Harry Potter and the Millennials – Why do we love the Wizarding World so much?

There are a lot of books out there about children who have a specific destiny or appear to be “chosen”. Sometimes they are a group, like the Pevensies in the Chronicles of Narnia, and sometimes they are solo, like Percy Jackson in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. But for some reason, they haven’t struck the same chord as Harry Potter did. The orphan with a lightning bolt scar, who lived in the Cupboard Under the Stairs and found out he was a wizard, captured the heart of a generation. While adults did read the books, it is those of us who grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione who have kept their story alive.

What the Bible Says About the Body || Whole Self

As Christians, we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about our bodies. We spend a lot of time thinking about the state of our hearts, minds, souls, but not the physical miracle that we carry them around in. So as I start a new series on what the Bible says about the different parts of the self listed in The Greatest Commandment (bible reference), I thought I would start with the body.

Hate Bananas? || Creamy Smoothies the Way You Want Them

God gave us bananas and cauliflowers and mangoes and peas as food to nourish us. However, the fact that He made it taste so good and that it features so much in celebrations suggests that He probably wants us to enjoy it too. So while this post was called “Hate Bananas?”, I don’t want you to hate this smiley yellow fruit. If you don’t like it, then use an alternative that you do enjoy. If we need to eat and drink to survive, then we might as well eat and drink what we enjoy.

Jesus Didn’t Blog || How can We Reach the Unreached if We do not Go Out and Meet Them?

Here is the kicker. There are less and less people in this country who have a Christian in their life. I’ve had at least two friends who have said I was their first Christian friend. I didn’t meet them until I was 18 and 24! On a national level, while I have to admit I can’t find a source to prove this, it definitely feels like nominal Christians (those who identify as Christian but don’t believe) are on the decline. The pressure to attend a carol service at Christmas or Easter Sunday Holy Communion is reducing and, while all clouds have a silver lining, this means that fewer and fewer people will hear the Gospel. So while The Unreached within a missional setting typically refers to people groups with no indigenous church, it also seems that there are a growing number within Britain who are just as unreached.

Deborah: The Only Female Judge

Did you know that Israel didn’t always have kings? No, it wasn’t because they had queens instead. Israel was effectively leaderless and run according to the 12 tribes descended from the 12 sons of Jacob. However, when they were most needed, God would raise up individuals known as Judges to provide leadership. As you are probably expecting, almost all these
Judges were men apart from Deborah.

6 Questions with Jessie Cross

“6 Questions with…” is an opportunity for women and girls everywhere to share something about their passions and lives. (It’s also a fantastic excuse for me to be really nosey and learn more about the incredible women I admire.) This week I’m putting Jessie Cross...

The Power of Poetry in the Psalms || Psalm 16

I have loved poetry for as long as I can remember. In Years 3 and 4, it was classics like Please Mrs. Butler (which I can still recite parts of) and The Highway Man that had my attention and love. In Year 6 I discovered Tyger by William Blake and fell in love the romantic poets, though it took me a decade to understand what romanticism truly meant (FYI way more philosophical then you’d think). During my GCSEs, I fell in love the words of Simon Armitage; reading Kid still brings me out in goosebumps and tingles from how the words feel on my tongue. There is something about poetry that captures the human experience in a way that nothing else does. The way it ripples when you read it out loud or recite it by heart. Even the best songs cannot have the same impact as poetry can.