Reviews 

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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Sweden 

Was Sweden ever a Christian country?

It’s reasonably well-known that Sweden is one of the most agnostic or atheistic countries on the planet. Their lack of interest in all things related to the church is famous. Couple that with their generally ordered, well-run, democratic and prosperous society and Sweden has become the poster-country for secular people everywhere. But was Sweden ever really Christian? If we mean did Sweden have an official state religion then the answer is yes – Sweden had a state religion and a state church for centuries right up until 2000. If by…

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The Curiosity Index (18.06.2018)

Simplicity for the Sake of the Gospel From Jen Oshman: When my husband and I sensed God calling us to plant a church in our new neighborhood, the man we consider our spiritual father had some wise words for us. “Do not get busy,” he said. “If you want to minister to your neighbors and your community, you need to be home. Don’t make a bunch of commitments. Just be there. They will come.” I didn’t believe him. A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong Just a few decades of…

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The Curiosity Index (02.05.2018)

May already, how did that happen? Gospel Hospitality Rebecca McLaughlin:  Will we act like we are part of a large, messy family that includes singles and couples, young and old, rich and poor, or will we turtle up and keep ourselves to ourselves?  The latter is easier.  The former is where gospel treasures lie. New Evidence Shows The True Extent of The Biblical Kingdom of David The headline is a little misleading but interesting to see the amazement when once again archaeology confirms the Biblical story. Population 2018 by Regions The…

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Articles 

The Curiosity Index (10.04.2018)

Why Christianity has been pushed underground in China This could be a case of an unstoppable force against an immovable object. How One Baptist Church Has Seven-Times More Missionaries Than Anyone Else Such an inspiring and challenging example. Inside the White House Bible Study group So hard to imagine this ever being said about UK or Sweden. Which most people here would say is a good thing. 7 Principles to Lead as Jesus Led But if there’s going to be a Bible study in the White House you hope they…

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Reviews 

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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