Articles 

Navigating cultural differences

At Grace Church God has blessed us with people from many different nations and cultures. Broadly speaking we have European, North American, South American, African, Asian and Middle-Eastern cultures (you can break those down more) which makes for an incredibly rich experience. However it all can raise some issues in really understanding each other and building relationships with each other. Many years ago when I did some cross-cultural training and these areas are drawn heavily from training  I did with RedR. Here are 17 (yes 17!) different areas to be aware of…

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Islamic State, the West and church planting

Everyone has heard of Islamic State or ISIS now. They have surpassed Al-Qaeda as the world’s public enemy number one. In the space of a few short years they have catapulted themselves in to the big league of evil. The image of the 21 Egyptian Copts awaiting their murder in Libya will be one of the images of the year if not the decade. It was a master stroke in the visual age, with the black masked executioners in perfect line behind the kneeling line of men in their Guantanamo…

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Church 

Getting used to multicultural life

I’ve never really lived in a city before. I’ve had a few months in London here or there, studied in Nottingham, a year in Bujumbura (Burundi) and travelled around a lot. So I’ve had a reasonable amount of cross-cultural exposure but travel, student life and the world of international development all have their own unique features that, so that experience doesn’t always translate. I’ve not really lived in a multicultural environment in a day by day, ordinary living way. Shrewsbury where I pastored for a decade is one of the least…

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