Articles 

Evangelical smuggling disorder

Growing up as a Christian there weren’t many things going for you. The Friday night youth club was about it. Christian music and films were low quality rubbish and we had little to show or share with our friends that we could be proud of. But we did have some good stories that were worth telling. Stories that showed that Christians could be brave, noble, adventurous, heroic. Stories that could make a young Christian boy hold his head up with pride. I devoured Chariots of Fire (Eric Liddell), The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom), The Cross & the Switchblade (David Wilkerson), Chasing…

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Christian Living 

Seeking to excel

Excellence in the church is a subject I have strong feelings about, but there are a couple of areas that we should strive to excel in. Paul encourages the church in Corinth to excel in building up the church (1 Cor 14:12). I think whether you seek the spiritual gifts (as Paul encouraged the Corinthians to do) or not, the goal of building up the church is a pretty good one. The second area Paul challenged the church in Corinth to excel in was giving (2 Cor 8:7).  It’s an…

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Going cashless

I rarely carry around cash with me these days. Coins are stuck in a pot somewhere and I can’t remember the last time I went to an ATM. Everything I pay for I pay either by card or on the net. Simple. If I want to give some money to a friend, we have a money-transferring system in Sweden, called Swish and that’s all done on you phone. In fact according to this article, Sweden is closer than any other country on Earth towards the goal of cashlessness But that may…

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Christian Living 

A starved, skinny, under-nourished form of hospitality

Recently a number of posts on hospitality have shown up in my blog feed. Discussions about scruffy hospitality or discovering that hospitality is about friendship not impressing people and learning that it really isn’t about entertaining. Yet there’s something about all of them, commendable though they are, that makes me a little sad. I think it’s a sad reflection over the state of the church where we have embraced a starved, skinny and under-nourished form of hospitality instead of the more robust Biblical version. As Leanna Shepard argues in this post about gospel-driven hospitality If…

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Reviews 

Book Review: Sophie Scholl & The White Rose

In the history of resistance movements the one in Nazi Germany was at best a mixed affair. Failing to gain popular support its successes were far outnumbered by its failures. However in recent years due to the popularising effect of Hollywood films there has been a growing awareness of the plot to kill Hitler and of course that it, like most things in the German resistance, failed. Christians are more likely to be aware of the resistance due to the ongoing popularity of men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer the theologian and pastor who…

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Articles 

Introducing: Tallinn

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. (In the series: Copenhagen) Tallinn Take the overnight ferry from Stockholm and you can wake up in the beautiful old city of Tallinn, the capital of the small Baltic nation of Estonia. With a population of just 1.3 million, Estonia is one of Europe’s smallest countries. Around a third (450,000) of them live in the capital. It has a relatively short history as an independent…

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