Perfectionism is embedded in our culture and bound up in popular self-esteem. Even the Bible's perfect words have been used to drive perfectionism in the church.This book offers a fresh perspective on perfectionism with a helpful blend of accessible theology, psychology, and activity to lead us to a place of freedom, gratitude, and fulfilment.
Written by one of the world's most eminent and widely respected evangelical theologians, this is the first substantial book by a Christian philosopher to examine the power of pictures in Christian thought—from biblical times to the present. Full of fascinating case studies, this book reflects on the use and abuse of imagery in the Bible, in the history of Christian thought, and in preaching and prayer today.
How do you help an eight- to twelve-year-old to get to grips with prayer for themselves? This book includes fourteen interactive prayer experiments for children to try out, including LEGO Bible modeling, Minecraft church, bubble wrap worry prayers, bedhead prayer posters, and more. There is also a bonus section of prayer games and activities to play with friends, at home or in a church group, plus space to write your own reflections.
Focus on the amazing story of Jesus' crucifixion and the gospel in days and weeks leading up to Easter and think yet again how the cross transforms our lives today. With Bible verses, prayers and forty meditations by Chris Wright and treasured, timeless nuggets from John Stott, prepare to be inspired as you contemplate the deep, life-transforming truths of the gospel: 'love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all'.
This brief historical introduction to the English Reformation explores the social, political and religious factors that formed the original context in which it emerged, and the major thinkers and writings to which it gave birth. What was its impact on the world at the time and what were the key ideas and values connected with it?
Our own desert experience may involve attending to challenges that come upon us suddenly—such as an illness or bereavement—or a difficult relationships or patterns of thinking that have long been draining us of life and joy. This vividly written book includes wide ranging prayers and scripture readings, along with guides to using the material with groups and in preaching and worship.
Life has its rhythms. We all need to be able to cope with its ebb as well as its flow. We face dry times as well as times of richness. To survive this intricate pattern, we need to have an overriding rhythm of prayer. We need to know that whatever is happening, we are loved by God, and in him we live and move and have our being.
Most histories of Church of England liturgy begin in the 1530s. However, the real history of the Book of Common Prayer begins with the Elizabethan Settlement in 1559. The only revision of any note was that of 1662, and this revision lasted without challenge until the nineteenth century. This study concentrates on 1559 until the Report of the Royal Commission in 1906, which paved the way for liturgical revision.
Comedy is sacred—it's woven through the Bible. James Cary has rare first-hand experience of writing comedy for the BBC—and has a degree in theology. He and former actor and comedian, Barry Cooper (co-writer of Christianity Explored) do a weekly podcast called Cooper and Cary Have Words. This is an intelligent, funny, informative book for anyone who likes comedy.
Containing completely new material, this user-friendly sequel to the bestselling Intercessions Handbook is for individuals and groups involved in the vital task of leading prayers in public worship. The Second Intercessions Handbook is easy to adapt to particular situations and includes a wealth of creative suggestions for enlivening prayers.