Ethics & Christian living

Not being afraid in a time of festive anxiety

All of us have many things that they can worry about – whether its money, work, family or tricky relationships. For some, fears grow into serious conditions which seriously impair their lives.  When I became a parent it hugely expanded the scope and range of things I could be worried about. Anxiety easily becomes the… Continue reading Not being afraid in a time of festive anxiety

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Finishing the race – by Olive Kuhrt

I have reached the stage in life where I seem to be going to an awful lot of funerals. Many close friends of my husband Gordon and I have died in recent years. Some have seemed to be in good health until suddenly they are not around anymore. Some, like Gordon’s brother, have died after… Continue reading Finishing the race – by Olive Kuhrt

Ethics & Christian living

Words every church should have above their exit…

I recently visited a Salvation Army church centre in one of the poorest parts of London.  It was a midweek day and the building was buzzing with various community activities. I met fantastic people doing great work in their neighbourhood: inclusive, deeply committed and fired by a passionate faith in Jesus. Earlier, I had noticed these… Continue reading Words every church should have above their exit…

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Success comes through failing, well – by Caris Grimes

In our success-orientated society, failure has become something of a dirty word. Yet research from organisations, entrepreneurs, education and healthcare all tell a different story.  We learn more from our failures than our successes.  Success does bring benefits, such as increasing motivation, satisfaction and confidence. But it also has liabilities. These include complacency and a… Continue reading Success comes through failing, well – by Caris Grimes

Ethics & Christian living

Purpose and hope: how faith has changed me – by Andrew Ryland

About 2 years ago I wrote a blog post about how I became a Christian. My intention was mainly to be transparent about why I chose this path with family, friends, colleagues and those in my social networks. I hoped to inspire a few people along the way. I had an amazing and overwhelmingly positive… Continue reading Purpose and hope: how faith has changed me – by Andrew Ryland

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Friendship is the answer to hatred and violence – by Dave Andrews

When I was last in Christchurch, I went to the Masjid Al Noor mosque. I sat at the back on a chair with the older believers during their Friday prayers. It was these believers who were specially targeted and systematically slaughtered by Brenton Tarrant this week. At the time of writing, I do not know… Continue reading Friendship is the answer to hatred and violence – by Dave Andrews

Ethics & Christian living

Confidence in the difference faith makes

I read this in the Christmas Eve edition of The Times' newspaper earlier this week - written by a journalist who is not a regular church-goer: 'Come with me...to the schools, hospices and care homes where thousands of Christians do good work every day. Seek out the grittiest, grimiest edges of British life and they are… Continue reading Confidence in the difference faith makes