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The challenges of a multi-cultural church

Grace Church from its very beginning has been a multi-cultural church. How could it not be? After all, we’re a British family who moved to Sweden to be a part of this church. And we’ve added plenty of nations along the way. At present, and just off the top of my head, I can think of people in the church from amongst others: Syria, Argentina, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, USA, Sweden, UK, India, Tanzania, Singapore, Romania, Poland, Brazil, China and Nigeria. I may have forgotten a few. This was…

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What will we do with the bread & wine?

Now that churches have figured what zoom is and your pastor is a livestreaming pro there everything is fine right? Well, not quite. Even if your pastor isn’t the sharpest theological tool in the box they’ll know that communion may require a little more thought than usual. Bobby Jamieson suggests it might not be possible at all: The Lord’s Supper enacts the church’s unity. It consummates the church’s oneness. It gathers up the many who partake of the same elements together, in the same place, and makes them one. (So…

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Unthinkable (in Europe anyways)

There are several topics that very clearly demonstrate the gulf that exists between an American and European mindset. The clearest example for me is guns. In the UK I only know one person, as far as I’m aware, who owns a gun and that’s for clay pigeon shooting and I only met him last year. I know, I think, two people who have guns in Sweden for hunting. I’m nearly 45. The first gun I ever saw that was not on TV was held by a policeman in France. I’d…

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Pioneer CONFERENCE 2019

I don’t go too many conferences each year although sometimes I feel like I could spend my whole year doing nothing but go to meetings and conferences. So the ones I do go to had better be worth it, right? When you live in Sweden an end of September conference in Malaga is an excellent reason to go. Swapping autumn for summer for a few days was a pleasant experience and being able to eat outside late into the night was a treat. The second and more important reason was…

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What Betsy Willis taught me about being a family of churches

Back in the 90s the expression ‘a family of churches’ was supposed to express something different. We weren’t a denomination like the fusty Baptists or the liberal Methodists. We weren’t a State or national church like the poor old CofE. But we also weren’t a ‘network’ like those business-obsessed Americans. No, we (and by we I mean Newfrontiers) were a family of churches. Now even the FIEC in the UK call themselves a family of churches, so it can hardly be described as cutting edge anymore. When I grew up…

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Why gather? For someone & for something

I’d like to suggest that we come together regularly as Christians not just because of someone but that it is coming together for something. The early church realised that they had a mission and a message – Jesus had given them the task of making disciples of all nations through them telling of what God had done in Christ. They believed that this world will one day end and a new world will be ushered in and in between those two events would be a single day – a day…

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Corporate prayer is like serving the devil an eviction notice

My friend Mike Betts has written a new book on corporate prayer. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a bit with it. It’s there to give a little bit of weight to our prayer initiative which I encourage you to check out and to consider joining in with. The next prayer night is the 15th November and the book is being launched to coincide with that. So this week I’ll be sharing some brief extracts from the book in the lead up to the launch. The thief comes only…

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Corporate prayer is like an orchestra playing

My friend Mike Betts has written a new book on corporate prayer. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a bit with it. It’s there to give a little bit of weight to our prayer initiative which I encourage you to check out and to consider joining in with. The next prayer night is the 15th November and the book is being launched to coincide with that. So this week I’ll be sharing some brief extracts from the book in the lead up to the launch. Blow the trumpet in…

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