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The Curiosity Index (11.12.2017)

Where Evangelism Fails When sharing your faith, what do you end up offering people? Jesus or something else? How to be Coached There’s a lot to be said for learning the skills of a coach but it’s also important that you know how to  be coached. Brad Watson breaks it down for you. How to decide whether a food is healthy or unhealthy I’m not sure come Christmas season that this question is all that hard but generally speaking this is helpful Americans are pack rats. Swedes have the solution: ‘Death…

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The Curiosity Index (04.04.2017)

The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus I’m certainly praying that there would be more stories like this one. The Floating Church I cam across this story from the 19th century. It’s a boat, New York, Swedish sailors, a local church and a revival. The prophet Samuel didn’t serve in the temple Jenny Pollock on a moment when she realised the pictures she’d sen at Sunday School had seriously misled her. Norway’s Doomsday vault will now store and protect the world’s data It’s interesting to me that the despite the technological vision of…

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The not quite so astonishing growth of the early church

I’ve recently finished reading Alan Hirsch’s The Forgotten Ways which is a fascinating book and like many books he wrestles with the question of the decline of the church in the West and what can be done to reverse it. Like many (myself included) he advocates that we look to the early church for inspiration or the Chinese church for a more contemporary example. Hirsch recounts listening to Rodney Stark ask three important questions: How many Christians do you think there were in the year 100 AD? Stark’s answer as few as…

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Relational Mission: Everyone a witness

In his third chapter, Mike deals with a perennial challenge for churches. How do we get everyone involved with sharing the gospel and making disciples? I’ve been around churches and church leaders long enough to know that this particular one can be very frustrating for everyone. The church leader realises all their time is taken up with church people, church people aren’t sharing their faith, no one is hearing the Gospel and before you know it your church is stagnating and on the verge of decline. So what do you…

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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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Lessons on sharing Jesus with Muslims

Yesterday I reviewed David Garrison’s A wind in the house of Islam and today I want to share some of the insights into both church planting and Islam that I gained from the book. All page references are from the book. The first really helpful lesson was how in Bangladesh converts are sharing their faith with other Muslims. They had four basic negative rules and I’ve added a fifth based on what they did do. Strategy Don’t attack or speak bad of Muhammed. (p.119) Never speak against the Qur’an Never speak against…

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Reaching the unreached: why Asia is the key

I recently came across this list of the 40 most underserved and unreached places with the gospel and in the same week read this article about the world’s largest cities. Let’s start with the cities because some of the numbers are just staggering. I live in Stockholm which has a metropolitan area of around 2 million people. To the Swedes this place is a stressed out, crazy place with too many people. I’ve lived in London though, which with it’s 10 million people outnumbers the entire nation of Sweden, so Stockholm…

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