Richard Myerscough

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Why Big Liars Often Start Out as Small Ones

People who tell small, self-serving lies are likely to progress to bigger falsehoods, and over time, the brain appears to adapt to the dishonesty, according to a new study.<p>The finding, the researchers said, provides evidence for the “slippery slope” sometimes described by wayward politicians, …

Should your church employ a nurse?

The latest Grove Pastoral booklet makes a surprising proposal: that local churches should consider employing a nursing professional as part of their …

Health Care

Is Your Church Ready for the Future?

I recently had a lively conversation with a woman next to me on a flight. “Listen,” she said, “if I want to be a man on Monday and a woman on …

Evangelical Christianity

The Key to Evangelism in the 21st Century

The twelve of us sat in silence, on the edge of our seats. You could’ve heard a pin drop.<p>Three of us had pilgrimaged from Minnesota to muggy Orlando …

Laboring For Maturity

One of the things that I despise most in the world is when I help my wife prepare for a garage sale. Not only because I'm a pack rat, but also …

Does trusting God remove anxiety?

Over the years of doing therapy with Christians I have noticed how many feel guilty for their anxieties. “If only I could trust God more…I say I …

Why “strategic ministry” makes me deeply uncomfortable

Sam Allberry | September 22nd 2015<p>For a number of years I worked for a church in central Oxford and oversaw the ministry to students at the …

How to Ask Excellent Bible Study Discussion Questions

Leading a group Bible study is deeply rewarding, but let’s be honest: it’s also a little terrifying. Once you begin a conversation, you give up a …

Why I Fight the Long Defeat

For the best part of ten years, a large part of my job has been to promote world mission in churches across the UK and for much of that time I felt …

3 Major Downsides of a Busy Church Calendar

Adrian Rogers is quoted with the pithy statement, “If Satan cannot make you bad, he will make you busy.” There is much wisdom in the statement, as …

Ruminating: The Mental Health Killer

I teach a course on psychopathology. Each week we consider a different family of problems. We explore anxiety disorders, mood disorders (depression, …

Why Married Christian Couples Don\'t Need More Marriage Advice

Nowadays, marriage advice is everywhere. I was going through a few articles and I bumped into one that was entitled "50 Of The Best Marriage Tips Of …

How do we reach the under 40s?

Here in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, we are just completing our diocesan conference at Swanwick, and it has been focussed on issues …

Church of England

Neoliberalism is creating loneliness. That’s what’s wrenching society apart | George Monbiot

Epidemics of mental illness are crushing the minds and bodies of millions. It’s time to ask where we are heading and why<p>What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet plagues of anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and …

Mental Health

5 Practical Guidelines for Reading the Old Testament Laws

How I Found Healing for My Spiritual Blindness

Discovering hope and healing for fallible followers through Jesus’ faithfulness in the Gospel of Mark. When I began exploring the Christian faith I’d …

If We Are So Burdened then Why Aren’t the Prayer Meetings Full?

LightstockAs Christians we are right to be outraged by things we see and hear in the news and our communities. Our hearts break when we consider …

Nancy Guthrie's Story of Hope in the Midst of Grief

Why Young Bankers, Lawyers, and Consultants Need Emotional Intelligence

Early in your career — whether it’s in banking, law, consulting or accounting — you will discover that all of your colleagues are as smart and hard working as you. You’ll learn that the key to being successful must be something else. Over my 40-year banking career, I’ve learned that the critical …

7 Signs Your Church Will Never Change

There’s a very good chance you’re trying to change something in your church or organization.There’s even a decent chance some of you are trying to …

You Are Not the Bride of Christ

You won’t find the phrase “bride of Christ” in your Bible. Just like the Trinity, this concept appears in Scripture without the wording we now …

The Long View: Developing Faithfulness

Kessler Boulevard carves a scenic route through Indianapolis and through the neighborhood where I serve as a pastor. Almost five years ago, I rounded …

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

BLACKPOOL, England — The woman on the other end of the phone spoke lightheartedly of spring and of her 81st birthday the previous week.<p>“Who did you celebrate with, Beryl?” asked Alison, whose job was to offer a kind ear.<p>“No one, I…”<p>And with that, Beryl’s cheer turned to despair.<p>Her voice began to …

The Danger of Practical Preaching

<i>Why people need more than the bottom line.</i><p>Rob, a stockbroker, thought sermons should be 20 minutes. No longer. To him, a good sermon was what others …

How Reliable Is Your Conscience?

This post is adapted from <i>Conscience: What It Is, How To Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ</i> by Andrew David Naselli and J. D. Crowley.The …

4 Practical Guidelines for Reading Old Testament Stories

Some Things You Should Know About Christians Who Struggle With Anxiety

You have probably bumped into Adam Ford before, either through his comics at Adam4d.com or through his satire at The Babylon Bee. Over the past …