Men and Church
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 04-01-2014
I have been asked to respond to the challenge of the male gender deficit in church attendance. I wanted to make sure there really was a problem first. The most extensive research I could find (thanks to the wonderful EA information officer Kim Walker) revealed this table: Peter Brierley working off of the 2005 census argues for a discrepancy figure of 14% with female churchgoers in England at 57% and male churchgoers 43%. This is a scary imbalance but look what happens when it is broken down according to age…
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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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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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Silence
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-21-2014
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King  
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World Downs Syndrome Day
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-21-2014
There is a hidden genocide going on. A friend of mine told me she went in for a routine pregnancy check up a couple of months ago and was told by her midwife that she should have the amniocentesis because she would "of course want to abort" if it was her foetus was found to have Down Syndrome. My friend was shocked by this response. I read recently in the Guardian that in Denmark "95% of all Danish parents to be, decide to have an abortion if they find out that they…
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5 reasons why I love Rev
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-19-2014
I had a chance encounter on the train yesterday and ended up in a conversation with the chief writer of Rev;  James Woods.  It was such a pleasure to be able to tell him face to face some of the things I appreciated about the show.  I asked him what hope there was of another series after this one and he said something pretty final happens in the last episode that would make that pretty difficult.  So we should relish this television show which has been sold by the BBC…
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5 reasons why Richard Dawkins should know better
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-05-2014
A friend of mine pointed out to me a photo circulating Facebook posted by the Richard Dawkins Foundation. But this is a low blow from Richard Dawkins and here are five reasons why he (and his foundation) should know better. 1. Richard Dawkins is a very clever man. You don't get to do groundbreaking research in evolutionary genetics without a lot of sense. Dawkins should know the difference between a good argument that is backed up by evidence and simplistic conjecturing that is not based on good research. So the…
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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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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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