Last weekend Jennifer and I were able to gather with others for the OMF Scottish conference through in Arbroath. Typically for Scotland the rain was on hand making an appearance and I’m glad it did. It allowed me to see a wonderful scene; over the north sea there was a rainbow, its colours cascading out of the clouds into the sea, reminding me of the God who does not change. It is good to be reminded of this because the world around us exists in a constant state of transition and change mainly due to the forces of globalization. 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.
Waking up that morning would have been the same as any other day. The conflict had been raging on for the last few years and life had to carry on. For many of the ordinary Japanese citizens in Hiroshima that day would be their last. Unknown to them the devastating destructive force of nuclear weapons would be unleashed for the first time before the eyes of an onlooking world.
I don’t know about you but I find reading Christian biography a great privilege. It allows me a window through which to view some of the most important and influential moments and experiences of someones life of faith. Not only that, I find that as I
read more of the sovereign, kingly rule of Christ is displayed and it has a staggering capacity to draw praise from my heart and soul. Continue reading
It can be easy for Christians in western nations to forget that there are many people who have still never heard the good news of Jesus. More than this, that they have not even heard that the man Jesus existed in the first place. All to quickly we become complacent about the gospel of Christ. We get more caught up with the important issues of life like the next episode of Made in Chelsea or the next major sporting event. Continue reading
Every Monday I hope to make this a regular slot where we can bring mission to the front of our minds.
To get us started here is a short article I was asked to write reflecting on some of the simple difficulties of cross cultural work which we saw in S.E.Asia.
Picture the scene with me. After a long days work in the heat of Thailand all you want is a nice drink. Patiently you wait for your order of earl grey tea to arrive only to discover that what you have instead is a green tea latte. Disappointment and frustration quickly take over and you begin to ask “why am I even here? I know how to get tea in Britain”. It all seems so futile because you can’t even order a cup of the earl’s finest. Continue reading