The UK’s leading Black theologian, Anthony Reddie will lead a conversation with students from Spurgeon’s and Baptist leaders. Anthony’s presentation will be followed by a response from Joe Kapolyo, Steve Latham and Anna Ratcliff.
Date: Monday 19 May 2014
Venue: Spurgeon’s College, London
For details please Click here
Psalm 131 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quietened myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and for evermore.
A number of years ago when I reflected on these words, they disquieted me and made me uncomfortable. As someone who likes to study, analyse, examine and understand, a readiness to calmly set aside things without doing such things did not sit well with me. Yet I have grown to realise that there is much that I do not understand and I never will understand. Such things may be crises on the world stage such as Ukraine or Syria, seemingly intractable situations that churches face, inexplicable occurrences in the lives of individuals and other situations. As the psalmist reminds us, at all times we must put our hope and trust in the Lord, and we can silently hold such situations before our Father, praying for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. In all matters, both those we understand and those we do not, let us hold them before the Lord, knowing that He will hear and answer in accordance with His perfect will.
Next Tuesday (4th March 2014), Crossing London will host ‘Showcase’ at Grace Bar, 44 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7NB to unveil plans for this autumn’s Encountering Jesus events.
To give you a taster of what the night entails, have at look at our programme.
At the Showcase, churches will be finding out more about the exciting prospects in store and will be able to meet with some of the guests who they may wish to book for their local events. With us for the evening will be evangelists and preachers Steve Legg, Steve Mullins, Glen Shrivener, comedian and creative communicator Liz Babbs, dance troupe Rebirth, magician Steve Price and many more.
For more information go to www.crossinglondon.co.uk/showcase. This is a free event but you will need to reserve a place. To do so please click here
Last July the Association strategy, built on the four pillars of Unity, Mission, Leadership and International Focus, was launched at the annual London Event which was held in Regents Hall. We had the privilege of the then Baptist Union General Secretary Elect, Revd Lynn Green deliver the keynote address. One of the things Revd Green spoke about was looking to London as an example of pioneers within the Baptist Union of multicultural missional communities. Whether Lynn intended to or not in that one statement she twinned together two pillars of our strategy: Unity and Mission.
Earlier this year I was privileged to speak at two services celebrating the week of Christian Unity. I was privileged to meet with Christians from other traditions and to share fellowship with them. However, two things immediately struck me. Firstly, the conspicuous absence of Christians from the majority world and independent church traditions. Secondly, the ‘niceness’ that undergirded the manner in which individuals interacted with one another and that ultimately betrayed a lack of depth in relationships. Even when there was what one might refer to as substance it appears to be more about a few individuals that had ‘struck a chord’ with each other than congregations or denominations recognising their need of one another in the enterprise of the gospel.
I have become convinced that it is nearly impossible to do anything substantial in London in isolation. The city is so diverse that we need the many sided wisdom (Ephesians 3:10) of Christians from all over the world to ‘shine their light of the knowledge of the glory of God’ (2 Corinthians 4:6) into the diverse cultural groups that make up diversity of the capital city. They may not be present in our church but plentiful in the church next door, along the road or that meets in our building in the afternoon. Building relationships with them, not to be ‘nice’, but to increase our capacity to reach the lost may be what God is calling us to do despite our reticence to do so and impulses to the contrary. I believe that God has ‘many people in this city’ (Acts 18:10) and we may only be able to meet some through the partnerships in the gospel we develop with others. Are you willing to develop such partnerships? I pray that God gives you and I the grace to know where those partnerships are and how to build them for His glory. Amen