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A flurry of questions fired at…

date OCTOBER 10
date Steve Taylor (New Zealand[)

Where are you at?Behind a desk, in Christchurch, New Zealand.Beside me builders saw, bang, crash - as the church builds a cafe and more community space. When I am not here (church pastor) I am at Laidlaw College, lecturing in areas of mission and leadership. It's a fascinating mix: being with people in journey of mission, yet reflecting in terms of the wider tradition.Text and books and jots & scrolls... what words are working for you right now?Decolonizing God, by Mark Brett. How to read the Bible given it's use in colonisation? It's stuff like this that reassures me the…

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date OCTOBER 10
date Si Johnston (UK)

It is estimated by the UN that 2 to 4 million people are trafficked each year. 500,000 of these are women from all over the world who find their destination in Western Europe. But it’s OK, because on a national level we’re focussed on the laudable task of ‘nation building’; a necessary corollary to declaring war on an international axis of evil. Or is it OK? Recent research by Granada culminating in what is set to become one of the most powerful pieces of drama shown on TV, Sex Traffic, is numbing. But it’s better to be numbed and conscious…

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Do you have any principles?

date OCTOBER 10
date Richard Sudworth (UK)

What are the most important principles that underlie the emerging church? Based on substantial research among emerging church groups in South Wales, Richard Sudworth proposes the following... Whether you agree, disagree, or want to make some more suggestions, let us know on the discussion boards... TAKE THE LONG VIEWA constant thread in all these discussions has been the need for churches to invest for the long term as they step out with new forms of mission. The results are not instantaneous and require commitment, patience and the struggle born out of genuineness not expedience PARTNERSHIPAlmost without exception, these case studies exemplify…

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