Andy McCullough

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 5: Evolution not Revolution

Decolonisation must be by evolution, not revolution. An evolution, however, punctuated by moments of revolution, of revelation. This is a journey both systemic and deeply personal. I’m sitting in the airport on my way home from 10 days in a Middle Eastern context where the very things that have been discussed here are being wrestled …

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 5: Evolution not Revolution Read More »

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 4: Money

Part One Part Two Part Three Any review of apostolic mission must consider the way money is used. There are just so many ways in which the use of money can perpetuate structural power imbalances in the global Church. In this post, I seek to frame the conversation positively by proposing three questions which apostolic …

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 4: Money Read More »

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 3: Bias

Part One Part Two In this series of blog posts I am asking the question, “what would it take to decolonise the doctrine and practice of apostolic ministry today? In today’s post, I look at two reasons why apostolic ministry as it is currently taught and practiced needs decolonising. Let’s remind ourselves of Merriam-Webster’s definition …

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 3: Bias Read More »

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 2: Centring the Local

In this series of blog posts I am asking the question, “what would it take to decolonise the doctrine and practice of apostolic ministry today? Read Post 1 in the series. A key aspect of decolonisation is the bringing near of authority. Post-Soviet decolonisation in Central Asia has resulted in a flourishing resurgence of local …

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 2: Centring the Local Read More »

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry: What?

I love Newfrontiers. I am a Newfrontiers boy through and through. And I’m arguing for a process of reflective decolonisation of apostolic ministry. One of our contributions to the global missions conversation is a robust theology and practice of apostleship. We believe that Biblical language (elder, shepherd, evangelist, apostle, etc.) is more meaningful in a …

Decolonising Apostolic Ministry: What? Read More »

Brueggemann on Hope

Just re-reading Walter Brueggemann’s classic book, The Prophetic Imagination. Here is a wonderful passage on hope: The prophet has only the means of word, spoken word and acted word, to contradict the presumed reality of his or her community. The prophet is to provide the wherewithal whereby hope becomes possible again to a community of kings …

Brueggemann on Hope Read More »

How to make peace: Jeremiah 3 and 31.

Part of Jeremiah’s calling was to reach out to those living in the province of Ephraim, north of the dividing line between the southern kingdom of Judah (with its capital Jerusalem), and the northern kingdom of Israel (with its capital Samaria). The dispute between Ephraim (Joseph’s son) and Judah was an ancient one, going back …

How to make peace: Jeremiah 3 and 31. Read More »

Sitting in Athens thinking about history

Sitting in Athens thinking about history. Anthony Sattin’s book Nomads: The Wanderers who Shaped our World is therapeutic and persuasive in its argument that the modernist telling of history represents ‘an invisible line’ through to civilisation and progress as defined in the West, to ‘people like us.’ In this idea, settledness, dominion over nature, and …

Sitting in Athens thinking about history Read More »

Mission and the Wind

We’ve just spent a week in a Central Asian city famously known as “the windy city” (let the reader understand!) – and it really has been very blustery. Shutter-bangingly, tree-bendingly, dust-raisingly properly windy. So we’ve spent a week thinking about wind, and thinking about mission. They key verse we’ve been reflecting on together is John …

Mission and the Wind Read More »

Greece is East

Greece is East: Some thoughts about contextual gospel witness in the great nation of Greece

Notes from a talk first given at the Greece is East event, June 2022. Greek poet, George Seferis, famously wrote: Your nostalgia has created a non-existent country. This is a danger for all cross-cultural church planters; the danger of seeking to contextualise the gospel into a romantic ideal that is a million miles from the …

Greece is East: Some thoughts about contextual gospel witness in the great nation of Greece Read More »

Why buy from a stranger when you can borrow from a relative?

