Saturday, 22 October 2016

Saturday's Reflection

Emmanuel City CentreRead Genesis 1:1-3. How do these verses remind you of what Jesus does in Luke 6:10? Praise Jesus – your Creator and Redeemer.

Emmanuel Westbury and Emmanuel Bishopston - Read Luke 6:11. What does the Pharisees’ reaction tell us about the human heart? What do you see of yourself in them? How does their fury give you confidence when the people you love reject Jesus? Pray for the Lord to give you a heart that
delights to acknowledge who He is. Pray for those you love who are furious at Jesus.

Friday, 21 October 2016

On My Shelf: Life and Books

It will not surprise anyone that knows me to hear that The Gospel Coalition's regular blog series with this title is something I always love reading.

They regularly interview Christian leaders, authors and academics about what they're reading, what books they'd recommend, and what the Lord is teaching them in life at the moment. I both enjoy the contributions of those I've heard of - and those I haven't. Here are some favourites:

Happy reading!

Friday's Reflection

Emmanuel City CentreRead Luke 6:6-11. How do these verses help you trust in God’s promise to restore all things (including you) through Jesus? What are you most looking forward to him restoring about you?

Emmanuel Westbury and Emmanuel Bishopston - Read Luke 6:6-10. In what way is Jesus so different from the religion of the Pharisees? Praise Him that He has come to do good. Pray that you would know He is good – especially in the areas where you find it hardest to follow Him because it feels hard to believe that His intentions are good.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Thursday's Reflection

Emmanuel City Centre - Read Daniel 7:13-14. How do these verses help you begin to grasp the significance of Luke 6:5? Worship King Jesus.

Emmanuel Westbury and Emmanuel Bishopston - Read Luke 6:1-5. How do you feel about following a Lord who has the authority to tell you how to live? Ask for His help in the areas where you find it hardest to acknowledge His authority.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wednesday's Reflection

Emmanuel City Centre - Read Luke 6:1-5. How does v.5 make sense of why Jesus and his companions can do what King David and his companions did (1 Samuel 21:1-7)? Remind yourself that Jesus is the King.

Emmanuel Westbury and Emmanuel Bishopston - Read Luke 6:1-5. In what way is Jesus so different from the religion of the Pharisees? Ask the Lord to show you the man-made rules you are imposing on yourself or others.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Why I was wrong about Christianity

Tom Holland is a historian writing some of the best-selling ancient history books of today. I loved his Rubicon and am looking forward to reading his Dynasty. Was also fascinated to read this recent article in the News Statesman entitled Why I was wrong about Christianity. It's worth a read.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Living with Depression - Recommended Resources

At last night's Living with Depression event the following resources were recommended:
  • Zack Eswine's, Spurgeon's Sorrows. Available here.

  • Sarah Collins & Jayne Haynes', Dealing with Depression available here.

  • Matthew Johnstone's, I Had a Black Dog available here. And introduced in this video: 

  • Matthew & Ainsley Johnstone's, Living with a Black Dog available here. And introduced below: 

  • Sally Lloyd-Jones', Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing available here.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Halloween - what would Jesus do?

Halloween is on the way, so now is a great time to start thinking about how you and your house or family are going to respond this year. Here's a handful of resources that will hopefully help you to do that:

Our friends at Dundonald church in London have produced this really helpful video containing some real wisdom about how to think, and especially how to help our children to think about the whole thing.

If you want to get hold of leaflets like the ones Ed mentions in this video 10ofthose and thegoodbookcompany both have good selections. And if you'd like to organise some kind of 'Light Party' - speak to one of your church elders who'd be happy to link you up with others and help to make it happen.

Another helpful look at the subject is this blog post Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

And for a poetic take on the event and some of the history behind trick or treating - check out Glen Scrivener's video below.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Speak Up!

Speak Up is a new resource from the Evangelical Alliance and the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship to equip and inspire Christians with confidence and knowledge of the current legal freedoms we have to share our faith. They say:

"The good news of Jesus is something we all have a part in sharing. Through our everyday lives – in the local playground, at the bus stop or over a cup of tea – we all have amazing opportunities to introduce people to Jesus.

We won't always be sure how it will be received, but the Christian message must be proclaimed. Romans 10:141 says:
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
In this country we've got the freedom and privilege of being able to speak up and demonstrate the love of God and the transforming power of Jesus in our communities.

We want to give you confidence to speak up. Sometimes Christians may face hostility or rejection, but we also have many rights and freedoms. This resource aims to equip Christians wishing to share their faith by providing a clearer understanding of the current legal freedoms we have."

You can access the booklet they've kindly produced here.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Good News and Real Ale

One of the best things about living in Bristol and the West Country is its long standing tradition of birthing amazing foodie businesses. Whether it be Hart’s Bakery, Orchard Pig, Butcombe Beers, Bart Spices or Pieminister Pies, there’s nothing more fun than walking down the Gloucester Road on a Saturday morning or going to a food festival at the Harbourside and seeing  lots of people sampling and enjoying butchers sausages, olives, and fresh bread.

And because we know Bristolians love food that we came up with the idea of running some Food for Thought events. We really believe that it’s a passion that lots of us share and therefore an easy way to connect with our friends, introduce them to our church family and give a short introduction to the Christian gospel.

That’s the vision. So when’s it next happening?

Next month on Friday 14th October at Alma church hall we have invited Vince Crocker, the founder of Ashley Down Brewery to come along and introduce us to a number of real ales and provide us with some tasting tips. Alongside the ale, we will be able to enjoy a Pieminister Pie – the company that has been making pies from its base in Stokes Croft since 2003 and now supplies pies to the Queen!  After that, we will hear a short talk about our good God who made it all for our enjoyment.

It won’t be cringey - we work hard to make these events fun and accessible for friends who wouldn’t usually come to church. Please come, even if your friends can’t make the night, as it’s great to have a buzzing atmosphere. And if you might be able to work behind the bar/make mash/help behind the scenes, please also get in touch. 

Friday 14 October, 20:00 – 21:30
Alma Church Hall, 29 Alma Rd, BS8 2ES
Tickets: £10 on the door.

If you are able to come, please help our planning by letting us know at