Sweden 

Skolavslutning

This is the Swedish way of saying ‘end of school’ for the academic year. Summer holidays start now. This morning I went to the skolavslutning at our children’s school. It was my son’s last one at this school before he moves on to a new school in August. Each year group sings a song, at least one of which has some connection to Astrid Lindgren and the others are in some way hymns to summer and sunny days and how beautiful Sweden is in the summer (which it is). i think they…

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The Curiosity Index (13.06.2018)

How breastfeeding changed my view of God Rebecca McLaughlin reflecting on Isaiah 49:15 gives an important insight into God, that no man could give. God’s love for us is no Hallmark sentiment. This image is not primarily a celebration of our newborn cuteness: “God could never reject such lovable little creatures as us!” Rather, this verse reveals God’s hard-won, self-giving, dogged commitment to our good, a refusal to let us go—however frustrating we become, an insistence on seeing his image in us—and a painful provision for our most desperate need.…

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Courage Conference

The reason I was in London was to be at our Relational Mission leadership conference. the theme was courage. It represented a step change for us as a family of churches. It was a move away from the provincial heartland in East Anglia to the heart of London. This I think indicates in a powerful way that we are committed to reaching the whole nation and the nations, London being one of the most diverse cities on the planet. Practically, it made getting there and being there, so much easier. It…

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The Curiosity Index (12.06.2018)

Should we proclaim that ‘God is love’? Yes, but…very important post from Ian Paul. For what it’s worth if I were to summarize the apostles core message in three words it would instead be ‘Jesus is Lord’. The conversion of Saul/Paul: multiple accounts – multiple discrepancies and contradictions? Another helpful apologetics post from Colin Green. Photos From the Deadly Eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Study: People who need to wear glasses are more intelligent Now I have ‘studies’ to back me up…. A historic Shanghai mansion hides a spectacular modern…

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Ten thoughts on London

At the beginning of June I was privileged to spend a few days in London. Some quick observations Lots of sirens. Our conference venue was opposite Euston so very central so I guess that factors in, but the high frequency was noticeable to me as an outsider. Litter. London is quite a dirty place and could benefit from a revamp of its litter collections. Also I think a deposit scheme on bottles and cans would work wonders for litter and #3 Homeless. Lots of them and unlike in Stockholm hardly…

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The Curiosity Index (11.06.2018)

Ok, back in the saddle. Secularizing Kingdom I want to get to the discussion I had afterwards with one of our students. She told me she admired her sister who was now at work in a major social service organization because she was doing “kingdom” work. I’ve heard this so many times I think I can put it this way: For many, “kingdom work” means “social” justice while “church work” means “spiritual life.” A big fat hogwash all over this idea. Yes and amen. Church Planting is not the Single-Most…

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