When evangelism feels impossible: coming to Jesus before going to make disciples

Jonty Allcock | June 3rd 2019

When I hear that from the lips of Jesus, I feel just as weak and overwhelmed as the first eleven disciples standing on the mountain. I’m daunted as I look at the sheer numbers of people who have never heard about Jesus in our world. In fact, come to that, I’m daunted by the number of people who live on my street. The task feels too big.... continue reading

 

How should we pay our pastors?

Christopher Ash | May 31st 2019

A hard-working pastor, who labours in preaching and teaching, who cares for his people and prays for them, who leads the team that directs the affairs of the church, ought to be in no doubt that he is greatly valued. He ought to be free from crippling financial uncertainty and worries, so that he can give himself uninterruptedly to the noble task entrusted to his care.... continue reading

 

Here’s a framework for whether you should watch <insert TV show>

Dan Strange | May 30th 2019

As a Christian, is it ok for me to watch [insert generic TV show with sex and/or violence]?... continue reading

 

Stop praying “be with” prayers

Alistair Begg | May 29th 2019

I want to erase the two words that shut most of our prayers down. Here they are: “Be with…”... continue reading

 

Christian, answer questions people are actually asking

Timothy Keller | May 27th 2019

Finally my professor summoned some courage and said, “Professor Tillich, that wasn’t really the student’s question. Could you answer the question the student actually asked?” The response was quick and withering: “No, because they aren’t asking the right questions.”... continue reading

 

This one thing will keep your pastor going year after year

Christopher Ash | May 23rd 2019

A pastor’s visits one week included these two. The first was to a home where all was well. Ryan and Steph were prosperous; the home was pleasant; a good car sat on the driveway; the children were being educated in expensive schools; their manners were good; talent abounded.... continue reading

 

Is free will an illusion?

Sharon Dirckx | May 22nd 2019

If we are just our brains—if our decisions are simply the product of synapses firing—are we really free in any meaningful sense? A number of scientists and philosophers strongly believe not. It may seem to us that our choices are freely made, but free will is actually an illusion, they argue. We simply do what our brains tell us.... continue reading

 

Three questions to ask yourself when you’re telling children a Bible story

Steph Williams | May 21st 2019

Telling Bible stories to children, at home or in church, is often a challenge. A younger sibling may be trying to eat the book, or poke someone in the eye. In toddler groups, someone is inevitably standing right in front of the book or making off with a visual aid. It’s not always easy to hold attention or make the story meaningful.... continue reading

 

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

 
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