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God’s kingdom in Sicily?

In May 1992 mafiosi Giovanni Brusca set off a huge bomb in the small Sicilian village of Capaci that killed antimafia investigating magistrate Giovanni Falcone, several police officers and his wife.

At the state funeral of Falcone and the other murdered government officials, Rosario Schifani, the widow of one of the dead police officers said the following in a very public way:

The Redemptive Power of Dance

Here follows a great story about the redemptive power of dance in a wonderful book by David Day entitled A Preaching Workbook.

A woman describes a hospital ward for chronically ill elderly patients and how God's kingdom can break in.

They were all sitting half dead in their wheelchairs, mostly paralysed and just existing. They watched some television, but if you had asked them what they had watched they probably would not have been able to tell you.

Tom Wright’s New Book

Here follows a great review of Tom Wright's new book.

I am just finishing reading Tom Wright's latest book: Simply Jesus: Who He Was, What He Did, Why It Matters (London, SPCK, 2011) It carries a glowing (back cover) commendation from Rowan Williams ('Tom Wright is, as always, brilliant at distilling immense scholarship into a vivid, clear and accessible form. This book is yet another of his great gifts to the worldwide Church').

Youthwork Podcast

I really enjoyed talking to Martin Saunders and Jamie Cutteridge on the Youthwork podcast on Wednesday. Both lads are very friendly and have great banter. It was also great to meet Sarah Wynter, the new editor at the mag.

We talked about a lot of topics – youthwork, storytelling, the biblical story, eschatology, prayer, fasting and, of course, football. We even had a brief discussion about my deep love for Hertfordshire and the wonderful people who make it such a great county!

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Green Pastures and the BBC

Green Pastures is a wonderful kingdom structure but it isn't all plain sailing!

The kingdom of God is here but not fully here. Consider some of the obstacles and frustrations. Sometimes the project has to deal with tenants who take liberties on a sustained and exhausting pattern. We're talking tenants who wreck properties and cause mayhem. Sometimes Vicki and Pastor Pete have to embrace tough love and ask people to leave. Some people abuse the project's kindness and Christian generosity. They have to go!

Green Pasture – Great news for the homeless

Here follows an account of one of the most amazing ministries in the UK today. It is an outstanding example of what David Bosch calls holistic mission.

The Green Pastures charity was started by Pastor Pete Cunningham in 1999 in Southport. Pete cashed in his pension worth £6000 and bought a pair of flats and began to house and care for two homeless couples.

Cheese or Stumm

Some people just don't get it! They think it's self-indulgent talking about James Bond and Rat worship. They say – forget this nonsense and start talking about Jesus without any daft, eccentric preliminaries.

Such people simply haven't recognised how secularism blinds people at a deep spiritual level. They don't understand that secular people find conversations about God and Jesus embarrassing, awkward and weird.

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