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India

In August this year I was privileged to visit India for the second time. My previous visit was nearly 20 years prior and in a completely different part of India. Then I was in the north and now I was in the south. There isn’t just one India and a generation is a long time between visits. India is an incredible place and celebrated just 70 years as a unified independent nation this year. IBM has more employees in India than in the US but 500 million people still have no…

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The Curiosity Index (15.12.2017)

Did the Canaanites survive? One from the summer but it’s a 4000 year old question so I reckon a few more months won’t make much more difference. Scientists have applied DNA analysis to see if the Canaanites had any descendants. Whatever happened to the promised revival? Terry Virgo writes that …revival is not, as some of our American brothers would regard it, a series of evangelistic meetings, but rather a phenomenal sovereign intervention from God which starts in the Church, often leading to profound repentance and fresh encounters with God.…

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Church 

Five essential marks of biblical ecclesiology

If the church in the West is to recover and rediscover its calling and identity it would help if we knew clearly the New Testament pattern and the marks that characterised the early church. Over at Lausanne Church Planting Network they recently published an article on 5 truths for church planting today by David Miller and Ron Anderson. Their second point is that it’s crucial we have a New Testament understanding of church. They write: Alan Hirsch cogently argues this conviction in his book, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church. Hirsch believes we…

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The Curiosity Index (14.12.2017)

The fire and the fury Forget Donald Trump (and I know many would like to) but here’s the real fire and fury. Few things remind us of the force and power of mother earth like a volcano. The Best Global News You (Probably) Haven’t Heard There’s been a lot of bad news this year, but this remains something worth celebrating. Japan Is Quietly Leading an Energy Revolution as Towns Move Off-Grid File this one under good news too. After the tragedy of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japan is finding…

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Sweden 

The relational challenges of living in Scandinavia

The Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark & Finland regularly feature at or near the top of every quality of life index you can find. Like this one from the OECD or this from the Economist or this one from the World Economic Forum which has them taking 4 of the top 7 spots. So all in all good places to live. There is though one area where instead of featuring near the top they instead cluster right at the bottom. And it’s a big deal: how easy is it to make friends.…

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The Curiosity Index (13.12.2017)

Should Christians be pro-Israel? In light of the recent developments & pronouncements in Israel, I found this interesting post from Ian Paul (first posted a couple of years ago but still in my to-read pile!). How close are we to states giving up their nuclear weapons? Not very The campaign to rid the world of nuclear weapons recently won the Nobel Peace Prize (which I think was both premature and a sign that the world is short of genuine peacemakers). As I’ve said before, “Disarmament is never going to happen.…

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Church 

Recruit. Reach. Reap. Reproduce

Back in October I travelled to Malaga, Spain for a church planting conference with our Relational Mission family of churches. It was an excellent time together full of warmth (not just the weather), hunger for God, desire to see the kingdom extend and the world to know about Jesus. You can some reports of the conference here and here and there was a great example of the power of prayer. You can find the all the recordings & presentations from the conference here or watch some below Chris Taylor – Reproduce from Relational Mission…

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The Curiosity Index (11.12.2017)

Where Evangelism Fails When sharing your faith, what do you end up offering people? Jesus or something else? How to be Coached There’s a lot to be said for learning the skills of a coach but it’s also important that you know how to  be coached. Brad Watson breaks it down for you. How to decide whether a food is healthy or unhealthy I’m not sure come Christmas season that this question is all that hard but generally speaking this is helpful Americans are pack rats. Swedes have the solution: ‘Death…

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