The benefits of faith in Christ

As we come to Christmas and remember the birth of Christ, it’s worth reminding ourselves that Christ came so that we might believe in Him. This faith, though not without cost, brings tremendousbenefits, as it continues to do all over the world (Col 1:6). Consider this sample from Colossians 1:1-14, where Paul opens the letter saying he has heard of their faith (Col 1:4) and reminds them of the treasures that it contains.

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Articles 

The Apostle Paul on posting comments

There are few things more pointless in life than the majority of discussions on the Internet. All too often it becomes an exercise in not listening, talking past each other at best; angry insults and bitterness or just plain trolling at its worst. So when you have some time to fill and you’ve read a blog post that you’re tempted to engage with, just remind yourself of the advice of the Apostle Paul whose words were created for the Internet age roughly 2000 years ago Remind your people of this, and…

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The Apostle Paul and training Christian leaders

Do you know how your church leader was trained? Maybe you know what college or seminary they went to? Perhaps you know what courses they’ve attended or even what books they’re reading to keep up with their studies. Christians have a long record of taking education seriously and for training their leaders to understand the Scriptures and with good Biblical precedent. Just consider these verses from second Timothy: 2 Tim 1:13, 2 Tim 2:2, 2 Tim 3:16-17. In the context of false teaching, Paul stresses the importance to Timothy of…

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Three great videos on: Magic

I’ve been giving this site some much needed maintenance and along the way have discovered some long-lost treasures that needed dusting off and re-presenting. As a fan of magic, here are three very different videos (all from TED as it so happens). Lennart Green with close up card magic Keith Barry with brain magic Marco Tempest with some cyber-magic I’d love some more, so please post links to your favourite magic clips in the comments.

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Christian Living Church 

Questions from the pool of Bethesda

At Grace Church every Sunday we spend time studying the Bible together. We have people from all over the world and in all different stages of their faith journey. Our goal is to help people feel confident in reading their Bibles, feeling confident to ask questions of the Bible and how to find good answers. Every week (if I remember) I’ll share some of those questions and answers. John 5:1-15 is a well-known story, one woman in the group recalled how she felt familiar with the story from Sunday School but reading it…

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Die heretic scum!

I was recently reminded of a powerful lesson that the labels we use to define us have great power to separate us. There are all sorts of labels I use to describe my faith; Christian, not Jewish or Muslim; then I define church – protestant as opposed to catholic or orthodox and so on down the label food chain past denominations and on to theology – evangelical, Baptist, charismatic are three labels I often use for myself. It seems the longer I go on in church leadership the greater the number of…

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Book Review: Equals

Living and church planting in Sweden, as I do, it is impossible to escape the issue of equality, it is everywhere. It’s reasonable, of course, to ask why anyone would want to escape something so obviously beneficial as equality? That largely depends on what you mean by equality as not every definition is, ahem, equal. Secondly, as a father to a daughter, a husband to a wife and church leader of many talented women; in every one of those areas I want to help create environments in which women flourish. I’m convinced…

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