Hostility toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all around us. On the global scene we see atrocities committed en masse in places such as North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia, and Nigeria. On the home-front of the British Isles we are seeing more and more opposition in word and practice to Christian belief and behaviour. A Christian can seldom express a belief on social issues without coming under harsh criticism. When the topic relates to sexual orientation or beliefs concerning other religions’ state before God, Christians can even be imprisoned or heavily fined. All of this is to be expected – Jesus promised his followers that they would be hated by the rest of the world (John 15:18-23).
How can we be Christians in a hostile world? How can we continue to believe and behave in such a way that testifies to our Saviour Jesus Christ? On 11th March at 7.30pm, it is our privilege to host Bishop Michael Nazir Ali at Grace Baptist Church in Angel, Islington to address these important questions.
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was the 106th Bishop of Rochester, for 15 years, until 1 September 2009. He is originally from Asia and was the first non-white Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England. He was appointed in 1994. Before that he was the General Secretary of CMS from 1989-1994 and prior to holding this position was Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan. He holds both British and Pakistani citizenship and from 1999 was a member of the House of Lords where he was active in a number of areas of national and international concern. He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and is now President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue (OXTRAD).
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