Ben Baker

Ben Baker

Ben is the Director of The Bridge. The directing may look a little different than Marty Scorcese but it means he's bossing everyone around at The Bridge. Having spent a good number of years as a Children's & Youth Worker, he's now an Ordinand in the Church of England, but that doesn't mean he's leaving young people behind. He's passionate about an all-age church, biblical teaching and spirit-filled ministry, and you'll probably find him in his spare time reading theological tomes or devouring the IMDb 250 database.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What the hell?

What the hell?

What's hell, is it real, and who's going there? Talking about hell, we're in good company, Jesus certainly wasn't shy about it.

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The Bible Is Not About You

The Bible Is Not About You

Let me break it down for you, the Bible is not about you, you are not at it's centre, you are not the hero, God is. It's the only way to read the Bible.

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Faceswap

Faceswap

Does resting bitch face disqualify you from being a Christian? Because of Jesus we no longer have to go through life wearing a mask or presenting who we are through a filter.

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Our Identity is in Christ

Our Identity is in Christ

Did you hear the one about two Olympic medalists? It's not a joke, but a testimony of faith in God on the elite sporting stage. They said 'Our identity is in Christ' but what does it even mean?

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Church Shopping

Church Shopping

Unleash your inner consumer mentality and let's go CHURCH SHOPPING! What is it you need to watch out for when you're moving and searching for a new church?

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Jesus MP

Jesus MP

Abolish trident and tackle corporate tax avoidance, tax-breaks for families or invest in green energy. What would Jesus do as prime minister? Is there a Christian way to engage politically in a disengaged society?

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Gentleness

Gentleness

Paul writes the fruit of the spirit is...GENTLENESS, but what does that mean for us? Jesus says "learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart"...

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I Don't Worship God Like That

I Don't Worship God Like That

What does worship look like? Singing songs? Offering our whole lives? We are all individuals, and to have a healthy relationship with God we need to recognise that sometimes worship might not always look like we think.

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Wise God

Wise God

God's Forever Just Wise

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Cwissmassy Qwotes

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The End

The End

Here's what you need to know about the end of the story, Jesus' return and the end of the world...

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Jesus says I must hate my family

Jesus says I must hate my family

The Bible says love. The Bible says hate. Crikey. Ben makes some sense out of this for us.

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The Education Expectation

The Education Expectation

Ben looks at society's expectations of God's place in education.

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A year for God

A year for God

Ben takes a look at what a year for God looks like.

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