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What is it about stories? Why are they so easy to listen to? Why are lectures so... not... sometimes... ?

We haven't got answer for those, but stories have been big in the Christian community since the early days. From Jesus telling parables to the testimony of early Christians, true testimonies shared have always been a powerful way of introducing people to the Christian faith. As Peter writes, we should 'Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have.' 1 Peter 3:15

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From Religion to Relationship: A Journey into the Heart of our Faith

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Let’s be Transubstantive, otherwise we’re just grumpy

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 What makes us people? It is a profound question that is always more difficult to answer than we first imagine. I was speaking to a group of teenagers on the subject and they gave answers such as I have hands and feet – well, so do animals; I can follow instructions – well, so can robots. As the conversation developed, it brought to light the fact that no animal or robot draws up a pros and cons list before it makes an important decision. Decisions in terms of what

Seeing Myself Through God’s Eyes: My Struggle with Self-Worth

‘And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.’ 1 John 4:16-18 As long as I can remember I have struggled with self-worth, in particular the feeling that I’m not enough. I’ve often thought that if I was a bit more confident, a bit prettier or if I had a certain outfit that I would be finally happy. However, everything I tried left me unsatisfied - I was chasing something I couldn’t attain. This feeling intensified when I came to university. I have a memory on my first day, I was walking around campus and comparing myself to every other girl I saw. From this first day my insecurities really began to develop, and I was gra

My Journey Home: How I Ended Up Getting Confirmed at University

When I arrived at the University of Nottingham Open Day I had no doubt that this was where I would end up in two summers time. I just knew that this was the place where ‘the universe’ wanted me to be. I didn’t bother looking round anywhere else or even researching my chosen course. Looking back I am amazed at how oblivious I was to the way God was working and the places He led me to. At the time I just thanked fate. It is said that when a fresher arrives at University in September they will change so much in their first few months that they by the time they finish first year they will hardly recognise the person they once were. I knew this and I couldn’t wait. I’d grown up in an inter-church

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