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  • 16th October 2019

    Restor(y)ing the Imagination | James KA Smith

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  • 29th August 2019

    Plastic is Fantastic | Connecting with Culture

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  • 30th May 2019

    Mental Health: Insight to Love Well | Dr Nick Land

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  • 9th May 2019

    Hope in the Face of Facts | Connecting with Culture

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  • 26th March 2019

    #TheologySlam 2019 | Final

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  • 13th September 2018

    The Inevitable Cycle of Achievement | Connecting with Culture

    Why is achievement so alluring? I recently cycled with my brother from London to Istanbul...

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  • 7th September 2018

    A Taste of Heaven | Connecting with Culture

    I think the Last Night of the Proms is a little bit like the new...

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  • 30th August 2018

    Feeling the Heat | Connecting with Culture

    As my family ran full pelt from the rain into the church entrance we almost...

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  • 24th August 2018

    Kofi Annan: A Man of Distinction | Connecting with Culture

    Kofi Annan was a man driven not by greed or a lust for power but...

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  • 16th August 2018

    Keeping A-Level Head | Connecting with Culture

    Results Day has always filled me with dread. From primary school tests to my university...

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  • 10th August 2018

    Christ on the Canvas | Connecting with Culture

    The painter Picasso said, ‘The work that one does is a way of keeping a...

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  • 3rd August 2018

    Stockpiles, Shortages, and Shalom | Connecting with Culture

    I can remember the outrage in the 1970s and 80s, when it was revealed that...

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  • 27th July 2018

    Lessons from Love Island | Connecting with Culture

    It had four times more applicants than Oxbridge this year. Even if you aren’t watching...

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  • 19th July 2018

    Amazing Grads – to the Slaughter? | Connecting with Culture

    Over the last three weeks 290,000 young adults will have gladly set aside the demands...

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  • 12th July 2018

    Leadership Lessons in a Waistcoat | Connecting with Culture

    So many obstacles. A weary public frustrated by a history of under-performance. A business hierarchy...

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  • 5th July 2018

    The NHS: ‘A Piece of Real Christianity’

    There are two significant dates in July that may at first glance seem unrelated –...

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  • 28th June 2018

    Being Human in an Age of AI | Connecting with Culture

    What does it mean to be human? This is a question which AI and robotics...

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  • 21st June 2018

    The One-Tenth Gospel | Connecting with Culture

    ‘How’, wrote the great Dorothy Sayers, whose 125th birthday anniversary is celebrated this month, ‘can...

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  • 14th June 2018

    Divided Loyalties | Connecting with Culture

    What if those we love are ‘enemies of the state’? What if the laws of...

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  • 7th June 2018

    Just Justice? | Connecting with Culture

    The horrific blaze at Grenfell Tower last June has seared scars deep into public memory....

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  • 31st May 2018

    Old Dog, New Tricks? | Connecting with Culture

    ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!’ That was the phrase that was bandied...

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  • 24th May 2018

    Tipping Point? | Connecting with Culture

    Have you been wondering recently whether western civilisation is on the brink of collapse? If...

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  • 17th May 2018

    Day One | Connecting with Culture

    It will be hard to miss the social event of this weekend, even if you...

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  • 10th May 2018

    Millennials and Sex: Wounded or Wise? | Connecting with Culture

    I was raised in a Christian home and this is what I heard about sex:...

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  • 3rd May 2018

    Crossing the Line | Connecting with Culture

    Did you know that in the House of Commons there is a line in the...

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  • 26th April 2018

    What’s in a Name? | Connecting with Culture

    We all have one. It’s perhaps the only thing that we’ll possess throughout our entire...

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  • 18th April 2018

    A Story of Swaps | Connecting with Culture

    The recent BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence is a story of swaps....

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  • 12th April 2018

    A Problem Like Syria | Connecting with Culture

    Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43) should be enough to...

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  • 5th April 2018

    A Gospel of Self-love? | Connecting with Culture

    Warning: This piece contains spoilers. It is a truth universally acknowledged that the film will...

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  • 28th March 2018

    A Good Friday Poem by Mark Greene

    The Mirror Three ‘t’s on the scrubby hill, neatly crossed the Roman way, The naked...

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  • 22nd March 2018

    Social Engineering: Your Soul for Sale? | Connecting with Culture

    Once upon a time, back when the internet was still young and at least moderately...

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  • 15th March 2018

    A Spring in Our Step? | Connecting with Culture

    Did Tuesday’s Spring statement by the Chancellor leave you feeling pumped up? Me neither. Of...

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  • 8th March 2018

    Traces of Grace | Connecting with Culture

    Note: This piece contains spoilers. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the story of Mildred...

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  • 28th February 2018

    The Robots are Coming | Connecting with Culture

    My Twitter feed has been all of a, well, twitter recently, sharing a video of...

