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On dependence: doing yourself out of a job

Yesterday, I observed that the opposite of dependence is not isolation but having something to offer. In our case, that means recognising that national church leaders are often far more effective in mission and ministry in their national context than missionaries. (We are expensive, for a start, and often have […]

The good news about the bad news

Someone I love and respect told me the other day how horrified she was by the claim she’d heard some other Christians make that those who did not believe in Jesus Christ were destined for Hell. To her, that was the essence of tearing relationship apart, to pass judgement on […]

God in a box

Tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy / Private Practice double episode had a fascinating God-thread running through it. The basic plot is that Addison’s brother has what looks to be terminal brain parasites so she flies him to Seattle so that her ex-husband and best neuro-surgeon around, Derek, can treat him and there […]