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Sites for Christian book lovers

June 14, 2018


I love books and I'm a Christian, so I do enjoy Christian books (as anyone who knows me or has been to my house will attest!). I've collected a number of useful links to sites where you can buy books, read reviews and support Christian literature charities. Enjoy!

Sites for Christian book-lovers

  • Books For Life - Videos of Christian leaders talking about the books that have changed their lives.
Shops

  • 10 of those - A good range of cheap, solid Christian books
  • ICM Books Direct - There's a good selection of books and there are always inventory sales that have some real bargains.
  • The Source - Comprehensive shop and all profits go to support churches and schools in Uganda
  • The Good Book Company - Well organised and comprehensive site with a huge range of stock (including ebooks) and an interesting blog.
  • Eden - Free delivery over £10 and some good sales.
  • CLC - Online and physical retailer.
  • CPO sells leaflets, tracts, posters and cards along with books and other resources.
  • Grove Books - Short, informative booklets on a range of Christian topics including lifestyle, ethics, theology and pastoral issues.
  • UK Christian Bookshop Directory - An easy way to find your local Christian bookshop.
Second hand

  • Book Aid - A fantastic charity that sells second hand Christian books here to support their work supplying Christian literature to places in need.
  • James A. Dickson Books - New, second hand and antiquarian Reformed Christian books
  • Mayflower Christian Bookshop - A good place to find rare and out-of-print titles.
  • Peter and Rachel Reynolds - Based near Bishop Auckland, but able to post books anywhere. Another good option for rare and out-of-print titles.
  • Qoheleth Resources - An individual who sells used books and periodicals, with a particular focus on C. S. Lewis.
  • Bookbarn International - Not specifically Christian, but they have millions of books on all sorts of subjects and offter free UK delivery. Good for antiquarian titles.

Plus, if you’d like to borrow any Christian books, have a look at my Christian book library (Contact me for the password)

 

Are we efficiently miserable? Relational breakdown vs the Kingdom story

June 4, 2018



Sometimes it’s hard to see what the goal of human progress is. As technology develops, we’re doing things quicker and more efficiently than ever before, but at what cost?

We’re bugged by constant reminders and notifications. We have advanced technological systems to keep us in line and ‘on track’ but what’s it all for?

We seem to be advancing technologically at the expense of human contact and community. We've lost the ability to relate to strangers. We can now perform mos...


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Dramatic rescue

May 26, 2018



Abby and I had a lovely week in the Scottish Borders at the start of May, but it didn’t turn out quite as restful as expected, with me having to be airlifted to safety off a cliff! We’d walked along a coastal path to Siccar Point which has some fascinating geological formations. Abby wisely decided to stay up top, but I saw a rope by the fence so lowered myself down for a closer look. After exploring the rocks, I decided to try coming back up the steep slope an ‘easier’ way so I scram...


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Prayer treasure hunt

May 14, 2018


Prayer walking is a great way of lifting the needs of your area to the Lord and asking for his kingdom to come in your community. On a recent day of prayer, I was responsible for organising the prayer walk and I thought it would be fun to do it as a treasure hunt. I thought I'd share it here so that you can have a go too.

The idea is to go around spotting certain things from the list and praying for the corresponding needs represented. A route of about an hour works well. You can download the ...
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Rest

April 18, 2018


This post is based on a talk I did at the Student Life Hub on the subject of rest.

What is rest?

  • Are resting and relaxing the same thing?
  • Is rest an active or a passive thing?
  • Does it mean doing something or is it about cutting things out?
How do you like to rest? 

Maybe you like to sleep, watch Netflix, do crafts, sport, music, get out in nature, meditate, read, or do some gardening…

I’ve been trying over the last year or so to be much more intentional about what I do with my downtime so that...

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A heart of flesh and a heart of stone (Ezekiel 36)

March 31, 2018

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Giving what is most precious: Lessons from a young boy and his Easter egg

March 29, 2018


When I was younger, my family and I were often on holiday over Easter. Mum and I had a tradition that we’d always go to the Easter service at the local church, which I really enjoyed.

One Easter, we were on holiday somewhere in Wales and I was sitting in the pew next to a young boy and his mother. As is traditional at many churches on Easter day, all the children were to be given a chocolate egg at the end of the service. The little boy next to me clearly knew about this custom and was eager...

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Why I agree with the atheists: 9 reasons I’m pleased that Christendom is crumbling

March 22, 2018


You may have seen a recent Guardian article with the headline “'Christianity as default is gone': the rise of a non-Christian Europe.”

Lots of vocal atheists are hailing this as good news, and there are 9 reasons why I agree with them.

But first, a (very short) history of Christendom. Christendom can be defined as simply the global community of Christians, but that’s not how I’m using the term here. Bishop Curry in ‘Farewell to Christendom: The Future of Church and State in America’...

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Loving God

March 13, 2018


“Jesus replied, ‘“Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”
(Matt 22: 37 - 38)

What does it mean to love God? Maybe some of us would struggle to answer that question.

When I was younger I used to be taken by my Gran to see my great Auntie Nellie. I used to love going there because I knew that at the end of the visit I would be given 20p spends. Did I love Auntie Nellie? The truth is that I didn...

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16 fascinating Bible facts

February 22, 2018
  1. The Bible didn’t originally have chapters and verses. Scholars added chapters in around A.D. 1227 and verses in 1555.
  2. The Bible was written in 3 languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
  3. The full Bible has been translated into about 670 languages and the New Testament is available in 1521 languages.
  4. Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament.
  5. There are nearly 100 quotes or references to Deuteronomy in the New Testament.
  6. The middle verse in the Bible is Psalm 118: 8 “It is better to take re...

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