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New Book: The Gospel at Work

Just a quick note to bring to your attention this new book which we hope will be massively helpful for us as we think about what it means to be Christians in our workplaces. One review says…””As the authors progress through their subject, they provide a brief, but sound, theology of work, and then progress to practical

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A note from Chris

Hi there, This is just a quick note to let you know that, from September, I will be moving on from the lunchtime talks as I have accepted an offer to become the new Assistant Minister of Spicer Street Church in St Albans. This is an exciting move for us as family (the church is

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Missed any lunchtime talks?

I did, last week, I was away on my holidays, which was lovely, but unfortunately meant that I wasn’t able to hear the first talk in our ‘Gospel Teamwork’ series with Vijay Henderson taking us the first couple of chapters of Philippians. However, the great thing is, first thing this morning, I caught up! We

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How to be good sheep (John 10:22-42)

Sometimes the only new information we need is to be told that the information we have is enough. As we come to the end of the first half of John’s gospel this week, we find twenty verses in which it doesn’t feel like an awful lot is said that we haven’t heard before, or like

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Why unbelief runs in the family (John 8)

Have you ever thought that if you could just have met Jesus that there’s no question, you’d definitely have believed in him? Yet in John’s gospel we learn that in Jesus’ own lifetime many people, including those who you’d think were the most likely candidates, simply refuse to believe what Jesus tells them, even when

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Would Jesus really care what I think of him?

Surely whatever you think of Jesus, it doesn’t really matter? Surely, even though we don’t all agree on who Jesus was necessarily, we can all agree that, in this day in age, we’ve realised that we can all just happily disagree because at the end of the day surely Jesus would just want us all

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Will the real Jesus please stand up?

Is Jesus like a Mr Potato Head? Can you simply construct him however you want? Lots of people seem to have lots of different ideas so which is the right one? How could we ever even know? Well one way is the listen to the man himself. Today at Covent Garden Talks we were joined

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Did Jesus really come back from the dead?

If the resurrection didn’t actually happen, if it isn’t an event of history, then you should stop reading this blog post. In fact we should scrap this website and I should get another job, and we should convert all the churches into restaurants and bars and maybe youth clubs or pool clubs or something. Without

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Is Jesus really the only way to God?

During the month of May we’re asking some of the really big questions about the most important person in all of history in our ‘Really Jesus‘ series. This week we kicked off by tackling the apparently exclusivity of Jesus – is he really the only way? In a vibrant area like Covent Garden, in a

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Are Christians really arrogant?

This week we begin our ‘Really Jesus?’ series by asking – ‘Is Jesus really the only way to God?’ It’s a pretty difficult thing to accept, that it could the case that there is just one route to God, especially when there seem to be so many competing suggestions, alternative ways to travel to the

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Preparing for mission

During the month of May we’ll be asking some of the really big questions about Jesus in our ‘Really Jesus‘ series. We’re doing this, not out of some sort of idle, intellectual curiosity, but because we believe that Jesus is the single most important figure in all of history and therefore that there is no-one

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Workers Day Away (Sat 27 Apr) – Cancelled

Unfortunately we haven’t had quite enough people sign up to make the Workers Day Away this Saturday viable and so, regrettably, we’ve taken the decision to cancel it. Apologies to those who were planning to come. Hopefully we’ll be able to revisit the subject soon.  

Really Jesus?

Jesus is the most important figure in history. Whatever you think of him, his impact is absolutely undeniable. But, given that, what should we think of him? Today, in 2013, in London, does he still matter? When I think about my own life and the people who should be the most important person in that,

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Easter Eats! (John 6:48-59)

If you missed our Easter Eats event today then, I’m not going to lie to you, you missed out. The sandwiches were high quality, the hot cross buns were many and varied, the chat around tables was witty and full of flavour and the eggs were as tasty as they were colourfully wrapped. However, the

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Easter Eats!

This week is a special one for us at Covent Garden Talks because it includes our annual ‘Easter Eats’ event! ‘Easter Eats’ is slightly different from our normal Thursday as it’s more of a lunch with a short talk than a lunchtime talk (if that makes sense!) Lunch will be served around tables and, as

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The last meal you’ll ever need eat (John 6:25-40)

Recently I replaced the sealant around our bath (not my most exciting anecdote this) and then, this week, it started to peel off again. I wasn’t shocked, nobody should be, things in this world are always slowly disintegrating, that’s why dusting is so dispiriting. But it’s not just the small things that are gradually fading.

