Experiencing Dialogue

A response to Chawkat Moucarry’s ‘A Plea For Dialogue.’  Commending Jesus Christ is my yearning in the many opportunities for dialogue that I experience. “A Lifelong Journey with Islam” is just that kind of winsome defence for a dialogical engagementRead more…

Dialogue Shaping Mission Shaping Dialogue

A response to Chawkat Moucarry’s ‘A Lifelong Journey with Islam’ I met Chawkat Moucarry 30 years ago in Paris, when we attended the same church. At that time, his article would have triggered a different response from me. I wasRead more…

Poverty And Wealth

As a development practioner I have always been focused on the issue of Poverty and how to fight it. As a Christian , my focus is on the marginalized, the overlooked and downtrodden- and this too has called for aRead more…

Calling Gargoyles to Life

What would you do if your church mounted a large, ugly face of a horrific animal or human outside of the sanctuary? Run? Hide? That is precisely what people used to do in medieval Europe. These distorted and grotesque statuesRead more…

The Sunday School Experiment

Evangelism And An Entrepreneur. When setting out, in the mid-1990s, to investigate the significant decline of children’s attendances at Sunday Schools during the post-WWII period in Australia, it became necessary to also confront the profound cultural shifts which had takenRead more…

Lausanne And Gender

Welcome to this blog on the topic of empowering women and men to use their gifts together in advancing the Gospel. I thought the best way to begin would be to provide a history of Lausanne and gender as recordedRead more…

Why Scripture In Mission?

  I had the good fortune of studying missiology at Fuller Seminary. I wanted to know all that anthropology and sociology and church growth experts had to offer about how to help people know Christ. I took a course onRead more…

Ethnicity And Identity

  Tearfund’s Director for Latin America persuaded me to go to Bolivia and Brazil in 199? to accompany 3 seminaries in some strategic planning. As I arrived in Sucre with my minute grasp of Spanish I wasn’t at all convincedRead more…

Should The Church Be Concerned?

I usually marvel at what God did after the whole creation and after He said it was good. He entrusted the whole creation to man and He said “Be fruitful, and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it andRead more…

Prosperity Revisited

  I am encouraged by the mix of responses and diversity of opinions that have been received since the publication of my article on the Prosperity Gospel in Africa.  I have often pointed to the empowering nature of aspects ofRead more…