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The Curiosity Index (11.04.2018)

What does Jesus mean by ‘new wineskins’? As with most of Jesus’ parables, the information that it drew on was relatively mundane. But what is its significance? What is Jesus referring to? Ian Paul takes you through all the possibilities The Record of a Revival Meeting-houses which had been deserted were crowded. Meeting-houses which had been more than large enough for their congregations for two or three generations had to be made larger. New meeting-houses in great numbers were erected. Cottages were rented in villages; farm-house kitchens were lent; old…

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How the Welsh revival came to Scandinavia

I recently came across this fascinating post that shows how, in the age of decent travel options, people have always travelled to see what God has been doing and in some ways import/export it. In 1904-5 Wales experienced its famous revival and it wasn’t long before its impact was felt in Scandinavia and perhaps most keenly felt in Norway. TB Barratt and Albert Lunde connected with Evan Roberts and were baptised in the Spirit. Alexander Boddy invited Barratt from Norway to England and the Pentecostal revival came to Britain. The wonderfully named…

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The Curiosity Index (15.12.2017)

Did the Canaanites survive? One from the summer but it’s a 4000 year old question so I reckon a few more months won’t make much more difference. Scientists have applied DNA analysis to see if the Canaanites had any descendants. Whatever happened to the promised revival? Terry Virgo writes that …revival is not, as some of our American brothers would regard it, a series of evangelistic meetings, but rather a phenomenal sovereign intervention from God which starts in the Church, often leading to profound repentance and fresh encounters with God.…

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The Curiosity Index (09.05.2017)

OK, let’s get this thing rolling again. I never knew that there was a revival in North Korea in 1907. I’m fairly sure God’s kingdom has great staying power than the Hermit Kingdom. A revival of a different sort would be need in this Iraqi Christian ghost town. Peter Feuerherd gives us another reason to hate the ‘prosperity gospel’. Donald Trump. According to the Prosperity Gospel, Jesus’ “Blessed are the poor” is transformed into a commandment that God rewards the righteous in this life. Those who do God’s will are bestowed…

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Spurgeon on revivals and charismata

When revival happens there are usually strange occurences which unsettle believers and cast doubt in their mind. People falling over, shrieking, amongst stories of wonderful conversions. It’s not a new problem. Here is Spurgeon reflecting on the revival that was happening in Belfast at that time: Witness the great revival which is going on in and around Belfast. After carefully looking at the matter, and after seeing some trusty and well-beloved brother who lived in that neighborhood, I am convinced, notwithstanding what enemies may say, that it is a genuine…

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The Curiosity Index (12.03.2015)

I’m still not convinced by the name of these posts…maybe something like The Simple Links (previous names including the pedestrian Miscellaneous and I link therefore I am). I’m open to suggestions My wife Emma has been a silent partner on this blog but she has broken her silence for someone else’s blog. Here’s the journey in church planting from my wife’s perspective “In the early 18th century, a revival took place in middle Europe that has received little attention. It had something most unusual about it: it was a revival among…

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Todd Bentley, revival, and discernment

Well, Todd Bentley is headlining the blogs again and not for good reasons. A month or so ago I was having a conversation with my friend Ian about Lakeland and Dudley and I said, ‘I don’t think we’ll be talking about Lakeland and Todd Bentley in January’ (for a list of my posts on Todd Bentley here and Dudley here ). I think I will be proved right, but not for any of the reasons I thought. And these reasons are sad indeed. There’s no room or place for gloating…

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Revival, Dudley, Lakeland and Todd Bentley

This is a summary page for some of my most visited posts on the above topics. Revival Fires on the BBC Visit to Dudley (part 5) Video of an Interview with Mark Stibbe Todd Bentley, revival and discernment Visit to Dudley (part 1) Visit to Dudley (part 3) Terry Virgo on Lakeland Visit to Dudley (part 2) Visit to Dudley (part 4) Revival or Jesus? Revival, outpouring roundup Joel Edwards on Florida Gamaliel vs the Bereans

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