Two Great Reads

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Fri, 30 Jan 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

In the past week I’ve come across two pretty interesting reads – both of which have set me thinking about ‘mission stuff’…

First up is a piece that was in the Times over Christmas. It’s by Matthew Paris and is entitled As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God.

Robert Ferris blogged about it a while back and I was reminded about it by a few emails this week. If you haven’t seen it yet it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time…

Secondly, iMonk has posted a series of three articles on The Coming Evangelical Collapse. There is some pretty heated debate going on in the comments – and the implications of these kind of discussions are significant for mission and mission agencies. As I read through each of the pieces (and the subsequent discussions) there are bits that I agree with and bits that make me disagree vehemently – however it’s good to read something that evokes a response!

One of the statements that jumped out at me was from the second piece, “It is time for missionaries to come to America from Asia and Africa. Will they come? Will they be able to bring to our culture a more vital form of Christianity? I do not know, but I hope and pray that such an effort happens and succeeds.”

This hope that the Church at ‘home’ can be enriched and blessed by opening itself to the mission being undertaken by the world church has been really significant for us in CMS Ireland and is one of the important threads in how we see ‘partnership’ being lived out – it’s good to see other people talking about similar ideas…even if they’re coming from a different context and perspective.

Anyhow, if you’re not easily offended, are willing to be challenged and have some time to think a few issues through, then pop over and have a look.