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See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptised?

17th December 2018

This is the first of two posts on baptism: its importance, history and development in the early centuries and to us today.

I’ve seen many baptisms … they are some of the most exciting moments in a church family’s life… let alone in the life of the individual being baptised. My baptism? The most important d[...]

Paul Sets off Fireworks in Galatia

11th December 2018

The book of Galatians contains Paul's most forceful language. As a former Pharisee he knew exactly what was at stake as he walked right into the heart of the major controversy of his time. Julia Faire details the explosions.

This is good news, many are finding Jesus BUT these Gentiles who join our religion must do things the right w[...]

Barnabas The Encourager: A Brief Biography

8th October 2018

Both Luke and Apostle Paul write of how Paul and Barnabas worked closely together on their church apostolic adventures. In any study, Paul usually steals the limelight. But what about Barnabas? What did he do? What can we learn from him?

Was Barnabas (Joseph) one of the original 120 on the Day of Pentecost? Or was it [...]

A picture of generosity

9th March 2018

Some reflections on generosity looking at the New Testament and early church writings.

What does the New Testament really say about true generosity? What comes out looks rather different from the almost unquestioned acceptance by evangelical Christians today of tithing (giving 10 percent of your income) as a guide for financial giving. Here are some thoughts about givingR[...]

The Bible in the British Museum

21st February 2018

Julia Faire describes a recent visit to the British Museum, unpacking some of the Biblical stories reflected there.

It’s one of those wet, drizzling February days and London looks grey. But walking up those imposing steps of the British Museum, a treat awaits us. We are being taken around the museum for by Vicky Bolton and Seungjin Kim [...]

Augustine of Hippo on “true friendship”

24th January 2018
In his autobiographical masterpiece, Confessions, Augustine of Hippo has much to say about human relationships. Broken-hearted at the death of a childhood friend, Augustine relocated to Carthage in 376 as a tutor in rhetoric. Here, with students who in some cases were not much younger than he, he found solace from his grief. “[It was a […]

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