Greetings from Birmingham, England!
It seems more than appropriate Lynne and I are here on the Sunday the Seattle church gives its “Miracle for Missions” contribution to this city and to Bellingham. In doing so, Seattle joins several sacred legacies at once: supporting a church planting and our home region of Washington state; supporting “foreign” (non-US) missions like the vast majority of our sister churches in the ICOC; collectively (with all the Northwest churches) supporting foreign missions; and participating in a broad historic vision shared by the first century church—the evangelizing of one’s own community, one’s region, and the world. What we are doing makes a difference on all levels and for all generations. Ten or twenty years from now, stories will be told by Belling- and Birming- hamites baptized in days yet to come about “disciples we do not know from a city called Seattle who made our salvation and spiritual dreams possible.” On their behalf, the Seattle leadership heartily thanks you.
The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, & Northern Ireland) is steeped in Christian, Reformation, and missionary history. Without the courage and spiritual fire of UK reformers like Knox, Wesley and Campbell, America’s own Restoration Movement (from which the churches of Christ sprang in the 19th c.) might never have ignited. Two of the oldest universities in history—Oxford and Cambridge—began with a spiritual purpose. In the 20th century, writers like J.R.R. Tolkien (a Birmingham denizen) and C.S. Lewis used fiction (Narnia chronicles, Lord of the Rings trilogy) and non-fiction (such as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters) to defend and re-popularize Christianity.
Today we join other disciples all over the Northwest in supporting the revitalizing of UK churches who battle an unprecedented degree of secularism and spiritual cynicism in their culture. May Birmingham, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, be known again in this century as a hotbed of spiritual revolution.
Love from Scott & Lynne