We need to talk about your pastor

Emily Robertson | May 6th 2019

My grandfather and dad were both full-time chaplains for the London City Mission, my father-in-law is a vicar, and my husband is an elder in our local church - while also studying part-time for an MA in Christian ministry. I live a close distance from men who aspire to shepherd God’s people and in so doing have chosen a bittersweet path. In public they are men who lead up-front, but in private they are often on their knees.... continue reading

 

Friday Quiz: Paul's Prayers

Eleanor Elms | May 3rd 2019

The Friday Quiz makes a comeback to celebrate the launch of Pray Big by Alistair Begg: be inspired by the Apostle Paul to pray bigger and better as Begg walks you through the prayers of Paul to the Ephesians. But first, how well do you know the prayers of Paul?... continue reading

 

Our prayers reveal our priorities

Alistair Begg | April 30th 2019

To pray is an admission and an expression of dependence. A self-assured person is not going to pray prayers of petition; there’s no need to pray if you think you have got it all covered. A self-righteous person is not going to pray prayers of confession; there’s no need to pray if you think you’re good enough to earn God’s blessing.... continue reading

 

Horror in our hearts - how the gospel confronts the harrowing world of Game of Thrones

Katy Morgan | April 26th 2019

I once had a conversation with a friend about Game of Thrones that led to talking about Jesus. Or at least, it nearly did. But I bottled it.... continue reading

 

The most important 5 letter word in Calvinism

J.A. Medders | April 25th 2019

The most important five-letter word in Calvinism isn’t TULIP. It’s Jesus. He has first place in everything (Colossians 1 v 18). The whole Bible is about him (John 5 v 39). The apostle Paul tells us again and again that our swagger must go and we are to boast only in the Lord. “So let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (2 Corinthians 10 v 17). If we are going to toot a horn, there’s one note we have: “But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6 v 14). Christ is our confidence. Christ is our cause. Christ is our song.... continue reading

 

Q&A with Helen Thorne: how to pray for your city

Peter Anderson | April 24th 2019

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an author? What is it that drives somebody to take an idea and run with it all the way to a printed book on sale in the local bookshop? In reality, it’s probably different for everyone. But what follows is a glimpse into one author’s story. Helen recently co-wrote 5 Things to Pray for Your City, and we asked her to tell us a bit about herself and the passion that motivated her to write.... continue reading

 

3 truths for soon to be graduates

Eleanor Elms | April 23rd 2019

Two years ago today, I handed in my dissertation. I took the obligatory photos in front of the university clock tower, handed it in and retreated to the sofa with friends feeling slightly empty and lost.... continue reading

 

He Died, That We Might Live: Good Friday Meditations

Marcus Nodder | April 19th 2019

One of the best ways to view a diamond is to put it against a dark background and shine a bright light on it from the side. The contrast reveals the wonder of the stone in all its perfection. So too with the cross. The dark backdrop of the cost to Jesus, contrasted with the light of the blessings we enjoy, reveals the wonder and glory of the cross. May these Easter contrasts fill our hearts with gratitude and our mouths with praise.... continue reading

 

How to teach our children to use screens with wisdom

Julie Masson | April 18th 2019

How should today’s parents be thinking when it comes to digital technology, especially smartphones? ... continue reading

 

Feeling passion at the Passion

Tim Thornborough | April 17th 2019

What should we feel about Easter?

It’s a question I grappled with as I read through the gospel passion narratives preparing to write a book for children.... continue reading

 
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