Why I Love My Workplace Fellowship || The Importance of Meeting with Christians from All Denominations
f you believe that Jesus Christ died for your (and the world’s) sins, died on the cross, was buried, and then raised from the dead after three days, you are part of the same Church as me.
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.
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.
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…” 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...
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.
Why We Need Men Like Hawkeye Pierce and Jesse Katsopolis || The Importance of Strong Men Who Give a Damm!
Okay. You wanna know why I can't help D.J. with her campaign? I can't help you with your Stay in School campaign because I didn't stay in school… [later in the episode]… Okay. You guys win. I'm going back to night school.Jesse Katsopolis // Full House At this...
Jesus healed a woman who was suffering from problems related to her menstrual cycle.
He didn’t skip over the fact that she is ill because of bleeding. Instead, Mick did something I never dreamed I would hear in any church. He used it as a chance to show that Jesus did not allow taboos, or even laws around what was unclean, to stop Him from doing good. He did not condemn the woman for touching Him before rushing off to make Himself clean. Instead, Jesus healed her of something that had, unfairly, separated her off from society.
You could accuse Mick of bowing to the demands of feminism and #menstrualrealism. Then again, I will confess to being all for menstrual realism and smashing that particular taboo. So it probably won’t come as much of a surprise that this part of Mick’s sermon really got to me. That he used it as an opportunity to challenge us over how we responded to women and girls struggling with menstrual-related problems was incredible.
“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 Esther from...
Every year Pentecost is a reminder that the Church started when a bunch of unassuming, and scared, people did the unexpected in faith. They stepped out, knowing that God had their backs. Don’t let their actions just be part of a fun story about how the Gospel began to be spread across the world. This reminder is a call to us to follow in their steps. To do the unexpected, knowing that God’s Holy Spirit is with us all the way.