A Novel Path Beyond Colonial Christianity

Vince Bantu offers us a warning that I'm doing my best to take to heart: "While the gospel has indeed spread at unprecedented rates over the last century, it is often a Westernized expression of Christianity that fails to adopt local and cultural norms and empower indigenous leadership. This dynamic only exacerbates the perception of …

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Henry Martyn: With That Said Desire…

Today, October 19th, the Anglican lectionary directs attention to Henry Martyn. Martyn is an important figure in the early history of the modern missions movement. If you don't know of him, it is worth clicking through here for a short summary (or here for a longer introduction). Martyn has strong connections to Cambridge in his …

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The Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism, Brian Stanley

The short version: an excellent and accessible overview of evangelicalism in the second half of the twentieth century. This is perhaps less 'Global Church' than you might expect as Stanley is following the direction of the series which this book completes. Evaluations of key moments and movements (like evangelistic crusades, the so-called battle for the …

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The Frontline of Mission is in…Glasgow?

Where are the frontlines of missions today? That might not be a fair question. I’m not exactly sure how we would go about giving a straightforward geographical answer to that. But I’m using the question to (hopefully) bait you into some surprise when I suggest that we spent a Sunday afternoon on the frontline of …

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Academics Turn Up the Volume

Just a mile down the road from my home, housed inside the lovely red brick buildings of Westminster College, is the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. The goal of the Centre is to "encourage people...to engage with, encounter, and enquire about the global nature of Christianity in its historical development and in the contemporary world." …

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Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan, by Jesse A. Zink

The short version: this excellent book is both insightful and accessible. Jesse Zink is specifically focused on the surprising growth of Anglican Christianity amongst the Dinka people of (the southern) Sudan during the conflict of the 1980s and 90s. He connects this growth to three factors brought on by the Second Sudanese civil war: increased …

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The Mission of Apolo Kivebulaya, Emma Wild-Wood

The short version: this is an excellent book which situates Apolo Kivebulaya (c. 1864-1933) decisively within his East African context. You will get Kivebulaya’s story here, but this is more of a ‘study’ than a straightforward biography. The value of spending so much time on how we understand Kivebulaya, rather than just on the man …

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