This world is broken, yet wrong-doing and pain takes you by surprise and anguish.
Marriages wither and become impassable gulfs.
Party leaders and national figures suddenly pass away.
Music bands split and inspiring movie stars wind up in jail.
There are, of course, reasons why such things happen. Marriages die due to lack of adoration and hard work and often, little adulteries that compound into a deadly avalanche of separation and divorce. Bands split due to misunderstandings and pride.
Party leaders die because death is the final equalizer and movie stars become prisoners because the law is a close second in the art of equalising.
Sin is at the root of all things that can go wrong and will go wrong.
It is that time of the year when you clarify what you have written. Yay!
Some members in my church family asked me questions about the Christian superheroes post. It was well-timed criticism. I realised even I could make mistakes (my, my)! Until then, I thought I was the blogger version of the undefeated Iron-man, kuch aisa!
I think criticism from people who care for you is like eating from a bag of flavoured candy with no labels. You won’t like all the flavours you encounter. But you’re glad you got the bagful of candy!
You are also glad that somebody, somewhere thinks that your posts are worth spending time on. Lol!
So let me put forth my thoughts in question-answer format. Not all of these questions were asked, but I think this will help.
1) What do I mean when I write “Missions in the context of the local church”? Is there any such thing in the Bible?
A: I must admit there’s no such phrase in the Bible. What then, does it mean? “Missions in the context of the local church” is how the Bible shows missions must be done: with centrality being given to God’s plan, which is His church. That’s how missions happened in the book of Acts (Acts 13:1-3).
Does this mean people need not go out to some far-flung region to share the gospel and make disciples? No, it means that the missionary should begin in the place God has placed them in.
What makes us think that people will labour for the gospel in rural Haryana when we have little desire to speak the good news to people here in Pune?