Culture

The Apprentice: A Horrible Feminist Hypocrisy


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Emotions Running High 😩

Six weeks ago, I published a blog that immediately hurtled to the top of our most-read list – a list that’s been around for more than a decade. You can read Why Every Man Must Step Up His Response to #NotAllMen” HERE.

One of the reasons that it was read so widely – apart from the generous sharing from friends – is that #MeToo and #NotAllMen were trending globally, pointing to the fact that the various digital blows had caused significant ‘feeling’ within both camps who were vehemently defending their respective hashtags. (more…)

Bible, song of solomon, Song of Songs, Theology

Song of Solomon: The most important verse in the Bible (part two)


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~ I am very dark, but lovely,
    O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
    like the curtains of Solomon ~

Songs 1:5

Our Obsession with the Outward

Other than all being blokes with varying degrees of sex appeal, what do Dale Winton, Donald Trump and Bradley Cooper all have in common?

They all have terrible fake tans.

Granted, this probably isn’t the most Solomonic introduction I’ll ever write on this blog but one that still has a measure of poignancy for this second instalment in our Song of Solomon series:

Our obsession with the external appearance of things – the way we look – is one of the most controlling and crippling idols known to man. It leads us to do the craziest of things: gluttony over God; now over forever; prison over mountainous climbs; temporary over eternal; counterfeits over truth and C.S.Lewis’ mud pies over holidays at the sea.

It’s been this way since Adam and Eve lurched naked into the undergrowth to break off handfuls of shrubbery with which to conceal their first furtive blushes before God, (Genesis 3). (more…)

Bible, Song of Songs, Theology

Snog of Solomon: Kisses (part one)


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“Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth! For your love is better than wine”
~ Songs 1:2 ~

Kisses

We all love a kiss even if it’s a TCP-infused kiss from your Grandpa or a hairy peck on the cheek from an old family friend. Kisses can be tolerated and wiped away but kisses can also be like strong, we’re-getting-drunk-very-quickly liqour. (more…)

Song of Songs, Theology

Song of Solomon: When We Don’t Want to Eat (Introduction)


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Jack is a young lad who goes to the same gym as us – I guess he must be in his very early twenties – and, very unusually for any bloke in the gym, recently opened up to me while we were stood recovering together next to the leg extension machine.

I’d asked him, “how you doing?” and, rather than giving an off-the-shelf response conveying that nothing in life was even remotely problematic or worrisome, he responded by saying, “I’m doing a bit better now, thanks…”.

What’s going on here then, I wondered. (more…)

fasting, Prayer

Growing a Lifestyle of Fasting & Prayer


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Mairi was honoured last Sunday morning to take the church through some teaching on prayer and fasting from Matthew 6.

Towards the end of her message she tells a very powerful and personal story that serves as a great example of the importance of our persistence and tenacity in prayer! (see Matthew 7:7 NLT).

Here’s the photo from the very moment she describes.

We hope you guys are encouraged to explore cultivating a lifestyle of prayer and fasting in new ways – and we’d love to hear from you!

Love

N&M

*Please forward to 1 min 50 for the beginning of the visual/audio & apologies that the sound isn’t great.