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Top Christian YouTube channels: Part 3

March 31, 2021

This is the third in my series of top Christian YouTube channels. You can read the first post here and second post here. As before, they're in no particular order.

  1. Explore God - Designed to help people explore questions they may have about God, such as 'Why does God allow pain and suffering?' and 'Can I know God personally?'
  2. God in Real Life - Reflections on how God can be seen and known in every day life.
  3. Jeff Lowe Psalms Project - Jeff has written tunes for all 150 Psalms and many of the recordings are available on his YouTube channel.
  4. Test of Faith - Test of FAITH is a project of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and features lots of teaching and interviews from eminent scientists and Christians.
  5. Apologetics Academy - Does what it says on the tin - apologetics with an academic approach.
  6. yesHEis - A huge range of videos (stories, questions, reflections, animations...) designed for Christians to share with their non-Christian friends on social media.
  7. Creating god space - Really helpful training and advice to help Christians share their faith.
  8. SolasCPC - SOLAS have a brilliant mix of webinars, interviews, short answers and lectures on topics like Jesus, other faiths, indoctrination, depression, identity, freedom, the Bible...
  9. Go Chatter - Lots of creative, shareable content including the 'Essentials' series of short films that answer big questions and draw viewers into the heart of the gospel.
  10. Why God? - There's a good mix of stuff on this channel including drama and animation. It's well-made and really good for sharing on social media.
  11. Illustra - Video documentaries that examine the scientific evidence for intelligent design.
  12. Salt of the Sound - Absolutely beautiful Christian meditation music, songs and hymns.
Let me know in the comments if you have other suggestions.


A furry lesson in love

March 23, 2021

Five weeks ago we got a cat. For a couple of nights before we collected him, I didn’t sleep very well as various thoughts were going through my mind. What if he’s aggressive? What if he shreds all our furniture? What if he’s sick everywhere? What if he doesn’t like us? What if he stinks?

Toby’s a 9 year old rescue cat with kidney disease and skin problems who was waiting to be adopted for two years without success. As we brought him into our home and got to know him, and he became co...

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Chatting with Jon and Louise

March 11, 2021
This week I had the privilege of virtually visiting Devon through the powers of Zoom and having a chat with Jon and Louise from Crossroad Seaton. I shared some of my story, we talked about how the culture around sexuality has changed, why biblical teaching on sexuality is good news and how churches can help same-sex attracted people to thrive.

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Grandpa's gadgets

March 9, 2021

My Grandpa’s a sucker for a gadget. He’s bought all sorts of things over the years from idiot-proof cameras to slow cookers. He would excitedly unpack his new purchase, have a cursory go with it and then declare it stupid because he couldn’t get it to work and so he’d never use it again. (Sometimes he had a point. We all had a chuckle when an ‘anti-red eye pen’ turned out to be basically a black biro that you scribbled on your photos with.)

But most of the time it was more of a cas...

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Hebrews 10: 23 - 25

March 9, 2021
Our church verses of the year for 2021 are Hebrews 10: 23 - 25

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Here's a short talk I gave about staying faithful to our faithful God, encouraging one another and living in the light of the c...

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18 handy free web tools

March 2, 2021

There are some little things that you want to be able to do quickly with the minimum of fuss, and without faffing around with big and complicated software downloads, or firing up a whole office suite.

I thought I’d share with you the tools I have bookmarked over the years to help me work more efficiently. Whether you want to work out how long a talk will take to give, get hold of a temporary email address, manipulate an image or calculate the time between two different dates, hopefully you...

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Christianity and sexuality, can the church be inclusive? Critical Witness interview

February 15, 2021
I recently had the privilege of appearing on the Critical Witness podcast to share a bit of my story and talk about sexuality, identity, mission, the gospel, and how the church can be truly welcoming to same-sex attracted people and invite them into a journey of radical discipleship.

We had lots of fun and I was reminded of how wonderful, challenging and rewarding the gospel of Jesus is. I hope you enjoy watching / listening.

Listen on the Critical Witness podcast page (episode #24)
Listen on Ap...
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Top Christian YouTube channels: Part 2

January 26, 2021

This is the second in my series of top Christian YouTube channels. You can read the first post here. As before, they're in no particular order.
  1. Anchored North - Hard-hitting evangelistic videos on subjects that matter in our culture including sexuality, drugs, abortion, New Age and lots more.
  2. LUMO - Illuminating the gospels for our visual age, these are dramatisations of the scriptural text.
  3. Verge Network - A great mix of videos to equip the missional church. They have a significant number of vi...

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Adultery and lust - Matthew 5: 27 - 30

January 26, 2021
As part of our Sermon on the Mount series at church, I gave a short talk on Jesus' teaching about adultery and lust from Matthew 5: 27 - 30.

Talk outline:

  1. The problem of the heart

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

    (a) The Bible doesn’t say that sex is bad

    (b) Jesus is talking about all forms of sexual immorality

  2. Our heart condition is serious


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Book Recommendations 2020

December 31, 2020
I have managed 114 books this year – not including part books and academic papers that I’ve read for my MA – which I’m pretty happy with. I think the COVID-19 situation has given me more time to read which is one good thing to come out of it. As usual, I’m doing a round up of my favourites which I hope will help you discover some interesting reads.

Top Christian

  • Paradoxology – Krish Kandiah
    This is an excellent exploration of some of the trickier bits of the Bible and paradoxes of f...

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