We often talk about God being all-powerful, strong and able to do anything and everything, supreme over the whole universe. But to what extent is our view of God influenced by the way we see power used and abused in the world? Have we lost touch with the message of the gospel that God is made known through his weakness more than his strength (1 Corinthians 1)?
Nine years ago I was nearing the end of my time at university and considering what I wanted to do next. After a couple of short-term trips to Kenya I was very interested in returning to East Africa longer-term, and felt that Bible translation may be a good way to indirectly use the maths skills that I had learnt as part of my degree. As I considered joining Wycliffe…
Many Christians rightly emphasise the importance of reading the whole Bible, not leaving out any parts or skipping over sections that we don’t like. But how good are we at this in practice? Do we actually end up focusing only on the parts that suit us, that reinforce our own views, and that show that we are right and others are wrong?
Yesterday on the way up to Sheffield for a meeting I had the chance to listen again to some of N.T. Wright’s excellent 4-part series about what we see of Jesus’ mission in the gospels. One quote from the end of the second lecture really struck me: When we speak of following Christ it is […]