Articles 

What if We Nuke a City?

One of my other hobby horses on this blog (I have several) is what I regard as the growing threat of nuclear weapons. Around once every ten years a new country acquires nuclear weapons. And now you can add Turkey to that list of potential countries. Turkey is a genuine concern. Wealthy enough to make it possible, with a significant enough military to protect itself, ambitions to be a bigger player, dictatorial tendencies and local threats in Israel, Iran, Russia and potentially Saudi Arabia. Right now, it doesn’t seem likely…

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The only intelligent life?

I have a few hobby horses on this blog (which because it is my blog, I’m allowed to have) and one of them is the quest for other intelligent life. You’ll find numerous articles where I’ve stated my conviction that this planet may be the only planet in the universe with intelligent life on it. It seems an extraordinary thing to say given the fact that there are probably a trillion galaxies and each one with more than the 100 billion stars that our own Milky Way Galaxy possesses. So…

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Church 

Church planting in Europe

At the end of September I was privileged to be at one of my favourite conferences. I don’t go to many but this is my favourite. For one it was held in Malaga, so while Sweden was fast heading into a cold and wet autumn, for a few days I got to go back to summer. Malaga is also a beautiful city, with ancient Roman ruins, a marina full of expensive yachts, the castle & cathedral. It’s definitely worth a visit. But nice as the weather and location was, I’d…

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Christian Living 

Walking with God pleases God

We’re working through the list of heroes in Hebrews 11 and last Sunday we looked at Enoch. There were a few eyebrows raised when people realised he would be the subject for our all-age service but in fact he’s an excellent choice as we explored what it means to walk with God. Key texts: Hebrews 11:5-6; Genesis 5:21-24; Jude 14-15 Enoch walked with God. Walking with God = talking, laughing, listening, crying with God, like with a best friend. When walking with someone you love and trust: sometimes you chat…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index: Week 41

The Week’s Postings Monday: Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to writeTuesday: The Fellowship of the AshamedWednesday: Partnership for the GospelFriday: Good church leadership Related Reading So You Want to Be a Writer? 11 Characteristics of Spiritually Weak Christian Leaders From the archives Was Sweden ever a Christian country? Bonus Material Seven posts that caught my eye recently How should we describe David’s sin with Bathsheba? – a helpful and balanced summary of the recent internet debate A Forgotten Bomb From WWII Has Ripped a Huge Crater in Central Germany –…

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Church 

Good church leadership

I found this note but I’ve no idea whether it was notes from my own talk or someone else’s. If I’m taking notes from someone else I usually note that down and I didn’t in this case, so I think it might be me that’s responsible for what follows. Good leaders are a gift In Romans 12, Paul describes a whole variety of gifts that a church needs to be healthy. People giving generously, teaching, serving, encouraging, caring, using gifts in worship. Each of those gifts is to be used…

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Church 

Partnership for the Gospel

I’m very fortunate in that Grace Church Stockholm is not isolated or solitary. We’ve made many connections with churches around the world, but each time a new opportunity arises, what I’m looking for is partnership. In Philippians 1:5 Paul talks about ‘the partnership in the gospel’ that he shares with the church in Philippi. A few years ago I listened to PJ Smyth dig into Philippians 1:1-30 to show what this means and these are my notes. How partnership feels It feels like we are in Christ (v.1-2) It feels…

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Christian Living 

The Fellowship of the Ashamed

Longer ago than I care to think, while at university, I (and several others) were stirred by a piece called The Fellowship of the Unashamed. It’s of somewhat uncertain provenance with several varying origin stories floating around on the internet. But it was the sort of stuff that got the blood pumping amongst young people who were tired and fed up with middling mediocrity and passion-less Christianity. It was a rallying call to be anything other than lukewarm for Christ. It was a call to embrace world-changing commitment to Christ…

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