Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-30-2013
I always find New Year an excellent time for a bit of an audit of my life. It's is a double milestone for me, as I have a birthday on 31st December (birthdays are always another great time for life audits). Rather than set New Year's resolutions I find asking good questions and then trying to reorientate my life works for me. Here are 5 questions I am asking myself to prepare for 2014 I thought they might be worth sharing. Take a look and see if there are any…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-28-2013
World Christian Movement Volume II: Modern Christanity from 1454 to 1800 Dale T. Irvin & Scott W. Sunquist I had a strange feeling as I read a book about missionary heroes to my children each bedtime. Each hero was a white man who had travelled from the West to save the poor natives. I had another strange feeling as I read a recent book about the Spiritual danger of doing good written by a CEO of a Christian microfinance development charity where we learnt a lot about the author and…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-19-2013
Preachers have a lot of work to do at Christmas. Lots of services means lots of opportunities to share the amazing good news of Christ's coming. But because we are preaching from the same few Christmas Bible texts to the same congregations year on year, we sometimes need help to keep it fresh. These 2013 videos might just help: (in case you missed them here were my 2012 videos) 1. Hamlet the Annunciation I really liked this left of field stop motion Christmas video. If you can get over the…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-18-2013
I admit that I was drawn to this video by the spectacle of watching Chandler Bing (aka Matthew Perry) get grilled by Jeremy Paxman. But instead Paxman is strangely absent from the debate leaving Peter Hitchens to rule the floor. [youtube link="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDtIZZiySgA" width="590" height="315"] Four things I learned from this conversation 1. Empathy is vital to communication Peter Hitchens comes across as particularly cold in this debate. He denies Chandler's experience of addiction and ends up resorting to cheap pot shots in the argument. Chandler however opens up about his…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-17-2013
So its that time of the year when we decide to write Christmas letters to tell you how amazing our lives are. It can be an excuse for shameless boasting about the holidays we have been on, how beautiful our kids are or how well they are doing at school. Well here's the video that one ups all of our feeble attempts. [youtube link="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kjoUjOHjPI" width="590" height="315"] A news anchor, his actress wife and his adorable intelligent children all do some amazing singing and dancing. But don't worry this is not…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-17-2013
You may have seen the following interview from Heat Magazine with Joey Essex who is the star of "The Only Way is Essex" . . . Heat Magazine: Will you put a nativity scene under the tree? Joey Essex: What does that mean? Heat: You know what a nativity scene is, surely... Joey: An activity screen? Is it a box you put presents in Heat: You know, when Jesus was born... Joey: Oh! The hay round the bottom of the Christmas tree! Heat: His mum and dad, Mary and Joseph...…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-12-2013
Which parts of God's story do you think people who don't claim to be Christians should know? That's the question I am wrestling with as I listen to some of the feedback about The Bible TV series currently airing on Channel 5 on Saturday nights. Many commentators are willing to put aside their personal preferences about the style and format of this docudrama. The logic being: I personally don’t enjoy watching Country File, but other people do and it encourages people to better care for and appreciate the countryside, so…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-12-2013
Kudos to Glenn Scrivener who after a brilliant Halloween video now brings an excellent Christmas one. With a lovely literary flourish this spoken word piece draws on together some powerful themes around the dark and difficult side of christmas and helps connect people to the comfort that Christ can bring to us. [youtube link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7yvSeVVPTc" width="590" height="315"] Love to hear more of a call for us to join in with Christ's mission to the who lowly, shameful and vulnerable. The gospel story captures our hearts and minds but must transform our…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-07-2013
  I know I can definitely get out of the wrong side of bed and take a contrarian view on things from time to time. I know that if we love God then we want his name and reputation to be well represented in the public square. I know that when Christians create music or art it can sometimes be cringe worthy. So when the US blockbuster series “The Bible” hit the UK last week on Channel 5 I understood why some of my brothers and sisters in the church…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-05-2013
Sticky Faith Launch Kit I am a big fan of the Sticky Faith movement. I had the privilege of meeting up and interviewing Kara Powell its director for Youthwork Magazine when I visited Fuller a couple of years ago. So I was delighted to receive a review copy of this new resource. Design I love the design of the book. Its printed on high quality paper and uses some excellent fonts and design features to help get the message across. This might seem like an unimportant detail but it just…
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