Duties of Parents

Duties of Parents

I must confess that despite being a parent of two beautiful children, I have not read many parenting books. This is primarily because I don’t like them – they annoy me. I’ve read the Bible, though, and that seemed sufficient to me.
However, reading topical books can often give us helpful insights and food for thought. A few months before the birth of my first-born son, I started skimming through some parenting books. All I saw was page after page of expert ‘opinion’ and supposed ‘wisdom’ that ignored God as the author and director of life, endowed children with saintly innocence, and gave no thought to the reality of death and what may come after it. Hardly any of these books spoke about true parenting: how to bring up our children in ‘the training and instruction of the Lord’ (Eph. 6:4).

This is where J.C. Ryle’s booklet Duties of Parents stands almost alone in this oversaturated market.

Read More

Social media infogrpahic

Social Media infographic

For a recent workshop at the Growing Young Disciples conference in London, I put together an infographic to help people begin to understand the complexities of social media and how churches and/or ministries might engage with it. A number of people commented on how helpful it was, so here it is for you to view, share or download.

Read More

Social Media workshop

I recently gave a workshop entitled The Social Network: Reclaiming social media at the Growing Young Disciples conference in London. A number of people asked about if/how they might be…

Read More

Remember what you are

Remember what you are

Most of the battles faced by the average Christian over his/her lifetime can most effectively be dealt with by remembering what you are in Christ: if you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you are a justified, reborn, increasingly Christ-like, persevering citizen of God’s eternal kingdom.

Read More

Twitter Bird

Twitter for pastors and ministries

There is no doubt that Twitter is a unique form of communication. If you don’t believe me, just try explaining it to someone who has no prior understanding of twitter and you’ll soon see the glazed expression of incomprehension! How can pastors and churches best use twitter a) as an effective tool for general communication and b) as an effective tool for pastoral ministry?

Read More

Reject? Receive? Redeem?

For 364 days of the year, parents lovingly and carefully reassure their children that there are no monsters under the bed, that the boogie man won’t jump out of the cupboard and that whatever happens, Mummy and Daddy will do their best to protect them from the nightmares of the world outside. Then, on the 31st October we chuck all that out of the window, get them to dress up as monsters, dead people or even the devil, and then encourage them to practice extortion on neighbours by demanding they give us treats or else!

Read More

Capital Youthworks

Capital Youthworks Seminar

As promised, to all those who were at a recent seminar held by Capital Youthworks, here are the downloads and extra documents I made reference to. First, the files that…

Read More

Jesus

Jesus in every book of the Bible

In Luke 24:27 Jesus reveals to two of his disciples that all Scripture is about him and then proceeds to show them from the books of Moses and the prophets (the Old Testament). In Hebrews 1:1-2 the voice of Scripture is expanded to include the New Testament (which speaks of all that Jesus said, did and continued to do through the mission of the Church). All Scripture really is about Jesus. Here’s a quick overview of how you can find Jesus in every book of the Bible…

Read More

ESV

ESV Word Cloud

Ever wondered which words were used most often in the Bible? Well, this word cloud above gives a snapshot of the most common words in the ESV text of the Bible.

Read More