Christian Living 

Devotional: An ever present helper

…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:26 Sometimes when I think of the Holy Spirit, I only think of power, miracles and gifts of healing, or prophecy, etc. But there is another side to Him too. The Holy Spirit is also a Helper. A teacher. One who reminds us of God’s word. These characteristics don’t seem very glamorous, they could almost seem a bit mundane.…

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Recreating the Hanseatic League for spiritual purposes

I know cessationists are often curious as to how the prophetic actually works or what use it is. I think the following is a good example of the Holy Spirit speaks into something to give both energy and direction. In this case the planting of churches in Northern Europe. Hanseatic League Prophesy (v1) from Relational Mission on Vimeo. Here’s the Wikipedia entry for the Hanseatic League

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The Curiosity Index (23.03.2017)

America’s most-hated woman I remember, back in the early days of having an email account, getting spam emails wanting me to sign a petition against this woman. Turns out they were rubbish. So before the Nigerians, Asians and Eastern-Europeans trying to scam me, I had American evangelicals. It just reinforced my view, at the time, that evangelical Christianity in America was neither evangelical or Christian but was very definitely American – fearful & credulous. Anyway this Guardian profile on atheist campaigner Madalyn Murray O’Hair, made timely again thanks to a new…

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The Curiosity Index (22.03.2017)

Who shares the story, not who reports the news, is what counts for casual readers Because you’re reading it here, you know it’s true right? How to Learn New Things as an Adult For all my friends who love to highlight their books, I have one thing to tell you – it’s pointless. Just getting that off my chest. When I was in Syria I had a home and possessions, now I have nothing – but I have Jesus This gives a good reason to keep praying for the Middle…

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Church 

Relational Mission: A compass but no map

This is the final (in a long-delayed) series of posts on Mike Betts’ book Relational Mission: A way of life. The final chapter is called We have a compass but no map. You can find links to the other articles here. A real family Raising sons & daughters Everyone a witness The prayers of many A church for a broken world Starting new families This last chapter is a less a conviction about church or the work of the Kingdom than it is about the mystery & challenge of getting there. I’ll let Mike…

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The Curiosity Index (21.03.2017)

What Is Grace? Last Sunday we looked at what it means to be a people changed by grace. Justin Holcomb offers a good article on what grace is. What Did the Tearing of the Temple Curtain Mean? More than you realise. The rise of Arab atheism This is interesting and it will be interesting to see how Islam compares to Christianity in dealing with those who steadfastly refuse to believe. My guess is that most atheists should consider themselves grateful that they can not-believe in an historically Christian society. Crimea:…

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A people changed by the Grace of God

At Grace Church we’ve begun a series looking at our convictions & aspirations when it comes to church & discipleship. It is about saying what we believe to be true and at the same time what we wish to be true for us (but may not always be the case). The first was on being a church with the Gospel in the centre. Our second is on being a people changed by grace. Again, I’d love your feedback – tweet me if you’re having problems leaving comments.

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The Curiosity Index (20.03.2017)

How was your weekend? Grace Church met in a new venue for the first time – a preschool, so that was fun! Churchgoing and tolerance Talking of churchgoing. This is a fascinating article on tolerance and churchgoing. Basically whether you’re on the right or left politically, stopping going to church doesn’t make you more tolerant it just changes what you’re intolerant about. (HT: Tyler Cowen) For years, political commentators dreamed that the culture war over religious morality that began in the 1960s and ’70s would fade. It has. And the…

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