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Understanding the Greta Effect

Posted 30 September 2019

In August 2018, a teenager from Stockholm decided it was time for action on climate change. 

She had very little to use as leverage in support of her cause, so she went on strike. She refused to attend school, setting up a one-person demonstration outside the Swedish Parliament. 

Since that time, Greta Thunberg has found herself at the apex of an international movement. Her recent speech to the United Nations inspired some who watched it and saddened others. 

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Extending Our Influence

20 October 2019

God has a sphere, or zone, of influence for every Christian to fill. God wants us 'extend' (literally to stretch, or broaden) the area we cover – the territory we touch with our lives. The Father wants every Christian to do three things. Firstly to 'enlarge' our lives – to stretch to fill our zone of influence, to find out where God has called us to... Click for more

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Can Robots Replace Pastors?

Will AI Make Church Leaders Redundant?

In May 2017, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, German technologists introduced a robotic priest. They christened it BLESS U-2.

It was a very rudimentary entry into the burgeoning field of robotics: you pushed a button and received a spoken blessing. The designers’ goal, however, was much loftier than their creation suggested.

They wanted to spark a debate on whether machines might one day replace pastors and priests.

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