Off The Shelf: Missions: How The Local Church Goes Global

Missions: How the local church goes global

Sometimes, it can be argued, that global mission is so distant that it doesn’t seem very important to the life of the local church. I can totally understand where people are coming from. How does this stuff connect with where we are? Why should we even bother about cross-cultural ministry, and on the other side of the world? Are there better ways for us to partner with our missionaries? If this is you then Andy Johnson’s book Missions is a helpful hands on guide. Continue reading

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OMF June 2018: First & Last

“The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life” (Rev 2:8)

If we are honest, we don’t really understand what this means. Why do I say that? Well it is not to do with our cognitive abilities, because it is quite straight forward in that regard. No, the issue is our context, our horizons. Most of us reading this will be from a predominantly western background and in reality don’t have much experience of suffering for the gospel, if any.   Continue reading

Digging deeper into advent: The royal connection

When I was a child one of my favourite things to do was to help plant trees, flowers and assorted growing things in the garden. This involved a lot of digging. You needed to prepare the ground ready to plant. The correct tools were essential. Finding the right place to start digging was another key factor (at age 5 I always had guidance). Digging was sometimes hard work, it was often messy but it was always rewarding.

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Missions Monday: “On Giants Shoulders: Bringing New Life to Japan”

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

Citizenship Which Lasts

Life can be hard at some points and there will be ups and downs along the way. This is a simple fact which affects all humans indiscriminately. We will all face difficulties and the severity of them will differ from person to person. So what keeps the Christian focused in these times? Or to put it another way, how do we remain faithful to Christ through trials without becoming jaded or cold?  Continue reading

Mission Mondays: Engaging With The Nations

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