Sing Unto the Lord


Missionary Methods: St Pauls or Ours
September 17, 2008, 11:24 am
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Starting reading this yesterday. Pretty hard to put down.

Two quotes that seem timely in terms all the chat going on around the Australian blogosphere…

This is from the Preface to the 1927 edition in reference o part of the book:

‘Part three stresses the short time devoted by St Paul to training converts before they were baptized, and the contrast between the rapid manner of appointing responsible church leaders in his day with the slowness of the present, together with our unconscious ‘suppression’ and ‘silencing’ of natural leaders and prophets’

This is in reference to ‘strategic cities’ and planting churches in them:

‘A concentrated mission may be a great prison or a great market: it may be a safe in which all the best intellect of the day is shut up, or it may be a mint from which the coin of new thought is put into circulation. A great many of our best men are locked up in strategic centres: if once they get in they find it hard to get out. At many of the strategic points where we have established our concentrated missions it is noticable that the church rather resembles a prison or a safe or a swamp into which the best life of the country round is collected than a mint or a spring or a railway station from which life flows out into the country. We are sometimes so enamoured with the strategic beauty of a place that we spend our time in fortifying it whilst the opportunity for a great campaign passes by unheeded or neglected.

Pretty interesting thoughts for a book written in 1912.

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