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The case for Jesus’ defence (John 5:30-47)

The defendant: Jesus Christ The charge: a) Claiming to be God, b) Claiming to offer eternal life, c) Claiming the right to judge all people The jury: You The verdict: True? / False? The case for Jesus’ defence: Click here to listen now to today’s talk. Or, for previous talks in the series, click here. Christians in the

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What are you taking up for lent?

It’s no bad thing if lots of us think a bit during lent about abstaining from something, giving up chocolate / alcohol / doughnuts / Facebook / football {delete as appropriate} might very well be a healthy reminder to hold very lightly to the things of this world and to be prepared to emulate Christ

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Does God care about suffering?

That’s a massive question. Suffering is not in doubt. As Christians we believe that God is not in doubt. But do we doubt the two can fit together? Is God unfeeling toward a world in pain? Or is God agonised but impotent to do anything about it? Listen now to today’s CGT as Kev Murdoch

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The Away Day 2013

‘Live to work or work to live?’ – A Christian approach to the day job We spend more of our waking lives in our workplaces (and on the tubes, buses, bikes that get us there) than anywhere else in the world. But what should our attitude be to the daily grind? Should Christians be people who clock

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Christianity Explored – new course dates

Our next Christianity Explored course will be starting up in a couple of weeks, meeting after work on Wednesday evenings over 7 weeks, at the Institute of Education on Bedford Way. Each evening will start at 7.15 and run until 8.45. To pool resources we run our Christianity Explored courses in association with Euston Church

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Social media & the fall

Covent Garden Talks recently had our Twitter feed hacked. It seems to have been mostly harmless and easily fixed but it sure is annoying – for us and anyone that follows us. Twitter unfortunately is simply following the inevitable trend of all social media, modern communication devices and, one suspects, ancient communication devices also. Start

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Who can live forever? (John 4:1-45)

Who would you let into heaven? Would you let you in? We might have in our minds the sort of person who’d be a Christian, the sort of person that Jesus wants to give eternal life to but, in John 4, we witness an extraordinary encounter that should shake our pre-conceptions, expand our horizons and

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How can I live forever? (John 3)

John 3 is probably the most famous chapter in the Bible, not least because it contains the most famous verse. Ultimately it’s a chapter about two huuuuge issues; a) It’s a chapter all about who Jesus is b) It’s a chapter all about eternal life in God’s perfect kingdom People nowadays might be cynical about the concept

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From Christmas to Easter at CGT

Pack up the Olympic paraphernalia, put away the 2012 novelty glasses, put down the umbrella {fingers crossed}, and clear up all that tinsel, it’s 2013 all the way from here on in! Between now and Easter at CGT there’ll be all the usual, regular prayer meetings and prayer clusters as well as the highlight of the

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Reality…

“Our interpretation of reality determines our response to that reality” Jamie Child on fine form, showing how Christians can be confident in God’s love – nothing internal or external can change that. A fantastic end to a fantastic series. It may be only 25 minutes long but it will have an impact for the rest

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It’s not the end yet…

“It will all be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end yet”. Jamie Child speaking in our series “Confident” from Romans 8, giving us absolute confidence in God’s plan. Excellent stuff to comfort us, equip us and to spur us on in a messed up and difficult world. Well worth

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Carol Services

Christmas is coming… (So get inviting!) This year we have two Carol Services in Covent Garden – one at lunchtime and one after work. Carol services afford a wonderful opportunity for our colleagues to hear what Christmas is really all about… Details: Thursday 13th December 1-1.45pm Christmas refreshments served before and after the service. Tuesday

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Christmas is coming…

No really, it is. It’s just around the corner. Our first Carol Service is less than a month away – here are all the details you need to know… Thursday 13th December: Carols at lunch 1-1.45pm. Swiss Church on Endell Street Christmas refreshments served before and after the service. Tuesday 18th December: Carols after work

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Does God even exist?

It’s hard to imagine a more fundamental question that a Christian could be asked than that one! You might know personally that God exists, but how would you go about answering the question of a sceptical colleague in a satisfactory way? That’s exactly what the latest in our popular ‘Missionaries@Work’ series is all about. Check

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Carol Service dates

It’s not Christmas yet – let’s be clear on that, even the arrival of certain ‘red cups’ doesn’t mean it’s time to go all in on the festive frivolity! However we know lots of people like to plan in advance for inviting people to Carol Services so here are the dates for ours at CGT

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Monty Python discipleship (Luke 6:39-49)

How do you spot a true disciple? How do you avoid being a Christian hypocrite of Python-esque proportions? What would I have to do, and what should I expect to happen, if I became one of Jesus’ followers? All these questions are covered in the second of our ‘Bin Your Plastic Jesus’ series in Luke

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Forget Halloween…it’s Reformation Day!

