Blogroll Category: Christian Resources

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The Good Book Company's Summer Camp playlist

The Good Book Company - 1 hour 43 min ago

We need your help! It's summer camp time for many of us so we're compiling a playlist. So far we've got School's Out, Singing in the Rain (hopefully not!) and Dancing in the Dark.

Please give us your (appropriate) suggestions and we'll add them to our playlist.

Categories: Christian Resources

Re-writing history is the first move towards the repression of Faith

Anglican Ink - 9 hours 52 min ago

Gavin Ashenden reflects on the cultural self-loathing of Britain's elites

Bishop of Chichester defends General Synod votes as tentative, teaching moment

Anglican Ink - 10 hours 25 min ago

Bishop Martin Warner writes to his diocese after the York General Synod

Double standards in the church?

Anglican Ink - Thu, 20/07/2017 - 16:24

Chris Sugden and Vinay Samuel ask why the Church of England's leadership has a selective sense of outrage

Fuller Theological Seminary to close satellite campuses

Anglican Ink - Thu, 20/07/2017 - 16:11

Letter from Fuller President announcing closure of Seattle, Menlo Park and Orange County campuses due to declining enrollment

Charlie and Noel. Two sides of a real human dilemma

The Good Book Company - Thu, 20/07/2017 - 14:43

Once again, British courts are in session arguing over two very different cases. Noel Conway who is in the early stages of Motor Nerone Disease, is arguing for the right to be given a lethal dose when his health deteriorates further. Meanwhile, the parents of Baby Charlie Gard are arguing for the right to live. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital are prepared to remove life support for Charlie, as his degenerative mitochondrial disease has advanced, they believe, beyond hope. His parents want the right to allow the child to receive experimental treatment from an American doctor.

We must never be heard only to be saying “no”. Our message is a gloriously positive one.

Their tragic stories have created a groundswell of popular support, and, in both cases, on first sight, it appears to be heartless and lacking in any compassion to disagree with their wishes. But there is something much deeper going on that Christians need to be aware of if we are to enter intelligently into this discussion.

Vaughan Roberts lays out the problem in his recent book: 

Stories such as these appear regularly in the context of the ongoing discussions about whether assisted suicide should be made legal. They illustrate the complexity of the subject and the potential dangers associated with the relaxation of the law. But, above all, they remind us that behind the moral and legal debates are real people facing extremely difficult circumstances…

As I was preparing to write this book, my own father was told that he had terminal brain cancer, and he died a few months later. That has meant that I have not only been thinking about some of the issues raised in this book, but have also been very much living them as I have been writing. The whole experience has strengthened my conviction that assisted suicide should be firmly resisted, but it has also given me a more personal insight into the intense pain involved in the circumstances that often trigger the discussion.

End-of-life decisions will never be straightforward. Christians believe in life, because we believe in the God who is the author and giver of life. But we also believe in death as a reality in our fallen world. It is not always right to pour huge amounts of money and effort into keeping someone alive; sometimes it is better for them, and for their friends and family to withdraw treatment and allow them to die naturally. Some who are terminally ill and their loved ones can lose perspective in the emotion and sorrow of the situation—they will clutch at straws, and see hope where there is none. Encouraging them to cling on and receive every possible treatment, is not always advisable.

Christians will always want to engage in discussions on this subject with understanding and compassion, especially when the conversation is with someone who is speaking from personal experience. We can offer to pray, we can show Jesus’ love by giving emotional and practical support. And when appropriate, we can talk about the convictions that undergird our position: 

We must never be heard only to be saying “no”. Our message is a gloriously positive one: the great value of every human life, the dignity of mutual dependence, and the sovereign love of God working in and through suffering, as seen supremely in Christ.

Assisted Dying by Vaughan Roberts will help you think through the issues surrounding these cases and others, and help you engage positively in the debate about Assisted dying.

Categories: Christian Resources

‘Heroes and Heroines of Our Faith’

Anglican Ink - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 17:26

Baroness Cox speaks out against the presecution of Christians around the world

The faith will not be left unguarded in Britain, FCE primus writes

Anglican Ink - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 16:18

Statement from the Bishop Primus of the Free Church of England

Egypt's churches on suicide bomb attack alert

Anglican Ink - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 16:05

Release International warns of terror threats against Egypt's Christians

Anything goes in today's Church of England

Anglican Ink - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 15:46

The Church of England has gone mad today, And good's bad today, And black's white today, And day's night today, observes Jules Gomes

Encouraging Children in Prayer

Children Desiring God - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Encouraging Children in Prayer

What kind of pray-ers will our children be? That is a great question to think about. If we want them to be serious about prayer, they must not only be taught but also shown how prayer is to be woven throughout everyday life. Here are some practical tips from Sally Michael to encourage your children in prayer.

  • Gather your children when you hear of a prayer need and ask them to pray with you.
    • EXAMPLE: When a problem comes to your attention, pray about it… “Susie, let’s pray for the people who were in the earthquake.” ™
  • Take advantage of unexpected moments for prayer—spur of the moment prayers.
    • EXAMPLE: When you see an ambulance, pray for the person who has the medical problem.
  • Ask your child to pray for you. Give him specific things he can pray for.
    • EXAMPLE: “I’m having a hard time with a project I am working on for my job. Would you pray for me?” ™
  • Give your child a list of topics to pray for.
    • EXAMPLES: Sunday school, play groups, family members, etc.™
  • Instruct your child on the different kinds of prayer.
    • EXAMPLE: “I love you” prayers (adoration) or “I’m sorry” prayers (confession). ™
  • Encourage your child to pray out loud and practice this in different situations.
    • EXAMPLE: Visiting a sick friend. ™
  • Build regular prayer into your family life aside from meal times and bedtime.
    • EXAMPLE: On Saturday evenings you could pray for the the next morning’s Sunday school time.
  • Choose one or more topics for each day of the week.
    • EXAMPLE: On Monday pray for relatives. On Tuesday, pray for unsaved friends. On Wednesday, pray for church staff.

