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What if what we are witnessing is not the decline of the Church but it's rebirth? The rates of decline in church attendance and the ticking demographic timebomb show that business as usual will lead to extinction. But out of these ashes there are countless reasons to hope. Signs and stories emerging from worshipping communities the world over can give us renewed confidence that, as always, God is doing a 'new-old' thing.
What if those moments we put down to coincidence are really the calling cards of God? What if those pinpricks of light in the darkest places are beacons to guide us, telling of the agonizing love in God's heart? What if God is calling to us, 'I miss you, please come home' ? Lighting the Beacons seeks to expand our everyday horizons by daring us to believe that the realities of heaven can break through right here, right now.
Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are the heart and foundation of Christian faith and the gospel accounts give us an incredible window into those events. Beginning with Mark, the first account to be written, these six series of sermons interpret the four Gospel narratives of Jesus’ passion and death. Gregory Dunstan believes that we hear the gospel best in the individual tellings of the evangelists, finding truth within the divergences of their accounts.
Teeny Mouse is going on a big adventure, a journey she’s never taken before. And though it’s big, and fun, and exciting, she suddenly feels a little bit small... Journey with Teeny Mouse as she discovers that All You Need to try out new things is a little bit of courage and faith in yourself and in others. A perfect read to share with young children fearful about trying new things. All You Need is an uplifting and empowering picture book for children written by Katie Piper
In A World Transfigured: The Mystical Journey, Philip Sheldrake demonstrates the importance of the mystical dimension of religious belief and practice. Using the words of the great theologian, Karl Rahner, Sheldrake makes the case that the Christian of the future will be either a mystic or nothing at all. In our contemporary world, this judgment applies equally to other religions as well.
Taking the famous Gerard Manley Hopkins poem on vocation 'As Kingfishers Catch Fire' and the Lord's Prayer as its framework, For This I Came offers seventy reflections on the spirituality of priesthood to encourage and sustain all in ministry. Wyn Beynon brings a depth of wisdom and tools for reflection in the form of short poetic and prayerful aphorisms. Memorable, profound, challenging and assuring, his writing is a rich source for meditation and for growth in character and ministry.
Across a year's worth of weekly reflections, Gordon Giles focuses on objects, scenes, activities and places, drawing out spiritual insights to help us reflect on what we have learned as we venture out again after months of restriction, absence and anxiety. From Easter, through the changing seasons to the following Easter, we are led to consider: What is it like spiritually to stop wearing masks? What does a beach say to us after coronavirus?
This dramatic retelling of the accounts of the first two kings of Israel follows the intertwining stories of Jonathan, Saul, David and Michal documented in 1 and 2 Samuel. In this imaginative yet biblically faithful book, readers will find themselves immersed in the hearts and minds of the key players as they experience battles, intrigue, plots, betrayal, love and friendship. This resource is a great way to help kids aged 8-13 engage with God's word.
Dust and Glory is the Church of England's Lent campaign for 2023. Offering 40 daily reflections for Lent on faith, failure and forgiveness, it invites you to find God in the mess of everyday life. Each week it considers the idea of failure from a different angle and explores the difference God's redeeming work in Jesus makes to the struggles and shortcomings of human life.
Dust and Glory is the Church of England's 2023 Lent campaign. This booklet for children and families invites us to use Lent as a time to find God in the 'mess' of everyday life. It offers small steps designed to help us on our Lent journey as we try to grow closer to God and to others through life's struggles and disappointments. For each of the 40 days of Lent there is a daily challenge to do, learn or think about something. There are also weekly themes, prayers and short Bible readings
This Lent, refresh your relationship with God by exploring the way Jesus Himself prayed to His Father. Focusing on six of the prayers of Jesus leading up to the central events of our faith, encounter the Saviour in a new way and reach new depths of intimacy with God in prayer. Through six sessions, experience more of God's presence as you pray and reflect on Jesus' journey to the cross.
Using simple sentences and stunning illustrations, this board book shows toddlers that they are made by God to be the people they are. And it teaches them that God made everyone to be different (different sexes, skin colors and interests), but he values all of us equally as people made in his image. This foundational book on value and diversity makes a perfect gift for toddlers.
What does Christian Discipleship look like in practice? This 12-session discipleship course, perfect for individuals or groups, looks at how the gospel and God's grace can shape our attitude towards church, Bible reading, prayer, suffering, how to use our money and many other aspects of life. Incorporating Bible study, clear explanations and thought-provoking discussion questions, these sessions can be completed in around an hour and are designed to be used flexibly in different contexts.
The most precious words this world has ever heard, came from the voice of Jesus. “It is I, do not be afraid”; “I am the Light of the World”; “I go to Prepare a Place for You”; “It is finished.” These are just some of the powerful, life-renewing words spoken by Jesus in the first century. As we read them in John’s Gospel, the Holy Spirit makes these same words come alive in our hearts today.
God has chosen to reveal himself to humankind in various ways at various times. Each of these encounters occurred in real, physical locations. Even visions--such as Jacob's ladder or John's Apocalypse--came to people in a particular place. Place is inextricably woven into the story of Scripture, and it's one of the most meaningful ways in which we can encounter God today. Linking these locations with Scripture, reflection questions, prayer, and life-changing insight.
Spiritual reflections with labyrinths to ‘walk’, colour or decorate. Fay Rowland presents a brilliant modern take on Bible study and labyrinth-walking. She offers forty short, biblical meditations on the challenges and blessings of daily life, each accompanied by a labyrinth illustration which you can ‘walk’ – just with your finger, or perhaps with colouring pens or pencils – as you reflect on the reading. ideal for personal reflection during Lent or at any other time of year.
Ever wanted to start a community choir? What are the benefits of a gospel choir? This booklet covers both practical steps to take and some theological underpinnings of using music as an evangelistic outreach tool. Throughout our history, the church has used the potential of music and art to be propositional, conveying both theological and devotional meaning. Singing sacred (including both traditional and contemporary worship) music allows people to connect with God and be led to Christ.
Whether as part of theological study or simply in your own faith life, theological reflection is about engaging more deeply with God. It helps us understand something deeper or in a new way, as we open ourselves up to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This booklet describes some of the main methods of theological reflection that are used and taught in theological courses, examines their strengths and weaknesses, and identifies what makes them suitable for particular situations.
Too old for youth group, but too young to really feel part of adult church - this is the challenge faced by emerging adults in the eighteen to twenty-five year-old age group. So how can churches engage people in this in-between life stage? This booklet argues that emerging adults are attracted by community and authenticity, and above all, need to be able to see that church is a space where there are people like them.
The so-called Minor Prophets are anything but 'minor', offering short messages with a big punch. But the manner and content of their messages also point us to their character, and the virtues they display in their prophectic ministry. This compelling study explores the range of virtues - courage, submission, robustness, imagination, and so on - and what we can learn from them for ministry today.
The twelve 'Minor Prophets' are anything but minor, and together sit between Isaiah and Ezekiel in size. They address some of the central ethical challenges facing the people of God. This masterly study samples issues from each of the books, and explores how they help us address comparable ethical issues in our own day and our own context.
A practical guide to help adults understand the unique mental health challenges facing our children, teenagers and students today. The book examines the key mental health problems impacting young people today (such as depression, loneliness and anxiety) and explains how the lifestyle, culture and world they are living in has a significant mental health impact. Suitable for parents, grandparents, teachers, youth workers and anyone in a position of care or interested in the future of mental health