All out at All Souls
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-30-2014
Just on my way home from a lovely evening with All Souls Church, Langham Place.  It was a very moving evening with testimonies from a young man who was adopted aged 8 now working at All Souls Church, an adoption social worker who works for a London borough and a High Court Judge who is often making difficult choices about whether to remove children from at risk families or not.  Mark Meynell was in fine form preaching up a storm on God’s heart for the vulnerable and God’s heart for…
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Too much Aid not Enough Help
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-29-2014
Review Too Much Aid not Enough Help, Ken Gibson This important book is a hard one to read. Not just because the subject matter is global poverty or that it reveals the complicity the western world and the aid business have had in making the two-thirds world poorer, but because it is unremitting in its style and content. Ken Gibson is the Executive Director of The Leprosy Mission Ireland. It might seem surprising that the leader of a development agency is daring to write a book that encourages less aid…
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5 reasons to cheer on Noah
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-29-2014
1.  It's an opportunity for conversation Imagine the scene: Friend " I have been thinking a lot about God lately." You "Which god is that? Is it the God as revealed in the Bible?" Friend "I'm not sure. I just can't get the story of Noah out of my head." You "Well if your thinking doesn't match that of Genesis 6:9 and the following verses then you have strayed from God's revelation." Friend "Oh I thought you'd be happy I was thinking about God." When an Oscar nominated filmmaker decides…
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Snicker Snicker
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-28-2014
Well done to Snickers for a creative and empowering ad. Challenging both the stereotypes around builders and sexism. Not 100% sure having a bloke shout at you across a street isn't a scary event in itself, but what a great idea for an challenge to sexism. HT to Sheridan Voysey for the video and Mckaysavage for the photo. 
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Unconscious Decoupling of Reality – Trouble in Paradise
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-27-2014
Coldplay’s music has become the default soundtrack to much of my life.  Whether it’s the loop of music in my favourite coffee shop or the trailer for the latest BBC drama Chris Martin’s ethereal vocals and have become commonplace in our consciousness. The transcendent quality of Coldplay’s music has turned stadiums into sacred spaces and even train carriages into moments of quiet communion.  Many a morning my commute has been a commune with the delicate beauty of a Coldplay riff, I try to suppress the urge to proclaim out loud…
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4 reflections on Driscoll
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-27-2014
Regular readers will know that I have many questions about Mark Driscoll's approach to leadership. I recently put out a tweet as a kind of peace offering. Encouraging Pastor Mark for committing to the steps as he "resets his life." Pastor Mark had written a letter to Mars Hill stating: To reset my life, I will not be on social media for at least the remainder of the year. The distractions it can cause for my family and our church family are not fruitful or helpful at this time. At the…
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Teaching Paradox
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-27-2014
I am a big fan of the creative sermon series. By taking a fresh angle we can help the congregation encounter God in scripture in ways that will equip them for the life of faith.  My latest book Paradoxology comes out on the 10th of April and as some of my other books have been helpful to churches as a interesting teaching series I thought I would give you a heads up on how a church could get the best out of the book. Paradoxology aims to help Christians to life-proof…
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We wanted to help someone…
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-25-2014
Claire is a fighter. She doesn't give up easily and its a good thing too. Claire is definitely someone you want on your side when the going gets tough.  I have seen Claire in action - its because of her tenacity  championing the needs of children in care that Care for the Family got excited about Home for Good. Claire's adoption story is  a powerful one, it should come with a health warning. Claire and her husband Alan, already had three birth children when they felt lead to adopt a…
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Global Evangelicals
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-25-2014
First published in Anvil March 2014 The Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism, Brian Stanley, IVP “Dwell on the past and you will lose an eye; forget the past and you will lose both eyes.” Often evangelicals have a nostalgic view of the past, whether it is those of us who believe the Reformation was the high water mark of Christianity or those of us who discovered the worship revival of the 1970s, evangelicals often enjoy reminiscing of better days. But a Cyclops still has an advantage over the blind so it…
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Rachel used to avoid Mothers Day services…
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-24-2014
Rachel and Jason have been dear friends since we were in a church together in Harrow.  Rachel told me recently that Mothers' Day was a really difficult day for her as she and Jason had been trying for a child for some time. Rachel explained to me that  she would either not turn up at church at all that day or try to stay out of sight helping out in creche or youth ministry on that day. With Mothers Day coming up this weekend, its important for those of us…
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