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  • 22nd February 2018

    Billy Graham – Just as he was | Connecting with Culture

    Billy Graham preached to more people, in more countries, and saw more converts, than anyone...

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  • 15th February 2018

    Little Big Things | Connecting with Culture

    Oxfam. Harvey Weinstein. Larry Nassar. The Presidents Club. Barry Bennell. #MeToo. Whether it’s prostitutes in...

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  • 9th February 2018

    Boaz: The Whole-Life Disciple in Action

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  • 8th February 2018

    Deeds Not Words | Connecting with Culture

    Queen Alexandra, George V’s mother, described it as a ‘sad accident caused through the abominable...

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  • 1st February 2018

    World-shaping Words | Connecting with Culture

    It’s the season for speeches. Actors receive awards and thank people. Generally, we know what...

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  • 25th January 2018

    The Greatest Show on Earth | Connecting with Culture

    A man is born to humble beginnings, but knows he is destined for something greater....

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  • 18th January 2018

    In Google We Trust? | Connecting with Culture

    What do you do when you don’t know something? Simple, Google it. Google is the...

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  • 11th January 2018

    In a Galaxy Near, Near to You… | Connecting with Culture

    There are two things that Star Wars does better than any of the other sci-fi,...

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  • 4th January 2018

    I’ll Be There For You? | Connecting with Culture

    ‘So no-one told you life was gonna be this way…’ If you want to follow...

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  • 13th December 2017

    Bleak Midwinter? | Connecting with Culture

    Winter wonderland, or a nightmare before Christmas? Those seemed to be the two main reactions...

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  • 7th December 2017

    Who Tells Your Story? | Connecting with Culture

    I. Can’t. Wait. For 9 January, that is, when I will finally get to see...

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  • 4th December 2017

    The Art of Conversation

    ‘A little less conversation, a little more action please.’ It’s one of those songs –...

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  • 30th November 2017

    Plastic Planet | Connecting with Culture

    I wonder if you are one of the more than 13 million viewers transfixed by...

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  • 23rd November 2017

    The Parable of the Gig Economy | Connecting with Culture

    Originally, a gig was a spear for catching fish. Then it was a boat, then a...

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  • 16th November 2017

    Moving Swiftly On? | Connecting with Culture

    ‘Look what you made me do’ We’ve all said it, right? Yelled at a sibling,...

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  • 9th November 2017

    The Political Samaritan | Connecting with Culture

    The way in which the man who opened fire on the Texas Baptist church shooter...

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  • 2nd November 2017

    Remember No More | Connecting with Culture

    The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 was awarded to the British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. His...

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  • 26th October 2017

    Christmas is on the Cards | Connecting with Culture

    In case you haven’t noticed the bling, the Christmas shopping season is upon us again....

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  • 26th October 2017

    Life on Mission | Long Read

    As a young Christian lad, it was easy to be inspired by stories of William...

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  • 19th October 2017

    More Human than Human | Connecting with Culture

    What makes us human? It was the question at the heart of the original Blade...

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  • 12th October 2017

    Everyday Encounters | Connecting with Culture

    As I waited at some traffic lights on my Tuesday morning cycle to work, a...

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  • 5th October 2017

    Priceless | Connecting with Culture

    Samantha went to a tech fair in Austria last week, but ‘a barrage of male...

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  • 2nd October 2017

    Fruitfulness in Scripture | Long Read

    If you were asked what the Bible says about fruitfulness, some key passages might well...

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  • 29th September 2017

    I Spy & The Human Heart | Connecting with Culture

    From The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in 1963 to A Perfect Spy...

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  • 24th September 2017

    Stuart Townend on Whole Life Worship

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  • 22nd September 2017

    Faith and Sustainability | An Interview with Ruth Valerio

    ‘It was a like a second conversion, the scales fell off my eyes.’ I’m sat...

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  • 22nd September 2017

    Mistaken Identity? | Connecting with Culture

    As green turns to gold, the start of autumn is also marked by the return...

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  • 16th September 2017

    Being Faithful, Bearing Fruit | Long Read

    ‘Without doubt’, according to Bishop J.B. Lightfoot, ‘Colossae was the least important church to which...

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  • 15th September 2017

    This Means Everything | Connecting with Culture

    Whether or not your life’s rhythms are determined by the school calendar, for many of...

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  • 8th September 2017

    Fire and Fury | Connecting with Culture

    On my twitter feed, the prospect of global nuclear war is sandwiched between the US...

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  • 5th September 2017

    Kay’s Story | Ambassador’s 2020

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  • 1st September 2017

    Taste and See | Connecting with Culture

    I’d rather be a clutch bag than a champagne bottle. Bear with me, I know...

