Sweden 

Cashless

Last week something happened to me on the tunnelbana (the underground, subway, metro) here in Stockholm , that I predicted would happen almost two years ago. I gave some money to a homeless person. Now you might think that makes me an incredibly mean person that it’s taken two years for us to give to a beggar. But here’s the distinction. I gave them money but I did not give them cash. As me and my children were sitting on the train, a woman walked on and quite clearly and politely…

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The Curiosity Index (20.09.2017)

Bible Contradictions Explained: 4 Reasons the Gospels “Disagree” It can be an easy target to say that the Gospels are ‘full of contradictions’ and this article gives you four reasons to take the sting out of that attack. An Experiment Gives Cash Aid To The Poor. Is That Ethical? It’s an experiment to watch, GiveDirectly are pushing a form of aid called cash aid. “But with cash aid, instead of making the decision of what form the intervention should take on behalf of poor people, you are at least allowing…

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Christian Living 

Seeking to excel

Excellence in the church is a subject I have strong feelings about, but there are a couple of areas that we should strive to excel in. Paul encourages the church in Corinth to excel in building up the church (1 Cor 14:12). I think whether you seek the spiritual gifts (as Paul encouraged the Corinthians to do) or not, the goal of building up the church is a pretty good one. The second area Paul challenged the church in Corinth to excel in was giving (2 Cor 8:7).  It’s an…

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Articles 

Going cashless

I rarely carry around cash with me these days. Coins are stuck in a pot somewhere and I can’t remember the last time I went to an ATM. Everything I pay for I pay either by card or on the net. Simple. If I want to give some money to a friend, we have a money-transferring system in Sweden, called Swish and that’s all done on you phone. In fact according to this article, Sweden is closer than any other country on Earth towards the goal of cashlessness But that may…

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Christian Living 

God’s antidote to consumerism

It’s no longer a point of debate that, in the West at least, we live in a consumer culture. Yet this culture, where we are defined more by what we consume than by what we produce, has grown ever more powerful. So much so that this way of life is deemed to be ruining the entire planet. It has its own ‘ism’ – consumerism and this approach to life is generally deemed to be at odds with the gospel. There are of course places where Christianity has sought to co-opt…

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Gleaning

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.” (Lev 19:9-10) Here is a good example of an Old Testament law that many admire. Ancient Israel, like most societies for most of human history, was based around…

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Cows, milk and poverty

I have a long-lasting attachment to the small nation of Burundi in East Africa. It is one of the poorest in the world. I’ve found that commitment to a nation in prayer, finances and support has helped keep me engaged with the poor when I become tired of all the campaigns and disasters or when my focus becomes inward not outward focused. For a great mix of evangelism and nation building initiatives I’d recommend supporting the work of Great Lakes Outreach and for regular challenge, inspiration and humour, read founder…

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