Relationships across cultures: OMF September 2017

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Gen 1:27)

No doubt we were deeply saddened, even angry at the events that took place in Charlottesville in the US. Acts of violence and hatred which have ripped people apart all to do with the idea of racial and cultural superiority. Let’s be clear, as I am sure we all are, this is wrong and evil. There is no such thing as superiority due to the colour of someone’s skin. Continue reading

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A Greater Motive: August 2017

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves (Philippians 2:3) 

Last month we looked at reminding ourselves of our purpose in an ever changing world, focusing on making much of Jesus and pointing others to him. I’m sure that neither of these things we would disagree with. That being said, sometimes the way these truths are communicated can cause hindrance to those who are watching the believer’s life or listening to the believer’s words. Clearly this is something which Paul understood. Continue reading

Though you do not see him: OMF April 2017

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible” (1 Peter 1:8)

As Peter writes to the believers scattered across the Roman empire in the first century he is well aware of the challenges that they face. For many the pressure to conform would have been immense and the risk of identifying as a believer in the crucified Messiah would have been high. Continue reading

Mission Monday’s: Support fewer missionaries!

That’s right! Support less missionaries is what I’m saying. Have I lost it? No, I don’t think so. It may seem like a totally counter-intuitive thing to say but hear me out. Allow me to use an analogy from daily life. There are lots of things you would like to do aren’t there? Places to see and things to get involved with. New sports, recipes, careers, languages, skills etc…. But realistically, it is impossible to do all of them given the demands of daily life.  Continue reading

Mission Mondays: Giving Thanks While Continuing to Run

How can we be more practical? This is the question which many people ask when it comes to global missions and engaging with the local community. On one level this is a fair question from (usually) good motives. Churches obviously want to be able to communicate  in a way which is accessible to those outside. That being said it is important that we don’t over look the most practical thing available to us.  Continue reading