UK artist Banksy has created a new piece for Christmas. Titled “Scar of Bethlehem”, it is a conventional nativity scene repositioned against a section of Israel’s huge concrete West Bank Wall with the Christmas star replaced by a shell hole.
Sometimes we can seem very concerned about growing numerically at church – getting more “bums on seats”. While this is important, it’s also vital that we existing members of the church are growing spiritually – progressing and developing as disciples
In the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelites to “tithe” their income (give 10%). This supported the priests and Levites who worked at the temple. The Israelites were also commanded to be generous and compassionate to the poor and needy.
I read recently about an elderly Anglican woman whose hairdresser told her that religion was irrelevant, and that “there is no evidence for God”. The woman was upset at what her hairdresser had said. But she was particularly frustrated that
Some Christians put the doctrine of the Trinity in the too-hard basket. But maybe we find the Trinity confusing because we’re focusing on the wrong part. Maybe the heart of the Trinity isn’t the fact that God is three, but
Read Acts 2:1-21. On that Pentecost morning, the people in Jerusalem – visitors and locals – heard the good news about Jesus in their own language. This was a sign of two things. If we’ve been around church for a
On Palm Sunday we give everyone at church a palm cross. This is a reminder of the palm branches that the crowd waved as Jesus entered Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. It’s also a reminder of how Jesus was
Most of us will never spend 40 days (nearly six weeks) in the wilderness, let alone fasting. So when we read about Jesus doing this (Matthew 4:1-11), we’re impressed, but it doesn’t seem relevant to our lives. But the story
In 2017, New Year’s Day coincides with the day that Christians remember the visit of the Magi (or Wise Men) from the East to baby Jesus and his parents. This day is called Epiphany, which means “a moment of sudden and