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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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The rise of a non-Christian Europe

New research confirms what we have known for a long-time: Europe is a post-Christian continent and post-religious too. As the focus of the study is on 16-29 year olds Stephen Bullivant, a professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary’s University in London and author of the report is probably correct when he says, “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years.” The research supports what has been my theory (based on anecdotes…

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The Curiosity Index (25.01.2018)

Spain surpasses 4,000 evangelical places of worship for the first time On the whole, there isn’t a lot of good news for evangelicals in Europe, but this would seem to be one of them. What the Hell do Bible Scholars do Anyway? Pronounce on whether public transportation is cursed or not apparently. The astounding growth of China’s subway system, 1990-2020 Impressive The Sad Demise of a Village Cheese-Rolling Competition A sign of the times I guess Who needs snow? Amazing skill. Also remarkable advertising. It’s a car advert with no…

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The Curiosity Index (22.12.2017)

Fake News: Christmas is a hijacked Pagan Festival Tim Thornborough helps you demolish the idea that Christmas is a re-branded pagan festival. Although it remains the case that it’s unlikely that Jesus was born on December 25th… And speaking of pagan festivals… It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Not an awful lot to do with Christ but this is what Christmas means today. It’s not Christian, it’s decidedly materialistic. And it’s been that for a while now… Pictures of Christmas Past Who was the genius who thought a bear on…

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Religion in Europe: it’s complicated

Since moving to Sweden over six years ago, I’ve taken a far closer interest in trying to understand Europe and stay alert to trends, developments and so on. It’s not easy, Europe is a complicated place. Even knowing the borders of Europe is not always as easy as you think. West, south and north are relatively straightforward with the Atlantic (though what about Iceland? It’s culturally European but closer to Greenland which is North America), the Arctic and the Mediterranean providing clear boundaries but the east….well the east is a…

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Recreating the Hanseatic League for spiritual purposes

I know cessationists are often curious as to how the prophetic actually works or what use it is. I think the following is a good example of the Holy Spirit speaks into something to give both energy and direction. In this case the planting of churches in Northern Europe. Hanseatic League Prophesy (v1) from Relational Mission on Vimeo. Here’s the Wikipedia entry for the Hanseatic League

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Introducing: Tallinn

Over the past 12 months I’ve had the privilege of travelling to several cities in Northern Europe. All of them in significant need of more gospel-centred churches. (In the series: Copenhagen) Tallinn Take the overnight ferry from Stockholm and you can wake up in the beautiful old city of Tallinn, the capital of the small Baltic nation of Estonia. With a population of just 1.3 million, Estonia is one of Europe’s smallest countries. Around a third (450,000) of them live in the capital. It has a relatively short history as an independent…

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Immigration: Ten observations

I’ve been doing some long-hard thinking about immigration recently. I’ve argued here and here that Europe is doing the right thing in letting hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq in. After all Syria is home to a world-conflict (as in lots of countries are fighting or sponsoring fighting there) and is a nation of killing. 2015 was unquestionably the year of the migrant. It was the year-long story. Then came Paris and Cologne and it felt different. Sweden hit the wall, closed it’s borders, talked of deporting half of the…

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