It felt like a long time since he’d started. His legs felt heavy. The race stretched out ahead: relentless and seemingly impossible. Doubt settled in, as painful as his limbs.Read More
Do you know what really makes Jesus angry?
Recently I was in Norway for a mate’s wedding.Read More
As a teacher, I love the summer holidays: so many weeks to visit friends, see family, explore new places.
But while holidays can mean being away from our church family more than usual, this doesn’t mean being away from God’s people.Read More
The church is dying… Half of churchgoers are pensioners… Average age of congregations rises again… No under 50s in a quarter of churches…
Headlines like this can be found everywhere. They’re designed to be dramatic, suggesting the decline of Christianity.Read More
Being a young person is hard. I’m sure you still remember it. Puberty. Parties. Peer pressure. All children face challenges as they grow into adults.Read More
Do you want gospel-centered church relationships? Do you long to see more of God? Do you want to please him?
I’ve felt all those things at various points, and I discovered all the answers on a Tuesday evening. At the prayer meeting.
Here’s why.Read More
Last year someone involved in the marketing of a Christian conference told me that the leadership wanted to make its images more ethnically diverse.Read More
I recently attended the thanksgiving service for Daniel at my church. Daniel was a disabled man and had suffered a second stroke. He died leaving behind his wife and son.Read More
When a group of people want to do what is right, but disagree about how to get there, there’s chaos.
Think Brexit.Read More
Darren McGarvey’s mum was an alcoholic and addict. After an episode of childish disobedience, she chased him upstairs and held him against a wall with a knife.Read More
‘Go make disciples.’ Jesus used his last words on earth to give his disciples a job to do. Don’t miss what he’s saying: being disciples means making disciples. It means telling others about Jesus and helping them follow his commandments.Read More
‘James, can I ask you a question?’
It was Sunday night. And after our church’s evening service I bump into a friend who I haven’t seen for a while.Read More
Sometimes, dragging yourself out of bed on a Sunday morning and going to church is the last thing you want to do. Sometimes, you’d rather roll over and hit ‘snooze’.
There can be lots of reasons.
Maybe it’s that one person you can’t face. Maybe you’ve been going six months and still don’t feel welcome – or you’re afraid you’ll be roped in to more serving.Read More
This weekend there’ll be many celebrations across China as the country moves into the Chinese New Year. And 2019 is the year of the Pig.
According to Chinese culture, pigs are blessed with good fortune and are a symbol of financial blessing.
Chinese Christians are often not blessed with good fortune; but their blessings in Christ flow deeper than their finances.Read More
I grew up in a context where spending New Year’s Eve in church was the norm. There was something so powerful in committing the coming year to God…Read More
This last week I’ve been thinking about the Stoecklin family. Andrew Stoecklin was a pastor in California. At thirty, he was a husband and dad to three young boys.Read More
I recently wrote an article called Do Christians have to go to church? But even if we are part of one, our view of church doesn’t immediately fall into place.Read More
If Jesus’ sacrifice was enough to save you (Romans 3:28), why go to church?
All cultures across history have challenged the gospel with the philosophy of the day. Ours focuses on ‘the self’ before the community. So the challenge comes as no surprise.Read More
Ali walked down the steps of the aeroplane and onto the damp tarmac. The first thing the twelve-year old noticed about England was that it was a lot colder than home.Read More
"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." said Dumbledore to his students in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.Read More