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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The Power of Paradox
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-19-2014
I used to fear paradoxes – those difficult parts of our faith that cause us to double take when we read them in the Bible or set off questions in our mind when we reflect on them. For example: Why does an all-sufficient God ask so much of his followers? Why does the God of all love apparently command genocide on the Canaanites? Why does the ever-present God often feel so far away?To name but three. I used to avoid paradoxes hoping they would go away. But having spent the…
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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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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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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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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 | 01-15-2014
It is often said that people treat church’s a little like helicopters... ...we keep our distance so we don’t get caught up in the rotas. I have been studying the book of Romans for a new Bible study resource for small groups. I have been reflecting on Romans 8:1 [quote_simple]Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death [/quote_simple] Sadly in church rather…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-07-2014
So not everyone is wired to be an awesome public speaker, but everyone can get better. Here are 5 ways Michael Bay can get better after this car crash of a public speaking engagement. [youtube link="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4rMy1iA268" width="590" height="315"] 1. Don't rely on Technology I know this is ironic not just because Michael Bay's movies all rely on tech rather than substance and because I love technology and am very happy to use Keynote or video or Prezzi to speak from. It is also ironic because this was a Samsung launch…
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