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I don’t mean the ‘12’ of course, the Apostles of the Lamb (Rev 21:14 … there were only twelve!), who were responsible for writing much of the New Testament.  I mean those who planted the churches into Europe. Popes claimed to be apostles, so the Reformers preferred to do without them altogether … but have we lost something in the process?  In a sense ‘Christian Europe’, or Christendom, didn’t need them because there were church buildings full of people everywhere (the law said you had to go!), and the non-European heathen were not very welcoming.  Then we started to send missionaries to India, the church outside Europe boomed, and Christendom collapsed (good riddance I say!).  So now when whole areas of Wales, not to mention the rest of Europe, have no viable churches, who is going to plant?  Are we to treat these needy areas like we used to treat India before Carey?  Peyton Jones has written a book, Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church (David C. Cook, Colorado Springs, 2013).  He thinks the subsequent apostles were church planters.  He thinks we need to get back to the future (he has seen too many films!).  It would be good if everyone read it for their holiday reading in the sun.

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