Brand New Heavies and Jesus

Brand New Heavies and Jesus

Q: What connects the Brand New Heavies with Jesus?
A: Apparently nothing.

Apparently Nothing was a single released in 1999 by the funk acid jazz group, The Brand New Heavies.

“What has this got to do with Jesus?” I hear you ask. Let’s take a look at Romans 8:37-39…

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Family Bible time

5 top tips: pastoring your family

Most Christian parents know that they have a unique role in pastoring their children. The majority of these parents also know that they are the primary pastors of their children. How do you pastor your family, though? This is the question that most parents struggle with. What do we actually do to bring our children up to know and love Jesus?

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Red herring of dignity

The red herring of dignity

Sir Edward Downes, a former leading British conductor, and his wife Joan Downes are the latest of over one hundred Britons to decide to journey to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland and end their lives in dignity (see the article in The Times). The issues raised by assisted suicide and euthanasia are complicated in both moral and ethical senses, and opinion on what is right and what is wrong is equally complicated, not to mention very diverse.

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Bible on holiday

Using rest times as God intended

This half term my wife, Kirsten, and I (with our son Joshua happily in-tow) were able to enjoy a fantastic break in Brittany with some good friends. Brittany is a lovely part of France and we were with great company enjoying great food and great weather. We had a fantastic time, not least because our walk with Jesus continued on holiday… all thanks to an accidental ‘stowaway’ in our car.

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When middle ground is best

Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
lest I be full and deny you
and say, “Who is the LORD?”
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of my God.
Proverbs 30:7-9

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Open Youth Ministry cycle

Open youth ministry is the opening of church youth groups to allow them to be places where young people can hang out in an implicitly Christian environment. The idea being that non-Christian young people will recognise something different about the group (the loving atmosphere, or the time devoted to the group by the leaders) and want to know more.

In my 14 years experience in youth ministry so far, I have encountered several versions of open youth ministries, all of which appear to have repeating life-cycle, to some degree or another. In this article, I put forward my own observations on this cycle for comment and discussion.

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Cultural values of Harry Potter

Assess the values portrayed in the film ‘Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban’

Harry Potter. A simple name worth billions of pounds in books sales, movie franchises, merchandising spin offs, and so on. You cannot fail to be astounded at the success of what is in effect a simple idea: a story following a young boy as he discovers he is a wizard (‘and a bloomin’ good one at that!’) and his journey into the magical world hidden behind secret spells and enchantments that keep the ordinary world in blissful ignorance.

Such a simple story has created quite a complex dilema for Christian parents: what values do the Harry Potter books and films portray to their young readers? It is this issue that the following essay, submitted as part of my youth and children’s ministry degree, seeks to engage with.

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