Navigating through romantic relationships in a porn-filled, Tinder-loving, swipe-right culture is difficult enough for anyone. How much more for Christians who God calls to purity, peace and patience?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
He got out. After thirty hours of escape room torture, Radio 1’s Greg James was finally released into the real world – and just in time for the Brit Awards.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
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
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
‘Oooh!’ I leapt from the sofa. ‘Tom, look.’
I showed him my phone. He just laughed at me. I began messaging my friends, sure that they’d give me a better response – our favourite band was back in the country.
Within seconds, the phone was a vibrating whirl of GIF’s and exclamation marks.
And then I started thinking – am I ever that excited about God? The writers of the New Testament were.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
A circle of people sit in silence. The tension in the room is thick.
Everyone’s looking down at their Bibles, not daring to meet anyone else's eyes. Some barely seem to breathe. The question lingers in the air like smoke. And it won’t go away.
Who’s going to crack first?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
Mark Meynell has battled depression and shame throughout his life and ministry. Mental illness can be hard to talk about in church, let alone if you’re a church leader.Read More
A new city, a new job, a new flat, a new church family. Change is hard. Especially when it all comes at once.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
We've all been there. That moment when your mate's joke bombs. When you forget someone's name. When you mistake a stranger for your dad (true story).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