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by Ben Baker

The Big Story #6: God's Church

The Big Story #6: God's Church

Rounding off our big Bible overview we look to the conclusion of the story and what we need to do to get there. God has chosen us to play a part in it, but how? What does it mean to be God's church?

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by Ben Baker

The Big Story #5: God's Son

The Big Story #5: God's Son

It all points to Him, everything that had come before, the promises, the prophecies, the people. Here we reach the climax of God's story in a person, God's son, Jesus Christ. We don't understand him until we see how he fits into what's come before.

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by Ben Baker

The Big Story #4: God's Prophets

The Big Story #4: God's Prophets

How do we make sense of those prophetic books? Are they for us? Are they just for the people of the time? We take a look at the rise of the prophets in one of the darkest times in Israel's history, the exile.

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by Ben Baker

The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

Look around the world and we see kings, presidents, leaders who are very much flawed. Israel had a king - God, but they wanted a human king. We look at how that worked out for God's people.

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by Ben Baker

The Big Story #2: God's People

The Big Story #2: God's People

God's story is both cosmic in scope and intimate in care, we see that as he chose to fulfil his purposes in a family. But why did God choose Abraham and the people of Israel to be the ones who would be a blessing to the whole world?

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by Ben Baker

The Big Story #1: God's Creation

The Big Story #1: God's Creation

Genesis means beginnings. We dive in to the start of the big story looking at what we can learn from those early chapters about who God is, who we are and what the story is all about...

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by Joe Riley

Introducing: The Big Story

Introducing: The Big Story

The Bible isn't just a book of rules, quaint quotations and doctrines, it's one big story. It's the story of the world, it's God's story and we are invited to play a part in it...

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by Aidan Watson

For Example... - James 5

For Example... - James 5

Aidan closes out our mini-series on the book of James reflecting on the examples James gives us to learn from; one to avoid and two to follow.

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by Annie Chambers

Pursuing Joy

Pursuing Joy

If joy is a fruit of the spirit, what do we do when the fruit has gone rotten, when instead of joy we are filled with dullness and despair? Annie explores what it means to pursue joy in the midst of depression.

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by Ben Baker

Playground or Battleground? - James 4

Playground or Battleground? - James 4

Continuing through the book James, we recieve a challenge to stay faithful to God in a faithless world, but how are we supposed to stay in the world but not of it?

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by Ben Baker

Bouncebackability

Bouncebackability

What does a former premier league manager have to say about what it means to live with wisdom and righteousness? A reflection on Proverbs 24:16.

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by Ben Baker

Worship Wars

Worship Wars

Hymn sandwiches and repetitive worship choruses. Drums and pipe organs. Checked shirts and cassocks. How can we get beyond the worship wars?

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by Living Out

Is The Church Homophobic?

Is The Church Homophobic?

Unfortunately for years individuals and institutions have been abusive and oppressive to those identifying as LGBT, but is it fair to have this criticism labelled at the Church?

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by Emma Sargeant

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones - James 3

Continuing our series through the book of James, Emma reflects on how our tongue whilst small has great power. And as Ben Parker told Peter, with great power comes...

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by Blake Hansen

Faith And Works - James 2

Faith And Works - James 2

Martin Luther said we should tear it out of our Bibles, but if all scripture is God's word, what do we do with James 2 and it's seeeming contradiction? Blake brilliantly and clearly unpacks James' challenge to us to live out what we believe in.

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by Ben Baker

Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey

Will you be going to see the new fifty shades film? Would Jesus watch Game of Thrones? Who were the disciples following on instagram? Ben has some great advice to negotiating the media and culture we consume!

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by Ethan Harris

It's all about a Father

It's all about a Father

Papa. Daddy. Dad. Abba. Sir. We find in the Bible God is a father. This can be a joy but so often is an ache to our broken hearts. Ethan opens up why we really need to know God as father to find peace for our restless souls

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by Living Out

Called To Be Celibate?

Called To Be Celibate?

Here's 3 reasons you can't be single and why you should be having sex. And here's Luke suggesting why instead of accepting this, he longs for a deeper sense of humanity, relationship and sexuality.

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by Living Out

Homosexuality And The Bible

Homosexuality And The Bible

With question marks over what the Bible really says about sexuality, sin and society, we've got some folks wiser than us to help out. Here's Gareth getting straight what the Bible says about sexuality and how to talk about it with our friends.

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by Joe Riley

You Want To Be A Worship Leader?

You Want To Be A Worship Leader?

You love Jesus, you love music, so you want to be a Worship Leader. Well how do you go about aspiring to this noble ambition? Our wise old worship pastor, Marcus says 'Don't be a sheep, be a shepherd!'

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by Ben Lees

An Unfinished Article

An Unfinished Article

Are those new years resolutions still holding strong? Or are you already wallowing in the fact you're never quite good enough? God loves you as you are, but he loves you too much to leave you like that.

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by Hannah Lamont

The Bro Code - James 1

The Bro Code - James 1

Hannah kicks off a new series looking at the Book of James, written by James (obviously!) the brother of Jesus (wait, what?!). What does the poor guy living in the shadow of a super sibling have to say about being a Christian?

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by Joshua Etheridge

Mary, Did You Know?

Mary, Did You Know?

What would Mary, mum to the messiah, have been thinking and feeling that first Christmas? Josh unpacks his favourite Christmas Carol.

 

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by Ben Baker

Jolly Old Saint Nick

Jolly Old Saint Nick

Legend has it St Nick was less about 'Deck the Halls' and more about deck the heretic. As well as giving gifts to kids, he was serious about theological orthodoxy.

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by Charlie Lamont

Christmas Comes Early!

Christmas Comes Early!

When did you first spot the mince pies in the shops? In our rush to prepare for Christmas, don't let the period of preparation and waiting pass you by. Embrace advent, and wait.

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by Ben Baker

A Charismatic introvert?

A Charismatic introvert?

Do you know your Myers Briggs personality type? Introvert or extrovert? Does it make a difference to the extent you feel at home at your church? Here's one account of being an introvert at a Charismatic church.

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by Cathie Watson

Standing up for justice

Standing up for justice

In a world of fear where we are scared of the 'other' what does it mean to fight for justice?

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