Interviewing Ajith Fernando today

Today I am interviewing Ajith Fernando on Skype along with a few other Lausanne Bloggers.  Ajith is a spiritual leader in Sri Lanka and I have quoted him before in some of my articles. We were both part of the Christian Vision Project a few years ago.

I will ask him some questions about what he will be talking about at Cape Town next month and about his recent article To Serve is to Suffer, an article that created a lot of buzz online and generated responses from many thinking people including Miroslav Volf and Libby Little for its insightful critique on Western Christianity.

“When people leave a church because they do not fit the program, it communicates a deadly message: that our commitment is to the work and not to the person, that our unity is primarily in the work and not in Christ and the gospel.” Ajith Fernando, To Serve is to Suffer

What would you ask Ajith if you were me? You have until 9am
Eastern time to get your question to me.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Stew says:

    What can the church in the West in general, and the church in the U.S. specifically, learn from the church in the majority world?

  • Before I read Stew’s question, I’d already formulated mine … very similar:
    What lesson from the Church on each continent other than Europe and North America do you believe we Western (and “early post-Western”) Christians need to absorb, reflect on, and do something constructive about?
    So, if I could do a spin-off of these, how about this:
    What 6 to 12 books or blogs would you suggest hold the most profound messages for the Western church?
    Thanks …

  • andrew says:

    stew i just aksed him your question … like a few seconds ago … and he said:
    both sides need to learn from each other and both have gifts to give. its a two way thing
    but in majority countries, people r more open to god and prayer, more open to gods providences, open to gospel, and that makes a difference
    he gave an example of woman in sri lanka with a curse that needed to be dealt with. she approached her problem as a spiritual one and asked for prayer from others
    also people have much less than in the west and r happy so there they will more likely suffer than give up
    a greater acqaintance with suffering is something they can offer the west
    thanks for your q
    brad its still going on and we will see if there is time for more

  • andrew says:

    brad. ur question is not going to happen but he loves all of john wesleys books and recent books on business management have been helpful
    and his book THE CALL TO JOY sounds fantastic

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