From the big questions of life and understanding spirituality, to actively growing and sharing your own faith – we’ve collected the most thought-provoking content from across our website and beyond.
If you have discovered Jesus and are very glad that you have, it is natural to want to tell others what you have found. In fact, some find it hard to hold it in! Others might be more reticent to “push their faith” on others, and many Christians find talking about their faith is something they feel they should do but find no joy in. In fact, we all have a tendency to slip into creating a tick list of things we should do to be good Christians. And one of those tick boxes is talking about what we believe. But what is the right approach? Where can our motivation come from? How can we come from a place of joy rather than one of obligation? Can talking about Jesus flow out of who we already are?
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It starts at different ages, but sooner or later, we all find ourselves looking at our reflection in the mirror and wondering what life is all about. We have these nagging questions about the meaning of life as we settle down to sleep, find ourselves contemplating our own existence in the shower, or get lost in our thoughts in the car. These deep and important questions are universal, but we so often feel uncomfortable discussing them with others. Hooray for the internet! Here is a place we can have a think about the big questions of life, and ponder how to discuss these ideas with friends, family, and even strangers! Check out ideas we’ve all probably wondered about and hear from others who have also thought long and hard about these things. Whether you have concrete ideas that you want to chew over, or just need some input and inspiration, this is the place for you.
The questions of life are deeply connected with the essence of human identity. Time, space, history, what will happen in the future, the question of God and who we are as human beings are all important things to think about and know how to discuss with others. Thinking these matters through helps us understand our identity more deeply and gives us inspiration to discuss these ideas with the people around us. Dive in! The water’s lovely.
Never talk about religion or politics. This is a common British rule that is often adopted to avoid awkward conflicts or fiery arguments when strong opinions and deeply held beliefs clash. We see people disagreeing badly in the media or in our extended families and we try to avoid making the same mistakes by turning our view of the world into a private matter that should never be discussed.
But without healthy discussion our beliefs can never be challenged, corrected or matured. And if our perspective has something valuable to offer we should share it with others who can benefit from it. Understanding the world we live in, the God who made it, and thinking about what is best for our communities and ourselves shouldn’t be a private pursuit, but a communal one. We should allow our different opinions, beliefs and convictions to challenge and correct each other so that we all have a better chance of believing what is true and choosing what is right.
When strong opinions and deeply held beliefs clash, the path of peace is not avoidance but healthy disagreement in which we are not seeking to win an argument, but seeking to truly understand a new perspective and be changed by it.
We’re all in relationships, with colleagues at work, friends, family members and a partner, if married. How we respond to those people will contribute to the quality of the relationships.
Someone once said that great relationships don’t happen by accident. They take effort. Another person said that love is spelled: T-I-M-E.
A thriving relationship will have honesty and openness at the heart of communication, which means feeling safe, trusting the person you’re with and helping them to trust you. You could add love, respect, acceptance and support to the ingredients for a flourishing relationship. Good relationships also resolve disagreements in healthy ways, offering and receiving forgiveness.
But relationships are about mutuality more than particular behaviours. There is healthy interdependence so we are happy to give and to receive.
We can learn to build thriving relationships and many psychologists provide evidence-based principles for these. An example is Attachment Theory, which describes our need for intimate connection.
The Bible is clear that humans were created to be connected, well before the development of Attachment Theory. The first thing that was “not good” in the Creation order was for the man to be alone, and so God made a woman so that together they could fulfil each others need for intimacy.
The Bible also teaches that the foundation for thriving relationships is a thriving relationship with Jesus, which profoundly impacts our identity and behaviour. So if we want to build thriving relationships the best place to start is where we stand with Jesus and grow in our relationship with him.
Have you ever wondered what the first disciples would say about their lives looking back? Would they say the promise in John 10:10 that they would have “life in all its fullness” had come true?
It’s hard to imagine they’d do anything but gush in awe about how amazing their lives on earth had turned out to be. Life in all its fullness, of course, is not the same as a charmed life of luck and uninterrupted delight. Their lives were certainly full though – full of challenge, full of passion, full of drama, danger, miracles, wonders and unfathomable joy, and, at the end, for most, a cruel death at the hands of their persecutors. Would Peter, for example, tell you it was worth it all?
Throwing your lot in with God really means letting him take charge. Letting him do whatever He wants, in and through you. Henry Varley challenged his friend D. L. Moody with these words: “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to Him.” The more we surrender our lives to God, the less ordinary they will be, and the fuller He will fill them with his purposes for us and for the world.