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Navigating cultural differences

At Grace Church God has blessed us with people from many different nations and cultures. Broadly speaking we have European, North American, South American, African, Asian and Middle-Eastern cultures (you can break those down more) which makes for an incredibly rich experience. However it all can raise some issues in really understanding each other and building relationships with each other. Many years ago when I did some cross-cultural training and these areas are drawn heavily from training  I did with RedR. Here are 17 (yes 17!) different areas to be aware of…

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Baptism: Sources & Resources

This is a list of the books and blogs I have on the subject of baptism Blogs ‘A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words – Tim Challies Epic Credobaptist Own Goal – Andrew Wilson ‘Between Two Worlds: Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries’, ‘Between Two Worlds: Ferguson on Infant Baptism and the Mode of Baptism’, ‘Between Two Worlds: Schreiner Vs. VanDrunen on Baptism’ ‘Once More on the Baptism of Children – Justin Taylor’ ‘Faith Central – Times Online – WBLG: 100,000 Britons Download “Debaptism”…

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Baptism: A reading (blogs) primer

For some time I’ve been meaning to write a series on baptism, working through the biblical texts and outlining why I’m a credobaptist (baptism of believers) and engaging with the opposite view (paedobaptism). With that in mind I’ve been collecting various blog posts on both sides of the debate (which I’ll update as new relevant posts come along). You can find my bibliography on baptism here. Baptism in the early church FAQ on baptism in the early church Did the Early Church Practice Infant Baptism or Full Immersion? On Baptism The Heidelberg…

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Christian Living 

The Bible guide to surfing the web (part 1)

The last book of the Bible was written around 1900 years before the first web page was set up yet it is a surprisingly helpful guide to surfing the web. The web makes the entire human experience available to anyone with an internet connection. From birth to death and everything in between, the internet makes it available to you, very few questions asked. Everything good and holy and everything that is the complete opposite can be found on-line. It’s like air pollution, some parts of the internet are clean mountain…

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Church 

Questions about preaching

I love preaching but I rarely do it these days. The number of times I’ve preached has dropped from almost every week five years ago to just a handful of times a year.  I do sometimes miss it and I always enjoy it when afforded the opportunity. Now I’ve read & listened to John Piper’s short defence of the place of preaching and I get it. I’d certainly get it if I could preach as well as John Piper. Glen Scrivener gives a compelling argument for preaching that raises the dead…

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Christian Living 

Is Halloween a celebration of light or darkness?

This is a longer post on Halloween for anyone trying to work out what they think on this issue. Halloween is not such a big thing in Sweden as it is in the UK or America but Christians can still be confused as to how they should approach it. Is it a celebration of evil or a Christian festival that has been commercialized (like Easter & Christmas)? Is it harmless fun or is it harmful and a doorway to the occult? Probably there will be people in your church that will…

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Getting to grips with Islam

For ten years I lived in a neighbourhood where you could, with a reasonable degree of accuracy, say that there were no muslims. There may have been one or two but not enough to notice, see or move the needle on the statistics. As a result, even though I had friends living and working in Islamic nations or in multi-cultural cities, it wasn’t a present reality for me. Interesting as it was, engaging with Islam was not on the top of my list. Not even close. Now I live in a…

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