Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 3

We’re studying a chapter of 1 Thessalonians each week (1, 2). Here are some simple questions and observations from chapter 3. Faith needs strengthening & encouraging (v.2, 10) Suffering & hardship is part of the package of following Christ (v.3-4, 7) Fear, temptation, spiritual battles and setbacks are too (v.5) Churches flourish with faith, love & genuine relationships (v.6, 11) Stories of faith in Christ encourage & inspire faith (v.8) Love for Christ, for the local church & the wider church can always increase (v.12) Jesus is coming back (v.13)

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The Curiosity Index (31.01.2017)

I’ve been saving articles on fake news for a few days now for an article which could be a mistake – it’s a little overwhelming! Anyway to the links… Convinced We do well to learn from those who have served the church faithfully for decades. So after 47 years of being an elder in various churches, John Hosier shares we he remains convinced of. Jesus was NOT a liberal And he wasn’t a modern day conservative either. Anthony Le Donne reflects on his politics post-Trump and don’t always sync up well…

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Sweden 

Notable Swedish Christians: Johann Zachariah Kiernander

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history. We’ll take the series alphabetically.  Johann Kiernander (1710-1798) has the distinction of being the first protestant missionary to Bengal, India. Born in a small village in central Sweden, he studied at Uppsala and then at Halle, Germany. He was ordained in 1739 after agreeing to go to Cuddalore, India for the…

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The Curiosity Index (30.01.2016)

So I missed a day on Friday due to a losing battle with a dishwasher. Normal service has been resumed & the dishwasher has been sent to the great scrap metal merchant in the sky. Also, how is it the end of January already? Trump, refugees and the ban You may have heard that President Trump signed an executive order banning nationals of various nations from entering the US. Alistair Roberts sorts through the moral confusion However, in many respects we are now seeing the profound tension that exists between the spectacle…

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Christian Living 

Parents, children and showing up at church

As a church planter and a father it can be easy to fall prey to a nagging fear. How will my children’s experience of church affect their faith as they mature into adulthood? I remember my own growing resentment to church and the faith struggle that caused. Will that happen to my own kids?   Raising children in the Christian faith is never easy. There are distinct challenges to raising kids in a culture which does all it can to weaken and loosen ties not by confrontation but by distraction. As…

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The Curiosity Index (26.01.2017)

I’m planning on writing an article about truth in our times, which seems to be a significant issue just now and I’ll probably use this first one: How far will you go to justify your side? The Washington Post ran a revealing little experiment. Here’s the key Would some people be willing to make a clearly false statement when looking directly at photographic evidence — simply to support the Trump administration’s claims? Yes. The problem of Susan I’ve just finished reading the Narnia Chronicles to my son and he noticed what…

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The Curiosity Index (25.01.2017)

I’m slowly reducing the archives, so would love to hear your recommendations of good blogs to follow – thought-provoking, interesting, intelligent irrespective of subject or worldview will get a look. The Trinity in the Old Testament Glen Scrivener makes the case: “My point is that these texts read on their own terms and in their own context (as the Jewish, Hebrew Scriptures that they are) demand to be understood as the revelation of a multi-Personal God. The only proper way to understand these texts is as trinitarian revelation. These texts are…

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 2

As a house church we’re reading 1 Thessalonians together. (chapter 1) Here are some of the things we drew out from 1 Thessalonians 2 Time spent investing in church is not ‘failure’ (v.1) This despite suffering, insults, strong opposition (v.2), toil & hardship (v.9), hostility & enemies (v.14-15) and the work of Satan (v.18). Being on mission with Christ requires some toughness. Do we have it? We’re to try and please God (v.4) who tests our hearts and not people (v.6). Who are you trying to please the most? The…

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