All posts by Phil Whittall

When it comes to gender everyone is confused

To even the most casual observer the western world is in a flux when it comes to understanding gender and no-one seems to have a clear idea about what this present time means or where we are heading into the future. And if you look

The Curiosity Index (16.01.2018)

How Early Christians Managed to Offend Just about Everybody A good post here from Michael Kruger and a key lesson for today’s church. Why Norwegians Aren’t Moving to the U.S. I’m not quite sure why President Trump thinks Sweden is going to hell but Norway

The Curiosity Index (15.01.2018)

Andy Savage’s Standing Ovation Was Heard Round the World. Because It Was Wrong I haven’t read a whole lot about this but I think Ed Stetzer gets it right. First, no one should ever receive a standing ovation when it comes to alleged abuse—unless it’s

Understanding secular people

Nations that are collectively included in the term, ‘the West’ are increasingly secular. Western Europe, New Zealand, Canada are dominated by secular people and the US is increasingly so. In this part of the world, the narrative is that religion is on the decline and

The Curiosity Index (12.01.2018)

Things I Wish I’d Known: Reflections on 40 Years in Ministry Steve Timmis shares five good lessons that all church leaders should consider. The Italian church is dissolving its links to the mob That any kind of church had links to the Mafia in the

Book Review: Stepping into the Impossible

Stepping into the Impossible: The Story of Healing on the Streets by Mark Marx My rating: 3 of 5 stars Mark Marx has pioneered a remarkably simple model called Healing on the Streets (HOTS) for taking the church onto the streets. Simply show up consistently in your

The Curiosity Index (11.01.2018)

The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus It might be getting harder to be a Christian in the secular west but while not exclusively true but it is also very clear – the most dangerous place for a Christian to live

War and peace

War, at least the sort of war that is declared between nations, that involves armies and mass mobilisation hasn’t happened for some time and in the absence of such threats it would be easy to think that somehow we have got past war. That would