You Are Never ‘Just’

“I’m just a church member.” Over the years, I’ve heard people say this when introducing themselves. There are many reasons why someone might say this (they may want to clarify that they aren’t in full-time ministry). But I cringe inside when I hear it. And if I’m able, I offer a gentle correction because there’sContinue reading “You Are Never ‘Just’”

A Primer on the Church in Africa

1. The African church is growing. It is said that the number of Christians in Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century was about 9 million and that by the end of the twentieth century it was about 380 million. Church structures cannot cope with this kind of growth. So, churches are simply meetingContinue reading “A Primer on the Church in Africa”

The Pandemic Is Starving Africa’ Poor

“One lady, when we delivered food to her family, they just saw the hands of God – she confessed that they were starving, did not have anything at all to eat, and did not know at all what could have happened to them,” he wrote to Christian Aid Mission. “We have been able to spreadContinue reading “The Pandemic Is Starving Africa’ Poor”

Why You Can’t Save the World

Following His story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus offered up a simple command: “Go, and do likewise”—that is, be a neighbor by showing mercy to those you find in need. I want to do likewise. I bet you do, too. But that often seems like a tall order in an age of real-time global knowledge aboutContinue reading “Why You Can’t Save the World”

Church Attendance Grew During Pandemic

Church attendance grew during the pandemic, a new study by the Evangelical Alliance has shown. Increases were seen in both offline and online attendance during Covid-19, according to the report ‘Changing Church’, by the Evangelical Alliance. The study analysed church attendance among 1,000 Christians, including 450 church leaders. They came from major denominations, including theContinue reading “Church Attendance Grew During Pandemic”

The Hidden Discipline

I have a love/hate relationship with duty and discipline. It may be a generational problem. After all, such a statement would’ve been incomprehensible for the so-called Greatest Generation; people just did what they had to do, however nervous or reluctant they might’ve felt. For me, it’s also a personality and temperament issue. Duty often seemsContinue reading “The Hidden Discipline”

That’s Right. Christmas Is Early!

Every year it happens, round about this time. I hear Christians lamenting how ‘Christmas comes earlier every year.’ The supermarkets, shops and garden centres are already boasting Christmas displays, seasonal books are being published, Christmas jumpers, socks and pyjamas are on sale, and the shelves are filling up with lots more Christmas products. It usedContinue reading “That’s Right. Christmas Is Early!”

They Are More Than Persecuted, Much More

After decades of increasing religious freedom, has China swung toward militant atheism? That’s the takeaway of Religious Freedom Institute president Thomas Farr, who recently told Congress that “the assault on religion in China under President Xi Jinping … has justly been called a Second Cultural Revolution,” a nod to the final chaotic decade of Mao Zedong’s rule,Continue reading “They Are More Than Persecuted, Much More”