As Ireland goes to the polls today to decide whether or not to allow same-sex marriage, this is a question that Bible-believing Christians there may well be facing before too long. It's a dilemma that Christians in England, Ireland and Wales—not to mention many states in the US—are already having to think through.... continue reading
When the soldiers and officials arrived to arrest Jesus, which of these were they NOT carrying?
Which book records Moses' death?
After Jesus and Paul, who is mentioned most often in the New Testament?
After God/Jesus, who is mentioned the most often in the Old Testament?
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him _______.
Which Gospel contains the parable of The Pearl of Great Value?
How many chapters does 1 Peter have?
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In tolerant 21st century Britain, your lack of support for something you believe is wrong will no longer be tolerated.
That’s one of the implications of the much-reported “gay cake case”, in which a Northern Ireland bakery run by Christians has been found guilty of discrimination for refusing to decorate a cake bearing a “Support Gay Marriage” slogan.... continue reading
Should Christians eat meat, or just vegetables? It's a more complex question than you might think at first glance, and one we give our attention to during National Vegetarian Week.
There has been growing concern about a whole variety of issues which should rightly affect the way Christians think about this question.... continue reading
Books have been written on how best to support people who self-harm. We don’t have the space to go into detail on a blog. But here are our ten top tips for supporting those who struggle:
Spend time thinking about what the person has been through and listening to them talk. How have they been sinned against? What distorted views do they hold about themselves and God? Are they using self-harm to try to bring cleansing / control / sensation or punishment?... continue reading
Which animal is mentioned the most in the Bible?
What's the average number of verses in a Psalm?
Which book finishes, "'and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,' declares the LORD Almighty."
Who was talking all night when Eutychus fell out the window in Acts 20?
Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his _____.
To which city was Jonah told to go?
Who wrote 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?'
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It was after the Sunday evening service. My (then) minister asked me if he could have a chat with me. He sat me down and said, “Richard, I think you have clinical depression”. As he is one of my best friends, this got my attention!
I had been feeling very low for a year, and knew the reason why - but then we all feel like that sometimes, don’t we? –yet, that I had ‘clinical depression’ had never occurred to me.... continue reading
Statistics show that as many as 17% of people will experience suicidal thoughts during their lifetime. Suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under the age of 25. Some describe it as a "waste", others a "mystery", many as a "tragedy" but, in quiet corners, there are other groups of people: those who see it as an "appealing option". Today on The Good Book Blog we meet one Christian who sought suicide, tried suicide but is now praising God for her life.... continue reading
I was delighted when I got the message over Facebook—it made my day in fact.
An old member of my youth group from 20 years ago got in touch. We had been very close when he was a teenager, but he had dropped off the radar completely.... continue reading