Are your prayers like Paul's prayers?

Alistair Begg | May 17th 2019

When I read Paul’s prayers, I am always struck by the fact that many of the matters that are the focus of my prayers are absent in his.... continue reading

 

Is religious experience just brain activity?

Sharon Dirckx | May 14th 2019

Many people admit to having prayed at some point in life, be that at bedtime as a child, or amid a crisis as an adult. Many people, regardless of their beliefs about God, perceive prayer to be a useful religious activity. But what happens in the brain when people pray? In recent years, this discipline of the devout has been studied closely by neuroscientists.... continue reading

 

4 surprising ways you can encourage your pastor

Christopher Ash | May 9th 2019

Just suppose you want to put a spring in your pastor or minister’s step this week. You decide – for some reason – that you really want to make him joyful, to put in his heart a delight and cheerfulness as he goes about his work of pastoral care. What will you do?... continue reading

 

Christian: your sermon feedback really does make a difference!

Joe Henegan | May 7th 2019

To mark the launch of Christopher Ash’s new release The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read (but is too embarrassed to ask) we approached a collection of pastors to find out what kind of things really, genuinely encourage them in their work.

And what came back was gloriously simple.... continue reading

 

What you watch on Saturday night is unavoidably linked to what you hear on Sunday morning

Dan Strange | May 7th 2019

We live in a world of constant information.

Just think about your day so far. Here’s how my morning looked…

Alarm turns on the radio: government minister being grilled over education policy.

Walk the dog, headphones firmly in, listening to a film review podcast.... continue reading

 

We need to talk about your pastor

Emily Robertson | May 6th 2019

My grandfather and dad were both full-time chaplains for the London City Mission, my father-in-law is a vicar, and my husband is an elder in our local church - while also studying part-time for an MA in Christian ministry. I live a close distance from men who aspire to shepherd God’s people and in so doing have chosen a bittersweet path. In public they are men who lead up-front, but in private they are often on their knees.... continue reading

 

Friday Quiz: Paul's Prayers

Eleanor Elms | May 3rd 2019

The Friday Quiz makes a comeback to celebrate the launch of Pray Big by Alistair Begg: be inspired by the Apostle Paul to pray bigger and better as Begg walks you through the prayers of Paul to the Ephesians. But first, how well do you know the prayers of Paul?... continue reading

 

Our prayers reveal our priorities

Alistair Begg | April 30th 2019

To pray is an admission and an expression of dependence. A self-assured person is not going to pray prayers of petition; there’s no need to pray if you think you have got it all covered. A self-righteous person is not going to pray prayers of confession; there’s no need to pray if you think you’re good enough to earn God’s blessing.... continue reading

 

Horror in our hearts - how the gospel confronts the harrowing world of Game of Thrones

Katy Morgan | April 27th 2019

I once had a conversation with a friend about Game of Thrones that led to talking about Jesus. Or at least, it nearly did. But I bottled it.... continue reading

 

The most important 5 letter word in Calvinism

J.A. Medders | April 25th 2019

The most important five-letter word in Calvinism isn’t TULIP. It’s Jesus. He has first place in everything (Colossians 1 v 18). The whole Bible is about him (John 5 v 39). The apostle Paul tells us again and again that our swagger must go and we are to boast only in the Lord. “So let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (2 Corinthians 10 v 17). If we are going to toot a horn, there’s one note we have: “But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6 v 14). Christ is our confidence. Christ is our cause. Christ is our song.... continue reading

 
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