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.

When a Bleeding Woman Dared Touch the Messiah || Women, Periods, and Jesus

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 Esther from Mat&Est

“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...

Pentecost – An Unheeded Call to do the Unexpected

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.

Summer 2019: Books, Podcasts, and Music Recommendations

According to every blog, podcast, vlog… and basically any online creator-content-thing, summer is THE SEASON for recommendations. Not themed recommendations, like Christmas or Easter, but just general recommendations. For some reason, probably the longer days, we feel like there is more time to indulge in slow activities. Suddenly there is time for reading those books you’ve been piling up; listening to the podcasts that have been waiting for you; and having spontaneous dance parties.

Because all three of those activities are highly, highly, highly at Finding Chaya, I am jumping on the recommendations wagon. (Spontaneous dance parties are a regular occurrence!) But because I’m only one person, I didn’t just want to give you “my recommendations”. That would be way too opinionated. Fortunately I have some fabulous girl friends so I’ve asked them to share their top picks for Summer 2019 too.

So here is our crowd sourced recommendations for Summer 2019…

Ascension Day

You see, today is almost more important that Pentecost. In fact, I would go so far as saying that if the particular event we remember today had never happened then we would never have had Pentecost. You see, today is Ascension Day. Also known as the day when Jesus went up (/ascended) to heaven. The impression that we are given from the Gospels, like John 14v15-31, is that the Holy Spirit would not be able to come in the way that we know it while Jesus was still here. Seeing as how Pentecost is as much about how the Holy Spirit first moved amongst the disciples as it is about what the disciples did, it appears that Ascension Day had to happen first.