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  • 31st August 2017

    Living with Purpose

    The tide has turned. Or so many now think. Times have changed. Christians are feeling...

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  • 29th August 2017

    Gary’s Story | Ambassador’s 2020

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  • 25th August 2017

    The Day the Sky Went Dark | Connecting with Culture

    The sky went dark, the bell in the clocktower fell silent… In years gone by...

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  • 17th August 2017

    Insert Emoji Here | Connecting with Culture

    Earlier this month, Sony Pictures released The Emoji Movie. Emoji, the successors to emoticons, were...

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  • 11th August 2017

    Failing, to Grow | Connecting with Culture

    If the prospect of visiting the Volvo Studio and the ABBA Museum is not sufficient...

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  • 10th August 2017

    Wisdom for Life | Long Read

    ‘Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have...

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  • 4th August 2017

    Dunkirk and the God of History | Connecting with Culture

    History, they say, is written by the victors. Which is another way of saying that...

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  • 28th July 2017

    The Eye of the Beholder | Connecting with Culture

    I recently had an image crisis. Packing for my friends’ festival-themed ‘sten’ (a joint stag/hen...

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  • 21st July 2017

    On the Money | Connecting with Culture

    The new £10 note has provoked outrage across the nation. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But it’s...

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  • 14th July 2017

    No Place Like Home? | Connecting with Culture

    The morning the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, emotions were running high at...

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  • 7th July 2017

    Bear with Us | Connecting with Culture

    Last week the creator of one of the most loved children’s book characters, Paddington Bear,...

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  • 30th June 2017

    The End of the World is Nigh? | Connecting with Culture

    Would you rather be turned into a zombie, or watch everyone you love get turned...

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  • 23rd June 2017

    You’ve Got Mail | Connecting with Culture

    I sent an email to the wrong person. But this wasn’t just any old email....

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  • 16th June 2017

    The Greatest Wonder | Connecting with Culture

    If you’re looking for a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man, then look...

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  • 12th June 2017

    My Job, God’s Work

    ‘What motivates you to come to work every day?’ That was the question a colleague...

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  • 9th June 2017

    Pray for Our Leaders | Connecting with Culture

    Were you a bit bleary eyed this morning after a late night watching the election...

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  • 2nd June 2017

    Shaken not Stirred | Connecting with Culture

    The name’s Bond. James Bond. Shaken not stirred. Licensed to kill. I could go on....

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  • 26th May 2017

    When Tragedy Strikes | Connecting with Culture

    Another terror attack. Another tragic story of lives senselessly ripped apart. Little girls out with...

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  • 19th May 2017

    AI: The Coming Revolution | Connecting with Culture

    The worldwide artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is on its way. Once the preserve of science...

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  • 12th May 2017

    Too late? | Connecting with Culture

    ‘If you’re listening… you’re too late’. That’s the tagline for the new hit Netflix show...

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  • 28th April 2017

    The Helping Hand of Grace | Connecting with Culture

    It’s annual World Snooker Championship time again. Years ago I used to play in two...

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  • 24th April 2017

    Transforming the Worshipping Church

    Sam and Sara Hargreaves, co-authors of Whole Life Worship and leaders of, explain why they’re...

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  • 20th April 2017

    Lessons from Dystopia | Connecting with Culture

    The Handmaid's Tale is a tale for our time. Margaret Atwood's popular dystopian novel begins...

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  • 14th April 2017

    A Display of Power | Connecting with Culture

    A man with a bloodied face being dragged off a plane against his will. Bombs...

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  • 7th April 2017

    The Benefits of the Unseen | Connecting with Culture

    The Brexit negotiations are causing lots of anxiety about Britain's future - about what kind...

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  • 5th April 2017

    Whole Life Worshippers | Long Read

    Mark Greene on the power and potential of our gathered worship. 8 minute read. Growing...

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    30th March 2017

    Beauty in Brokenness | Connecting with Culture

    After a tragedy strikes we often remember where we were when we heard the news....

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  • 29th March 2017

    John Risbridger on Whole Life Worship

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  • 24th March 2017

    Getting into the Habit | Connecting with Culture

    I have a confession to make: ever since Facebook and iMessage started using ‘emojis’ and...

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  • 4th March 2017

    “‘The Bible tells us the way God’s world really is. And it does so for the whole of life’ – Antony Billington”

    'The Bible tells us the way God’s world really is. And it does so for...

  • 3rd March 2017

    Light on the Gospel | Long Read

    At a time of ongoing discussions on the nature of the gospel, Antony Billington, LICC’s...

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  • 3rd March 2017

    Whole-Life Gospel

    Many religions begin by telling people what they should do; Christianity begins with what God...

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  • 3rd March 2017

    A Preposterous Command | Love Commandments Part 1/5

    The ability to love and be loved is a gift from the hand of our...

