In many ways, the Game of Thrones books and TV series are the Lord of the Rings for a new, emerging generation. In Westeros, the world of the series, the characters primarily believe in one God depicted as seven different, unique characters. The author was almost certainly influenced by our own Christian understanding of the Trinity. Each of these seven personas is interesting in itself, but the one which has most captured my imagination recently is the Stranger.
In the world of ...
Here's a new video which tells the stories of some of the students on the CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership course.
I'm halfway through the CMS MA and can wholeheartedly recommend the course. It's a fantastic melting pot bringing together the latest thinking around pioneer ministry, two centuries of cross-cultural mission experience, and an amazing group of students who are all trying out new things in their own contexts and communities.
You can find more information about the course, as well as some great interviews and ...
A great way to be inspired and encouraged to engage in mission is to explore what that might look like together with a group of like-minded people.
Here are 3 resources on mission we've found useful, which you could look at together with a group of friends, with your missional community or church planting team, in your church council, or with your small group.
1. Mission-Shaped Intro
The course runs over six weeks, with a lot of flexibility in how you present it depending ...
Come and See is Ian Adams' guide on how to start a missional venture or community in 20 simple steps.
Ian was involved in the emerging church community mayBe, in Oxford, and among other things now works with CMS to encourage and support missional communities, orders and hubs across the UK.
I've finally had the chance to take a look and this looks to be a really simple useful resource for those involved in mission initiatives and communities. It's a PDF ebook available ...
Happy Easter from The Lab!
The point of the resurrection…is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die…What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it…What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God's future. These activities are not simply ways of ...
There are many different metaphors or images to describe the Mission of God throughout the bible and Christian tradition.
Here are just ten of them which you may or may not have encountered before:
The Latin root of the word mission (“missio”) literally means sending, originating with Jesus' command to his disciples to “Go!”.
In Luke's gospel, Jesus sends out the twelve and then the seventy-two to “proclaim the Kingdom of God”. The proclamation metaphor is central to the traditional Reformed/Protestant understanding ...
We've collected together all of our Taylor Tuesdays posts into a free e-book.
The downloadable PDF features all 12 Taylor Tuesdays reflections, each featuring:
A quote on mission from J.V. Taylor's Go-Between God
Some commentary and reflections
Questions for you to ponder which connect Taylor's thoughts with your own mission context
The PDF is ideal to use in your own personal quiet time or as a group study.
Download it here.
I found these questions for reflection really helpful, so I thought I'd post them up for you to perhaps be able to reflect on as well. Andrews suggests taking some time to sit in silence, and write down your answers:
1. What is the community that I feel called to live in more faithfully?
2. How can I connect with the people in my community more effectively?
3. How can I empty myself to make more time and space for others?
4. How can I ...
What part should intercessory prayer play in mission?
When thinking about prayer, Taylor wants us to understand that it should not be a separate discipline which sits on its own. For him, intercession and action melt into and overlap one another. The act of 'keeping others in mind' before God should naturally lead to engaging in acts of love and service towards them.
This idea of Taylor's is very similar to the monastic idea of 'contemplative activism' - that prayer and action should ...
What role should the gifts of the spirit play in mission?
If mission is ultimately the activity of the Holy Spirit, then it makes sense the the spiritual gifts described by Paul are given with the purpose of enabling God's Mission. For many of us, we are more aware of some of these Gifts of the Spirit than others, depending on our theological background.
For some we are least comfortable with the gifts which could be categorised 'supernatural', holding the view that God ...