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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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Introducing: Copenhagen

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. Copenhagen The Kingdom of Denmark has a population of around 5.6 million people and nearly a third of them live in and around the capital, Copenhagen. This makes it the second largest city in Scandinavia (after Stockholm), one of Northern Europe’s key trade & financial centres and is home to the region’s busiest airport. At around 900 years old Copenhagen has some history to it and…

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The refugee crisis & Christian hope: A response

Recently Reformation 21 posted an article by Alistair Roberts on the refugee crisis and while it contained many good things, there were a few things that I thought needed further discussion. In a similar vein, a recent post by Ian Paul also expressed unease about the general naive response of the general public. This is in some sense a response to both posts but primarily to Alistair’s article. Areas of disagreement. I should begin with taking issue with the title of Alistair’s article and of course the general approach in the media which calls…

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The rise and decline of faith

Much has been made recently of research that shows the world becoming both more secular and more religious. The growth of the secular or rise of the nones is expected to continue in Western Europe, America and Australia. The growth of the faithful is expected pretty much everywhere else. What are we to make of such developments and where are the promising lines of enquiry for the church?

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Has God forgotten Europe?

It’s an interesting time to be a Christian and a person of faith; we live in tumultuous times. Faith is declining but also resurgent. Disappearing yet also bursting into life. Some non-believers are sufficiently emboldened to ask the question, ‘what comes after religion?’ Although not every atheist is convinced that the current crop of evangelical atheists are on the right track. So is it true that religion is disappearing? Well, it does very much depend on where you look. John Gray writes, There is no sign anywhere of religion fading away, but by…

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