Category Archives: Church

How Many Christians?

Philip Jenkins asks, ‘how many Christians were there in the year 200?‘ and the answer is not very many. At least not when you consider the population of the Roman Empire. For the sake of argument, let us suggest a global Christian population of perhaps

The death of the church

Todd Dildine recently did a four-part series on you guessed it, ‘the death of the church’. It’s an analysis of the American scene but I think has much wider implications. In Part 1 he assesses the landscape and sees that in America it’s not only

The resurrection of Jesus (links)

There are several posts here all dealing with the historical evidence for the resurrection and inevitably they cover similar ground but also with slightly different contributions. But before I share all of that one extract stood out to me from Scot McKnight  I know all

Academy of Life

My good friend Mark Powley helped developed this discipleship resource for his church which see seven signs of life: True Life, Full Life, Shared Life, Deep Life, Pure Life, Serving Life, Bold Life. Here’s Mark on True Life: We translated  their image with Swedish &

Planting a Church Is Lonely

John Starke at The Gospel Coalition has a good article on church planting in major cities. Here are some things that stood out to me and that I have really identified with during the last five years here in Stockholm. The Need Right now, in

Five essential marks of biblical ecclesiology

If the church in the West is to recover and rediscover its calling and identity it would help if we knew clearly the New Testament pattern and the marks that characterised the early church. Over at Lausanne Church Planting Network they recently published an article

Recruit. Reach. Reap. Reproduce

Back in October I travelled to Malaga, Spain for a church planting conference with our Relational Mission family of churches. It was an excellent time together full of warmth (not just the weather), hunger for God, desire to see the kingdom extend and the world to