RealityBites blog

Student Ministry in Leeds

​RealityBites is a ministry that is part of ThinkingFaithNetwork.

What do we do? Here is one of our projects.

My good friend Mark Yeadon and I reach out to students by telling stories and sharing the good news of Jesus. We are inspired by the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). We follow Jesus by telling fascinating stories and asking provocative questions. We make ourselves vulnerable by serving hot drinks to students and homeless people outside the Library pub on Woodhouse Lane in Leeds.

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Young People Serving the Technology god

Above is a photo of young people learning how to serve a very powerful and hypnotic god. Technology is a good gift from God but can easily become an idol! A bit of background to this.

The famous Russian revolutionary Trotsky (1879-1940) wrote that “Such is the power of science, that the average human-being will become an Aristotle, a Goethe, a Marx.  And beyond this new peaks will rise.” Trotsky believed in the power of science and technology to create a perfect world. He was tragically misled.

From food to Jesus

I am writing a short booklet which aims to help people to talk creatively about Jesus. This is my first chapter. Love feedback if you have a moment.                  

Chapter 1 From Food to Jesus

A lot of people enjoy talking about food, recipes and celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey and Nigella Lawson. Imagine you are cutting up some garlic with a non-Christian friend, Derek, in your kitchen. Try out this possible spiel:

Somerset Maugham and the Fear of Final Judgment

In the final year of his life, the atheist novelist Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965) became terrified of dying and the possibility of judgment by a just and holy God loomed alarmingly. He had led a sordid, decadent and intensely selfish life and he craved secular comfort and consolation. In this state of fevered anguish he summoned the famous atheist philosopher Alfred Ayer to his deathbed in the south of France and pleaded: "Freddie I have led a debauched and depraved life.

Queen Victoria and the Occult

Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert attended séances as early as 1846. In 1861, the year when Prince Albert died, a thirteen-year-old medium, Robert Lees delivered a message from Albert to the Queen in which he called her by a pet name known only to her and her dead husband. Victoria was delighted and she sent her trusted servants to investigate the young medium. After impressing the royal officials with impossible-to-know details of Albert’s personal life, Lees was invited to visit the queen at Buckingham Palace.

Jodie Chesney, knife crime and the false worship of maths and science

Jodie Chesney, a young woman, aged 17, was knifed in the back near a playground in Harold Hill, Romford, on March 1, 2019. Police chiefs have recently warned that the scale of knife crime in the UK has become a national emergency.

Can I tell you a parable?

Iron sharpens Iron: Fifty Questions for Radical Disciples

Here are fifty questions that I have crafted to help Christians in mission and discipleship. Can you think of any others?     

1) How does the Bible begin and how does it end?

2) Can you summarise the biblical story in one sentence?

3) What is the cultural or creation mandate?

4) Did God want humans to build cities, invent helicopters and play football?

5) How did Adam and Eve's rebellion plunge the creation into ruin and futility?

6) What were the six relationships twisted by sin and idolatry?

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