Christian Living 

Devotional: A trustworthy father

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17 One of the things that I’ve learnt as a mother is the importance of being consistent. If I say no to something, I have to stick to it even if it results in a tantrum. It doesn’t help my children if I say yes one minute, then no the next – they don’t know where they stand. When I am consistent…

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Church 

What we mean by a Gospel-centred church

At Grace Church we’ve begun a series looking at our convictions & aspirations when it comes to church & discipleship. It is about saying what we believe to be true and at the same time what we wish to be true for us (but may not always be the case). The first is that we hope to be a church with the Gospel in the centre. This gives you an idea of what we mean by that. I’d love your feedback.

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The Curiosity Index (17.03.2017)

I’m just beginning to get the energy for my week, unfortunately it’s Friday already. I’ve peaked in so many ways. Here Are the Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life This made for depressing reading on a Friday morning as I realised my chances of winning a Nobel prize are diminishing. What Christianity in China Is Really Like It’s what you think. Except not. Basically you can’t generalise in a country of over a billion people and you cannot generalise 100 million of them. Has Preaching Had its Day? Ian…

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Articles 

How did life on earth begin?

When it comes to questions about the earth’s origins many Christians remain quiet in the face of hostility towards the idea of a Creator being behind the whole thing. Yet it’s worth knowing that the other side should also display a certain amount of humility too. As of yet, no one actually knows how life began. The theories that are floating about are exactly the sort of theories that they say the Theory of Evolution is not. A couple of weeks ago two stories popped up in my RSS feed within…

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The Curiosity Index (16.03.2017)

I’m really enjoying reading John Ortberg’s Who is this Man? I can really recommend it as a go to book for seekers on the person of Jesus. The Benedict Option in Percentages Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is gaining considerable attention in the States and I guess Europe would pose an interesting case study because we missed that opportunity or at least didn’t take it. Anyway, I like how Andy Crouch assesses the key points of the book. Secularism as heresy Sort of sticking with the theme, Jake Belder has a good…

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The Curiosity Index (15.03.2017)

So back to it after a major headache interrupted my writing. Apologies. Complaining Never Wins the Culture Trevin Wax with a good article at Desiring God on the problem of grumbling over gratitude. Jesus still speaks to his church: Do everything without grumbling. You want to be blameless and pure — faultless in this generation? Then you better start right here. Why? Because the Christian who grumbles will neither stand out in this generation, nor hold firm to the gospel. Connecting Prayer to Mission Aaron Morrow gives some reasons why we…

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Christian Living 

Devotional: Be still & know

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 God has used this verse to help me and guide me on more than one occasion in my life. The first was when I was applying for my first job after graduating from university. It was the night before my interview and I couldn’t sleep. I was nervous and anxious, then this verse came to mind. Being worried was doing me no favours. I needed to stop, to quieten my mind and soul. To know who was God and who…

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