Showing Up – Turning From Idols

In the last chapter, I identified a number of redemptive offers, alternative hope offered from religious, political, social or economic perspectives.  At the end of the chapter I observed that these alternative solutions have several things in common. They encourage people to assume a victim identity. The world is then divided between a powerful minorityContinue reading “Showing Up – Turning From Idols”

Showing Up: Alternative Hope

In this chapter, we start to think more about idolatry and the alternative (false) hopes that people living in urban neighbourhoods are offered.  Showing up, is the stage where we start to think about why idolatry offers false hope by showing up its failings and flaws. Idolatry offers false hope because whilst for a timeContinue reading “Showing Up: Alternative Hope”

Searching Out: Establishing Points of Contact

At this stage we have a generalised understanding of the types of people we are likely to encounter in Urban Britain today. However, searching out requires us to drill down a further level. One of our aims is to establish points of contact with people. This is where we being to talk more about hopesContinue reading “Searching Out: Establishing Points of Contact”

Searching Out: Identity

In this chapter we will start to focus on the people who live in Urban Britain and  on their cultures and communities. We will be thinking about what  it mean to live in the city. We will start by picking up on general experience of urban life and then will focus on particular aspects ofContinue reading “Searching Out: Identity”

Searching Out: The City

In this chapter we will start to focus on the people who live in Urban Britain and  on their cultures and communities. We will be thinking about what  it mean to live in the city. We will start by picking up on general experience of urban life and then will focus on particular aspects ofContinue reading “Searching Out: The City”

Searching Out: Getting to know the context and culture

I love the first afternoon and evening of a holiday. One of the first things we’ve done after we’ve found where we’ve staying, had a cuppa and unpacked is go out for a walk and start to explore the area on foot. It doesn’t matter if it’s New York, Paris or Cornwall. Walking around youContinue reading “Searching Out: Getting to know the context and culture”

Stepping In: An Introduction to Idolatry

An important part of the Subversive fulfilment approach is an understanding of idolatry. The subversive part of the term comes from the fact that even our dreams and desires are idolatrous. We cannot simply offer the possibility to people that their life will find fulfilment in Christ, we must start by showing them that inContinue reading “Stepping In: An Introduction to Idolatry”

Stepping In: Going Cross Cultural

If we are going to reach Britain with the Gospel then we need to be equipped for cross cultural mission. You heard me right. We tend to think about cross cultural mission as being what happens when we send missionaries abroad to Asia and Africa.  If we are going to share the gospel, plant andContinue reading “Stepping In: Going Cross Cultural”