Not too late for a new theological adventure
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 08-25-2014
What a Summer it has been. I have just come back from Momentum a massive conference for 20 somethings that takes place in Shepton Mallet . Its the last of the events in the New Wine &  Soul Survivor family of conferences on the site this season. [caption id="attachment_8640" align="aligncenter" width="474"] Packed in for an exposition from Ephesians at LPO.[/caption] It will have been one of the last major events that I speak at as an Evangelical Alliance Director as I have just taken on two new jobs. It gave me…
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Labyrinth of Prayer
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 06-01-2014
Love the fact that our little local church is so keen to help all ages experience God together. This morning we continued a series on spiritual growth through looking at a number of spiritual disciplines. This week we used the Labyrinth prayer experience as a church. [caption id="attachment_8427" align="alignleft" width="474"] All age travel guides[/caption] One of the exercises today involved everyone writing down a prayer on some special paper and then heading off into the Labyrinth. Once you got to the middle of the labyrinth there was a font with…
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Simple Simon Says… Make Disciples
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 05-27-2014
Francis Chan certainly has a direct way of challenging the way we go about fulfilling the mission Christ commissioned his church to complete. Francis Chan - Making Disciples from Verge Network on Vimeo. Of course the challenge is what does disciple making actually look like. I have been thinking about this for a while now, see the suite of resources we have collated here. I have been thinking on how we create disciples that are not just clones of celebrity church leaders or so fragile that their faith falls apart during…
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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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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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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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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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