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Spain

Today I’m flying to Malaga, Spain for our Relational Mission church planting conference. It’s an interesting time to be visiting Spain. Spain has one of the longest Christian histories, we know that Paul wanted to go and minister there (Rom 15:24). Southern Spain was one six significant clusters of churches planted before AD 300 along with the ones we might expect such as North Africa, Asia Minor, Italy & the Levant. According to Philip Jenkins this makes sense: Such a Christian concentration in this area makes good sense in terms of the…

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The Curiosity Index (05.10.2017)

Why We’ll Have Evidence of Aliens—If They Exist—By 2035 It’s always 20 years from now but hopers will hope. But our ability to search improves with every technological innovation. I compare the situation to the year 1491. European civilization had been around for 2,500 years, yet the Americas were not on any map. Mesoamerican civilization, for its part, had been around for about as long, but also was ignorant of what lay over the oceans. With a glimpse and a shout from a sailor on the Pinta, everything changed. Here’s…

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A diverse church

Recently Justin Taylor has shared some helpful posts on diversity in the church. One of the greatest things I’ve discovered since moving to Sweden is the joy of being in a diverse church and sharing with people the plan of God to have a redeemed people from every tribe and nation. You should read all three posts but here are the highlights: First four ways that diversity more than uniformity magnifies God There is a beauty and power of praise that comes from unity in diversity that is greater than that which…

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The Curiosity Index (04.10.2017)

My life as an atheist was wonderful! I like this testimony, and this part gets it right about not trying to paint unbeliever’s lives as somehow secretly miserable. God has had his hand on me since the first day. He knew I was coming to him and he was waiting for the time that he’d set. He just took care of me along the way. I was happy as an atheist, but I don’t ever remember using the word ‘joy’. Now I use it all the time, and I thank God…

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The Curiosity Index (02.10.2017)

Meet the Mother of Modern Missions “Though hardly anyone knows her name today, Rebecca helped ignite fires of a new kind of religion that in subsequent centuries has given spiritual sustenance to millions.” We could well call Rebecca Protten the “mother of modern missions.” Remarkable. A pastor becomes a pawn in a spat between America and Turkey SOME evangelical Christians in the United States have stratospheric political connections, and can be sure of gaining access to the White House whenever they want. But Andrew Brunson, a Presbyterian minister from North Carolina…

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