A big problem I see with identity politics is that it encourages communities to indulge in rival victim narratives. Everyone wants to present themselves as the victim, as the underdog, irrespective of their comparative experience. Indeed it's probably true to say everyone has experienced victimisation in some ways, even victimisers, so it's a tempting game … Continue reading Playing the Victim Game
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Valley of the Shadow of Death is a photograph by Roger Fenton, taken on April 23, 1855, during the Crimean War. It is one of the most well-known images of war. Fenton observed, "in coming to a ravine called the valley of death, the sight passed all imagination: round shot and shell lay like a … Continue reading Valley of the Shadow of Death
God of Seed and Harvest We bless you, God of Seed and Harvest And we bless each other That the beauty of this world And the love that created it Might be expressed through our lives And be a blessing to others Now and always - Author Unknown
I have been revisiting Ralph Winter’s old but influential article on “The Two Structures of God’s Redemptive Mission”. In it he observes how, down through the ages, there have often been two distinct structures operative within the Christian movement. An observation that has missional implications. The first structure is what we typically call a church. … Continue reading Missionary societies and the west
It has not escaped my attention that some of the same kinds of Christians who accuse Muslims of lying in the cause of Islam are thoroughly accomodating towards lies and misinformation they see as advancing their own religio-political causes. Let’s not mince words. This is hypocritical and in direct violation of the Ten Commandements and … Continue reading Lies – No Excuse
I find the biggest difference with deeper greener styles of Christianity is their post-anthropocentrism. That is, they are not so human centred. Instead of limiting their spiritual focus to the relationship of God to humanity, or even more myopically, of God to the individual, a more expansive awareness is embraced. So not only is the relationship of God to the human considered but so … Continue reading Beyond human-centred faith