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  • 3rd March 2017

    Bible | The Whole Story

    How we approach something depends, to a large extent, on what it is. We wouldn’t...

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  • 28th February 2017

    Case Study | Today’s Community Church, Wigan

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  • 28th February 2017

    Case Study | London Diocese

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  • 28th February 2017

    Encouraging People in the Workplace

    Work has purpose. It matters to God. It’s an essential component of God’s mission –...

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  • 28th February 2017

    Work: The Bigger Picture

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  • 28th February 2017

    This Time Tomorrow

    Here’s an easy idea you could start straight away with minimal planning. The aim of...

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  • 28th February 2017

    Church Team Learning Hubs

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  • 28th February 2017

    What is Life on the Frontline?

    Meet Anne. Anne always thinks of herself as fairly ordinary. An ordinary, single, middle-aged mum,...

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  • 27th February 2017

    5 Simple Things to do at Work this Week

    1. BE NOSY We get so used to relating to people at work on a...

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  • 27th February 2017

    Faith at Work | Invite a Speaker

    Most people’s jobs involve a certain amount of skill and expertise, so it’s not unusual...

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  • 27th February 2017

    Seeing God at Work

    Have you ever thought to yourself, 'I don’t work for the church and I’m not...

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  • 27th February 2017

    Top 6 Books about Faith at Work

    1. Workplace Grace by Bill Peel and Walt Larrimore This is one of the best...

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  • 27th February 2017

    Discover a Richer Way of Working

    'Beer', Benjamin Franklin once declared, 'is proof that God loves us.' Coffee, apparently, is proof...

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  • 27th February 2017

    Are you Sitting Uncomfortably?

    I’ll never forget my university admissions interview. I applied to read English and was asked...

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  • 27th February 2017

    Commissioning Services

    The Church has a rich tradition of recognizing people’s ministry. For the most part, however,...

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  • 27th February 2017

    Seven Good Reads about Church and Leadership

    There are lots of great books on leadership and church. We’ve picked seven that engage...

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  • 27th February 2017

    LICC Resources for Churches

    Here’s a handy guide to some key resources to help your church and inspire your...

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  • 22nd February 2017

    Perspectives and Convictions Underpinning Whole-Life Disciplemaking Churches

    Imagine Church began as a pilot project with a range of churches across the UK...

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  • 22nd February 2017

    Leading a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church: the Call

    Imagine. Where are they – that body of people who worship together on a Sunday...

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  • 10th February 2017

    Fake News: Countering the Culture of Deception | Connecting with Culture

    ‘Fake news’ has received much media attention lately. The spread of disinformation, propaganda, and fabrication...

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  • 3rd February 2017

    Are You Still Watching? | Connecting with Culture

    Picture the scene: sofa, laptop, snacks. Netflix has been streaming your favourite show non-stop for...

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  • 27th January 2017

    Living in a Pressure Cooker | Connecting with Culture

    Many of you will have heard of (or seen by now) La La Land –...

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  • 20th January 2017

    Faith in Politics? | Connecting with Culture

    It’s been quite the week in politics. The Prime Minister’s Brexit speech, a Northern Ireland...

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  • 13th January 2017

    Are You Suffering from Progress Fatigue

    New improved recipe! Fourteen updates need your approval! Upgrade your phone now! Why can’t they...

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  • 6th January 2017

    Silence and Weakness

    Note: this post contains spoilers For a film that is so visually beautiful and rich...

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  • 9th December 2016

    One December Day

    Political turmoil, celebrity scandal, shock-resignation… no, it’s not my review of 2016, but a snapshot...

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  • 18th November 2016

    A Holy and a Broken Hallelujah

    'Things are going to slide, slide in all directions. Won’t be nothing, Nothing you can...

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  • 11th November 2016

    Is God Fazed? | Connecting with Culture

    It’s been said that this week’s election victory by Trump is the USA’s Brexit. Back...

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  • 23rd September 2016

    Paws for Thought | Connecting with Culture

    Let me level with you: I’m a dog person. In the age-old dog/cat debate, I...

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  • 26th August 2016

    Get up and Keep Running | Connecting with Culture

    The 2016 Rio Olympics closed on Sunday, bringing to an end our best national performance...

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  • 10th June 2016

    The Queen and the Kingdom of Kindness

    You can tell what’s important to people by what they praise. The Queen is no...

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  • 25th March 2016

    Tell me… do you bleed?

    Can it really be that one who is all powerful could also be all benevolent?...

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  • 22nd January 2016

    Must Cecil Rhodes fall? | Connecting with Culture

    A number of years ago, a Liverpool councillor suggested renaming some of the city’s streets...

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  • 8th January 2016

    Connecting with Culture, Connecting with People

    What dominated your conversations with friends and colleagues in 2015? The terror attacks in Paris...

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