In Disciples of All Nations (OUP, 2008), Lamin Sanneh refers to the "flagging fortunes of a post-Christian West" and the "robust potential of a post-Western Christianity." (51)
I like that contrast - but I need to read it carefully!
For 25 years I've read the books, attended the seminars and even taught the courses on the challenge of a post-Christian West. Now it is my hope that, God-willing, I am able to spend the next 25 years engaging a post-Western Christianity.
But my prayer is that it won't be a sequential reality, first one and then the other. I hope I can keep a conversation between the two going on in my head. In this shrunken globalised world of ours it should not be difficult to do and it may be a conversation that is as relevant as it is urgent.
Why is it that those writing about the "flagging fortunes" are often so slow to sit humbly at the feet of those with "robust potential" and learn from them? Why can't we see that it might be post-Western Christianity that can help those mired in a post-Christian West the most? I wonder what this help might look like?
One of the things that enthuses me about starting with Langham Partnership International is that it is ideally placed to advance this conversation usefully.