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Two reflections on communitarian visions

I. In some American circles there’s a hubbub about Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, and some Australians are interested. Stephen McAlpine, a pastor in Perth, seems to see the Benedict Option as the standout example of faithful communitarian vision, or maybe as an umbrella term for such. To my mind, the […]

Times Square to Timbuktu: New series

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 […]

What is old paradigm mission?

I’ve previously talked about a divide I’ve seen in Australia between local mission and global mission, with the result that global mission either gets left off the agenda, or makes an attempted revival in traditional terms. That’s the reason why I was critical of Tim Chester’s new introduction to world […]