Author: Kamal Weerakoon

How can God’s kingdom in Christ be liberating and not oppressive?

In a post-colonial world, the claim that Jesus Christ is the unique way to God sounds oppressive. It sounds “imperialistic” – it sounds like Christians come with the “weapon” of the gospel, to destroy the “ignorant”, “backward”, “pagan” religions, and set up “Christian” culture instead. And that’s why missionaries have such a negative stereotype these days. Anthropologists and cultural sociologists in particular really hate missionaries, because missionaries destroy the wonderful, happy, free native culture and replace it with miserable, repressed Christianity. They particularly hate the doctrine of sin, because that’s what makes the previously happy and healthy natives all...

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Multicultural Ministry Still Matters

11 years ago – Feb 2002 – I began full-time practical ministry training at my home church, Multicultural Bible Ministry. I sent out a monthly newsletter to people who were supporting me in prayer and finances. Because it was a multicultural church – some 25 different nationalities at the time – I called the newsletter Multicultural Ministry Matters. A lot has changed in 12 years. I’m now: A minister of the Presbyterian Church, part of the team at Epping Presbyterian; A staffworker with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, part of the team at Macquarie University Christian Union; Residential Supervisor of a household of...

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