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Posted in Useful Resources Tim Thornborough|10:39 AM EDT|September 29th 2014

Last week was an exciting time of filming in the States. Here, cameraman Luke Stanley adjusts the microphone for Erik Raymond, pastor from Omaha and writer of the Ordinary Pastor blog. Watch this space for more news of the Gospel Shaped Church curriculum we're working on with The Gospel Coalition.

Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling Rachel Jones|4:46 AM EDT|September 29th 2014

We have a strong city;
God makes salvation
its walls and ramparts.

Open the gates
that the righteous nation may enter,
the nation that keeps faith.

You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.

Trust in the Lord for ever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:1-4

Posted in Christianity in the News Phil Grout|10:49 AM EDT|September 25th 2014

Plan to send 300,000 new Bibles into Iran

Religion can be 'dangerous and lethal', warns Bishop of London

Religious education 'too weak' in Anglican primary schools

Christianity will live on in Iraq

Christianity in Iraq is finished

 

 

 

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|4:42 AM EDT|September 25th 2014

Are you looking forward to getting older?

Not the aches and the pains or the more serious bodily deterioration. Nor the reduction in energy. Those things are no fun at all. But the wonderful benefits of age - are you looking forward to them?

We live in a culture obsessed by youth - looking young, living young, feeling young - but the Bible has a different perspective.

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Rachel Jones|4:44 AM EDT|September 24th 2014

I’ve just come back to the office after having spent two months in South Asia with Serving in Mission. Here I tell the story of one of the believers I met there—I’ll call her T. As I sat in her living room eating the traditional sweet dessert she’d served me (like many things there, it was made from rice), I asked her how she had become a believer. This is what she said:

“It all started with my husband.”

As a young woman, T had an arranged marriage. This would have been very normal, except for the fact that—unlike herself, her family, and almost everyone else in the region—her new husband was not the Muslim T had assumed he would be. It was only after she married him that she discovered, to her alarm, that he was in fact a Christian.

Her family advised her to get divorced at once, but T knew she would have no hope of getting married again. In any case, her husband seemed like a good, caring man. “I was on this path”, she told me, “so I thought I might as well see where it led.”

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Posted in On to a Good Thing Phil Grout|11:31 AM EDT|September 23rd 2014

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A number of free ebooks made available by Monergism.

3. Four Benefits of Social Media

Richard Perkins at The Urban Pastor shares four benefits of social media.

4. The Magnificent Seven

A new video series from Mike Reeves at Union Theology.

5. And finally...

Our video of the week, Tim Keller introduces the book of Romans for our Explore daily Bible reading notes:



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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|7:33 AM EDT|September 23rd 2014

Where would we be without our weekly notice sheets? They’re an invaluable hub of communication. But all too often they don’t get read or they don’t get read with joy.

The problem is, church notice sheets tend to be quite good at setting out what is happening or needed. But they are often very bad at focusing us all on why such things are happening and why our involvement is so vital. Week after week, they invite us to ‘do things’ rather than encourage us to reflect, pray and function as the body of Christ is called to do (1Cor 12:12-31). They encourage us to become burdened instead of inspiring us to serve.

It’s time to put Jesus back at the centre of our notice sheets!

Next time you are advertising a service or event, try to avoid merely saying where and when it’s happening. Remind people why it’s happening. And how it fits with the overall mission and vision of the church. Is it an exciting opportunity to get to know Jesus better? Or an event that is great for introducing non-believers to Christianity? Let people know how it will enhance their personal relationship with God or equip them to serve him more.

And the next time you are looking for a volunteer, be clear that you’re not just looking for someone to do a task, but that the role is a chance to serve our heavenly Father, using Spiritual gifts in ways that glorify Jesus. It’s an opportunity to be part of the mission of God and the mission of the church. And prayerfully getting involved will help both personal growth and progress the gospel.

With Jesus right at the centre, we might just find that people start reading the notice sheet that little bit more enthusiastically!

This blog post was originally posted on The Good Book Blog on September 28th 2011.

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|9:50 AM EDT|September 22nd 2014

Atrocities in the world flash across our screens daily. Newspapers detail the horrors of terrorism, torture, murder and injustice. People around us crumble under the weight of relationship strife, bereavement, illness and more. Our own lives too, at times, plunge to the depths.

And sometimes, just sometimes, the question crosses our mind: has God really got everything under control?

Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, couldn't have been more convinced about the answer.

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling Rachel Jones|4:40 AM EDT|September 22nd 2014

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

Posted in Christianity in the News Phil Grout|10:27 AM EDT|September 18th 2014

Anglican dean blames Islam for rise of Islamic State

Archbishop of Canterbury: my doubts about existence of God

Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her faith

NHS worker who 'bullied’ Muslim by praying for her

 

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