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Immigration: Ten observations

I’ve been doing some long-hard thinking about immigration recently. I’ve argued here and here that Europe is doing the right thing in letting hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq in. After all Syria is home to a world-conflict (as in lots of countries are fighting or sponsoring fighting there) and is a nation of killing. 2015 was unquestionably the year of the migrant. It was the year-long story. Then came Paris and Cologne and it felt different. Sweden hit the wall, closed it’s borders, talked of deporting half of the…

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The future of church planting: bi-vocational ministry

Christianity Today has posted an article by Daniel Im on trends in church planting and it deals with bi-vocational ministry. He says being bi-vocational ministry is being embraced for three main reasons: As a deliberate strategy: “In the future of church planting we will see church planters embracing bi-vocational ministry as a missiological strategy, rather than just as an alternative way to fund themselves.” As a first option not a last resort: “For many church planters in the future, choosing bi-vocational ministry will not be a matter of being out of…

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Introducing: Copenhagen

Over the past 12 months I’ve had the privilege of travelling to several cities in Northern Europe. All of them in significant need of more gospel-centred churches. Copenhagen The Kingdom of Denmark has a population of around 5.6 million people and nearly a third of them live in and around the capital, Copenhagen. This makes it the second largest city in Scandinavia (after Stockholm), one of Northern Europe’s key trade & financial centres and is home to the region’s busiest airport. At around 900 years old Copenhagen has some history to it and…

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Review: Lead

This is the fourth & final part of my personal review of 2015: Write, Read, Run & Lead. Reviewing my own leadership is a tricky and sensitive business. I can survive a year where my reading or writing doesn’t go to plan or even recover from a bad year of running. A bad year of leadership is likely to have far more profound consequences on my life and the lives of others though. I’m also much more likely to give myself a pass simply because I might not want to face…

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Review: Run

It says something about how 2016 is going that it has taken me a full month before I write about running in 2015! Anyway, 2015 has to go down as poor year of running for me. I ran less often, ran shorter distances when I ran and generally ran slower. I completed no significant milestones nor managed any personal bests. As a result I put on weight and although adding 6kg can hardly be described as ballooning up in weight, I noticed the extra baggage and I didn’t like it.…

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