Author Archives: Martin Robinson
Earlier this year I was giving a talk on evangelism to a group of European leaders, most of whom were students. One of the points in my presentation was the rediscovery of the local, of communities and of churches who were attempting to reconnect with their neighbourhood. We entered into a fascinating debate but there was one comment that caught my attention in a very acute way. Someone from Vienna questioned the contention that there was any longer such a thing as community in the local...
Although Pastor Toyin is a Nigerian and her congregation is part of a Nigerian denomination, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, interestingly the smallest national African group within the church is drawn from Nigeria. The white English community represents the single largest group. There are other white migrants present from various European nations and from commonwealth countries such as Australia. It’s an intriguing and remarkable mix. How did this come about?
The Journal of Missional Practice was born out of a common interest in the work of Lesslie Newbigin, the attempt of the Gospel and Our Culture programme to produce a wider debate about mission in the West, and the subsequent development of what has become known as ‘the missional conversation’. To help the Journal frame those concerns the principle participants have been joined each year by some additional friends and colleagues who together form an editorial Think Tank that offers both a critical and a constructive edge…
A Rapid response to ‘Dislocated’, Chapter 1 from The New Parish by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J Friesen
A few years ago, in the very early days of social media, I attended an impressive presentation from a pioneer in this field. As part of the presentation he invited subjects for debate from the audience and then presented these...Read more
One of the accusations constantly made against Rowan Williams is that his communication often sacrifices clarity for depth and exactitude. That accusation cannot be laid against his latest book. The press seemed to suggest that we were going to receive...Read more
One of the commendations for this book says, ‘I have been waiting for someone to write this book.’ I would almost echo that sentiment. There is certainly a need for books on this topic. This book almost meets the need....Read more
Book Review: The Witness of God: The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth and the Nature of the Christian Community, by John G Flett
This is not a book for the faint hearted. It is at points highly technical and constructs a very complex and detailed set of arguments. In addition, it would seem at first glance to be dealing with issues that for...Read more
The Missional Network places a high value on discerning God in our neighbourhood contexts. But how do we rediscover our place within that context and why has that rediscovery become necessary? Martin traces the story of a lost connection. He suggests resources to protect the health of a renewed engagement that reside deep within our identity as the people of God...