Annie Juckes

This summer why not... learn to rest?

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If you’re anything like me, you know you’re bad at resting. I know a lot of people aren’t like me, and have no problem switching off and having a day ‘off’ from work and jobs and life admin-type stuff. But equally I know a lot of Christians who struggle with the idea of ‘sabbath rest’ and don’t really know how to do it properly. So when I saw a new book coming out called ‘The Art of Rest’ I thought I’d better read it. I’m so glad I did!

Adam Mabry says the point of his book is for the Christian to discover ‘how rest is different than you thought, more important than you realised and more wonderful than you ever imagined.’ I don’t think I had ever really considered what ‘sabbath rest’ meant before. Adam helpfully lays out why rest for the Christian is so important in remembering who God is and who we are; in resistance of idolatry, autonomy and anxiety; in restoration of relationships between us and God, and us and each other; and how rest brings reward in various different ways. The final chapter begins to tackle ‘starting to stop’ and helps us think about how we actually are supposed to rest. 

Although I’m still not very good at resting, I understand much better why we, as Christians, are commanded to rest, and why that is such a privilege. It is something that I am working on, and will probably have to work on forever, until I get to eternal rest! But I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something easy to read and challenging in practical ways. It can be found here on our 10ofThose webpage. 

So what is Judges all about?

Annie Juckes, a member of Christ Church Walkley and one of our administrators shares some helpful background to Judges (which we will be studying together on Sundays) - 

If you're anything like me you might know some of the stories from the book of Judges but have never studied it in any detail. At first glance it's pretty gruesome and bloody and very confusing. Having studied it on a Tuesday morning at our ladies bible study, I'm looking forward to getting to study it again, in a different way, on Sundays.

Here is a useful video from The Bible Project that gives a quick run-through of the book, breaking down it's literary design and flow of thought. The general idea is that the Israelites turn away from God and then face the consequences. God raises up judges in cycles: rebellion, repentance and restoration. 

There is also a blogpost on Judges by them here and you can catch up on all our Judges sermons here.

 

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Easter Books - a tradition and some recommendations

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Annie Juckes, a member of Christ Church Walkley, tells us about an Easter family tradition and shares some book recommendations... 

As children, we grew up around lots of American missionaries and so our parents ended up adopting some of their traditions. One of those was Easter baskets (little baskets filled with Easter eggs and chocolate) but they always included an 'Easter book' or voucher for an Easter book. The books didn't have to relate specifically to Easter but were usually Christian books, either that we wanted or that they wanted us to read. Now married, I always buy my husband an 'Easter book' and he does the same for me. Below are some of the books I've enjoyed over the last year or so. I'm afraid because of the sorts of books I like to read, these are all aimed at women, but they contain wonderful truths applicable to men and women alike!

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin - a short and easy-to-read book exploring 10 ways God is different to us, and why that's a good thing. 

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin - (can you tell I'm a bit of a Jen Wilkin super-fan?!) I could hark on about this book all day because it totally revolutionised the way I think about bible study and I believe it is well worth a read by both men and women (despite it's cheesy title). Prepare to be challenged and stretched and made to feel a little inadequate.

The Ministry of a Messy House by Amanda Robbie - I didn't want to read this which is why I knew I had to. Amanda uncovers how it's God's grace that matters, not our own flawless performance or impressive presentation and that if we are serving God and pleasing him, it's okay for it not to be perfect in our, or in the world's eyes. Hard lessons to learn for a perfectionist like me.

Women & God by Kathleen Nielson - to be honest, I have only just started this book (I'm on chapter 2!) but I have been recommended it by various women I trust and admire. It looks at the emotive subject of what the Bible really says about women, discussing whether the Bible is sexist and how to see what God says on the subject of men and women as not only true, but beautiful and enjoyable too. 

Some of these books, and several more can be found on our Online Bookstore.

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Renewing Your Mind - Part 2

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Following on from the blogpost last week on The Bible Project and continuing the theme of Renewing Your Mind (Romans 12:1-2), this week's blogpost discusses podcasts. All podcasts are available on the iTunes Podcast app and via Google. 

DISCLAIMER: The podcasts in this list are all listened to by members of the CCW church family. Mentioning them, however, doesn’t amount to an endorsement of everything you’ll hear and they must be listened to with discernment. Almost by definition, given their nature (discussion), there’ll be a variety of views expressed on a variety of topics, and controversial and thought-provoking discussion is part of what the format offers. 

Podcasts for everybody on various topics - theology/culture/Christian living/preaching/ministry. 

Cooper & Cary Have Words

Two brits ‘talk about culture, theology, the arts, the church, books and sometimes the weather, well, they are British…’ James Cary is a sitcom writer who has worked for the BBC.  

Mere Fidelity

 A transatlantic conversation about church and culture to feed your inner theology nerd.

Mortification of Spin

'A casual conversation about things that count.' A podcast hosted by Carl Trueman, Todd Pruitt and Aimee Byrd on 'the challenges the church faces and what counts in the Christian life.' 

Speak Life

A podcast by Glen Scrivener and Andy Brinkley who discuss a different aspect of evangelism in depth on each podcast. Also features interviews with inspiring evangelists. 

The Gospel Coalition

A podcast that 'features lectures and workshops from our conferences as well as timely interviews and round table discussions on applying the gospel to the issues of our day.'

Timothy Keller Sermons Podcast

A podcast of Timothy Keller’s sermons. 

UP: The Union Podcast

A podcast of the UK-based theological seminary. ‘Theology for everyone, for life.’ They host interviews, discuss specific topics, talk book reviews etc. 

Podcasts specifically for women - (you will need an American-ism filter in place occasionally...)

Flower Mound Women's Bible Study

A weekly bible study podcast by Jen Wilkin. The studies relate to workbooks which you can download from the site but you can also listen to them without needing the workbook in front of you.

Mom Struggling Well

A podcast by an American stay-at-home mum who has a friend on each episode to discuss their story. They cover topics such as 'infertility, adoption, the pitfalls of comparison, living overseas and days spent crying on the floor.' A podcast for mums but helpful for women who aren't mums, too. 

Sheologians

A blog and podcasts by two American women who discuss anything and everything through the lens of a Christian worldview. Podcast titles include 'You Already Love Yourself Too Much (Self-Esteem is a Lie)' and 'So You're a Female. Now What?'

Thankful Homemaker

An American wife/mother/mother-in-law/grandmother talking about how 'the gospel impacts every area of our lives as Christian women.'

Truth's Table

A podcast hosted by three black American Christian women who call themselves 'midwives of culture for grace and truth.' 

What Have You

Two American sisters get together for a coffee date in a car every week to chat about whatever comes to mind.

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