Category Archives: worldview

Shameless Plug for ‘Pastorum’ (a terrific missional church conference at which I am speaking)

May I make a shameless plug recommending Pastorum, a conference on missional church at which I am speaking? The blurb reads: You’re invited to join 10 internationally-recognized scholars [true in almost every case but me… sadly]… in Chicago to study … Continue reading

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The Olympics: gold medals and hard reality. Christians are called to celebration and grief.

It is easy to forget the world’s grief and brokenness during an Olympic games. For there is so much that entertains: The iron smelted Olympic rings of the opening ceremony; the strange gate-crasher dressed in bright red who gaily led … Continue reading

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Larry Norman explains the gospel from the piano – brilliant.

Larry Norman explains the gospel from the piano. Brilliant, creative, true, funny, moving. It echos Newbigin’s words: ‘Christ is the clue to creation’. Genius – and so young. Thanks to my friend Bruce Meller for the link.

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Loving the World to Life – How Genesis 1 shapes the mission of the local church (2/2).

Loving the World to Life The mission of the local church must be shaped by a deep appreciation of the value of this world. When the world is not valued mission is skewed. I recall listening to a man being … Continue reading

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Loving the World to Life – How Genesis 1 shapes the mission of the local church 1/2

A sinking ship?  Are we rescuing souls off a damned planet? Are we fleeing a sinking ship? Does the world really matter to God? The mission of the local church must be shaped by a deep understanding of the value … Continue reading

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Why skeptics need Easter Sunday

Western society has no explanation for death, so death is feared. This weakness of the western worldview ought perhaps to prompt westerners to consider whether the secular humanist worldview is the best explanation of reality after all. Consider how death … Continue reading

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$10,000 is the magic figure. Apparently another dollar won’t make us any happier.

‘Money consistently buys happiness right up to about $10,000 per capita income, and after that point the correlation disappears.’ So says Richard Layard, respected British economist. Bill McKibbon, in his book ‘Deep Economy’, summaries Layard’s work concluding that our culture … Continue reading

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A table for 5000

Benedictine monks prioritised the practice of hospitality. In centuries past Benedictine monks welcome travellers, no matter who they were. The traveller would enter the monastery. The abbot himself would wash their feet. No questions were asked of the travellers until … Continue reading

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At the heart of reality is limitless generosity

God’s creation is evidence of the caring hand of the Creator reaching out to secure the well-being of His creatures, of a Father extendinga universe full of blessings to His children. Spkyman Israel’s worldview begins with a gift: at the … Continue reading

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Immigration and refugees – is the Bible clear?

Migrants exist under darkening clouds of suspicion in Western countries today. Media reports the arrival of asylum-seekers in “waves” that threaten to “swamp” our shores—in fact, the arrival of vulnerable migrants described in terms of a threatening natural disaster have … Continue reading

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