This post is part of a series. A few years ago, I was on a parish council which received a request from a Korean congregation: would we be open to them using our building? It didn’t sound like a merger or even a partnership, just a congregation looking for a […]
Arthur Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.
It’s been a recurring question for me sitting in traffic in Dar es Salaam: why do so many Tanzanian cars have a Playboy logo on them? The bunny stickers are very common, even if they aren’t quite as ubiquitous as the Muslim, Christian and soccer signage used on daladalas (often […]
Some of us Christians in the West are claiming grave concerns about religious liberty and/or the decline of Western society. And we Christians are clearly losing the influence we once had. A lot of Christian commentary and ‘cultural analysis’ is coloured with these anxieties. What’s the world coming to? Are […]
When it comes to the environment, Australia can be a confusing environment. We know Australia is a place of both abundance and fragility. Solar energy is readily available at the neighbourhood level, and we’re pretty sensitive about water use — suburban Adelaide has had good water restrictions in place almost […]
As I shift back and forth between the two contexts of Australia and Tanzania, I see two overarching and related issues in play. One is to do with the nature of ‘world mission’ and cross-cultural ministry, the other is to do with the church’s situation in Australian society. In standard […]
As the credits roll on the animated film WALL-E, Peter Gabriel sings, We’re coming down to the ground! There’s no better place to go! The song caps off the story about humanity returning to planet Earth generations after wrecking it — although WALL-E, EVE and friends are needed to wake […]
An mzungu tends to stand out in Tanzania. He dresses practically and comfortably, and that puts most of his clothing at odds with local dress. Trekking gear or travel wear? So dull and baggy. Big, roomy shirts for staying cool? How unpolished. Surf sandals, sneakers, backpacks? All unusual or shabby, […]