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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Tim Thornborough|10:01 AM GMT|March 3rd 2015

The votes are in and it's looking like we have a title! By more than 3 to 1, you went for A: What makes us human?

 

It was interesting looking through the rationales given—thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We trust your judgement on this people.

 

Look out for the new book, which we are planning to launch at the Evangelical Ministry Assembly at the end of June this year.

 

Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|4:36 PM GMT|February 27th 2015

This passage is well worth reading twice. If you are a Christian, this is where you are heading. Drink in the scene, be excited, and praise God!

I saw in heaven another great and marvellous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues – last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:

“Great and marvellous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Revelation 15:1-4

  • How are the people standing by the sea described?
  • Why do you think verse 3 mentions Moses? (Clue: What Old Testament event featured Moses and the sea?)
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Posted in Useful Resources Tim Thornborough|9:58 AM GMT|February 27th 2015

War has broken out in the Good Book Editorial office!

We are deadlocked about the precise title of the next volume in our best-selling Questions Christians Ask series, so we've come to our friends to help us decide.

It's by Mark Meynell, and it unpicks the Bible's teaching on what human beings really are -- the doctrine of humanity. One of the things we have tried to do in this series is to find a real question that believers struggle with as a way into a whole mindset of understanding it from the Scriptures -- but the Doctrine of Humanity presents us with some particular difficulties.

Because a clear understanding of this Doctrine is essential for a whole range of enormously important questions: like abortion, euthanasia, slavery, moral culpability and so on; and the more existential questions of gender, do I have a soul, and why am I here at all. But that makes a single question title all the more difficult to come up with.

So help please. Can you just reply with what you think is the more appealing title to you personally. Just choose A or B -- if you want to tell us why that's a bonus, but not at all necessary.

Thanks for your help -- and Carl -- you can let go of my throat now...

Posted in Useful Resources Phil Grout|12:08 PM GMT|February 26th 2015

We recently interviewed author Mike McKinley about his new book, 'The Resurrection in Your Life: How the living Christ changes your world’. Here are some of the questions he tackles in this short interview:

0:08 - What is the book about?
0:36 - Why does the book cover the end of Luke and the beginning of Acts?
1:20 - Doesn’t the resurrection just prove that Jesus is who he said he is?
2:06 - How important is the doctrine of the ascension?
2:50 - How does this book follow on from The Cross in Your Life (formerly titled Passion)?
3:23 - What struck you as you wrote the book?
4:19 - What is your prayer for the book?

Posted in Useful Resources Phil Grout|10:41 AM GMT|February 25th 2015

The resurrection matters. You know that already if you are a Christian; but do you know why? Mike McKinley explains in this 1 minute video:

Posted in Useful Resources Mike McKinley|11:44 AM GMT|February 24th 2015

I love stories. Some of my favorite childhood memories are set in my hometown’s local library, where I would load up on books to devour on long summer days. (Yes, I was a major nerd, thanks for asking.)

Now that I have five kids of my own, I spend far more time reading stories to them than I do working through the stacks of novels on my bedside table. And whether it is reading Cinderella to my preschool set or Around the World in 80 Days to my older kids, most great stories seem to follow the same basic outline. First, there’s an introduction to the main character and his or her world (meet Cinderella). Next up comes the main character’s problem (Cinderella’s family is unkind to her), and then a potential solution that holds the promise of happiness (a fairy godmother and a good-looking prince!) But then, just when you think things are going to end well, there’s a crisis that calls everything into question (the stroke of midnight!) Only at the end do we get the final resolution that makes sense of the crisis and assures the happiness of the main character (a duke with a glass slipper and a whole bunch of happily ever after!)

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Posted in Useful Resources Phil Grout|2:15 PM GMT|February 23rd 2015

Here’s a fantastic new infographic from Josh Byers and Zach Dietrich, ‘Did Jesus rise from the dead?’:

As it says at the bottom of the infographic, ‘the most plausible explanation of the facts of the resurrection is that God raised Jesus from the dead!’ But why does it actually matter right here and right now?

This week at The Good Book Company, we’re very excited to be launching Mike McKinley’s new book, The Resurrection in Your Life: How the living Christ changes your world.

Mike’s new book takes the fact that God raised Jesus from the dead and shows how that changes everything in every way.

Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|6:00 AM GMT|February 23rd 2015

Intense, prolonged suffering can cause the strongest believer to question God's love for him or her. In the face of personal trial, even psalm-writing Asaph wondered whether God had abandoned him for ever.


1 I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
5 I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
7 ‘Will the Lord reject for ever?
Will he never show his favour again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished for ever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?’

Psalm 77:1-9

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|4:30 PM GMT|February 20th 2015

God’s plans are bigger, and His promises reach wider, than we often think.

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us
2 so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
3 May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.
4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples with equity
and guide the nations of the earth.
5 May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.
6 The land yields its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.
7 May God bless us still,
so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.
Psalm 67

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Posted in The Good Book Quiz The Quiz Team|12:00 PM GMT|February 20th 2015

Which Gospel contains the most parables?

  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always _____ and not give up.

  • run
  • argue
  • fight
  • pray

Which of these books does NOT have 4 chapters?

  • Ruth
  • Philippians
  • Haggai
  • Jonah

Which was Jesus' first "I am" statement?

  • I am the Bread of Life
  • I am the Good Shepherd
  • I am the Way, the Truth and the Life
  • I am the true Vine

Which King helps the exiles return to Israel in the book of Ezra?

  • David
  • Cyrus
  • Solomon
  • Hezekiah

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is ____.

  • not
  • failure
  • sad
  • gain

Which is the only Old Testament book with a single chapter?

  • Lamentations
  • Nahum
  • Malachi
  • Obadiah

 

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