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Jonathan Langley

True freedom isn’t as simple as the slogans, patriotic songs and political rhetoric would suggest. You must be willing to defend those who differ from you if you support it. That’s why some have lost their taste for freedom. […] Read More

Afropessimism. The word may be unfamiliar, but the concept won’t be. It’s the perfect description of that view we’ve probably all encountered: that Africa is a “basket case,” a single, hopeless country, a seething pit of hunger, corruption, starvation and bottomless need. Krish Kandiah’s interview with Michael Badriaki critiqued this perspective beautifully, providing prophetic guidance […] Read More

Jonathan (Jonty) Langley is the editor of BMS World Mission’s Mission Catalyst magazine. Jonathan’s articles that have appeared on are available here. 1. Where did you grow up? Pretoria, South Africa. 2. What is your favorite Bible verse, book or story? Why? It recently became Psalm 23. When I had a brief bout with […] Read More

Memory is central to both conflict and reconciliation, according to renowned theologian Miroslav Volf, speaking at Catalyst Live over two days in October. In a brilliantly incisive examination of the essence of reconciliation at BMS World Mission’s Catalyst Live events in Sheffield and Reading in England, Volf identified memory and “remembering correctly” as its key […] Read More

Science can give us a sense of wonder and a conviction that something must be done to save our world. Former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Sir John Houghton told audiences at Catalyst Live in Sheffield and Reading, England, about how science can point us to God and toward our duty to […] Read More

Despite the undeniable fact that Christians are an “endangered species” in the Middle East, Martin Accad of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) suggested that a narrative that sees all Muslims as predators waiting to kill Christians is profoundly unhelpful. Most religious people in the region – Muslims, Jews, Christians and others – make up […] Read More

One man changed the world of advertising forever – and in so doing created a monster. Advertising changed forever in the 1920s, and so did the world. It was described as it was happening by journalist Samuel Strauss in 1927, who wrote, “The American citizen’s first importance to his country is now no longer that […] Read More

Cricket may not be a real sport as far as the Olympics are concerned – and, seriously, how do they decide that stuff? Shooting, walking and about 25,000 iterations of cycling make the cut, but rugby, cricket and darts don’t? Someone has blundered. – but it seems to breed a fair amount of courage. At […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is part two of a three-part column series. If Christianity is to be relevant to a world of genome-mapping and large hadron colliders, Christians need to be scientifically literate. And that involves some familiarity with scientific apologetics, key scientific theories and the philosophy of science. This three-part series provides just a taster […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part column series. Ignorance is no excuse anymore. In 2012, scientific literacy is not an optional extra for mission-minded Christians. It is essential. If we are to be able to talk to ordinary people about their doubts and misgivings about faith and God, we need to be […] Read More