9 Reasons that Churches shouldn’t apply for lottery funding
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-28-2014
I am continuing to think out loud about churches applying for lottery funding for social action projects. You can see 9 reasons why church's should receive money from the lottery here.  The views expressed here are not necessarily my own, I am just trying to build the strongest case I can. What do you think friends? 1. Lottery funds are essentially dirty money The money that comes from the lottery is gained through an immoral source and is therefore contaminated . The ends to which the money is put towards do…
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6 verbs of leaders on twitter
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-28-2014
Looking forward to a seminar this afternoon with students at Regents Park College at Oxford University. One of the topics we are going to look at is whether twitter is worth the hassle. Here are my six reasons why it can be a useful tool for leaders. 1.  Incarnating - expressing gospel in another subculture Living out the gospel in every sphere of life is our calling as disciples of Christ, Twitter is a great space to do that in. 2. Listening    -  allowing new streams of ideas and…
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9 reasons why churches should apply for lottery funding
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-28-2014
So here's a moral dilemma that I'd like to explore with you. I am trying to explore a theological perspective on whether it is right for a church to apply for and receive lottery funding for its social and community work (it cannot receive funding for worship or evangelistic work). Here are the best arguments I can think of for how a Christian might justify  applying for lottery funding. The counter arguments are here.  The arguments are not necessarily ones I hold to - I am simply trying to build…
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Pray for Ukraine
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-28-2014
Please, pray for peace, freedom, and unity in Ukraine, we need God's help more than ever. This is definitely the most serious crisis we've experienced since the fall of Soviet Union and the most violent one since WW2. Ukraine has always been a very peaceful country, even during events like Orange Revolution, but this time with everything that government does people are ready to fight against corruption and for their freedom.   Ruslain Maliuta - Director "Ukrain without Oprhans"
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TEDX OXFORD BLOG
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-26-2014
Here's my attempt to capture the big ideas from today's TEDx Oxford event. You can read the bios of the speakers here. Susan Greenfield Greenfield argues that human personality is due to our brains ability to  react differently to our environment. So our environment is the key to our personality.  Crain circuitry is all about making connections these connections can grow deeper over time. Greenfield gave the example of a child encountering a gold ring - it is first understood as an object, a gold colour circle shape but as…
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5 reasons why the discipleship deficit matters
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-22-2014
Discipleship is an in vogue topic of conversation in a lot of the books and blogs I read. [caption id="attachment_7280" align="aligncenter" width="553"] photo from kennymatic via flckr[/caption] “The church in the West has largely forgotten the art of disciple making and has largely reduced it to an intellectual assimilation of theological ideas. As a result, we have a rather anaemic cultural Christianity highly susceptible to the lures of consumerism. This in turn works directly against a true following of Jesus. In our desire to be seeker-friendly and attractional, we have…
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TEDx Oxford speakers
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-18-2014
Looking forward to the TEDx event in Oxford. Thought I would do a bit of research on the speakers. My son is coming along with me and is really looking forward to the chance to interact with some big ideas. Here is some info on all of the speakers that I know abou. I have also included a tongue in cheek attempt to guess the talk titles they will speak to. Laura Bates Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women's daily…
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The Secular is Haunted (live blog)
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-16-2014
James K.A. Smith is previewing his new book "How not to be Secular" and I am going to try and live blog it - so apologies if it doesn't all quite make sense. Key question the existential core of Charles Taylor’s “A Secular Age” is very helpful. What does it mean to live in a secular age? Is it an age of disenchantment? Who gives us the best account of our secular age, in which we undoubtably find ourselves? Whose analysis of our present is the most helpful? We are…
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5 things I learned from James K.A. Smith
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-16-2014
I'm a big fan of Smith's work I have have enjoyed three of his books so far. Who's Afraid of Postmodernity Desiring the Kingdom Imaging the Kingdom Desiring the Kingdom has without doubt been the most influential in my thinking and informs the 5 ideas outlined in this post. 1. We need to rethink our strategy of Christian discipleship in light of a Christian understanding of the person I was brought up in a tradition that primarily aimed at the head as the core of the person. Romans 12:2 was…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-16-2014
Well done to Channel 4 for producing a moving and compelling documentary about children in foster care and the need for adoptors. 6000 children in England are waiting in foster care for a forever family – an adoptive family so this is an important and urgent issue. “I wouldn’t chose to buy a sofa online from DFS without going to sit on it first” Project Co-ordinator Bridget Betts It was unfortunate that this was the metaphor that was used to rationalise the Adoption Activity Day, because it seemed to encourage…
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