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Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|11:19 AM EDT|October 21st 2014

1. If You Could Ask God One Question ebook just £2.50 till midday Thursday

Get the ebook version of If You Could Ask God One Question by Paul Williams and Barry Cooper for just £2.50!

2. 20 Ways to Be Refreshing in the Local Church

Kevin DeYoung looks at these twenty practical ways.

3. Practical Helps for Bible Reading

A short video from Ben Stuart and Desiring God.

4. Halloween - what should we do?

A video from Ed Drew about Halloween.

5. Will Christians Be Secretly Raptured?

An article from Jeramie Rinne and The Gospel Coalition.

6. And finally...

Our video of the week, in case you missed it, ‘Life-Changing Cards with a Life-Changing Message’:

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Posted in Useful Resources Alice Buckley|7:41 AM EDT|October 21st 2014

This week we will be looking at some extracts from a new book for parents with pre-schoolers. It follows on from the very popular Bake through the Bible. Alice Buckley, mum of three and author of Play through the Bible, explains the need for a book like this.

Life with pre-schoolers is exhausting. It’s lovely, and funny, and brilliant too, but oh, it’s exhausting!

We’re trying to teach them to count to five, teach them to use the potty, teach them to please stop drawing on their hands. Sometimes teaching our kids about Jesus feels like one more thing on a never-ending list.

I wrote this book for tired, busy parents.
I wrote this book for parents who want their kids to know Jesus but find it hard to teach them about him.
I wrote this book for parents who know it’s their job to introduce their children to Jesus but have no idea where to start.
I wrote this book for parents who want new ideas for their family Bible times or want something that complements what they are already doing.

In Play through the Bible you will find 20 stories about Jesus with simple words and easy suggestions for making storytime memorable for your whole family.

There are also lots of play ideas to help reinforce the message of the story, offer natural opportunities to talk about Jesus, and above all have fun as you get to know Jesus.

Posted in Relevant News Carl Laferton|10:52 AM EDT|October 20th 2014

In this case, I really do hate to say: I told you so.

Back in June, when the “Trojan horse” Islamic “radicalization plot” was front-page news, and there was great fear about the creeping influence of Islam by the “back door” (or rather, school door), I blogged that Christians should be worried that the arguments being used against Islamicisation could equally be used against Christian teaching, and asked:

How long is it before there’s a news item about a school, or group of schools, where some of the governors stand accused of:

  • being motivated by their religious beliefs
  • holding outdated, bigoted views on areas such as homosexuality
  • lobbying for changes in the way sex education is taught, to the annoyance of a sizeable minority of parents
  • inviting speakers into assemblies who hold intolerant beliefs about things such as hell
  • believing that, while all children should receive the same education, some roles in life should only be open to men.

I missed a bullet point off that list. I should have added: “Not offering their students a well-rounded, broad approach to spiritual formation”.

So, how long? About four months. Today’s media are reporting the case of the Christian private school whose inspection results will be downgraded because it has not invited in an imam (presumably a non-radical one who believes in the version of Islam that the government is tolerant of) to lead assemblies. It is, apparently, falling foul of new guidelines that were put in place in the summer to promote “British values”, one of which is actively promoting harmony between different faiths.

As I suggested in June, it’s the “devout (in)tolerantist” faith, and not radical Islam, that is most dangerous in terms of Christians being allowed a voice in the public square, a role in education in schools, and perhaps even to raise their children in their homes.

The time is coming (and has perhaps now come) when the Government will need to decide whether orthodox, historic Christian beliefs can exist under the umbrella of what it calls “British values”, or whether those beliefs are now excluded from those values, and opposed to them.

And so the time is coming (and will perhaps soon come) when Christians, like Daniel and his friends in the opening chapter of the book of Daniel, are going to have to start working out where to draw the line; when to obey the state, and when to disobey it and peacefully accept the consequences. Christian politicians, would you be willing to risk your seat and your influence in order to stand publicly as a Christian? Christian teachers, what will you do when asked to actively promote gay marriage as an equally valid marriage? Christian parents, what would you do if teaching Christian beliefs is labeled as emotional abuse?

