Spotlight – December 2017

Spotlight is our monthly focus on prayer.  This month we’re profiling the Christmas appeals of two mission organisations:  Samaritan’s Purse and Tearfund. Samaritan’s Purse First up is the long-running ‘Operation Christmas Child,’ an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse (also known as the ‘Shoebox Appeal’).  The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a…

Review of ‘Promises Kept’

|Barry Dysert| Most Christians, I suspect, will be interested in learning about biblical promises, especially since God’s promises are guaranteed to come true. By studying these promises we gain reassurance of God’s future commitments as we see how He has kept the commitments that have already come to pass. In short, it’s a faith-building exercise. …

The Decline of Culture could be a Golden Opportunity

There is a growing consensus that the West is in a period of steep moral and cultural decline. By casting off the shackles of morality, secular humanism has not delivered on the freedom and peace that it once promised. And we are dealing with the legacy of that failure today.  Four out of every ten marriages…

Top Seven – December 2017

Seven of the best articles we’ve come across in the last couple of weeks: Marshall Segal– ‘Why Do You Have A Phone?’ – Desiring God. “Our phones used to be a means to relationship, a means to work, a means to ministry. The iPhone suddenly made the means an end — or perhaps better, a means to me.” — CT – ‘How…

When You Don’t ‘Feel’ Like A Christian

|Kayla Lynn| Sometimes I don’t act very “Christian.” At times, I think it’s because of my background (being a Christian in a non-Christian home is an adventure in itself). Some days, I wonder why I succumb to temptation so readily, as though I’m hardly trying to resist it. “For we know that the law is…

‘Gospel Witness’ – Dr Joseph Boot

How should we think about Christian apologetics in a society where people are encouraged to discover, determine, and live their own truth? Christian apologist Joseph Boot explains that Christ-centred gospel witness is about getting to the heart of a person, because the root of unbelief is a heart condition, not a lack of evidence or convincing…

The Book of Matthew

‘Logos’ (meaning ‘word’ in Greek) helps you to get the most out of the Bible.  We share the best resources from across the online world to enable you go deeper in your personal study of God’s Word.   The Bible Project (www.thebibleproject.com) is a small creative studio based in Portland, USA, which creates short animated videos…

Sharing the Gospel in a Secular Age

Why is sharing the gospel different in today’s secular world, and how should we go about it?  Russell Moore, Tim Keller and Collin Hansen consider these questions in a recent roundtable discussion for The Gospel Coalition.

Spotlight #1

Spotlight is our monthly focus on prayer.  This month we’re looking at Open Doors as it hosts its annual Day of Prayer for the persecuted church on 19 November.  Why not take some time to pray through some of these issues with your church? For more information, see https://www.opendoorsuk.org/act/international-day-prayer/   

The Trouble with Gossip

Our ‘Kingdom Calling’ series looks at a particular aspect of Christian discipleship to help us grow in our faith.  Today we’re tackling the issue of gossip. Why does gossip feel so good?  John Piper looks at how this sin can both destroy relationships and damage ourselves.

Top Seven – November 2017

Seven of the best articles I’ve come across in the last month: Bruce Ashford – ‘How America Lost Its Mind’ – The Gospel Coalition. An excellent review of Kurt Anderson’s controversial new book, Fantasyland. — Melanie Phillips – ‘The Vanishing Conservative Party’ – MelaniePhillips.com. Melanie Phillips argues that there is much more to the Conservative Party’s failings than a…

Review of “5 Things to Pray for Your World”

Prayer can be difficult at the best of times.  But praying for the entire world can seem especially daunting.  This is the theme that Rachel Jones addresses in her latest book, “5 Things to Pray for Your World.” Helpfully, we find that we don’t have to pray for the entire world all at once. Each…