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The Beginning of Lent

What happens on Ash Wednesday?

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Ash Wednesday is the day after Shrove Tuesday and signals the start of Lent. It is called ‘Ash Wednesday’ because Lent is a time when people are sorry for the wrong things in their lives and ashes are used in the Bible as signs of […]

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Shrove Tuesday

What are the origins of this day?

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Shrove Tuesday is actually the day before Lent begins, the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a day of preparation for Lent. Today it is often known as Pancake Day. Shrove comes from the old word ‘shrive’, which means to confess the things you have done […]

BIBLE-OT-CREATION-LIGHT

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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40 Acts

What does Lent look like in the 21st century?

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Lent: 40 days of fasting, saying sorry and preparing to celebrate one of the biggest Christian festivals of the year – Easter. At least, this is how Christians have spent Lent over hundreds of years. But these days, many people are living Lent a little bit differently. Stewardship is […]

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John – an eyewitness account.

What is the significance of Holy Week and Easter for Christians?

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Click here for additional teaching material and collective worship. Glossary to support the film series – John This is the same disciple who was eyewitness to all these things and wrote them down. And we all know that his eyewitness account is reliable and accurate. […]

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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 […]

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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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Turning disability into possibility

One Christian's story

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Bart is a Christian who was born with Arthrogryposis – a condition which impacts his joints and movements. Over the years, Bart has continued to defy expectations of what he can achieve while living with this condition, from playing the piano to driving a car. […]

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 […]