Why You Should Read The Early Church Fathers (And How To Do It) [interview]

The Early Church Fathers wrote lots of material to help guide the fledgeling Church in its infancy, something that modern christians overlook.

Whilst not equal to scripture, the writings of the early church can help to act as a compass, guiding us in what it means to be the Church today.

Luke Wilson’s new book “40 Days With The Fathers” hopes to fill this gap by presenting the works of the Early Church Fathers in an accessible way.

I caught up with Luke to look at his motivations for writing and what we can learn by studying the early church fathers.
Tell us a little bit about yourself Hi, I'm Luke; I studied theology and biblical studies at Mattersey Hall Bible College. I have a beautiful wife and one-year-old daughter and run my own software company with my dad. When I get time, I write blogs and books!
How did you become interested in the early church fathers? It first started a few years back when I felt a little disillusioned about the way church is done.

Every week becam…

Karl Barth, Biblical Greek, Money Management and 8 Traits More Important Than Intelligence - What I Learnt This Month

At the beginning of each month, I write a post about what I have learnt in the moth just gone. It helps me consolidate the information. And I hope that it also helps you to learn and find new resources. 😊

Here is what I learnt this month.
Book - Evangelical Theology: An Introduction - Karl Barth* This book has been my long overdue arrival into the world of Karl Barth – Arguably one of the greatest theologians of the 20th Century.

The work is based on a series of lectures that Barth gave at Princeton in 1962.

It is worth noting that both the translation from German and the historicity of the book means that the term “evangelical” meant something rather different then that it does now.

Now the term evangelical has come to mean a specific geographical/political Christian movement in America. Then it meant… well, let’s find out in the course of this post.

The lectures are around the study of theology and the work of the theologian.

I am not going to lie – this book was pretty heavy going.

11 Ways To Make Your Church More Environmentally Friendly [infographic]

As the intersection between faith and the environment continues to increase in importance, it becomes more and more important for the Church to take it's environmental responsibility seriously.

Church is not a building, and church is much more than a weekly service but the fact remains that most churches are inexplicably linked to a building and utilise services.

Much of what we experience and use when we gather as a community has a negative impact on our environment, including our money; and we can do better.

There is also much hope found within the church. This can include churches generating their own electricity, organising beach cleanups, or growing their own food.

This infographic provides 11 practical ways that a church can begin to model environmental care to the whole community.

I have created a short free e-book that goes into each of the principles in much more detail, with practical ways to implement them. Click here to get your copy.

As mentioned above, I have created …

What Proverbs and Ecclesiastes Have To Say About The Self Help Movement

Last year I really got into the self-help movement.

It came off the back of reading “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”* and realising all the good things that it said.
I read many of the greats: Dale Carnegie, James Allan, Chip & Dan Heath, Malcolm Gladwell, David Schwartz, Jen Sincero.* I took on board what they said.
2017 was going to be my year.
It was the year that I was going to be fitter, healthier, and more productive than any time previously.
I was going to get up early.
I was going to exercise every day and be healthy.
I was going to utilise every productivity hack available and build the life I dreamed of.
I started off really well.
I was doing all of the above.
Then in early spring, I got Tonsilitis.
Then after that, I got another sickness. And another.
Then after that, I started to develop a pain in my foot.
Then after that, I was moved from the job that I loved.
Then after that, I developed a terrible virus that wiped out my energy for months.
Then, due to …

Ancient Philosophy, The Case For Christ And What To Do With Your Ambition - What I Learnt This Month

Last month I started a new section on my blog called 'What I Learnt This Month'. 
It is a great place for me to catalogue what I have learnt. I hope that it is also a great place for you to find great new resources to aid in your learning.

This post covers what I learnt in December 2017.

*Please note that the book link in this post is an affiliate link. This means that I receive a small percentage of the book cost if you buy it through the link* Course - Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors This course was created by Pennsylvania University and I completed it through Coursera. The type of course is called a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course). This means three things:

      1. A lot of people are taking it at any one time.
2. It is entirely online.
3. It is entirely free.

If you have never heard of a MOOC or never taken one then I highly recommend it. The main three MOOC providers areCoursera, Edx and Udemy.

The course is the second part of another course I took a while…

My 2017 Goals – How I Did (and What My Goals for 2018 Are)

*Please note that any book links within this post are affiliate links. This means that if you buy a book through the link, I receive a small percentage of the book price.*

Each year I create a list of goals that I intend to achieve by the end of that year.

I think that it is great for accountability to state these publicly, but I also hope that it helps someone else creating their goals.
Why Goals? A lot of my goal setting tips come from the book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, which is an incredible book.

The first habit in the book is about being proactive.

Without goals, we are more likely to wander through life and not achieve any of the things that we want to achieve.

I often speak to people about the hopes and dreams that they have. When I ask them what they are doing to help them achieve these dreams the answer is usually nothing.

To this end setting goals helps us to create concrete steps that help us move towards the more long-term things that we want to achieve.

The Three Comings of Christ – An Advent Meditation

When Christmas Spills Into Advent For a long time, I thought that advent was kind of pointless. Like hanging on to VHS tapes long after the rise of Netflix. Christ has already come, 2,000 years ago, so why do we pretend like he isn’t here? Then I learnt about the three comings of Christ.
Christ has come, Christ is here, Christ is coming again.
In our highly consumerist culture, Christmas has tumbled into advent; consuming this contemplative time with Christmas music, tons of food and gingerbread latte’s.
We forget that advent is one of the two great fasting times of the Christian calendar. It is a time of great anticipation. A time of great promise.
I grew up in a highly evangelical culture, where every day is Easter. There was no space for doubt, no space for waiting, no space for weakness. 
We lived in the resurrection. More than conquerors in Christ. Then life kicked in and we had no words for the dark night of the soul. No language for doubt.
The liturgical year gives voice to the…