In this third in a series of blog posts looking for a theological grounding to global mission I want to think about reconciliation and eschatology. In the two previous blogs I’ve looked at invitational community and Missio Dei & the resurrected Christ. These three things can be thought of as the legs of a stool,... Continue Reading →
Towards a theology of global mission: missio dei and the risen Christ
My previous post suggested that invitational Community should be seen as one foundational aspect of a theology of global mission. Moving on from this I want to suggest that the second leg of this theological stool should be Missio Dei and the resurrected Christ. As before, what follows are suggestive thoughts rather than a worked... Continue Reading →
Towards a theology of global mission: invitational community
One unexpected bonus of Christmas under lockdown has been the opportunity to think, reflect and reread some theology books. So much is changing and the pace is likely to increase next year. It’s a mark of success to be agile and to change tack as circumstances change, but it’s not enough to traverse the storm,... Continue Reading →
New Year resolutions?
Happy New Year – I normally start the year with some sort of aim but after 2020? Actually most of us just need commending for navigating the past year. In January I was still in the steep learning curve for my new role with Latin Link; looking forward to feeling that I’d got to grips... Continue Reading →
Mission agencies, Governance and the Wii
We restarted the Nintendo Wii during lockdown after a gap of several years. The Wii fit ‘fun’ activities are gentle exercise to give us a break but maybe they also provide illustrations for some of the key challenges as I sit at my desk. Tilt table. The aim is to tilt the table so the... Continue Reading →
Book review: Christianity as a World Religion
Sebastian and Kirsteen Kim, Christianity as a World Religion: An Introduction 2nd Edn. Bloomsbury, 2016 Back in the last century when I was at theological college, I learned some church history. It helped me understand some of the progression of the early church, and the various movements and people which influenced British Church life. Inevitably... Continue Reading →
Global Mission futures
Under the cover of darkness, a statue of a Black Lives Matter protestor has been placed on the plinth where slave trader Edward Colston’s statue had been before it was thrown into the docks in Bristol. BBC news. A sign of changing times? Perhaps. The result you would expect a committee on a replacement statue... Continue Reading →
Black lives matter
Do we really need another post by a middle-aged white man? Probably not, but if the alternative is silence then my keeping quiet could indicate complicity (or refusal) which would be even worse. Nevertheless, in spite of this blog, the real choice I want to make is not a decision to speak but a decision... Continue Reading →
Winter and Ice age or Recovery and Restoration?
In the last blog I looked at some of the questions and issues that have been part of my daily life over the last month or so as Coronavirus has spread; using the idea of this pandemic as a blizzard, leading onto winter and an ice age. So now the blizzard is clearing it is... Continue Reading →
Blizzard, winter, ice age?
One minute you watch a weather system approaching, the next you are suddenly caught up in it. The last two months haven’t been about the weather but lots of things have arrived in a confusing and disorientating way. I’ve not had a chance to blog but hope this and the next blog give some insight... Continue Reading →