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Do Catholics and Protestants believe in the same God?

This is different to the question “Can Catholics be Christian?”, to which the answer would be a hearty yes! This question looks at the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church and compares them to those of Protestants and asks if we are talking about the same thing.

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The danger of Christian sluggishness

One of the things that trouble me about discussions of sermon length is the all-too-frequent assumption that it’s the preachers who need to change if people are switching off in sermons.

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Allowing grief to be grief: Pastorally caring for those experiencing miscarriage

As Christians, we believe a child is a child from conception: inside or outside of the womb doesn’t matter. So we need to let grief be grief, and treat miscarriage accordingly. Most of us are also not professional counsellors, but as pastoral carers, here’s some ideas we can think about.

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I don’t have the right to watch Formula 1

For Christians, the Scriptures urge us to see that we are no longer bound to be worshippers of temporary, fleshly things. We are free! But oddly, we find ourselves caught wandering towards that all-too-familiar call of our old master.

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When ministry is unglamorous

When Jesus says we need to take up our cross daily, he’s not just talking about enduring pain and hardship from the world (although that needs to happen). We need to die to ourselves daily, completely, which includes dying to our dreams of what it will look like to serve God, both now and in th...

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Active reading

Some helpful suggestions on making notes while reading so that you can remember what you've read and refer to it easily in the future.

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Love, logic, and the problem of evil

For many Christians, the presence of evil in the world becomes a conundrum to solve as we discover, to our horror and shame, how deeply the presence of evil runs in the inner universe of our hearts.

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Top 5 Ideas

Guidance on how to be a man

  • Peter Sholl
  • 29 May 2015

Warning: this post contains an obvious conclusion, but read on anyway! I am a 40-something Christian man. I am married, and at the moment I live in Australia (although I usually live in Mexico). I enjoy the cricket, can cook a good steak, and will happily go to the

Assessing maturity

  • Colin Marshall
  • 9 October 2015

How would you assess the maturity of your church? If you were designing a maturity survey for your members, what questions would you ask?

Putting the mini in ministry

  • Laura Blyth
  • 19 October 2015

What are the small things we can all do that make a big difference in our churches?

Tips for being a false teacher

  • Tim Grant
  • 26 October 2015

So you’ve decided to forgo the straight and narrow and teach things that are… well… not strictly speaking true. It makes sense; after all, surely we’re all a little bored by the same Christian message year after year, millennia after millennia.

How the doctrine of election fuelled Jesus’ work

  • Hannah Ploegstra
  • 2 November 2015

The New Testament unanimously presents the doctrine of election as a glad and glorious reality of the gospel. The staggering news that God has loved Christ’s people from before the foundation of the world, creating us for mercy, blessing and joy, offers much-needed confidence and security as we walk by faith in the weakness of the flesh.

Top 5 Resources

The Course of Your Life

  • Tony Payne
  • 20 March 2013

Life changing course: how can we teach and train Christians to catch this captivating vision of being a disciple-making disciple in every aspect of our lives?

Six Steps to Reading Your Bible

  • Tony Payne
  • 27 March 2013

This six session, video-based course is ideal for small groups, and teaches the basics of the how and why of reading the Bible.

Six Steps to Loving Your Church

  • Tony Payne
  • 28 June 2013

A stimulating video-based course for small groups that will help people to change their whole mindset about church—to learn that ‘loving’ your church doesn’t just mean enjoying it or liking it, but actively serving and loving the people who are the church in whatever way possible.

The Art of Living (Proverbs)

  • Bryson Smith
  • 22 July 2013

How should I live my life? When it comes to the art of living, the book of Proverbs is the best place to start, because its wisdom is no less than God's wisdom. These studies help you to understand what true wisdom is and how true wisdom is ultimately found in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. (8 studies; leader's notes included)

How to Walk Into Church

  • Tony Payne
  • 1 June 2015

A new book for everyone who goes to church, from one of the co-authors of The Trellis and the Vine.

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