 

 

Categories: Christian Resources

God’s very Good Idea – [Trillia Newbell]

The Proclaimer - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 09:14

Have you ever thought about teaching your children about the doctrine of humanity? You should!

If you want to then God’s very Good Idea is a wonderful place to start. It is a fantastic children’s book showing how the diversity of humanity was God’s very Good Idea, it deals with how every human being is different but also the same as those made in God’s image. It tackles the fall and is hope saturated as diversity is bought to unity through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

This is a unique and fabulous book, as close to a must read you can get in the children’s genre. Not only is it clear, it is also clever and very colourful.

Categories: Christian Resources

How should we read John 1:1? Ed Stetzer interviews Josh Moody

The Good Book Company - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 06:00

Author and speaker, Ed Stetzer interviews Josh Moody about his new book, John For You.

Watch the full interview here.

As part of The Good Book Company's 'For You' series, Josh Moody helps those new to John to dip their toes in its waters, while also showing new depths to those more familiar with this Gospel. Jesus came to bring life to the full—and in showing us his seven signs, John pictures the fulfilment that comes from living life as a follower of the Word become flesh.

Josh Moody is Senior Pastor of College Church, Wheaton, Illinois, and President of God Centered Life Ministries. The author of several books, Josh studied at Cambridge University, where he served as President of Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union. @godcenteredlife

Find out more about the book.

Categories: Christian Resources

Hull Minster: City of Cultured Despisers Courtesy of the two Archbishops

Anglican Ink - Tue, 18/07/2017 - 23:12

Melvin TInker writes about this week's Gay Pride event at Hull Minster

General Synod has crossed the line

Anglican Ink - Tue, 18/07/2017 - 20:48

Open letter to British Anglicans of July 18, 2017 urging collective action to reform and renew the Church of England

The One O’Clock Miracle – [Alison Mitchell]

The Proclaimer - Tue, 18/07/2017 - 17:16

The One O’ Clock miracle is a marvelous retelling of the miracle recorded in John 4, where Jesus heals the official’s son by the power of his Word from a great distance.

The book is simple, beautifully illustrated and very engaging, all the ingredients you want in a children’s book. It also teaches one big truth which is that ‘Jesus speaks with the authority of God,’ and applied that the official took Jesus at his Word.

The book has a lovely refrain in it, ‘he walked and walked – and sometimes ran,’ which helps keep children engaged and affords lots of opportunity to join in with the reading.

I really loved this book, it bought a smile to my face and joy to my heart. It is a real page turner and one that teaches children about Jesus in a fun, bright and powerful way. If you need books for a Sunday school prize-giving, to be in the book corner of a baby-toddler group or an increased repertoire on the bedtime story shelf then look no further than the One O’clock Miracle.

Categories: Christian Resources

Will Our Children Know and Treasure the Great Hymns of Faith?

Children Desiring God - Mon, 17/07/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Will Our Children Know and Treasure the Great Hymns of Faith?

It is amazing to me how many times—especially in life’s most difficult situations—the words of great hymns come to mind to guide my thoughts and emotions.

…though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet…Jesus who died shall be satisfied, And earth and heaven be one.—This is My Father’s World

 …The prince of darkness grim, We tremble not for him—His rage we can endure, For lo his doom is sure: One little word shall fell him.—A Mighty Fortress

 …Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love: Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.—Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

 …Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.—God Moves in a Mysterious Way

Great hymns are those that communicate the excellencies of the triune God and sound doctrine, encourage a right heart response, and do so in an appealing and enduring musical form. From childhood, these hymns were graven in my mind and, after Christ brought me to saving faith, these hymns became graven in my heart. Will this be true for our children, too?

Here are a few helpful suggestions for how to incorporate hymns into your family devotional time or a Sunday school setting:

  • Tell the children about the composer and circumstances surrounding the writing of the hymn. (Hymns for a Kid’s Heart is a wonderful resource for this.)
  • Explain difficult words or concepts—a little bit each week.
  • Try introducing one new hymn every month, or aim to learn four to six hymns over the course of a Sunday school year.
  • Develop simple hand/body motions to help younger children focus.

(Suggestions adapted from a seminar titled
Leading Children in God-Centered Worship” by Pam Grano)

 

 

Categories: Christian Resources

9 out of 10 Christians say Christianity is being marginalised in society

Christian Concern - Mon, 17/07/2017 - 12:33
Tim Dieppe comments on a new survey showing that 93% of Christians believe their faith is being marginalised in society.

Premier Christian Communications has published a survey of nearly 12,000 Christians about what it's like to be a Christian in Britain today. 93% of those surveyed said Christianity is being marginalised in society. Furthermore, half of those responding say they have personally experienced prejudice against their faith.

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Compassion for the lost

Anglican Ink - Mon, 17/07/2017 - 00:11

Bishop Trevor Edwards looks at Australia's 2016 religion census

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