Church 

3 tips for short-term students on how to get involved in a church

We recently had a Dutch student who came to Stockholm for a four month exchange program. She quickly became a part of the church and when she was leaving I asked her to share her thoughts on how to become a part of the church when you only have a few months. This is what she said: Your mindset is the most important. Don’t think that it is not worth it to invest in relationships with people from church, just because you’re only staying for a short time. Instead, do…

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Where are all the miracles?

That question has featured in several recent stories of people who have given up on Christianity. ‘There used to be miracles but they don’t happen anymore’ they say. The implicit idea being that they never really happened in the first place. Christianity has long harboured those who don’t believe in the miraculous at all and those who mostly don’t alongside those who fervently do. What seems to be happening now is not just a shifting of camp within Christianity but a leaving of it altogether. There have always been those…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 34

This is the week that was here on the blog plus a few bonuses for the weekend. The week’s posts Monday: I’m all aloneTuesday: Writing is hardWednesday: Archaeology confirms not disproves the BibleThursday: A conversation with Ronald J SiderFriday: Sex, porn, marriage & divorce Related Reading Why so many young Swedes live alone Why India wants to break its decades-old nuclear pledge (related back to this recent post) New Study Outlines The Nuclear Winter We’d Have if US And Russia Blew Up Their Bombs (which would at least solve our…

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Sex, porn, marriage & divorce

I was trying to think of a snappy title and I couldn’t so I just put all the key words in the headline. But it also captures a simple fact that all four are a feature of modern life whether we like it or not and they are all increasingly tangled up. Let’s start with pornography which is freely available in vast quantities to anyone who wants to look at it. Here are a few reasons why (without referring to the Bible) that we should be wary of porn. The…

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Christian Living 

A Conversation with Ronald J. Sider

Ronald Sider through his writings and particularly Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger has been one of the most formative authors for me. I think, that after the Bible, that’s the one book I’ve given away almost more than any other. Reading Sider and Jim Wallis (although Wallis has moved further on some scriptural issues since then) convinced me that caring for the poor was an integral part of what it meant to be an evangelical Christian. It was integral because of the high commitment to follow Jesus and…

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Archaeology confirms not disproves the Bible

Two recent articles caught me on this subject. First is recent discoveries about the location of Bethsaida. Regarding the geographical setting of Bethsaida itself, one historical detail does come to mind that is underscored by its geographical setting, the area our team is exploring right now. When Jesus heard that John had been killed by Herod Antipas (Mark 6:14–29), he withdrew to the other side to Bethsaida (Mark 6:45). This withdrawal to Bethsaida had geopolitical significance. Bethsaida was under the legal jurisdiction of Herod Philip not Antipas. Herod Antipas had…

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Writing is hard

This by Jen Oshman explains so much of how I’ve felt about writing the last few years and annoyingly said better than I ever could. There are so many good reasons not to write. I mean, do people even read anymore? Everyone has something to say and the internet is a virtual cacophony. Why add to the noise? Especially when writing is hard. And lonely. Is it even worth it? The Christian writer wrestles with these questions, as all writers do. Indeed, all writers ask themselves these questions at least…

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I’m all alone

I’m going to start light-hearted because as I wrote this piece, all I could think of was this: Who do you sympathise with, Donkey or Shrek? Is there a difference between being alone and being lonely? The difference mostly resides in whether or not being alone is a choice or not. The default self-coping mechanisms of introverts everywhere is to ensure there is time to retreat in order to rest, recover, think. A parent of small children is often desperate to be alone, to not have another person constantly there.…

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