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Passion for Mission Reflections 2

This is the second of a series of blogs from Passion for Mission, which took place on the 8th June 2017 at All Souls, Langham Place. The theme was “God’s Mission in a Time of Transition. What is the role of the UK in mission today in a world that has changed so much and continues to change?” In this post I will be reflecting on words from Louisa Evans, one of the speakers, who told us of her own experiences.Read more

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Identity Politics

Heads are turned by Islamic violence while behind our backs the Judeo-Christian heritage is being subtly eroded – the latest casualty is the concept of “gender”. The Bible says: ‘In the beginning God created humankind male and female’ (Gen.1:27-28) that can ‘increase and multiply’ but the secularist ‘liberal-left’ now says gender has little to do with our birth anatomy. What’s going on?                                                                                                                                                       Read more

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Reverse Missiology: An Introduction

Passion for Mission Speaker 2017 Israel Olofinjana writes on the concept of “reverse mission”, which is becoming more and more relevant for the church today.

If you live in an urban part of the UK, you have probably noticed the many African, Latin American, Caribbean and Asian churches and Christians in Britain. Perhaps you’ve wondered why all these people are coming and starting churches in the UK?

One popular phrase used to describe this activity is ‘reverse mission’, but what is reverse mission, and why is it a controversial term?Read more

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Mixed Mission

“Now I understand that Central Asia is, well let’s say niche, but why has recruitment slowed right down?” was the question I started to ask myself increasingly over the past twelve years. There is still talk within People International circles of that first batch of workers into Uzbekistan after the fall of the Iron Curtain, so many that they chartered an aeroplane. So what was I doing wrong? Where are all the candidates?Read more

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Hearing the Gospel Once or Twice?

No one has the right to hear the Gospel twice while there remains someone who has not heard it once. (Oswald J. Smith)

This is the second post in what may become a series on famous sayings about Christian mission (the first one is here). This quote by Smith is one that turns up in lots of missionary writing and at first glance it seems to make sense, but like many things that make sense at first glance, it is actually rather problematic.Read more

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Hospitality: When Faiths Meet

Two cathedrals hit the news this month for interfaith engagement.  The first was Glasgow where during a service of worship there was a reading from the Qur’an (Sura Miriam) which includes a fairly docetic picture of Jesus (The baby Jesus speaks out in defence of his mother).  An English translation of the passage was available in the order of service.  However, the reader went past the section outlined to include verses that specifically deny the Sonship and divinity of Jesus.   Whoops. Cue a lot of concerned and upset feedback (and rightly so, in my opinion).

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The Sustainable Development Goals: one year on

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How do you transform the world? Marx thought it would be by the revolution of the proletariat regaining the means of production from the bourgeoisie. Motorola thought it would be ensuring that every man, woman and child on the planet had their own mobile phone number, while Facebook expect it to be by the ubiquity of their social network in everyone’s lives.Read more

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Equality, dignity & responsibility

We are very excited to introduce our new authors to you over the next few weeks. The first is Esther Ross, PA to the Operations Director here at Global Connections. Her post concerning refugees at her church is insightful and should lead us to heartfelt prayer for equality, dignity and responsibility. See below for the post…

I was grabbed recently by something in a piece of literature put through my front door. Unusual, I know. It was a prayer diary for the Middle East. In it I found a prayer for government officials to return to displaced peoples equality, dignity and responsibility. Lack of these things, or violent suppression thereof, in many countries is the very reason many refugees are fleeing in their droves. And it really got me thinking.Read more

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The Two Pastors Met Again for Coffee a Couple of Months Later

A follow up to the blog posted on 25th August 2016 entitled ‘Two Pastors met for coffee’

 

Mike: It was good that Andrea, the Pastor of the Church of the High Priest Jesus Christ, was able to come to our Evangelical Pastors’ Prayer Group last week.

Dave: Yes, I found the way she prayed very moving.

Mike: And Dave and Pete seemed happy to fellowship with her too. I didn’t know that Dave was so fluent in French. They really seemed to establish an entente cordiale. Also I hadn’t realised how much Christians have suffered in the CAR.

Dave: Put in that context it was easy to understand why the knowledge that Jesus as High Priest is ever interceding for us has come to mean so much to the church. Andrea’s explanation of that sent me back to Hebrews again and I realised that I haven’t really appreciated Christ’s heavenly work for us.Read more