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John’s Prologue – analysis

What was remarkable about Jesus' arrival on earth 2000 years ago?

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The opening verses of John’s gospel is designed to paint the big picture of Jesus – who he was, what he came to do, and what it means for all people. Read the passage and comments below, and reflect on some of the questions for […]

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Christmas Quest – Take the Challenge

Use the site to search out the answers to these Christmas trivia questions

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All the answers to the following questions can be found on the site. Take the challenge and then let us know how you got on… 1. Who was the first person to design and print a Christmas card? 2. Where was Saint Nicholas born? 3. […]

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Christianity Basically: Jesus Christ

Who is God the Son?

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Christians believe in the Trinity – that is, in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is important to realise that this does not mean that Christians believe in three gods – they do not. Christians believe in one God that has three parts. Christians […]

Christianity Basically The Trinity

Christianity Basically: The Trinity

What is the Trinity?

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Christians believe in the Trinity – that is, in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is important to realise that this does not mean that Christians believe in three gods – they do not. Christians believe in one God that has three parts. Christians […]

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Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child

What is Operation Christmas Child?

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  Samaritan’s Purse founded by Bob Pierce an evangelist and journalist with Youth For Christ aims to help the world’s poor and marginalised. The charity’s vision is based on the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament when after sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, […]

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Christmas in the Bible

Discover more about the characters in the Christmas nativity.

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Christmas in Church

How might Christmas be celebrated in churches?

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Christmas

What makes Christmas so special?

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Christmas is probably the most popular of all Christian festivals. From the beginning of September shops and restaurants are getting ready for the ‘Christmas rush.’ Most schools will put on Christmas plays, in towns Christmas lights decorate the streets and Christmas trees can be seen everywhere. […]

The First Christmas

What do we learn about Christmas in the Bible?

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Christmas is an important time for Christians. It is the time when they remember God coming to earth in the form of a baby (this is known as the incarnation). In the Bible, Jesus is referred to as ‘Immanuel,’ which means ‘God with us.’ The […]

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Advent

How do Christians prepare for Christmas?

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The Christmas season begins four Sundays before Christmas Day with Advent. Advent means ‘coming’. Christians prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth as a baby in the weeks that lead up to Christmas. They also remember that he will return as king and judge. Many Advent customs […]

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Christmas Quiz

How much do you know about the Christmas story?

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Think you know the Christmas story? Let’s see how well you do with the Christmas Quiz. Click on the panel to the right to begin…

The Messiah

What do Christians believe about this important figure?

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The Messiah

What do Christians believe about this important figure?

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What does ‘Messiah’ mean? You may have heard the term ‘messiah’ in popular culture. The 18th century composer Handel wrote a choral work called The Messiah, featuring the famous ‘Hallelujah’ chorus. People often use the term ‘messiah complex’ to describe someone who acts like they […]

The Atonement

An introduction

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The Atonement

An introduction

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The Atonement – what is it? The Atonement is one of the biggest concepts in Christianity. It provides the answer to the question, why did Jesus die? A helpful way of thinking of the atonement is found in the word itself. Christians believe that humankind […]

Judgment versus Mercy

How can God be just and loving at the same time?

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Judgment versus Mercy

How can God be just and loving at the same time?

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Does God exist? And if He does exist, what is He like? For centuries religions have provided different answers to these big questions. Within Christianity there can seem to be a contradiction. The Old Testament (written before Jesus was born) appears to paint a picture of […]

The Grace of God

What do Christians believe about earning God's approval?

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The Grace of God

What do Christians believe about earning God's approval?

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Christians believe in an all-powerful God who created the world and provides for people. He is also described in the Bible as a judge who will one day bring ultimate justice to the world and everyone in it. So this begs the question: how do […]

Reading Genesis

Is it possible to reconcile science and the creation accounts?

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Reading Genesis

Is it possible to reconcile science and the creation accounts?

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Where do we come from? Why are we here? These are big questions. Science points us in the direction of the Big Bang and evolution to suggest answers. Christianity holds up Genesis’ story of a God-ordained creation to offer some ideas. These two ways of understanding […]

Did Jesus have to die?

Exploring ideas of sacrifice in the Old Testament

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Did Jesus have to die?

Exploring ideas of sacrifice in the Old Testament

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One of the biggest questions about Jesus’ death is – why? If God can do anything, surely He could forgive people just by saying the word. Was it really necessary that Jesus died? If you’re asking this question, you’re not alone. Theologians have been exploring […]

The Village

A modern parable

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The Village

A modern parable

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There once lived a rich man with a heart of gold. He had seen how more and more people were struggling to afford a home, and his heart broke to see the terrible problems this was causing them. But one bright morning it occurred to him that […]

Believer’s Blog: Why I am teetotal

Why did one Christian choose to give up alcohol?

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Believer’s Blog: Why I am teetotal

Why did one Christian choose to give up alcohol?

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“I hate the taste of alcohol, so I don’t drink it. To me, beer tastes like moldy bread, wine tastes like vinegar and cider tastes like something I’m too polite to mention here. “I’m also a Christian, so you might think, as many people do […]

John’s Prologue

What does this passage from John’s gospel suggest about Jesus?

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John’s Prologue

What does this passage from John’s gospel suggest about Jesus?

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John chapter 1 is very often known as ‘John’s Prologue’. A prologue is an opening or introduction to a bigger piece of work. In a play, the prologue is often a dramatic recitation given by the narrator that will help the audience know what to […]