Ash Wednesday

Today is one of the weird days of the liturgical calendar. Every other day is a celebration yet traditional services for Ash Wednesday end with the congregation having ash crosses drawn on our foreheads. A mark of mourning. Hardly celebratory. So why do we mark it?...

Thomas Cromwell: An Unsung Hero of Faith

If there’s one thing I’ve gleamed from you hero types it’s that there’s always hope.Captain Hook, Once Upon A Time Yeah, this is a post about a well-known figure from the English Reformation and I have started it with a quote from Once Upon A Time. But hey, if you...

A Sceptic’s Visit to the House of God

While studying in Sheffield, I met Tom as we were on the same course. Considering that we were both history graduates, we had surprisingly little in common. Our friendship over that year taught us both a lot about patience and the need to understand the other side of a debate. However, that didn’t stop me from being shocked when he asked to share about his experience going to church. What follows is the story of a devout atheist’s visit to church (in his own words).

Imagine if We Obsessed Over the God who Loves Us

When I think of how much God loves me, there are two verses that I think of. Genesis 1:27 and John 3:16. You see, God’s love isn’t just a a sub plot in the Bible. It is there from the very start and is a continuous thread that runs all the way through. Yet these two verses speak of God’s love for humanity in such a way that it goes beyond simple love. It is unconditional and foundational for us human beings and Christians.

6 Questions with Jen Hansard

This week I’m putting Jen Hansard in the hot seat. Jen is the founder of Simple Green Smoothies, which started as a blog with her friend, Jadah, but has gone on to become a major player in the Health and Wellness scene. She’s also a Christian with a huge heart for mission, which she shares with her community. But before I get carried away, I’ll let her introduce herself in her own words…

Candlemas

Traditionally, Candlemas had a two-fold purpose. Firstly, it celebrates the presentation of the baby Jesus to the temple. Secondly, it was a day to focus on how Christ is both King and Light of the World.