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Equipping Women to reach others for Christ

Society has undergone a massive shift, and traditional gender roles are a thing of the past: young women aspire to the same careers as their male counterparts and nowhere is this more evident than on our university campuses. …

Truth, fake news and Christian maths

Truth is the currency of the gospel so why do Christians embellish their stories with fake news? We should be passionately committed to truth. Christians rejoice in the truth so why do we manipulate it? …

University ambition: unstable hopes and dreams

It is A-level result week. Much has been invested in the outcome. Many teenagers will get the grades they have been aiming for, and their parents will face the paradox of both getting what they desired for their children - educational success with its accompanying university place alongside the thing they quietly dread - their child leaving home. …

Should you serve in 'small' church?

We are a small church. The word small will conjure up all sorts of images in peoples minds depending on what your church experience is. Do I mean 200, 100, 50, 30 , 20, 10? Well I mean small as in a house group trying to punch above our weight kind of small. …

Beyond Myth

“A man who disbelieved the Christian story as fact but continually fed on it as myth would, perhaps, be more spiritually alive than one who assented and did not think much about it.” C.S.Lewis, God in the Dock

Calling out Spiritual Abuse

Horrific stories of historic abuse within the evangelical community were exposed by Channel 4 news last week and are now being widely reported in the media. I know many who have personally benefitted through the ministry of the organisation involved and I too benefitted vicariously from the teaching of those who grew up through this camp ministry. …

Popping the Gender Balloon concluding the Gender Agenda

Will the trend to define your gender in a myriad of ways last? I suspect that in a few years people will look back in bemusement at our gender obsessions, although maybe that is wishful thinking, after all gender is now an industry, it creates jobs from academia to counsellors, charities and clinics to the toy industry’s explosions of pink not to mention the myriad of online discussion forums and advertising revenue for vloggers. …

Gender Roles part 5 in The Gender Agenda Series

“And what do you want to do?” This question frequently lurks at family gatherings and panics defenceless teenagers who bat it away as fast as possible. Few teenagers have a clear game plan and most like the rest of us will stumble along until they find themselves working for the local council department planning new speed control measures or the like and wonder how they got there. …

Gender Expression part 4 in The Gender Agenda series

Facebook once gave us 50 different ways to describe our gender [1]. How we feel about who we are and how we chose to express ourselves dominates our culture and occupies our social media forums. …

Gender Identity part 3 in the Gender Agenda series

Sometimes I feel I am not very good at ‘being a woman’ . As a child I did not want to be a girl, I hated everything that went with it, being a girl was restrictive, I was a typical ‘tomboy’ and found myself stuck in a girls playground at school with pockets full of marbles and conkers whilst the girls around me skipped and played horses. …


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