“Leading a Multicultural Church” by Malcolm Patten – A practitioner and a thinker who lays a beautiful theological cushion from which we can stand and become a genuine practitioner who engages with the multiple cultures of our cities. There is a depth and reality to this book that should be on the shelf of every ministry in an urban setting, practical, real and helpful. 10/10
“The World on our Doorstep” by Dewi Hughes – This book answers questions about other faiths, gives tools for how to engage them with Christendom and pitfalls to avoid. A useful book for those seeking to step into evangelism in a multicultural context. 8/10
Last week, I had the privilege of attending a 2 day training event. There was very little that was new but it was clear within the first few minutes that we would have to learn different terminologies, in order to receive the most benefit. However, the new terminologies helped people to believe that what they were listening to was new. It was not until reflection had taken place that folk realised that they already knew this ‘stuff’.
So often in life, we operate in exactly the same way – we repackage the old material as if it was new. The difficulty is that when we take the wrapper off, we discover that things are exactly as they were before. How different the world would be if, when we took the wrapper off, we discover something new and fresh……now that would be something.
Meanwhile, we continue to learn new terminologies but maintain the same practices.