In a hierarchical society, who is powerful? It’s natural to me to think that it’s the people at the top, with people becoming less powerful the further down the hierarchy they are. Those down the bottom of the hierarchy are vulnerable, and therefore would benefit from gender equality. This is […]
Our Elliot went to sleep on the couch instead of his bed, which he normally does when sick. Except he wasn’t sick, he was out of sorts, and this was his way of signalling that he knew things were not right. It had been a big day. I’d had to […]
We’ve observed in Tanzanian students talk of ‘losing the Holy Spirit’ and before each exam period, we have been included in massive prayer days where students go from church service to church service, receiving a special blessing at each. We were concerned that this was an issue of assurance. Did […]
We in Tanzania have faith, but not power. People in Ulaya (the West) have power but not faith. But Luke says the good news is that God gives us faith and power. These are the intriguing words of Canon George Chiteto, one of the chaplains at St John’s University, as […]
I know this author a little so I’ve been especially looking forward to this one: Robert Heaney’s chapter in Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations is ‘Prospects and problems for evangelical postcolonialisms’. He’s asking: in what sense might evangelical and postcolonial go together? It’s a pretty academic chapter covering a lot of ground, but this is a key question. Heaney spends time defining both […]
The UN’s Millenium Development Goals are widely acknowledged as an important pursuit for alleviating poverty on a world scale, and Christians have got behind this in a big way through Micah Challenge. But all of this involves a lot of outside investment. We can probably all agree that the goals are […]
“You can’t use compost on such small trees,” our gardener said. “It’s too strong for anything but the bananas.” “Nonsense,” we thought, “you can use compost on anything!” This little interaction is laden with cultural baggage.