Following on from our little Hallow-blog this morning it’s been pointed out to us by a faithful Covent Gardener that October 31st is significant for more than just trick or treating; you don’t get a national holiday in Chile for that! No, tomorrow you can stride into the office, crack out the cakes and wish

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Bin your plastic Jesus

There’s a man near where I live who sells DVDs out of a bag. Now I’ve no doubt the films on them might resemble the film as originally made and produced but I’m equally certain that it’s not the genuine article? Ever thought that you’ve only ever experienced a fake version of the Christian life?

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What is wrong with the world?

That’s our BIG QUESTION for the week at Covent Garden Talks. As part of our Planet Earth series last week Kev Murdoch told us that, ‘People were made with a purpose, and part of that purpose is that we’re made to live in a perfect world’. But we clearly don’t! Why not? What went wrong?

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What’s the point of people?

How would you answer that question? That’s the question we’re going to be thinking about this week at Covent Garden Talks. Why not ask your colleagues? We’d love to hear people’s thoughts! Email us on info@coventgardentalks.co.uk

Mind-blowing mid-morning break time

This week at Covent Garden Talks we’re starting our ‘Planet Earth’ series looking at Genesis 1-3. We’ll be thinking about our universe, how and why it came to be. But before we do that why not take ten minutes – grab a cup of tea and familiarise yourself with a little mind-stretching glimpse at what

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Are you a planner?

I know I am. I like to be able to map dates out into the future – you could say I’m a bit of a calendar nerd, in fact people do often say that! Well if you like to know what’s coming up why not check out the Covent Garden Talks Autumn term card!

Happy Yom Kippur!

It’s Yom Kippur this week, Wednesday to be precise. If you’ve got Jewish friends and colleagues celebrating, why not ask them about it? Just like for Christians at times like Easter / Christmas it’s great to be asked about festivals and why they happen! But what about talking to Jewish people about Jesus? How would

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Previously, on… (John 1:19-51)

If you ever miss a week of the Great British Bake Off or some other television classic then you’ll know how vital it is to watch carefully during the recap at the start of the next show. Turns out American TV dramas weren’t the first to think of that though, John was at it about

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Eh? Jesus had a wife?!

Erm, no, probably not. In fact, almost certainly not. But, because of the discovery of a fragment of coptic Christian manuscript there’s been much discussion of the subject and lots of media publicity. So, what are we to think about all this? What’s really going on? What would I say to someone asking about the

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How to know God (John 1:1-18)

Today at Covent Garden Talks we began what may be a lengthy project working our way through John’s gospel, but it was a hugely important question we were addressing – how can we know God? Clearly, if we can’t truly know God then we’re wasting our time on a Thursday lunchtime – believe me, the

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Is John’s gospel really evidence?

Last week at Covent Garden Talks we started our new series in John’s gospel. As we did so we encouraged people to get a copy of John’s gospel (or get given one to a colleague or friend)  and read it for themselves as an adult, investigate the evidence for the claims of Christianity first hand

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Coming up in September…’Life’

As summer winds down (Paralympics excepted) and we get back into the daily routines and the nights begin to draw in, the mercury begins to drop and next summer feels a long, long way off in the distance, we could be forgiven for asking, ‘What’s the point? What’s life all about?’ I’ll be honest, realistically,

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Work! Why oh why must I work!

I cannot be the only one struggling at the moment, struggling badly in fact. The temptation to listen to the radio, keep checking back on to the ‘Live Olympic text feed’ is almost irresistible! So often work can feel like a bit of a drag but most days, actually, I really quite enjoy it. But

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‘Please fasten your seatbelts…’

‘…we will now play a short safety announcement.’ Whenever I’m on a plane and this announcement comes on and I look on, slightly surprised, as lots of people quickly bury their head in a magazine or stick in their headphones. I always feel a compulsion – part politeness, part self-preservation – to listen intently to

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The waiting game

Our world has a serious justice problem. We aren’t capable of delivering true justice. This week a war criminal from the DRC was given a sentence from the International Criminal Court of 14 years for the use of child soldiers. Who knows how many lives have been irreversibly scarred by the experiences that man inflicted,

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How does the cross actually work?

