Blog

What is faith? It’s a way of living with a belief that there is something larger than ourselves. Here we place blogs here from various folk within the community that is St Jude’s Church that relate faith to life. The topics are quite varied and get added to over time. Each writes on their own behalf and their thoughts are their own and we hope they’re helpful…

Psychology and Hardened Hearts

If you would like to watch the full video of the reading, sketch and talk that created this blog, (it was live streamed on our Church's Facebook page, as we do with all our Sunday evening talks) you can find it here If you would rather listen to it, you...

Padlocks and Promises

I’ve been fascinated by the image of a padlock being used by lots of couples over recent years to illustrate their love for each other - though in some romantic locations, such as the Pont Des Artes in Paris, the authorities had to remove them, together...

Which part of ‘the body’ are you?

(This blog updated 4 September 2018) 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we...

Hark! The herald angels sing

Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled" Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim: "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald...

Liberty Means Responsibility

This quote from George Bernard Shaw caught my attention: and I was surprised how much it seemed to mean once I started unpacking it… In the Old Testament part of the Bible, we see the story of the people of Israel being drawn into slavery in Egypt. For around 400...

Why Does God Allow Suffering

THIS POST WAS EDITED 4 JUNE 2017 TO INCLUDE REFERENCE TO TERRORIST ACTIONS IN THE UK IN WESTMINSTER, MANCHESTER AND LONDON FOLLOWING SIGHT OF A TWEET THAT ASKED – “IF GOD IS ALL POWERFUL, WHY IS HE ALLOWING ALL THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN?” THE ANSWER BELOW IS...

The Moral Neutrality of Stuff

Just recently I have been pondering the rights or wrongs of a church applying for a grant from a National Lottery Fund, and it’s taken me to a place I wasn’t expecting, a philosophical and theological thought about… ‘stuff’. In searching for a...

Life

Life. Its a bit of a journey and one where some direction can be really helpful. In John Chapter 11 there is the famous story of Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life and calling him out from his tomb, still in his grave clothes. But just before that happened, there was...

Gardens, Dining Rooms & Kitchens

FREE PDF BOOK ON THIS SMALL CHURCH STRATEGY FOR CHRISTMAS? DOWNLOAD LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG St Jude’s uses an analogy to keep us on track towards our community to ensure we retain hospitality in all we do and also try to remain faithful to the Good...

Hospitality at the heart of the Gospel

Image: "Hospitality Refused" by Jan Massys I have been fascinated by the thought that Hospitality sits at the heart of the Gospel since I explored that part of the Luke’s birth narrative often translated from Chapter 2 as “laid him in a manger; because...