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Pruning

Continuing the horticultural theme we started recently with ‘re-potting‘, today we’re going to think about pruning.  All of us who are mission workers will be no stranger to sudden losses in our ministry.  Whether we are being evacuated, losing a work permit, finding a key supporter withdraws funding, losing a key colleague or having a ministry closed down by our agency, we all know what it is to find our plans thwarted.

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Did you know, ‘super-natural’ is an invention of Western theologians?

I have often been struck, that in Africa we do not have a ‘supernatural’. That is, African people, Christians included, refer to things ‘supernatural’ in the same way as they do to things ‘natural’. (While the term ‘supernatural’ is used in some African Englishes, it does not mean ‘supernatural’. It is used like a euphemism for ‘God’, or ‘amazing’.)

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Making the case for mission…and hard choices to make.

Where does our organisation or type of ministry fit in the list of priorities of a local church? Pastoral leadership, office and caretaking staff, local outreach workers, youth and children’s ministry probably all come higher up the pecking order than far flung mission initiatives or specialised ministry opportunities. One of those that can fall between the cracks when making the case for priorities can be International Student ministry.

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Chaos, fear, pain, anger – then Jesus came!

Britain sustained three home-grown terrorist attacks in 3 months. While the nation reeled the inferno at Grenfell Tower happened; the majority of victims were Muslim. Yet the Bible insists that even in despair God gives ‘treasure in darkness’ as a sign of the Kingdom breaking in. The media marvelled but couldn’t quite explain the impromptu solidarity – here’s some evidence of it.

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Call on Him

Stress, burnout, overworking… These seem to be common features of both the secular workplace and missions today.

Whilst God created work (Genesis 1:28) and commends diligence (Proverbs 21:5), we often stray well beyond that into unhealthy patterns of overwork.

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Passion for Mission Reflections by Phil Prior 4  

This is the fourth and final post in a series of blogs from Global Connections – A Passion for Mission 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?” This post is a reflection on Martin Lee’s session.Read more

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Passion for Mission Reflections by Phil Prior 3

This is the third 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 Israel Olofinjana, who raised the four issues for partnering in mission across the world.Read more