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The Curiosity Index (20.06.2019)

The Most Epic Bible Study of All Time The disciples were baffled that this mysterious man hadn’t heard of all that had happened in Jerusalem. As readers, we’re baffled they can’t see whom they’re speaking with! In mercy, Jesus opened the Scriptures and began what must have been the most epic Bible study of all time, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself”(Luke 24:27). Let’s imagine what he may have said. Did you know there are unicorns in the Bible? I’m…

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Book review: Apostolic Church Planting

Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches from New Believers by J.D. Payne My rating: 3 of 5 stars This short book on church planting is a contribution to the conversation around disciple-making movements (DMM) and Church Planting Movements (CPM). It offers a clear model, a clear pathway and a clear theology for the methods it outlines. The strongest conviction that the book outlines is that new churches should come from new believers and that where you see groups of new believers come to faith in Jesus they should constitute a…

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The BIG resource on discipleship, mission & church

I’ve been collecting resources on church planting, discipleship and mission and I’ve decided the best way to use them is to just put them all into one resource page. Admittedly a lot (but not all) come from Saturate – so you could just go there, but not all of them. Hopefully you’ll find it useful and I’ll try and update it as I find new useful stuff. Mission Framework for Missional Christianity An 11 part series by Alan Hirsch Recovering Missional Moxie An 8 part series from Alan Hirsch 10 contentions about Christian pioneering…

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Rediscovering hospitality (bumper links edition)

I noticed this year more books, talks and articles on the subject of hospitality than ever before. A lot of it was sparked by the release of Rosaria Butterfield’s book The Gospel comes with a Housekey. I’ve long been convinced of the importance of hospitality and we attempt to practice it too. So it was natural for me to bookmark and to share. The Gospel comes with a housekey Rosaria Butterfield Calls You to (Radically Ordinary) Hospitality (TGC) Radically Ordinary Hospitality by JD Greear 3 Ways to Show Up—and Speak Up—to the Lost (TGC) Christian…

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On Christianity & Islam (bumper links edition)

When I lived in the UK I had very little to do with Muslims and only passing interest in topics to do with Islam. There were very few Muslims in our town and probably zero in the area I was church planting. Now life is very different, we have Muslim neighbours, friends and colleagues. We’re learning but not always remembering to check for gelatine in sweets for friends of our kids, we’re learning how to interact and graciously and thoughtfully engage with our Muslim friends. As a result I notice…

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The Curiosity Index (30.07.2018)

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not. Yep. For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice. For the church to continue thriving, we need everyone—churchgoers young and old—to buy into a shared passion for the spreading of the gospel. If our hearts are truly for the unbelievers—those who haven’t yet heard the good news of God’s love for them—we’ll be willing to face discomfort, difficulty, and even the possibility of failure to share it with them. No, you probably don’t have a book in…

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Book Review: Engaging with Hindus

Engaging with Hindus: Understanding their world; sharing good news by Robin Thomson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Encountering Hindus and Hindu beliefs can sometimes be overwhelming to some Christians because it all seems so different. Yet the basic principles of respectful listening, genuine love, faithful prayer and presenting Christ not Christianity are fundamental to living well in a pluralistic culture. In this simple and easy to read book Robin Thomson gives a very good primer to engaging with Hindus in a respectful & genuine way. He introduces basic concepts…

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The Curiosity Index (18.01.2018)

This is not a real church Tony Payne does a thought experiment on what is the essential essence of ‘church’ Bolivia Makes Evangelism a Crime The headline is a little misleading but a very ambiguous new penal code means it could be interpreted that way if the government wanted. The happy divorce This is part of the changing reality of modern relationships. They have abandoned the idea that marriage ideally should be life-long. As a Swedish article said  “Vi har långsamt fått ett annat synsätt på monogami och att leva…

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