The Untaming

Learning to build missional community in secular France


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What our neighbour thinks

First thanks to Richard for allowing me to post on this blog. I’ll take some time to explain who we are in another post, but for the moment it’s enough to know that we’re a family on mission in France. I hope you find this first content useful.

We recently spent an evening in discussion (mostly listening) with a normal French woman regarding her views on Christianity, scripture and spirituality in general. Here is a brief report of what was shared. There may be no original ideas in all this, but I thought it could be a good to circulate further as my feeling is that these views are quite representative of a large part of the French population. I should clearly write this up in French too, and I hope to get round to that one day but it would take me too long right at this moment.

What is scripture for you? Where did these books come from?
 – Well Jesus was a great moral teacher with a influential way of life. Various texts were written about him, and the ones we have today as ‘scripture’ were selected by some central authority with an agenda to get people to believe what they wanted them to.
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Mission amongst the Multinationals

It’s several months since my last entry, so time to revitalise this blog before it dies on the vine.   Let me share some encouraging news from work.  Yes, in addition to trying to launch a missional community here in my home neighbourhood, I’m trying to do the same at work! Possibly biting off more than I can chew, but hopefully it’s the Lord that does the chewing (so to speak!).

As you might remember from a previous post, I prayed for ‘workers for the harvest’ as I walked into work one day and met another Christian just two hours later.  Now, after a few months, we are a small group of 4-5 who meet every week or two to pray for our colleagues and for each other and for the spread of the gospel at work; to eat with each other and with colleagues.  Again, it’s all nascent stuff.  Anyone with experience or ideas on where to take it from here would be welcome!

Anyway, last week I was introduced to a wonderful lady who has been building up a network of Christians working in the companies in the area where I work (it’s the area chock-a-block with multinationals:  Coca-Cola, Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Avaya, …)..  She gets on the train in the morning, prays, and then starts a conversation with whomever she feels led to.  And so there is an emerging multi-denominational community of Christians emerging in this Parisian suburb.  And plans for community, teaching, mission.  And then there is our little group in our company too.  The Lord is moving and it is exciting, though all very early-stage.

This lady reminded me again of what walking in faith requires.  Prayer.  A sensitivity to the Spirit. Obedience to respond to the call. Courage.

May I not be found wanting…