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When the Wrath of Jodie met the Grace of God

I began to share about my anger issues and the damage they had caused to our marriage as I sat nervously in the counsellor’s office. He had known me in my youth, long before I met my husband. He said he was surprised to hear about this behaviour, as I’d always come across as a relaxed person. Honestly, I agreed. Before I was married I didn’t have anger issues. Where had all this come from? Disney movies and romcoms didn’t prepare me in the slightest for what was to come My ideas about love and romance were formed by all...

The Apostles’ Creed (13): The Forgiveness of Sins

Rhys Bezzant continues our Apostles’ Creed series … We often speak of a sports star as an adornment to their game. The way Jim Stynes bore up under his fight with cancer, or the ways that Roger Federer is magnanimous in defeat. Sometimes when politicians retire, their colleagues reach deep to find ways of celebrating the integrity or generosity of spirit in people who were their former antagonists. But more than adorning the game: the apostle Paul also wants us to be adornments to the name, to show how beautiful the Gospel is by the way we live our lives. And...

The Problem with Soundbite Theology

In which Dani Treweek gives us at TGCA (and everyone else) a helpful reminder about the danger of out-of-context theological soundbites … while simultaneously showing that they can sometimes be good opportunities for thinking things through more deeply. These days my social media newsfeed seems particularly dominated by three different types of posts. First, we have the ads. So very many ads. Second, there are the COVID memes. Most of them are hilariously perceptive. Some soundbites are wonderfully encouraging … But they all work brilliantly in the tl;dr world of which we are now all natives. And then thirdly, there...

Three Bookmarks and a Bible

Most years I also resolve to improve my daily Bible reading. I love New Year’s resolutions. A fresh start. The opportunity to establish new and healthier habits. The satisfaction of making progress. My goals have ranged from doing better as a husband, father and friend, to improved management of sleep, money, exercise, and even personal hygiene! Most years I also resolve to improve my daily Bible reading. Not everyone agrees. My brother-in-law likes to tell me that new year’s resolutions are to-do lists for the first week in January. Sadly, when it comes to Bible reading plans, in my case...

Parenting during Covid-19: 7 Ways the Gospel Encourages Weary Parents

I lost my cool, and in a moment of exhaustion, I threw the remote across the room and it shattered. No TV for anyone. I didn’t know parenting would be this hard. I remember one moment that summarised my whole 2020 parenting experience. It happened in that last hour before all the kids go to sleep. It had been a rough, long, and tiring day so I turned to Netflix to get us through. In our family, the kids like to stand up next to the television, treating it like a touch screen as I flick through the options with...

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