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Who is Gerard Manley Hopkins?!

For those wondering who I was talking about at the church day, Manley Hopkins was a nineteenth century Roman Catholic priest and a poet. You can find out more about him (and read more of his beautiful poetry) here. But to wet your appetite below is one of his shortest and most accessible poems: Pied Beauty Glory be to God for dappled things – …

Stronger than the rushing wind

Having spent a substantial amount of time being nearly blown off my bike in the past couple of months, I have found one way of not resenting God for the weather – this song by Sovereign Grace, based on Romans 8:37-39, has been running around my head.  Check out the chorus: Deeper than the rolling seas Higher than the mountain peaks Your…

Valentine’s Day: A Hopeful Holiday (part 2)

Part 2 of Carolyn Mahaney’s blog for Valentine’s Day. Click for a link to Part 1 and Part 2 on the blog, or read part 2 below: ‘If Valentine’s Day magnifies our misplaced hopes [part 1], we must put our hope in God (1 Pet. 3:5). We do this by focusing on all that God promises to be for us in Jesus…

Valentine’s Day: A Hopeful Holiday

As we approach Valentine’s Day tomorrow, Carolyn Mahaney blogs about the glorious opportunity the day affords.  Click for a link to Part 1 and Part 2 on the blog, or read part 1 below: ‘Purveyors of chocolate, makers of plush teddies and tacky pajamas, and restaurateurs everywhere are enjoying the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. But this yearly celebration of romantic love often…

Church Day 2014

We had a great time today reflecting together as a church family on they past year, and planning and praying for the one ahead. If you missed all or part of the day do drop Ellie an email and she’ll send you a link to the audio of the sessions you missed. Over the last few months as we’ve worked through the letter…

Kathy Keller

On Sunday Mike quoted from the excellent book that Tim and Kathy Keller have written on marriage. You can get hold of your copy here. Kathy’s chapter on Ephesians 5:22-23 & 25 (‘Embracing the Other’) and her appendix (‘Decision Making and Gender Roles’) are two of the best things I’ve ever read on the subject. Kathy has written some other incredibly helpful stuff. Her…

The Todmans

Ever since the beginning of Emmanuel Bristol we’ve had an active partnership with our brothers and sisters at Headley Park Church in south Bristol – praying for them at church prayer meetings and working together as part of the South West Gospel Partnership. Just before Christmas Elaine Todman (married to their pastor Neil) was diagnosed with bowel cancer – she shared this with her church…

Doubt and the Christian Life

Struggle with doubt? Know someone that does? There’s an excellent article in the latest edition of  The Briefing. Author Chris Spink begins by writing: …doubt is something we evangelical Christians need to get talking about. I often think doubt is like the topic of pornography was 15 years ago—a lot of people were struggling with it, but we hardly ever spoke of…