Last Thursday the Global Connections Council met for its twice yearly meeting to think and pray about the future. As I retire from GC in June, it was my last time with them. I had the privilege of sharing some thoughts about the last 13 years and my time here. My successor Anna Bishop was there and it was great to think through together some of the many challenges that she will face over the coming months and years.
If you want to shut someone up, give them money. Once you have given someone money, don’t expect them to tell you the truth.
If the above is true, then how should today’s Western donor-missionaries discern the truth of what is happening on the mission field, especially how people are understanding their message?Read more
Do you support any mission agencies?
Not directly, but through our church’s giving of 10% of its budget to mission. I take account of that when I fix my standing order to the church.Read more
A soul searching question: ‘why did you get involved in mission?’ We each have our unique stories of how we found ourselves serving and working within the mission context. For most of us reading the blog I would dare to suggest that it was something far deeper than financial gain or prestige that led us into our current role.
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Prov 29:18Read more
In the light of the EU Referendum vote that led UK citizens deciding to pull out of the European Union there has been lots of conversations about Brexit and its implications for economics, commerce, trade and society in general. But what implications will Brexit have on the church in the UK or to rephrase the question how shall we do church in a post-Brexit world? If Brexit is dividing people into us and them, migrants and British citizens, elite and uneducated, racist and accepting of others, how should the church responds and handle these differences? In order to respond we have to comprehend God’s vision of Every Tribe, Nation and Language as articulated in Scriptures.Read more
I welcomed the chance recently to dig around and ask the question “what (actually) is the Kingdom of God?” It’s so central to the gospel, but if we had to answer a quiz about it, what would we say? Here are five things.Read more
A British Church, in partnership with an African church, decided to put on a conference. The conference was to be entitled The Nature of God. The name of God in that African language is Nyasaye. Somehow a mistake was made in the publicity material. Instead of promoting a conference on The Nature of God, the publicity put out internationally advertised a conference on The Nature of Nyasaye.Read more
We have a proverb in Malawi that says mlendo ndi uyo abwera ndi kalumo kakuthwa, which roughly translates, “a guest usually comes with a sharper penknife.” The penknife was once, for our ancestors, the super-practical all-purpose tool used to resolve all kinds of challenges blocking a community’s way to progress. Read more
‘By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebs.11:8-9)
Any missional activity brings us into a collision course with “guidance”. We read around the subject, theologise about it and discuss issues ad infinitum; but how can we get it and then act on it?Read more
Celebrating the arrival of Calvin Samuel, the new Head of London School of Theology, this week was excellent. Last week I also really enjoyed commending and promoting the work of 35 different mission organisations on the radio and from the speakers platform. It was a real privilege and honour for me to support and commend the work of these different groups to an audience of churches, students and influential people from across the country.Read more