectious; faith or belief are not things which should be discussed outside of the private sphere. 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