Links 

The Curiosity Index (24.01.2017)

Doing some serious procrastinating this morning – a load to read and I’m messing about here. But I don’t suppose you know that feeling….oh hang on…. We are missionaries A welcome reminder from Jeff Vanderstelt. Here’s the key: “The people in your church don’t need a new to-do list. They needed to be reminded of their new identity in Christ. The same is true for you.” Real life v. Facebook – babies, boobs & bumbling through Every now and then you need to find a bit of honesty on social…

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Sweden 

Notable Swedish Christians: Peter Fjellstedt

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.  Peter Fjellstedt (1802-1881) was born into a poor but devout farm family. Peter showed great ability at school and went on to university first at Karlstad and then at Lund where he mastered several languages. In 1824 he committed himself to missionary service but lack of finances…

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The Curiosity Index (23.01.2017)

So we’re still going right, still hungry for an eclectic set of links and interesting things? Jolly good, me too. JOY IN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY Tim Chester makes a case for the regular place of confession in the Christian community. Here’s the key, “Sometimes our hearts condemn us. And the word of Christ spoken by a brother or sister cut through the confusion.” WHAT IS THE MOST LIKELY USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE NEAR FUTURE? I recently wondered why aren’t we more worried about the nuclear threat and my guess is with an unstable…

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Church 

How is a church on mission organised?

I’ve long been helped, inspired and encouraged by the teaching of Jeff Vanderstelt. I must have saved about 30 articles that I went through yesterday as I thought through being a church on mission. Although I’ve already collected a guide to missional communities (purpose, reasons, rhythms and marks) I think there is so much good material here worth considering. So here are some key questions and answers to this particular way of building and being church. What is a missional community? Missional communities are actually a response to a different question. What does it…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index (20.01.2017)

I’ve had to dig into the archives for a few links today but just because they’re not new doesn’t mean they’re not good. I’ve been interested in the changing nature of transportation – self-driving cars & trucks, the changing nature of flying and the possible advent of hyper-fast trains. Until now most attention has been on the hyper-loop in the US or Dubai but now I might change my bet to South Korea and the near supersonic train. The rest of the links are from the archives: Mark Meynell shares of…

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Christian Living 

Questions: 1 Thessalonians 1

Last Sunday as a church we read 1 Thessalonians chapter 1 together. Here are a few things worth thinking about: Could Paul write about our ‘work produced by faith’ our ‘labour prompted by love’ and our ‘endurance inspired by hope’? (v.3) Do you know that if your faith is in Christ you are ‘chosen’ and ‘loved’? (v.4) Does our Gospel come just with words or with ‘power, the Holy Spirit and full conviction’? (v.5) Are our lives worthy of imitation (v.6) and as a church could we be a model to…

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The Curiosity Index (19.01.2017)

This is pure speculation but Colin Green asks (& answers) a very interesting question. Did Paul see written Christian materials before his conversion? It must surely say something (& nothing particularly good) about our society, that this question can be asked and that the obvious answer isn’t ‘NO!’ – Is it OK to watch porn in public? This is the job my son wants when he grows up – Lego Professor of Play. Heck, that’s the job, I want when I grow up. The Swedes are, once again, leading the way in environmentally good ideas…

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Articles 

How big was Thessalonica?

I don’t suppose this question has ever particularly troubled you (leave a comment if it has) but it has bothered me. We’ve recently begun studying the book of 1 Thessalonians and so I’ve been boning up. The majority of my reference books and commentaries (not all of them mention population) all quote a similar figure. They (Thomas & Mayhue for example) think that Paul, Silas & Timothy would have found a city  of around 200,000. The figure is just simply stated. So you just have to accept that they know…

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