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Why are we planting a church in a city?

If you just read the last couple of posts it would seem that I’d be against the idea of church planting in a city or that a church in a city will have little or no influence. Don’t be too hasty in your conclusions now. First of all, I do think cities matter and I do think they’re strategic and they can influence culture at all sorts of level. I’ve previously written here that, “It’s hard to argue with the strategic importance of cities so I’m not really going to…

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Church planting for cultural influence

Yesterday I asked whether church planting in the middle of cities made any sense. Today I want to reflect on where in the UK should you plant a church if you want to influence the cultural, intellectual, political life of the nation. Now I’m not entirely sure that the project of the church should be seek out to influence these areas, I think it is a by-product of well discipled disciples but that’s another post. So let’s assume that you did want to influence in all the above areas, where should…

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Does church planting in a city make sense?

Andrew Wilson recently restarted the debate about the strategic focus of cities (see also here) which has caused me to reflect on the question, why cities? It seems to me that of all the reasons suggested it’s the one about influencing culture that I think stands out. As increasingly we live in a post-Christian, pluralist and secular society, Christians are asking the question how do we influence for the good the society and culture we live in. Without the coercive power of government (like say Saudi Arabia) or political weight (like…

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The importance (or not) of cities

First it was Carl Trueman and now Andrew Wilson is following my lead about the not-quite-so-important-importance-of-cities. Andrew lists 13 reasons put forward for the strategic importance of planting churches in major cities and then proceeds debunk almost all of them. Here they are and places where I’ve said the same thing (albeit not quite as sharply or wittily!) The people live there. They are under-represented by Christianity. (I wrote here “…maintains that cities are underserved by the church and I’m not sure there’s evidence to back that claim up in the UK. While…

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Miscellaneous: The last links

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last did one of these so hopefully there’s some good stuff stored up but this may be the last one I do. I’ve started using twitter for sharing links as it is more immediate form of sharing. You can follow my twitterfeed and there are links plus latest tweets on the site. Why don’t Americans recycle? Good question answered in a graphic Is church about the superstar pastor? You’ve got to hope not. Easter is already an age away but here are some…

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Articles 

What’s your lifestyle?

I use a lot of technology. I like my old secondhand smartphone with its apps and I’d like to upgrade. I like my laptop and blogging. I like messing around with design and new browsers, I like Twitter, Google+ and to a much lesser extent facebook. I like sending emails, talking with friends on Skype, sharing music on Spotify. I use Evernote to keep track of my life. I like our new compact digital camera which records the life of our family. I like watching DVDs and listening to music…

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Sent: By apostles

Apostles can be something of a controversial subject in evangelical circles today and the reason is simple. Some people think there have been no more apostles since the 12 and Paul and some other oiks have arrogantly called themselves ‘apostles’ or ‘apostolic’ (which is nearly as bad). Yet it seems that the idea of apostles today has a broader range of support from many different sources. Here are just a few: Archbishop of York John Sentamu described Rowan Williams as ‘God’s apostle for our time.’ You might not agree with that…

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