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Africa Church: World

Growing churches

I have a Google news alert set for Ivory Coast, so every time it gets a mention in the news somewhere I get an email giving me the link. More often than not it is an article mentioning one of the many Ivorian footballers who play for teams in the Premiership or in Europe; sometimes […]

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Church: UK Church: World Mission

Thoughts on Church

There are a couple of interesting new posts on the nature of Church. Phil looks at report on how people in traditional churches tend to contract out the responsibility for their spiritual growth to their church rather than taking the responsibility themselves. Brian starts from first principles and seeks to redefine what a church is: […]

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Bible Translation Church: UK Church: World Mission

Paul Shaddick: Translating God’s Word

Paul Shaddick, who used to work on a neighbouring language to Kouya in Ivory Coast, has just updated his website and started blogging (but there is no RSS feed, Paul). Whatever the quality of the content of the website, it is hard to forgive him for the pun in the header. Paul is now the […]

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Church: UK Church: World Mission Sermons Theology

Thoughts on Christian Community

You can listen to my latest sermon from Above Bar Church here. The subject is Church: A Community for Mission. It’s a thematic rather than expository sermon, which was interesting for me. The sermon deals with some issues specific to Above Bar but it covers a fairly wide look at what it means to be […]

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Church: UK Church: World Mission

What the Church should be doing!

“All of us as members of the body of Christ need to do more. “What we should be about is telling people that God in Jesus has come in a human form, died, rose again and his presence, in terms of the spirit, actually transforms lives.” Excellent words from John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York. […]

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Church: World Mission

Happy Birthday

One of my favourite blogs celebrates its second birthday today. Congratulations to Brian Russell and the wonderful Real Meal Blog. Keep it up my friend! This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be valid. Things change on […]

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Church: UK Church: World Mission

Emerging/Missional Church Links

Following on from this morning’s Solent Gospel Partnership seminar on the emerging church (good job Roger); I thought I’d post a list of a few links that I’ve found useful in following up on this subject. Please feel free to add other links in the comments section. I don’t always agree with everything I find […]

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Africa Bible Translation Church: World

Kouya Literacy

On the day when the BBC have announced another peace deal for Ivory Coast, it was good to receive some photographs of literacy classes going on in the village of Dema. It all looks so peaceful and perhaps it’s a sign of things getting back to normal. We lived in Dema for almost a year […]

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Church: World

The history of religion in 90 seconds

Take a look at this presentation. It gives a fascinating overview of the development of world religions over history. HT, Ian Dale. There are more maps available here. This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be valid. […]

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Church: UK Church: World

A Taste of the Future

The BBC reports that two prominent Episcopal (Anglican to the Brits) Churches have left the Episcopal Church of America over the furore about the appointment of gay clergy. In and of itself, there is nothing startling about this – though these are two prominent churches. The disagreements between more conservative and more liberal churches go […]