Articles 

Living in a godless culture in a God-filled world

Is the world becoming more or less religious? Is the world becoming more or less Christian? How about your country, city or town? When anyone starts from the place where they live, it can be an easy assumption to assume that everywhere else is similar to where you live and everyone else is similar to you. This, can, for the Christian in the Western world lead to a depressing conclusion. We live in a post-Christian secular age. Which is true. We do not, however, live in a post-Christian secular world.…

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Christian Living 

Consumerism remains a deadly enemy to faith

I started this blog sometime last century because I wanted to write about the dangers of consumerism and the woeful response of the church. The goal was to think about ‘ways we could live well as Christians in a consumer age’. Somewhere along the way, that focus has been diluted as I’ve thought about ‘ways we could live well in a social media age’ or ‘ways we could live well in a sexually confused age’ and so on. But despite all that, I remain convinced that consumerism is an enemy…

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Church 

Corporate prayer is like an orchestra playing

My friend Mike Betts has written a new book on corporate prayer. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a bit with it. It’s there to give a little bit of weight to our prayer initiative which I encourage you to check out and to consider joining in with. The next prayer night is the 15th November and the book is being launched to coincide with that. So this week I’ll be sharing some brief extracts from the book in the lead up to the launch. Blow the trumpet in…

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Church 

Praying together is like armed combat

My friend Mike Betts has written a new book on corporate prayer. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a bit with it. It’s there to give a little bit of weight to our prayer initiative which I encourage you to check out and to consider joining in with. The next prayer night is the 15th November and the book is being launched to coincide with that. So this week I’ll be sharing some brief extracts from the book in the lead up to the launch. Put on the whole armour…

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Church 

Why gather? To eat, sing & pray together

Why should a Christian gather with other Christians on a regular basis? Why in other should you go to be with the church? A go to passage for most is Acts 2:42-47 and that supplies several key reasons. When they met together also did some things that helped remind them how they came to be family together – they broke bread together – reminding them that it was ONLY because of Jesus that found this new life, that were new men and women, that they were forgiven, set free, redeemed,…

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Christian Living 

Walking with God pleases God

We’re working through the list of heroes in Hebrews 11 and last Sunday we looked at Enoch. There were a few eyebrows raised when people realised he would be the subject for our all-age service but in fact he’s an excellent choice as we explored what it means to walk with God. Key texts: Hebrews 11:5-6; Genesis 5:21-24; Jude 14-15 Enoch walked with God. Walking with God = talking, laughing, listening, crying with God, like with a best friend. When walking with someone you love and trust: sometimes you chat…

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Articles 

Writing is hard

This by Jen Oshman explains so much of how I’ve felt about writing the last few years and annoyingly said better than I ever could. There are so many good reasons not to write. I mean, do people even read anymore? Everyone has something to say and the internet is a virtual cacophony. Why add to the noise? Especially when writing is hard. And lonely. Is it even worth it? The Christian writer wrestles with these questions, as all writers do. Indeed, all writers ask themselves these questions at least…

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