Some of the most probing insights into the (ir)relevance of the church in society come from missionaries returning home after years away in distant - and very different - lands. While they think they are way out of touch, I have learned to listen to the startling things they have to say.
It happened last week again.
Two of my very favourites popped in for a visit. They've been off shore for about ten years. Within five minutes the hubbie was asking me,
"How come people tend to meet each other now in cafes rather than in their own homes? What is happening to the ministry of hospitality here in NZ?"