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Spain

Today I’m flying to Malaga, Spain for our Relational Mission church planting conference. It’s an interesting time to be visiting Spain. Spain has one of the longest Christian histories, we know that Paul wanted to go and minister there (Rom 15:24). Southern Spain was one six significant clusters of churches planted before AD 300 along with the ones we might expect such as North Africa, Asia Minor, Italy & the Levant. According to Philip Jenkins this makes sense: Such a Christian concentration in this area makes good sense in terms of the…

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The Curiosity Index (06.09.2017)

A Zulu apostle I’m grateful to Lex Loizides for sharing the powerful story of Mbambo Matunjwa. Their act of forgiveness is really remarkable. Read it. Our God speaks God is a speaking God and he wants us to listen for his voice, to treat it seriously and, once we are sure it is him, to respond in love and obedience. The object will always be to enable us to love him more dearly and follow him more nearly. To be where he wants us to be and to be doing what…

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William Booth’s 4 keys to church growth

Lex Loizides in his Church History blog does a great job mining movements of the past for lessons that can help us in the present. Here he examines some of the keys to the success of William Booth and the Salvation Army. You have to love Booth’s passion for the lost It seemed to me that if we could get them to think about Hell they would be certain to want to turn from it. If we could get them to think about Heaven they would want to go there. If…

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Book Review: Cities of God

How did Christianity move from being a provincial movement in Palestine to the leading religion of the Roman Empire? This is the question the historian Rodney Stark sets out to answer and along the way challenges a number of well-established myths. Was the missionary activity of the apostles key to the growth of Christianity? No, not really. Was Paul really just focused on the mission to the Gentiles? Nope. How important were the eastern cults of Cybele and Isis to the success of Christianity? Very. Did Christian emperors seek to…

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What do we know about Ephesus?

When it comes to working out life in the early church we know more about some churches than others. When it comes to working out gender roles in the church, some churches are more important than others. Which leads us to Ephesus, because in Ephesus those questions overlap. We have much more information about Ephesus than many other early churches – certainly more than Antioch, the churches in Galatia, Colossae or the churches in Crete or Cyprus for example. Few rival it either in terms of the extant archaeological site…

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There's nothing new being said about hell

The other Sunday I was at my parents house and as I always do, I was perusing Dad’s shelves for books. This time I went searching for books on hell and found this gem. Is there a Hell? A Symposium by Leaders of Religious Thought. The only notable contributor whose name I knew was FB Meyer. Published by Cassell in 1913. Here are the chapter headings: The History of Hell What is Hell Like? Hell and the early Fathers The Certainty of Hell The justice of Hell The absurdity of…

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There’s nothing new being said about hell

The other Sunday I was at my parents house and as I always do, I was perusing Dad’s shelves for books. This time I went searching for books on hell and found this gem. Is there a Hell? A Symposium by Leaders of Religious Thought. The only notable contributor whose name I knew was FB Meyer. Published by Cassell in 1913. Here are the chapter headings: The History of Hell What is Hell Like? Hell and the early Fathers The Certainty of Hell The justice of Hell The absurdity of…

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Book Review: The Early Church

Henry Chadwick was a fine historian and this accessible guide to The Early Church is a wonderful resource into the life, controversies and personalities of the first three hundred years of the church. I enjoyed learning more about Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Athanasius, Clement, Cyprian, Tertullian, Augustine, Origen, Jerome and John Chysostom these great heroes of our faith who did so much to fight for truth in the church. I thought Chadwick did just enough to bring the characters to life and a great job of explaining the battles and the…

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