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The Curiosity Index (26.06.2017)

Habits vs Goals This excellent article explains why habits (good or bad) are more powerful than goals (good or bad). 5 Questions Every Church Planter Needs to Ask Personally I’d have put question number four first but they’re all good questions. What if unbelievers aren’t miserable? I think a lot of evangelistic preaching makes this mistake. Does the NT contradict itself? Does it matter? Ian Paul explains why it does matter and why he doesn’t think it does contradict itself. I don’t think it is then possible to conclude that…

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The Curiosity Index (03.04.2017)

After an unexpected week’s absence the sorely missed Index has returned. I hear your gasps of relief. The Strange Persistence of Guilt David Brooks of the NYT has a great column on guilt. Think about this sentence and western civilization. And yet we have no clear framework or set of rituals to guide us in our quest for goodness. Worse, people have a sense of guilt and sin, but no longer a sense that they live in a loving universe marked by divine mercy, grace and forgiveness. There is sin…

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Church 

What we mean by a Gospel-centred church

At Grace Church we’ve begun a series looking at our convictions & aspirations when it comes to church & discipleship. It is about saying what we believe to be true and at the same time what we wish to be true for us (but may not always be the case). The first is that we hope to be a church with the Gospel in the centre. This gives you an idea of what we mean by that. I’d love your feedback.

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Articles 

Confused about: Sexuality

This is fourth in a series of articles showing how western society has become confused about issues relating to human relationships. We are  (i) confused about children , (ii) confused about sex and (iii) confused about gender. Sexuality is generally understood to be the area surrounding our sexual desires and preferences and the modern concept of orientation. It’s an area that provides ample evidence of the confusion that exists in western civilisation. It’s most evident in the initials. When I was at university in the mid 1990s we had LGB. Twenty years later we have LGBTTQQIAAP. I…

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Christian Living 

Crucified and buried but raised alive – with Christ

One of the aims of the church planter is to help equip everyone to confidently be able to open their Bible and share the Gospel with someone. Romans 6 is a great chapter to use for this purpose. This is just a simple sketch of how you can let the Bible tell the Gospel for you. It has four powerful stages explaining the implications and consequences of faith in Christ. Crucified Romans 6 says those who have faith in Christ were crucified with Christ (v 5,6,8). “For we know that our old self…

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Reviews 

Book Review: Why Cities Matter

You’ll find a number of posts on this site that attest to how I’ve grappled with the issue of cities as prominent leaders called for greater resources to the cities of the world. I felt it somehow sidelined the ministry of those in the backwaters, rural or suburban. The irony wasn’t lost on me then, when around five years ago, with my wife and young family we moved from a medium-sized town of 80-100,000 people in the west of England to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden to plant Grace Church. The greater…

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Christian Living 

Six fears & how the Gospel overcomes them all

Fear is a crippling emotion and there are many ways in which a fear steers, controls and shapes our lives. Yet God’s word to those who trust in Him is ‘Do not be afraid’. Here are six different fears and how the Gospel speaks to each one. the fear of death But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” (Luke 8:50) In this case Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead but through His death and resurrection it is us who…

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