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A Couple of Good Blogs

God is on mission to bring to completion what he started in the Genesis creation. Even prior to the fall, the Genesis creation was not the “done deal”. It was not the finished product. Heaven and earth were always meant to be joined together and God's presence was always meant to be a permanent, never just a 'cool of the day' feature (Gen 3:8)! Some great content from a couple of excellent blogs.
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Missionaries Know Best

I have no doubt that churches around the world have a lot to learn from missionaries; it was ever thus. Paul wrote the most extraordinary theological and pastoral letters based on his missionary experience. However, there is a good deal to be learned in the other direction, too. Missionaries need to be open to hear what churches have to say and not be so obsessed with their own agendas that they don't take time
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No Room At the Inn?

There was something rather charming about kids dressed in tea-towel headdresses and robes made from old curtains or tartan dressing gowns re-enacting something akin to a Bible story. It's tradition, in the same way that Christmas trees and the Queen's speech are tradition and it's sad to see it vanishing. But it doesn't really matter!
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Love, The Universe, A Stable and A Cross

The amazing thing about God's love is that it is not simply a force or emotion which exists in some higher plane of reality. God became man and his love was embodied in a baby in a stable and demonstrated on a barbaric wooden cross on a hill top thirty years later. Love might transcend time and space, but we can't and so God came into our realm. Limited himself in time and space,
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So You Want To Be A Missionary: The Call

Of course, there are lots of mission stories about great men and women of faith who did step out on their own, ignoring the advice of their church leadership and who did great things for God as a result. However, there are far more examples of people who stepped out on their own and crashed and burned completely - but these people don't get books written about them. If you believe that God is
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Serendipity?

Four people, working for different organisations happen to meet in a hotel lobby in Eastern Europe. 20 years ago, they all worked for the same organisation in a West African country. It sounds like the opening chapter of a 1970s spy novel...
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Please Show This on XFactor

However, while trying to be balanced and charitable, I do have one huge problem with the whole Band Aid thing; it portrays Africans as people who need things doing for them and aren't able to address their own problems. Of the six countries which have been affected by the current Ebola outbreak, two (Senegal and Nigeria) have contained it effectively (which is more than the USA managed) and Mali seems to be on top
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