Posts from October2016

Muslim Hogwarts – ‘faith schools’ a help or hindrance?

I disagree with ‘faith schools’ because education is for life. Segregation in formative years is the last thing to do if we want ‘social cohesion’. Instead the time and money would be best spent lobbying the DfE for a more wholistic and ‘faith-aware’ state education. The rest is up to […]

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The wind is blowing both ways

The phrase “Mission is now from everywhere to everywhere” has become a cliché. But it’s absolutely true. A new hot-spot of cross-cultural engagement with Arabs is not only possible in the Gulf but also in British cities such as Manchester. If this is the new reality what are we doing […]

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American Evangelicalism – help or hindrance?

America is split down the middle over what “Hillary” or “Donald Trump” stand for. It’s more than an election, the nation is ‘on-the-brink’ polarised over immigration, racism and guns. Whoever wins, the prospect of civil unrest is real. But are Evangelicals helping or hindering? The American ‘right-wing’ agenda around Donald […]

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The problem with western missionaries

Nik Ripken was a missionary for 35 years in N. Africa and M. East.  He has researched persecuted believers in 70 countries, where they told him that westerners tend to confuse “help” with “control”. This sort of hegemony happens when power is in the hands of those who don’t realise they […]

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The Great Commission for Muslims? (Part 2)

I said last time that I find the Semiticness of Matthew’s Gospel more culturally appropriate for Christian witness to Muslims. I asserted that the imperative command in the Great Commission is not “Go” but “disciple!”. I then promised to unpack the participles – ‘going’, ‘baptising’ and ‘teaching’ which are supporting […]

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