Increasingly in the West, younger Christians eschew the word “missions.” Colin Andrews challenges us to drop the word altogether. We decided to publish his proposal with responses from four Christian leaders. We invite you to join the continuing discussion online.
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I read the Letters to the Editor in the October 2010 issue with interest. As someone who worked in Nepal for much of the 1990s, I found it hard to treat those we wrote to as anything other than friends.
by Miriam Adeney Lots of words offend: church, evangelical, Christian, Republican, Democrat, American, Christ. If a word offends a significant segment of our audience, let’s avoid that word when talking with them. No sense rubbing salt in a wound when it’s not necessary. Find an alternative, and keep communicating. But in more receptive contexts, the . . . read more
Corwin offers his impressions of Lausanne Congress 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.
by Jonathan Bonk Colin Andrews makes a good case for a moratorium on the word “mission” and its cognates. After all, it has picked up a lot of baggage along the way, thanks to its close ties to five hundred years of European exploration, migration, and conquest that swept up the Western Hemisphere, large chunks . . . read more
Working in mobilization has brought me into contact with many serious inquirers and applicants for long-term missionary work. As I’ve interviewed hundreds of single, young adults, eventually a common question emerges: what about my singleness?
by Bill Taylor The 64-year-old memory is still strong. As a child in Costa Rica, I visited the Ross family farm. Mr. Ross warned, “Billy, do NOT push a stick into the bee hives!” Of course, I did just that. To this day, I can still almost feel the stings. Perhaps Andrews has done just . . . read more
Insights on the prejudices of biblical characters enable the author to see his own prejudices, and to understand how God still works his purposes through us despite them.
by Alex Araujo It is true that the word “missions” has become confused in the minds of many today, and a change of vocabulary might help clarify things. Yet I would not press for change too quickly; instead, we first need to ask questions. First, English is used in many different cultures, and evolves differently . . . read more
Using the example of the extraordinary growth of Gypsies in Spain, the author explains the importance of being open and attentive to God’s movement.