‘Without embittering and embarrassing others’

After the World Vision dustup last week and personal and professional confrontations, it's good for me to return to a prayer I try to offer as often as I recall it."Teach me to act firmly and wisely," it goes, "without embittering and embarrassing others."That can be a tall order, especially these days when important controversies take place without the benefit of in-person conversation and connection.I've been praying that prayer with varying degrees of effectiveness since late … [Read more...]

How differing Christians can work together

standing together

The lack of unity among Christians is lamentable. But the divisions are oftentimes real and over genuine differences of interpretation and understanding. These cannot be papered over or wished away. But neither can we simply stay isolated, one from the other.It seems there are three ways to approach ecumenism: the nice approach, the eschatological approach, and the co-belligerency approach.1. The nice approachThe first is to look at the differences between ourselves and dismiss … [Read more...]

To the ends of the earth

'The Expansion of Christianity'

In The Expansion of Christianity, a slim volume that is part of the IVP Histories series, Timothy Yates tracks the spread of Christianity from the earliest period of the faith through the twentieth century. In his sweep, he hits all the major missionary efforts and players, everyone from Patrick of Ireland to David Livingstone and Albert Schweitzer.As a survey, I found the book useful and rewarding, but I also personally found some of the material theologically troubling. I was, for … [Read more...]


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