Book Review: If God then what?

OK, let’s get the disclosure out of the way – I know the author and am fairly well disposed towards most things he writes. I also own all his books and yet strangely this is the first that I’ve actually read! In a post-Christian society it’s so important to discuss with those who don’t follow Christ in such a way so as to have more conversations about Jesus. We need to listen without caving in, disagree without being disagreeable, challenge without being arrogant and perhaps come to a fresh understanding of…

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Reaching a society without God

I recently wrote this article about Scandinavia for Newfrontiers website and thought I would repost the article here.   ”All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing” (Col 1:6). Except, it seems, in Europe. Here the picture is much more mixed; there are some shoots of growth amongst the rubble of decline. Secularism continues to advance and the church continues to retreat and it is in Scandinavia where these trends seem most apparent. The Nordic nations are consistently scored as having the highest standard of living anywhere…

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Book Review: Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come by Christopher Catherwood  is an interesting but uneven look at the state of the Evangelical Christianity. It’s interesting because of the global perspective it offers and its rich appreciation of evangelical history. It’s uneven because of some the subject matters (a chapter dedicated to eschatology for example) and, for this reader, the chapter order. The book also contains lengthy extracts from the Lausanne Covenant and two churches vision statements (St Andrew the Great in Cambridge and Capitol Hill Baptist in Washington DC) which in a short book is…

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Moltmann on the mission and the future of the church

This will be my last post off the back of reading The Open Church by Jurgen Moltmann. I wanted to just take a brief look at some of the similarities between Moltmann’s proposals from way back in 1978 and I guess what can be called the missional church movement of today. It’s in his final chapter that Moltmann begins to outline his thoughts that would transform stolid, national, declining and dying denominational life into something more vibrant, living and messianic; and by messianic he means caught up in the life and…

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Moltmann on the Lord’s Supper

I recently read and reviewed The Open Church by Jurgen Moltmann primarily because I was interested in what he might have to say about the Lord’s Supper. I also happened to love the book and tweeted a whole bunch of great quotes. So, to business. Moltmann challenges the church to rediscover in its gatherings the joy of the friendship of God and to rediscover the idea of our gatherings as ‘feasts’. Feasts are not just eating meals but rich, sumptuous, eagerly anticipated and deeply enjoyed occasions. This isn’t a function (I must…

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Book Review: The Open Church

I picked up this book because it had a chapter called ‘The Feast of Freedom’ and I’m currently focusing much of my reading around The Lord’s Supper. It’s the first time I’d read Moltmann since graduating from Nottingham in 1996; and that, if this book is anything to go, has been a mistake. Published in 1978 as a result of a lecture tour in North America, this is a vibrant, compelling, dynamite book. Subtitled ‘Invitation to a messianic life-style’ it seems like a prophetic call for what we know as…

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