Well, it's been another busy week of travelling around and getting stressed at not being in the same place for long. Last week I was in Switzerland, first to attend the annual conference of European Japanese Christians (Japanese only link), and then to visit my friend from college Stefan. There will be photos soon.
Since I'm on a roll…
OK, so I was at a mission conference the other day, and I came away very depressed; in fact, I came away wishing that I could give up this whole missionary thing. I'm not going to, but it was interesting to analyze my feelings a bit.
Oh, if only I'd found this earlier; a bunch of good books, including The Iguassu Dialogue, One World or Many, and Doing Member Care Well, all free to download. Some downright awful books in there too, but beggars can't be choosers.
Listen, there's two books in the Bible that you need to read more.
I always get these guys confused, and can never remember the one I want:
Well, we're coming to the end of the year, and the end of my time in college. I've been reflecting a lot recently on a piece by Kosuke Koyama - now, I know he doesn't go down well; all the liberals think he's an evangelical and all the evangelicals think he's a liberal, so in my book he must be doing something right - about the "uncomprehensive" nature of God. ("The finger of God that does not work comprehensively", in No Handle on the Cross)
It's not often I get to use these two tags of theology and technology together - especially since the purpose of the tagging is pretty much to allow people to subscribe to the technology stuff without the theology stuff getting in the way.
I recently realised that one of the things that really bugs me about the Church Planting Movement is nothing to do with the CPM itself, but with the theological crisis you generate in examining it. Because, to caricature the debate, they would say that God is strategic and efficient and He wants all men to be saved as soon as possible, and I would say that no, God is not strategic or efficient, but condescends to work at our pace. Is God efficient or not? Here we have two Christians who fundamentally disagree about a basic attribute of God's personality. They can't both be right. Houston, we have a problem.