Why buy from a stranger, when you can borrow from a relative? On planting churches cross-culturally, mission agencies, cross-cultural best practice and the Newfrontiers family. Andy McCullough. April 2022. Historically, when church planting internationally, Newfrontiers churches have generally preferred sending cross-cultural, long-term workers via a direct send model, rather than via mission agencies. The primary …

Why buy from a stranger when you can borrow from a relative? Read More »

The Man, The Woman and the Garden: Easter Reflections from John 20

The resurrection appearances in John’s brilliantly crafted narrative bring to poetic conclusion so many themes. There are multiple reiterated ideas from John’s gospel itself which find their climax in Chapter 20, as well as deeper underlying, intertextual, Biblical-theological ideas. Consider the significance of it being “the first day,” (20:1, 19), light and darkness (20:1), seeing …

The Man, The Woman and the Garden: Easter Reflections from John 20 Read More »

margins2mic. Season Two. Art of Listening.

The #margins2mic project brings together voices from across the Newfrontiers family, and from around the world. Newfrontiers is on the way to becoming a truly global movement, and as such it is important – no, vital – to connect with and listen to a truly global set of voices and perspectives. Listening is an art. …

margins2mic. Season Two. Art of Listening. Read More »

The Bethlehem Story: Advent Series of Videos

The Bethlehem Story is a series of daily videos following the story of the little town in Palestine from the death of Rachel to the birth of Christ. This Christmas, visit Bethlehem with us online. Join the shepherds and the wise men. Explore overlooked Old Testament characters and examine unexpected oracles. Join me in a …

The Bethlehem Story: Advent Series of Videos Read More »

Decolonising Multilingualism by Alison Phipps. A review.

Phipps, Alison. Decolonising Multilingualism: Struggles to Decreate. Multilingual Matters, 2019. A review by Andy McCullough. I’ve been asked to review the best book I’ve read in recent years on language. Hands down, it’s this book. This is a book by an academic, but it made me cry. This is not a Christian book, but it …

Decolonising Multilingualism by Alison Phipps. A review. Read More »

Motus Dei: The Movement of God to Disciple the Nations

Motus Dei: The Movement of God to Disciple the Nations <https://missionbooks.org/products/motus-dei> releases on October 19. You’re invited to the Virtual Book Launch on October 20, 9:00-9:45am Central Time US. Register here https://bit.ly/MotusDei and attend for a chance to win a free hard copy and a discount code for purchases. Here is the event schedule: *    Endorsement …

Motus Dei: The Movement of God to Disciple the Nations Read More »

Belonging: The Bible’s Story of Race

I know that people are always looking for resources to help them think about issues like race, diversity and justice from a Biblical perspective. The church where I serve as Teaching Pastor has been on a journey on these issues over the last few years, that has been both hugely challenging and richly rewarding, and …

Belonging: The Bible’s Story of Race Read More »

Jacob “The Patchwork Man” Baradaeus

I’m really enjoying Moffett’s History of Christianity in Asia, and am struck by this paragraph summarising Jacob Baradaeus (Yaqub al-Barada’i) and his extraordinary church-planting impact. Here’s the paragraph: “Jacob never really lived in Edessa, his episcopal seat. The police were too hot on his trail… For over thirty-five years, from 542 to 578, Jacob eluded …

Jacob “The Patchwork Man” Baradaeus Read More »

Pantaenus: The Unreached Need Theologians Too

Here are some quick lessons from the life of Pantaenus. Never heard of him? That’s why it’s so important that you learn from him! The greatest cross-cultural witnesses are, of course, invisible. You may never have heard of Pantaenus, but you have probably heard of his most famous disciples – the church fathers Clement and …

Pantaenus: The Unreached Need Theologians Too Read More »

The Bethlehem Story: Mission and Justice in the Margins of the World, by Andy McCullough

Andy McCullough’s new book is coming out soon. Below is a sample from the story of Rahab. Jericho. One of the oldest cities in the world. City of palms, where the Judean wilderness meets the Jordan valley, and date palms stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s harvest time, early spring, when the …

The Bethlehem Story: Mission and Justice in the Margins of the World, by Andy McCullough Read More »