Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 01-07-2014
I’ve never been able to live with the motto “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” I think that mentality stifles innovation and improvement. I am very keen that through gathering together as church we become more mature, more humble, more generous, more hospitable, in sum more Christlike. Sunday services are of course only a fraction of what the life of the church involves but it is a vital and strategic part so as church leaders reflecting on our Sunday gatherings is an important part of our responsibility. I would…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-19-2013
Preachers have a lot of work to do at Christmas. Lots of services means lots of opportunities to share the amazing good news of Christ's coming. But because we are preaching from the same few Christmas Bible texts to the same congregations year on year, we sometimes need help to keep it fresh. These 2013 videos might just help: (in case you missed them here were my 2012 videos) 1. Hamlet the Annunciation I really liked this left of field stop motion Christmas video. If you can get over the…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-18-2013
I admit that I was drawn to this video by the spectacle of watching Chandler Bing (aka Matthew Perry) get grilled by Jeremy Paxman. But instead Paxman is strangely absent from the debate leaving Peter Hitchens to rule the floor. [youtube link="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDtIZZiySgA" width="590" height="315"] Four things I learned from this conversation 1. Empathy is vital to communication Peter Hitchens comes across as particularly cold in this debate. He denies Chandler's experience of addiction and ends up resorting to cheap pot shots in the argument. Chandler however opens up about his…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-17-2013
You may have seen the following interview from Heat Magazine with Joey Essex who is the star of "The Only Way is Essex" . . . Heat Magazine: Will you put a nativity scene under the tree? Joey Essex: What does that mean? Heat: You know what a nativity scene is, surely... Joey: An activity screen? Is it a box you put presents in Heat: You know, when Jesus was born... Joey: Oh! The hay round the bottom of the Christmas tree! Heat: His mum and dad, Mary and Joseph...…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-12-2013
Which parts of God's story do you think people who don't claim to be Christians should know? That's the question I am wrestling with as I listen to some of the feedback about The Bible TV series currently airing on Channel 5 on Saturday nights. Many commentators are willing to put aside their personal preferences about the style and format of this docudrama. The logic being: I personally don’t enjoy watching Country File, but other people do and it encourages people to better care for and appreciate the countryside, so…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-12-2013
Kudos to Glenn Scrivener who after a brilliant Halloween video now brings an excellent Christmas one. With a lovely literary flourish this spoken word piece draws on together some powerful themes around the dark and difficult side of christmas and helps connect people to the comfort that Christ can bring to us. [youtube link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7yvSeVVPTc" width="590" height="315"] Love to hear more of a call for us to join in with Christ's mission to the who lowly, shameful and vulnerable. The gospel story captures our hearts and minds but must transform our…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 12-07-2013
  I know I can definitely get out of the wrong side of bed and take a contrarian view on things from time to time. I know that if we love God then we want his name and reputation to be well represented in the public square. I know that when Christians create music or art it can sometimes be cringe worthy. So when the US blockbuster series “The Bible” hit the UK last week on Channel 5 I understood why some of my brothers and sisters in the church…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 11-25-2013
3 reasons why pastors need another dictionary: This is a big book and a pricey one too. Yet I would argue that it is worth the investment for preachers. I was a big fan of the original Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. I bought when I started my masters in missiology. It might seem like a strange investment but I wanted to keep my missionary reflection grounded in the person and work of Christ and it really helped to have such a brilliant resource on tap. But I want…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 10-16-2013
Dear Church leader I know you are busy. I know that you are one of the most marketted to group of people on the planet. I know everyone is trying to sell you something - to use their latest resource, their latest course, join in with another national something or other. Someone somewhere is trying to sell you a magic bullet to solve your ministry woes. What I am asking you to do will not solve the problems in your church - in fact it may make your life more…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 10-01-2013
Yesterday's post "Why preaching is dead" received quite a reaction. Some of my dear friends hadn't read the disclaimer at the bottom explaining I was preparing for a debate on the nature of preaching. Some were worried I had given up on a gift or calling or daring to call into question the means by which Christ had built his church... So here's the other half of the debate (views represented in this post DO represent the views of the author.) 1. The Command of God Scripture commands preaching; a…
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