Monthly Archives: June 2015

God’s antidote to consumerism

It’s no longer a point of debate that, in the West at least, we live in a consumer culture. Yet this culture, where we are defined more by what we consume than by what we produce, has grown ever more powerful. So much so that

There’s nothing to see here

In the 80s comedy Naked Gun Leslie Nielsen stands in front of an exploding firework factory while urging the onlookers to ‘move on, nothing to see here’ who aren’t going to go anywhere. This has been pretty much the experience of evangelicals in the western church

What is truth? The battle for identity

It’s a question I’m not sure anyone expected to be wrestling with, ‘what makes a person black?’ because at one very basic level the answer seems obvious – the colour of your skin. Yet as with the case of Rachel Dolezal, nothing is quite that

Why you should care about Burundi

Sixteen years ago I was desperate to work overseas amongst some of the world’s poorest people. So after one interview where I exaggerated my ability to speak French (almost none, to be honest) I found myself being posted to Burundi. As I had no real

The lost art of hospitality

It’s a relatively staple part of Christian testimony in the West, after a team has returned from a poorer nation to be genuinely moved at the hospitality and generosity of their hosts compared with their own attempts. You’ve probably heard people talk about hospitality and you

Four observations about the transgender debate

“But beyond this, my child, be warned: the writing of many blogs about Caitlyn Jenner  is endless, and excessive devotion to blogs about Caitlyn Jenner is wearying to the body.” That’s pretty much what I think the writer of Ecclesiastes would say after the most recent

Reaching the unreached: why Asia is the key

I recently came across this list of the 40 most underserved and unreached places with the gospel and in the same week read this article about the world’s largest cities. Let’s start with the cities because some of the numbers are just staggering. I live in

The rise and decline of faith

Much has been made recently of research that shows the world becoming both more secular and more religious. The growth of the secular or rise of the nones is expected to continue in Western Europe, America and Australia. The growth of the faithful is expected pretty much