Month: May 2020

Talking Tables

Loneliness is one of the greatest threats to our sense of well-being, affecting our health through our behaviors on social media, food consumption, and the like. One study suggests that nearly two-thirds of all people—regardless of age or gender—feel lonely at least some of the time. One British supermarket has created “talking tables” in their store cafés as a way to foster connection between people. Those looking for human interaction simply seat themselves at a table designated for that purpose, joining others or indicating a desire to be joined. Conversation ensues, providing a sense of connection and community.

The people of…

Keepers of the Light

They call them “Keepers of the Light.”

At the lighthouse on the cape of Hatteras Island just off the North Carolina coast of the United States, there’s a memorial to those who’ve tended the light stations there since 1803. Shortly after the existing structure was moved inland because of shoreline erosion, the names of the keepers were etched on the old foundation stones and arranged into an amphitheater shape facing the new site. That way—as a placard explains—today’s visitors can follow in the historical keepers’ footsteps and “watch over” the lighthouse as well.

Jesus is the ultimate light-giver. He said, “I am…

Our Daily Bread Teen Introductory Edition

The Our Daily Bread Teen Editions are all about helping teenagers get stuck into the Bible! This sample copy, including three months of short daily readings will help them find out more about who God is, what difference He really makes and all the important truths the Bible has to say to them.

Knowing God in the Everyday

Deep within us is a restless need to know the One who made us. Yet perhaps your time with Him has been slowly taken over by other things. Maybe each day is being drained by the challenges and demands of our 'new normal', and you’re wondering where the spark has gone.

That’s why we have created this little booklet for…

John: The Disciple Jesus Loved (CD)

Listen to the inspiring talks from our Bible conference earlier this year. Bible teacher and Our Daily Bread writer Bill Crowder explores the life of Jesus through the eyes of John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. From following the Lamb (John 1:35-42) to witnessing the cross (19:23-30), John’s perspective will help you gain a fresh perspective on the love Jesus has…

The Search for Meaning: Science & God (DVD)

Many pit science against God, saying they are incompatible. Do we have to choose or can we intellectually believe in both?

In Science & God, author and social critic Os Guinness talks with Oxford University Professor of Mathematics John Lennox as they explore this tension together. Lennox looks at both historical and contemporary explanations of the universe, using simple illustrations…

Jesus the Migrant

Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his…

Take Your Tears to God

Last summer, an orca named Talequah gave birth. Talequah’s pod of killer whales was endangered, and her newborn was their hope for the future. But the calf lived for less than an hour. In a show of grief that was watched by people around the world, Talequah pushed her dead calf through the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean for seventeen days before letting her go.

Sometimes believers in Jesus have a hard time knowing what to do with grief. Perhaps we fear that our sorrow might look like a lack of hope. But the Bible gives us many examples of…

The Knife Angel

When knife crime rose across the United Kingdom, the British Ironwork Centre came up with an idea. Working with local police forces, the Centre built and placed 200 deposit boxes around the country and ran an amnesty campaign. One hundred thousand knives were anonymously surrendered, some still with blood on their blades. These were then shipped to artist Alfie Bradley, who blunted them, inscribed some with the names of young knife-crime victims, plus messages of regret from ex-offenders. All 100,000 weapons were then welded together to create the Knife Angel—a 27-foot-high angelic sculpture with shimmering steel wings.

When I stood before…

The Smiling Jesus

If you were to play the part of Jesus in a movie, how would you approach the role? That was the challenge faced by Bruce Marchiano, who played Jesus in the 1993 Visual Bible movie Matthew. Knowing that millions of viewers would draw conclusions about Jesus based on his work, the weight of getting Christ “right” felt overwhelming. He fell to his knees in prayer and begged Jesus for—well, for Jesus.

Bruce gained insight from the first chapter of Hebrews, where the writer tells us how God the Father set the Son apart by anointing Him “with the oil of joy”…

5 Unexpected Lessons COVID-19 Taught Me

When Our Daily Bread author Marvin Williams and his wife contracted the coronavirus, he discovered some new lessons about God and his own faith.

COVID-19 is a difficult but masterful teacher. On March 29, my wife and I tested positive for the virus. When our doctors called us with our test results, we experienced a wide range of intense emotions: sadness, discouragement,…

Where Choices Lead

With no cell service and no trail map, we had just our memory of a fixed map at the trailhead to guide us. More than an hour later, we finally emerged from the woods into the parking lot. Having missed the turn-off that would have made for a half-mile hike, we took a much longer trek.

Life can be like that: we have to ask not simply if something is right or wrong, but where it will lead. Psalm 1 compares two ways of living—that of the righteous (those who love God) and that of the wicked (the enemies of those…

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