What about … (2 practical ideas for supporting urban mission)

There has been some talk recently about how we encourage mission to needy urban areas. Here are two simple ideas. One for churches and one for individuals. Continue reading

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Power, complacency and sending (4) David, Bathsheba and a different type of sending

We’ve seen the danger of being people who “send” demonstrating power, control and complacency. However, there is someone else in the Bible who sends. Continue reading

Power, complacency and sending – Implications from David and Bathsheba for church life

“I would never do what David did … I would never be unfaithful, take advantage of someone else, use violence against a rival.” That’s what our minds tell us isn’t it. We see David’s sin in terms of the extreme actions. We compare ourselves to him and we feel better about ourselves. Continue reading

Faithfulness in a divided home

On a few occasions we’ve looked at the question “Can/should a Christian date or marry a non-Christian?”  You can find our answer here.

But what happens when someone is already married to an unbeliever?  This can happen for a couple of reasons: Continue reading

The Shadow Mission

Why do we do what we do as a church? We often talk about our mission in terms of Christ’s command to “Go and make disciples.” This means that local churches don’t need to create their own fancy mission statement. They already have one from Jesus. Continue reading

When did God last disagree with you?

It’s the challenge that I often raise with people when I’m preaching. If God is real and his word is true then are you ready for him to disagree with you. It was the challenge that Mike Ovey left us with as students and it has stuck with me. If this is true, then it must be a question not just for church members and students but for preachers, pastors and the most Phd’d up scholars you can find. Continue reading

What should we be doing? The mission of the church

This is first of all some follow on notes from discussions durning our Union Learning Community module on Church and Mission and secondly something for those of you who hqve read Chris Wright’s The Mission of God and Gilbert and DeYoung’s The Mission of the Church and stil thinking ” What should we be doing?” It also folows on from my talk at the Union Conference on ” Blessing the Church.” Continue reading