Cows, milk and poverty

I have a long-lasting attachment to the small nation of Burundi in East Africa. It is one of the poorest in the world. I’ve found that commitment to a nation in prayer, finances and support has helped keep me engaged with the poor when I become tired of all the campaigns and disasters or when my focus becomes inward not outward focused. For a great mix of evangelism and nation building initiatives I’d recommend supporting the work of Great Lakes Outreach and for regular challenge, inspiration and humour, read founder…

Read More

Did I ever tell you how lucky you are?

I regularly walk through the spiritual exercise of counting my blessings, it’s a sure-fire way of dealing with first world problems and the creeping self-centredness that is hard to avoid in 21st century western europe. I’ve discovered that as I count the many good things in my life that gratitude and thankfulness increase and I consider myself blessed. There is the danger here that I might think I deserve these manifold gifts and treasures. Fortunately, for every heads there is a tails and for every poison an antidote. The opposite…

Read More

Book Review: The Good God

I read this book over Christmas and I’m not entirely sure why it’s taken me so long to review it but it has, hopefully it’s worth the wait. The Good God has garnered rich reviews from all over the place and so in coming late to the party I wonder what I can add. So let’s start with some basic positives. It’s short. It’s easy to read. It’s about God. Three excellent plus points right there. The whole thrust of the book is why our view of the Trinity matters,…

Read More

The gender conversation 10: some final reflections

Click here for part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9 It’s been a really interesting conversation with Hannah and I’ve been reflecting for a while on what I’ve learnt and observed. There is so much we could discuss and perhaps on another day we’ll come back to this and take some of the discussions further, I certainly have a lot more questions. My main goal was to simply listen and try to understand not to drive home my point…

Read More

The gender conversation 9: Complementarian Churches

There’s no doubting that gender continues to occupy a lot of time, space & energy in the church. It regularly raises the emotions and generates a lot of heat and little light. It can also put Christians into camps where the ‘the other side’ can be seen, talked about & treated as a problem or worse ‘the enemy’. In the church this is nothing short of disastrous. So I’ve invited Hannah Mudge to a blog conversation with me about faith and gender. Click here for part 1, part 2, part…

Read More

The gender conversation 8: Media & blogging

There’s no doubting that gender continues to occupy a lot of time, space & energy in the church. It regularly raises the emotions and generates a lot of heat and little light. It can also put Christians into camps where the ‘the other side’ can be seen, talked about & treated as a problem or worse ‘the enemy’. In the church this is nothing short of disastrous. So I’ve invited Hannah Mudge to a blog conversation with me about faith and gender. Click here for part 1, part 2, part…

Read More

The gender conversation 7: family, headship & marriage

There’s no doubting that gender continues to occupy a lot of time, space & energy in the church. It regularly raises the emotions and generates a lot of heat and little light. It can also put Christians into camps where the ‘the other side’ can be seen, talked about & treated as a problem or worse ‘the enemy’. In the church this is nothing short of disastrous. So I’ve invited Hannah Mudge to a blog conversation with me about faith and gender. Click here for part 1, part 2, part…

Read More