Bishop Kevin has often cautioned us against being worried about numbers. David Runcorn points out that ‘Lesslie Newbigin, who worked tirelessly for the missionary effectiveness of the church, observed how little interest the New Testament shows in numerical growth.’ The Gospels, says Runcorn, display a ‘disproportionate delight and compassion for the smallest and least significant.’ Think of the one sheep, the mustard seed, the single light. Encouraging for us.
But ‘what about the money?’ I hear you ask. We sing ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom of God… and all these things will be added unto you.’ Matthew 6: 25 – 34 in the NRSV is headed ‘Do not Worry’! Unworldly or ‘God’sworldly’?
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