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The Curiosity Index (29.01.2018)

The Jordan Peterson effect So the train is really rolling now. Consider the following:  Jordan Peterson is turning young, Western men into Christians Again and What Pastors Could Learn From Jordan Peterson. Then here are two very different ways of thinking about his new book 12 Rules. The more positive way from Matt Hosier and the not so positive way from John Crace. 20 years: 20 books Toby Skipper reflects on twenty books that have shaped his life since being baptised twenty years ago. It’s an excellent list. The 25 most popular…

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The Curiosity Index (12.01.2018)

Things I Wish I’d Known: Reflections on 40 Years in Ministry Steve Timmis shares five good lessons that all church leaders should consider. The Italian church is dissolving its links to the mob That any kind of church had links to the Mafia in the first place is an absolute disgrace to the Gospel. Still better incredibly late than never, I guess. Google Maps moat Why Google own maps and why no one else might ever be able to catch them China is planting 6.6 million hectares of new forest…

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Planting a Church Is Lonely

John Starke at The Gospel Coalition has a good article on church planting in major cities. Here are some things that stood out to me and that I have really identified with during the last five years here in Stockholm. The Need Right now, in Manhattan, only 2 percent to 4 percent of the population claims to be evangelical or “traditional” Christian. To get something close to 8 percent to 10 percent, we don’t just need to hear of three or four great stories of growing churches in New York…

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Reflections on the year that was

So 2017 is in the rear view mirror and the road of 2018 is nearly all before us. I spend most of my time (as I think we all should) looking forward. If we stick with the driving analogy, by far and away the safest course of action is to keep your eyes on the road ahead and not the one behind. Yet given that life doesn’t actually have roads and is instead more akin to crossing an uncharted territory then looking back is also useful to see how well…

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The Curiosity Index (14.12.2017)

The fire and the fury Forget Donald Trump (and I know many would like to) but here’s the real fire and fury. Few things remind us of the force and power of mother earth like a volcano. The Best Global News You (Probably) Haven’t Heard There’s been a lot of bad news this year, but this remains something worth celebrating. Japan Is Quietly Leading an Energy Revolution as Towns Move Off-Grid File this one under good news too. After the tragedy of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japan is finding…

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Learning to coach

I can’t quite remember when I first came across coaching as a leadership concept but it has been one of those ideas that has slowly invaded my thinking. Last year I read a short taster book on coaching and I began to think some more. This year I followed it up by reading the full version with Keith Webb’s The COACH Model for Christian Leaders. I had finally become fully convinced of the importance of coaching. So last week I went on a coaching course. It wasn’t a Christian course nor one aimed…

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All the ones that didn’t stay

I may have said this before but church planting, and church leadership generally, can be tough. As I heard Andrew Wilson say, with reference to Mark 6:48, it can be like rowing a boat into a headwind. Painstakingly slow. You need a tough skin and a soft heart and it’s not always to keep those things from getting mixed up leaving you unteachable and unapproachable. One of the hardest aspects for me in the struggle to establish a church and set a healthy culture is when I think of the…

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3 mistakes to avoid before going full-time

You’re a church leader working two jobs, you have a family and your church is growing, there are pastoral challenges and the Sunday sermon is regularly being written late on Saturday night. You’re living with that constant sense of guilt that something important is not getting the best from you – your job, your church or worse your family and you’re tired. Really, really tired. The solution seems obvious: it’s time to give up one of those two jobs. It’s time to go full-time. I’ve been there, I’ve done that…

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