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Millennials and Mission: The Farm Manager

How can Christians reach jaded young people with the gospel?
Jesus Christ’s calling to follow is not a comfortable Sunday morning gathering. It’s a radically different lifestyle that should permeate our actions and conversations. If each Christian rather than just supporting missions, lives their life as a mission, people are going to start taking notice.

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To Lent or Not To Lent

If I were a pioneer missionary reaching out to the UK, I’m pretty sure that I would identify Lent as one of those times when British culture has a natural contact point with the gospel and I would seek to make deeper connections.

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Books I Have Read: The 3D Gospel

The gospel is richer and more all-encompassing than our social frameworks, but most of us are not able to think outside of the mind-set that we grew up with. This book will help you do just that.

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A New Society

The church’s new society doesn’t come about by people trying to be nice to each other (though that’s not a bad idea) but by people admitting their need of Jesus and by people from different backgrounds seeing their primary allegiance as being to him.

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God’s Best Gift: A Playstation

As a child, I never understood how Jesus was a gift. I didn’t get to see him or play with him and I certainly never got to see him work any miracles.

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Some Thoughts on Carol Services

If we are going to call something a carol service, then carols should be front and centre. If your service is going to involve four carols and a 35 minute exposition of Luke 2, don’t call it a carol service.

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Christmas Isn’t That Important

How we present the birth of Jesus is important. It is not simply a prelude to a death (though it is that), but it is first of all the prelude to a life which challenges the basic assumptions of contemporary society.

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The “Real” Meaning of Christmas

If we really want to get back to the origins of the festival, we should consider getting uproariously drunk in front of a blazing fire and celebrating the return of the sun.

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Church: UK

Things Home Mission Can Learn: Don’t Look Down

Looking down on a class of people, and holding them in contempt for their reading habits, has far more to do with liberal, middle-class prejudice than it has to do with Christianity. 

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Church: UK

Things Home Mission Can Learn: Contextualise

When Paul spoke to a Jewish audience, he started off with the story of the Jewish nation, when speaking to Greeks, he worked from inscriptions on statues and Greek poetry.