What constitutes mission within the life of the local church has gone through something of a renaissance over the last few years. Seeking to think about local and global spheres of ministry through the lens of mission has been helpful, but it has also brought some challenges. One example is this; just what do we mean when we talk about mission? This is the main thrust of what Stroope seeks to address in his provocative, yet well-reasoned assessment of the current situation in the discussion of mission. 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
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.
For many people social media has become incorporated into the daily routine of life. It has been a great thing and there are many reasons for this. But how often do we stop to think about how we are using this means of communication? Further still, what we are saying through it and why? Holding to a Luddite mentality is futile. Instead one of the topics Christians need to think through is how to engage with this platform of communication in the full view of an on looking digital society.
It has been suggested in the past that Satan’s greatest trick was to convince people that he does not exist. There is an element of truth to this, however I suggest that it needs to be expanded. What people in a western worldview context have been convinced of more fully is that there is no such thing as God’s judgment. And even if there is, “for the sake of hypothetical argument”, then two common objections arise, 1. I’ll be fine because I’m not to shabby 2. I refuse to be held accountable to this God. Continue reading
Over the Easter weekend there was a major heist in the Hatton Garden safety deposit located in London. It is estimated that 2 million pounds worth of items were taken from this secure location and it has affected many people who’s business and lives were built upon these resources. Yet in an instant all that they had worked for, everything which they had achieved disappeared. Life is a very fragile thing and situations like this can happen at any time, to any one of us. We strive with all that we are to provide safety and security for ourselves, yet who can ever say that they are truly safe? 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