Around his neck, historian John Dickson wears a silver denarius – a Roman coin dated between AD14 and AD37. Why? Well, he explains…Read More
Jesus sums up all God’s commands in a couple of sentences. But every day, something I carry in my pocket proves to be the most common reason I fail to love both God and others.Read More
This week, I stood by my daughter’s grave. It didn’t feel like a year since we said goodbye. The soil had now settled, and grass had grown on the dirt that we’d shovelled on top of her tiny resting place.Read More
Have four years really passed since England’s humiliating exit from their own Rugby World Cup?
For me, watching rugby and godliness have gone together like toothpaste and orange juice.Read More
By now, we’re asking ourselves one question: Are these relationships for real? Or are the islanders playing a game, looking for money and fame?
But one thing’s for sure: if anyone’s playing a game, it’s the show’s producers.Read More
“Dan, I’m using an app which records our phone call – legally I have to ask if you’re ok with that.”
“Legally, I am,” came Dan’s wry response to my boring question. Within ten minutes the app had crashed and our phone call was cut off. Twice.Read More
I assumed this was about its compelling content. But as I flicked through the book, some of the chapter headings I saw were these:
The Japanese Domestic Toilet. Zombies: They’re Us. Birdwatching. Adult Colouring Books.Read More
This week, English football fans were treated to two unforgettable comebacks.
Liverpool overturned a 3-0 deficit to beat the mighty Barcelona 4-0. Spurs did the same to Ajax.Read More
Taylor Swift is back in an explosion of sugary, Poppins-in-Paris goodness. (You’ll see what I mean when you watch the video).Read More
I feel overwhelmed.
Unending to-do lists: Bible. Preaching. Prayer. Must get to the station. Meetings. Church service. Let’s go for a beer. Parenting.Read More
“When Jesus rose from the dead, he didn’t make a speech to the world; he made breakfast for his friends,” writes one author.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
In Rachel Jones’ recent book Is This It? she describes what it feels like to have a ‘quarter life crisis.’ We caught up with Rachel and asked her to tell us more.Read More
Israel had lost God (1 Samuel 4:22). The Philistines had captured the ‘ark of the covenant’ – the symbol of God’s presence and glory.
But the Philistines’ mistreatment of the ark wrought havoc. God smashed their idols (1 Samuel 5:4) and brought the bubonic plague on its capturers (1 Samuel 5:6).
So the people of Ashdod passed the ark to the people of Gath. They passed it to the people of Ekron who didn’t want it either.Read More
After Liam Neeson’s friend was raped by a black man, he admits that he:
‘went up and down the area with a cosh. Hoping…some black ******* would…have a go at me, so that I could kill him.’
Racism, like rape, is the ugly attack on human dignity, given by God to reflect his glory (Genesis 1:27).Read More
We’re not fans, but followers of Jesus.
And this won’t be easy. His life was filled with suffering, finishing in the worst place imaginable: the cross. We may never be physically killed – but following Jesus will mean something similar for us.Read More
I’ve worked in quite a few workplaces – bars, shops, homes, schools and offices.
With different kinds of workplaces come different kinds of people. But when it comes to my colleagues, one thing has remained the same.
People moan.Read More