How should Christians respond to terrorism?

How should Christians respond to terrorism?

In the wake of recent horrific terrorist attacks (which are now almost a daily occurrence) in Barcelona, Finland, Russia, London and many other places, there are many different reactions. Some people are inclined to panic; others put on a show of resilience, resolve and unity; and some angrily attack back, verbally or otherwise. But how should […]

18th Century Methodism (1): an introduction to the social movement

18th Century Methodism (1): an introduction to the social movement

Christians who look back to the 18th century usually focus on the spiritual revival that took place, often termed the ‘Great Awakening’. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, what can tend to be left-out and forgotten is the enormous social impact the movement had on society. Methodism was a movement that grew out of a […]

Creation - a frog

Is Creationism a red herring?

“I think” wrote Charles Darwin on his iconic first sketch of the tree of life. He went on to express his thoughts when urged to write them as a book, On the Origin of Species, and took his thoughts to their logical conclusion in The Descent of Man. The nation had been primed to receive […]

Polling Station, election

Fear and faith: some thoughts on the General Election

I think we can all agree elections and election campaigning are extremely divisive. Many worry about the outcome of the election. Meanwhile the politicians sling insults at each other, sharing untruthful and misleading memes and videos to try and win more support. They declaim the other side as evil and wrong, ‘we are the only […]

God in our hobbies: writing worship

God in our hobbies: writing worship

I love sitting down with my guitar and coming up with a song. Granted, I am not a great singer or a great musician, in fact, I’m probably one of the worst around. Nonetheless, to spend time with God and giving praise to him, there is nothing I’d rather do. The Bible says to ‘make […]

Decisions, decisions...

Discerning God’s will: when decisions need to be made…

Before you read the rest of this, let me just tell you a bit about myself. I am a final year student studying to be teacher. I have approximately 5 weeks left before I have finished uni for good (not that I am counting of course!) I currently do not have a job lined up […]

Reading Bible

The importance of reading and meditating on your Bible every day

I remember a little ditty I learnt as a youngster, to the tune of London’s Burning: Read your Bible, read your Bible read it daily, read it daily. It’s a lamp; it’s a lamp, and a light to your pathway. The words are simple but they are so true. It’s based on Psalm 119:105, which […]

Authentic Worship

The solution: authenticity in worship

In the last two posts, there has been analysis of both traditional and modern worship, showing both the positives and the negatives. This third and final post will aim to bring both of these together, discuss authenticity and finish off with showing a few examples of each styles. Tunes I think it can be agreed […]

‘Modern’ worship: du jour, but is it Gospel pure?

‘Modern’ worship: du jour, but is it Gospel pure?

From the post on traditional worship, we can see that hymns are beneficial to the church. We now turn our focus towards modern or contemporary worship, choruses, bands, and artists. We have already defined Godly worship; but before we begin, what is ‘modern worship’? Well it’s about bringing in new styles of music/instruments into the church.  It’s […]