We live in challenging times, and we need to notice that we do. But we also live in exciting times. All around us, and sometimes through us, people are coming to a faith that works, that provides security, that saves—faith in Christ. The culture may be hardening, but people are still hungry for the life and truth of the gospel.

And that’s very much like Daniel’s experience, and the early church’s experience, and indeed the experience of most of the church in most of the world through most of history since the resurrection. Suffering, and salvation. It’s going to be challenging, and exciting.

Posted in Useful Resources Alison Mitchell|7:12 AM EDT|October 20th 2014

What do you get if you combine two of a child's favourite things - stickers and Christmas? The answer is The Christmas Promise Advent Calendar. This A3 calendar features a stunning full-colour scene by Catalina Echeverri, but with lots of the elements missing.

Each day there's a sticker to add to build up the scene until Christmas Day, when the baby Jesus is placed in the manger. But this calendar makes it clear that Jesus isn't just a cute baby. The story on the back shows how Jesus is the King God promised to send his people - a NEW King; a RESCUER King; a FOREVER King!

The Advent Calendar can be used on its own, or alongside the new children's storybook, The Christmas Promise.

Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling Rachel Jones|4:31 AM EDT|October 20th 2014

[The Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Posted in Christianity in the News Phil Grout|11:03 AM EDT|October 16th 2014

Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns

City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

A win for religious liberty: School reverses ban on Christian Club

Chinese preacher 'grateful' to be jailed amid 'anti-church' campaign


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Posted in Useful Resources Andre Parker|5:04 AM EDT|October 16th 2014

And here's one more peak at our latest graphic novel, Light in the Darkness.

Using the words of Luke, and the images of talented illustrator, Alex Webb-Peploe, Light in the Darkness brings the Christmas story to life.

Pre-order HERE.

Posted in Useful Resources Andre Parker|5:06 AM EDT|October 15th 2014

Here's a sneak preview of our great new graphic novel, Light in the Darkness. To pre-order your copy, click this link: Light in the Darkness

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|11:31 AM EDT|October 13th 2014

Do you ever doubt the strength of the Lord?

Probably not when you’re in a Bible study and you’re asked a theological question but on those days in between church and home group, do you doubt he can act?

Can God really sort out the wars? The injustice? The hunger? The persecution in the world? Can he really bring the promised peace?

Is he really sovereign over the chaos – the floods, the accidents, the abuse? Will there be true perfection one day?

Can he heal the brokenness in your life? Enable you to conquer that persistent sin? Can he truly bring to completion the work he has begun in each of us?

Will evangelism ever be complete? Will his gospel ever reach the farthest corners of the world? Will his Kingdom ever fully come …?

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Posted in Useful Resources Tim Thornborough|7:44 AM EDT|October 13th 2014

"Christmas is just for children."

You often hear this said by bored teenagers and adults as they move beyond the Disney-fied storybook versions of the first Christmas that fill our bookshops at this time of year.

But of course it is not. Each year we apply ourselves as a creative team to thinking how we can keep the Christmas story fresh for those beyond the childhood years. This year we have been thrilled as we have worked on the "prequel" to The Third Day - our graphic-novel style realisation of Luke 22-24.

Light in the Darkness has the same gritty, contemporary feel that is so far removed from the graphic versions of the Bible already available. This resource will introduce the biblical account of the first Christmas to a new audience in a fresh way, powerfully capturing the joy, pain and emotion of Luke 1 and 2.

The depths of what Luke records for us in these chapters has come across to us in a powerful way as we have thought our way through them, working out how to illustrate them. The pain of childlessness for Elizabeth and Zechariah; the bewilderment and confusion over the angelic messages; the joy and happiness over the children; and the theologically rich songs that are sung throughout.

We're just putting the final brushstrokes to the colour but look out for this stunning new resource when it appears in early November.

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