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A diverse church

Recently Justin Taylor has shared some helpful posts on diversity in the church. One of the greatest things I’ve discovered since moving to Sweden is the joy of being in a diverse church and sharing with people the plan of God to have a redeemed people from every tribe and nation. You should read all three posts but here are the highlights: First four ways that diversity more than uniformity magnifies God There is a beauty and power of praise that comes from unity in diversity that is greater than that which…

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Theological conferences & inclusivity: A reply

How do you make conferences (and churches for that matter) diverse? How do you include people who, for a variety of reasons, feel excluded? That’s the issue that Hannah Mudge raised after thinking out loud about the THINK conference, a three-day event wrestling with the issues raised in 1 Corinthians. As I understood there were five questions that need addressing: THINK is a theologically focussed event, can anyone other than pastors attend? THINK is coming from the Newfrontiers family of churches, ‘known for making complementarianism a distinctive’, so are women welcome?…

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Islamic State, the West and church planting

Everyone has heard of Islamic State or ISIS now. They have surpassed Al-Qaeda as the world’s public enemy number one. In the space of a few short years they have catapulted themselves in to the big league of evil. The image of the 21 Egyptian Copts awaiting their murder in Libya will be one of the images of the year if not the decade. It was a master stroke in the visual age, with the black masked executioners in perfect line behind the kneeling line of men in their Guantanamo…

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