Being Christian in a Digital World

The Next storyI first heard about The Next Story while listening to the author, Tim Challies, interviewed on a podcast.  Tim is a prolific and well established Christian blogger (challies.com) and after hearing the interview I was inspired to read his book about “faith, friends, family and the digital world”. It was perfect timing, since I was feeling more aware of the changes technology was bringing to our lives (and my life) and I wanted to think more about. Here are some highlights from the book and a few reasons for you to read it too. Continue reading “Being Christian in a Digital World”

Hope for Ex-Readers

2018-09-05-pages-400At our Newy am Weekend Away this year I shared a book review with some radical advice for how to get going again on your Christian reading. It came from my own reading experiences and my recent Marie Kondo / decluttering activities.  I’ve turned that advice into a blog post for Gotherefor.com (link below). Enjoy, and all the best with your reading.

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Hebrew Words for ‘Grace’ in the OT

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Given this blog is called ‘Standing in Grace’, I’ve decided to write semi-regular posts on the topic of grace. Here’s the first one that came into my mind, a question really. What are the Hebrew words that are translated as ‘grace’ in our English Bibles? Can that help us understand grace better?

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How to sing in church

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I’ll confess straight up I’m not a great singer – I missed the cut in choir auditions at school. Neither am I any sort of dancer – I’m the guy who leaves the wedding / party once the dancing starts.My emotional life pretty much plays itself out internally. But despite all this, I think I’ve got a few ideas worth sharing about how to sing in church – especially for naturally reserved people like me.

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Reading the Old Testament: Reading with kids

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Psalm 1 describes the blessing of the person who does not “walk in the counsel of the wicked” but “delights in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Ps 1:1-2).And just like we want our kids to have all sorts of good things in life, we want them to have the spiritual blessing of knowing God’s word. But sometimes it’s hard work getting into the Bible and especially the Old Testament. Here’s a few ideas to get you started (or refreshed) with reading the Old Testament with your kids.

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Reading the Old Testament: Orientation

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1 Peter 1:10-12 clearly tell us the value of our Old Testaments: “(the prophets) were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit…”But what can we do if we’re keen to get into it but find it hard in practice?

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The Effectiveness of Prayer

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Many Christians believe in the value of prayer but not so much the effectiveness of prayer. We think it’s good to do, and good for us, but that it doesn’t make much of a difference to the future (since “God will do what he wants anyway”).  And so we don’t pray.

But is that right? What if we’re getting it wrong? What if the Bible told us that prayer really was effective?

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