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Short post on Revelation
12 May 2013
Kurt Willems (good Anabaptist name) has a good post on Revelation and how to read it.
9 May 2013
A set of videos from a recent Open Theism conference. Very easy to follow… Boyd claims ‘open view is how everyone naturally lives’.
8 May 2013
Dyfed has a great blog / critique of Mr. Drsicoll’s recent tweet: “He’s coming back and going to burn it all up… so yes, I drive an SUV.”
I have just completed a chapter for a forthcoming book that Roger Mitchell is putting together. Kenarchy and the eschatological hope is my title. Hope it is accepted as I really enjoyed writing it. The core is the eternal nature of the Incarnation, with the implication that the parousia is the presence of Jesus of Nazareth, not another Jesus.
Change of view
7 April 2013
When we finally realize that our existence is to improve the world, and not escape it, we will grasp that the church is not the point. The kingdom is the point. (in Missional Communities by Reggie McNeal).
25 March 2013
15 March 2013
Tall Skinny Kiwi with a piece on the new pope. Brother being a more suitable title than ‘your eminence’.
Sephardic Jews back to Spain?
6 March 2013
This article which describes Spain’s desire to give citizenship back to Sephardic Jews some 500 years after the Inquistion is an encouragement of a shift.
19 February 2013
Great summary of a debate over an interview with Mike Licona. Differences between Gospel records are similar to the five different accounts by one author (Plutarch) of the death of Julius Caesar. Not possible says Mohler (of ‘I will defend inerrancy at all costs’ fame).
Prayer for the future
Three out of every 10 children in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain, Caritas claims, have been pushed to the brink of poverty. (Source: Gavin Hewitt, BBC.)
25 January 2013
Tremlett in the Guardian gives some of the grim stats for Spain. Almost six million people are out of work (26% of the workforce). In the south-western province of Cadiz, where unemployment averages a record 40% over all age groups.
A movement west to east
14 January 2013
“This is where the centre of gravity in Europe now lies. It has shifted dramatically to the East. In the early decades of the European project, it was driven by those who had survived the war on the Western Front.Allan Little. A further indication of the shift west to east.
120 daily protests in Spain
13 January 2013
In the past year there have been 36,000 demonstrations and rallies in Spain, regarding the economic scenario. It is now running at just under 120 on a daily basis. Some numbering in the thousands.
Reimagining the future
12 January 2013
Pamplona locksmiths unite
6 January 2013
Locksmiths in Pamplona refuse to change locks so as banks can re-possess homes. “When you set out all you have is an address and the name of the bank, but I recall an elderly, sick man who was barely given time to put his trousers on.”
26 December 2012
Valencian baker producing bread cheaply and long lines. Great help for those in crisis, pressure on other bakeries. Food lines in Western Europe becoming more common.
Jesus the asylum seeker
24 December 2012
Had a wonderful evening in Roehampton… hosted by Andy and Clare Smith, and put together by Adrian and Pauline Hawkes. Met Ziya and Amanda for the first time (hope not last time). A suggestion from Ziya was understanding Jesus as an asylum seeker who found refuge in Egypt.
Peace on earth, goodwill
21 December 2012
In 2003, Iraqi townspeople, having just lost their hospital in U.S. air strikes, saved the lives of three wounded U.S. peacemakers. Seven years later, the Americans returned to thank them. Yes Magazine.
20 December 2012
I have uploaded all the videos (21 in total approx 15 minutes each one) to their own page. Ideal for personal or small group study.
Does he have faith?
30 October 2012
A fascinating article on President Obama’s faith. The discussion is even more fascinating (from a European perspective) as to how a decision is made on yes/no his faith is genuinely Christian / biblical.
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Much of the material that will be central to these posts will cover perspectives on the 'gates' of society, the places of influence that shape the culture. If transformation is a desired outcome, such aspects as strategic prayer and understanding the redemptive gifts of places will play their part. As prayer opens up space, filling it will be vital, not in a controlling, top-down sense, but with a servant spirit. Finding appropriate terminology is difficult. Maybe 'transformation' is not the right term, perhaps 'transfiguration', where inner qualities burst through.
I have chosen to use the term 'gates' and although they can be defined any number of ways these are the seven ways I have chosen to group them by:
- Arts & entertainment
- Business, commerce & trade
- Education & training
- Family & community
- Health, science & technology
- Media & communication
- Politics, government, law & order
These are in two formats. Epub can be read in many ereaders, such as Ipad, kobo etc.; if using a kindle then the format will be mobi. If there are difficulties in reading the format an internet search should show any peculiarities for your specific ereader