Dr. Vinoth Ramachandra Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement
(Asia), International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
Global Society: Challenges for Christian Mission
In his CMS Annual Sermon delivered
in London, Oxford, Birmingham and York in October 2003, Vinoth Ramachandra
sets the challenge of contemporary Christian discipleship and mission in
the context of our changing political, economic and cultural context. He
presents a vision of the gospel and the Church of Christ as the true universalism
in the face of globalization and challenges us to engage with the local
as members of a global community.
Rev Dr John Nolland, Academic Dean
and Tutor in NT at Trinity College, Bristol
The Mandate: Love Our Enemies - Matthew 5:43-48
Opening our series of articles on loving our enemies, John Nolland's study of the key Matthean texts, highlights this command as a priority in Christian discipleship and sheds light on Jesus' teaching by
setting it in the wider context not only of Matthew's gospel but also of
the ancient world and the Old Testament. He shows that, without being critical
of the Old Testament, Jesus radically extends its teaching, calling on us
to treat nobody as beyond the pale but rather to be open to them.
Revd Dr John Corrie, Coordinator of the Centre for Anglican Communion
Studies, Selly Oak, Birmingham.
Anglican Mission and the Via Media
Addressing the perennial problem of Anglican
identity, John Corrie argues that by drawing on the Anglican tradition of
Via Media and placing mission at the heart of Anglican identity, Anglicanism
can hold in creative tension a number of polarities - word and deed, exclusivism
and inclusivism, the power of the Spirit and the reality a suffering world
- that regularly destroy the integrity of Christian mission.
Dr. Martin Davie, Theological Secretary to the Council for Christian
Unity and Theological Consultant to the House of Bishops
Doing Theology in a Pluriform Church
Martin Davie challenges us to face the reality that there are a variety
of ways of being Christian and being human but warns against theology either
starting its work from these or accepting them all as legitimate diversity.
Instead, he calls for a theology that is engaged with the biblical witness
to Christ but attentive to, and building bridges into, the pluriform church
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