On the road

Today I’m flying to England for four busy days. Here is a brief run-down of what’s happening: Wednesday: Fly to London and catch up with some friends who until recently were  living in Pakistan until that opportunity was suddenly and unexpectedly closed to them. I’m really looking forward to spending time with this family. Thursday: Head off to Newmarket for a church planters forum, discussing what it takes to see a new church flourish and grow. It will be an interesting mix of mission into market towns of East England…

Read More
Church 

Painting pictures

We’ve had a number of discussions amongst our team about how one ‘does’ church? It’s a tricky question to answer because it’s often not the right question. What we mean of course is ‘what do we do?’ and perhaps more accurately ‘what do our meetings look like?’ As I’ve reflected on that I was reminded that how the church gathers, and what the church does when it gathers paints a picture for people of what the church is and then from there to who God is. The church is the…

Read More
Articles 

Not all cities are created equal

I love Stockholm, I think it’s a great city and I’m glad this is my home. Much as I love our new city though, it’s not in the same rank as say London, Shanghai or New York. Or is it? How do you rank cities? Foreign Policy has an extended theme on cities and asks the question, ‘which cities will be the most dynamic in 2025?‘ and compiled a list of 75 cities. There’s a lot to pay attention to, not least the obvious shift of gravity to China. However the ranking is…

Read More
Church 

A communion prayer

Over the past few months I’ve been studying and thinking about the role and place of the Lord’s Supper in church life, and although I haven’t finished with that I thought I would post some prayers, scriptures and service elements, all borrowed from Gathering for Worship: Patterns and Prayers for the Community of Disciples Go with us Lord, so that we can love in all sincerity, loathing what is evil and clinging to what is good. We will be devoted to one another as brothers and sisters, honouring each other above…

Read More
Church 

The Kingdom of God in Luke’s Gospel

At our small group we’ve begun to have a look at the book of Acts together (no real shock for a church plant that). We read the first chapter of Acts together and then did a brief study on two questions that arose from the chapter. Luke records that after his resurrection Jesus spent forty days teaching his disciples about the Kingdom of God. So we looked at some verses from Luke’s gospel about some of the things Jesus said about the Kingdom of God. So the first question was,…

Read More