one in eight hundred
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-24-2014
I found the picture gallery in today's guardian very moving. It was entitled one in eight hundred because those were the odds that a Danish couple were given for having a child with Down's Syndrome. I have linked to the photos from the Guardian site - as produced by Mario Wezel. Why was I moved? I miss our foster daughter, a little girl that we looked after for three and a half years who had Downs Syndrome and these pictures remind me of her. She literally shared joy with everyone…
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Is this the hippest church in the world?
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-24-2014
When you are  in LA on a Sunday morning where do you go for a church gathering? I decided to visit Mosaic Church's Downtown LA service to see what I could learn and if I could be a blessing. Here are 5 things I enjoyed about the church. 1. Branding There's a place for demonstrating who you through your visuals and in LA a city of art and culture I can imagine if you are trying to reach young creatives then you put a lot of thought into your visuals.…
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6 Things I learned at the Justice Conference LA
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-23-2014
Just had the privilege to spend the weekend with thousands of people passionate about serving God through Justice ministry.  The fourth Justice conference took place in Los Angeles this weekend. It’s an exciting progressive event bringing together Christians from across the US to engage on a range of justice issues.    1. Justice is Bigger than You Think In many of the conversations about justice in the evangelical community the main focus is on the important issue of people trafficking.  But it was refreshing to hear about the broader justice issues…
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5 things to learn from Bear and Fry
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-22-2014
Just came across this lovely little conversation between Stephen Fry and Bear Grylls.  Its a nice little cameo of an atheist and a Christian conversation. Hats off to both of these men for conducting themselves so well.  I wish all Christian / Atheist Conversation could take place with this kind of spirit and tone.   5 Things you can learn from this exchange   1. Tone Matters Very little constructive conversation ever takes place when we start off with aggression. These men obviously respect eachother and so are able to…
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Justice Conference Day 1 liveblog
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-21-2014
I am going to attempt to liveblog the sessions I am in today - so that I remember them, fight off the jet lag, and hopefully help you to connect with the justice conference where ever you are... please forgive the typos and the fact that things might not flow that easily when reading... enjoy! So here we are in a ballroom in the prestigious Biltmore Millenium Hotel in downtown LA. The first session I am attending  is going to be lead by Alexia Salvatiera and Peter Heltzel both from…
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Recognising the gravity of your situation.
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-21-2014
I have just watched the multi award winning film Gravity. I can see why it picked up so many golden globe and bafta accolades and has now walked away with 7 oscars including best director. I watched it; ironically on a plane to Los Angeles- there is something disconcerting watching someone else facing disaster on a flight. With the amount of turbulence on our transatlantic flight it felt like the pilot was going the extra mile to make sure we had the full multisensory experience!   I am very pleased…
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Why Everything is not awesome
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-20-2014
As it's been half term it's been great to have more time to hang out with my children.  We are big into movies in our house so over the week we went to see the Lego Movie and rented Cloudy with  a chance of meatballs 2. ( I have been watching a lot of movies lately - see here for my spoiler free Gravity review) Both films are brilliantly animated and feature some A-list voice over celebrities. Both films tick the box for family appeal with enough jokes for adults…
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Goodnight Jim Bob
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-14-2014
I have a strong childhood memory of sitting and watching the Waltons with my Mum and Dad and all three of us crying our eyes out. I think it was a cancer diagnosis for Mrs Walton. Who could have known then that cancer would steal my mother from us. Well today actor Ralphe Waite who played the dad in that series died at the ripe old age of 85. Here's the only fitting way to say good bye to him: Photo credit.
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The one where we tattooed the whole congregation…
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-02-2014
Experimenting with age integrated services I gave a talk recently at the Children’s Worker conference in Eastbourne about how we the church can help young people  to be included in the family life of the church.  I diagnosed the key problem as : We have turned church into an event we attend rather than a family we belong to. Now of course this mindset change needs to affect more than just the way we gather as a church on a Sunday.  But this Sunday I had the opportunity to put into…
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What could the church learn from the Bridge?
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 02-01-2014
There has been some interesting conversations buzzing around the blogosphere arguing that the Scandinavian crime resurgence owes its life to the Christian heritage of those nations. I am interested in the other side. So for a bit of fun I wondered if there is  anything that the church can take away from the Bridge? 1. INCLUSIVITY I love the way that Saga Noren is fully accepted and integrated into the team. Saga is socially awkward and has been described as being on the autistic spectrum.  The deep friendship she enjoys with…
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