Lots of us will know that the cross is important, in fact lots of us would say it’s the most important thing that’s ever happened! As we heard last week, it’s possible for people to join Jesus in Paradise because of the cross, for ever. It doesn’t get any bigger than that! However lots of

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Three words to get to Paradise…

…’Jesus, remember me…’. That’s what it took for the criminal crucified next to Jesus to be told, ‘Today, you will be with me in Paradise’. How can that be? As we see the answer, we see why Christianity is totally unique and infinitely good good news. Listen now to William Taylor’s talk on ‘The Cross’

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Did Jesus deserve to die?

The Cross is absolutely central to the Christian message. But why did it happen? The Romans prided themselves on justice, did they get it right with Jesus? Listen now to William Taylor’s talk from yesterday on Luke 23:13-31, the first in our three week series on ‘The Cross’.

A world outside Covent Garden?

Did you know that Covent Garden Talks is just one of a whole host of lunchtime talks which take place around London? So if you have friends who work in other parts of town or you’re unlucky enough to end up working away from the Covent Garden area why not check if there’s anything nearby

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Why suffering?

How can the pain and suffering of this world – right through from the global in places in like Syria to the personal in each of our own lives and the lives of those we love – how can that possibly square up to there being a God who is in control, just and good?

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Are Christians living in the real world?

Rico Tice was speaking today at Covent Garden Talks. It was, unsurprisingly, belting stuff covering judgement, fear, the resurrection and much much more. Well worth half an hour of your time to have a listen by clicking here. “The question is not whether I’m trying to frighten you but whether there’s anything to fear.’   

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A sneak preview of this Thursday…

This week we’re delighted to have Rico Tice coming to speak to us as part of our Urban Myths series. Rico will be thinking about the idea that ‘Christians don’t live in the real world’. You can click here to catch a glimpse of Rico doing his thing on the Christianity Explored website to whet

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Science has disproved God?

Today we began our ‘Urban Myths’ series at Covent Garden Talks and it got off to something of a dramatic start when the speaker got stuck in a mad taxi dash to arrive on time! Fortunately Dr Andrew Sach was able to make it on time for us and a great crowd heard a great

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May at Covent Garden Talks: ‘Urban Myths’

People say all kinds of things with lots of authority, but is what you’ve heard about Christianity really true? This month at Covent Garden Talks we’ll be going back to the highest authority of them all, the Bible, to ask whether what we often think about Christianity as actually correct. Covering topics from science to

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Weekend Away 2012 update

This weekend is our 2012 weekend away with the good folks from Euston Area Talks – you can read the brochure here. Two big updates though. Firstly, the weekend is finishing slightly earlier than planned. We’re now running from Friday evening until dinner time on Sunday. Secondly, because of the slightly truncated timing, we can

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Kitted out for battle

Being a worker can be a tough run, they don’t call it the daily grind for nothing. Being a worker and a Christian can often feel even harder – battling to do a good job for our employers and living godly lives all at the same time! The great news is that God has equipped us

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That’s Easter

There’s no talk this week or next at Covent Garden Talks as we take a break for Easter. But why Easter? What’s that all about? Here’s two handy videos to explain – why not send Facebook / Tweet / email them to friends and colleagues and help them grasp the real meaning of Easter this

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Did Jesus exist?

That’s a pretty vital question as we come up to Easter right?! It’s a question some of your colleagues may have. Click here for an excerpt from a new book by a non-Christian historian on the issue…

Easter in three courses

Our Easter lunch today was a social and culinary delight and on top of all that we got to look together at the most important truths the world has ever known! Unfortunately we can’t replicate the smells, tastes and conversation for you here but you can listen to the three course talks on the truth

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Easter Lunch flyer

Next Thursday is our annual Easter lunch – as good as a Carol Service but with more novelty (and more food)! Easter is such a good chance for people to come along and learn a bit more about why we do what we do at this time of year as we explain the truth behind

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Are there jobs Christians shouldn’t do?

Many Christians struggle to work out what job they should do, whether they’re doing the right job or even if they’re doing a job that they really shouldn’t be doing. But more generally – are there some jobs Christians should never do? An interesting article from the ‘Gospel Coalition’ on this subject has been published

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Why Christians have model relationships

Eh? Hold on, I don’t think anyone at Covent Garden Talks has ever dated Kate Moss, nor is it the case that at home or at work Christians get everything in relationships right. And yet, as we’ll see today as we look at Ephesians 5:22-6:9 together, Paul says that in some sense Christians do have

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Does being a Christian make any difference?

That’s the question we’ll be considering as we come back to our ‘Cosmic’ series in Ephesians today. The gospel is such monumental, eternal, transformational news…so shouldn’t be a Christian make my life monumentally transformed? Today, Ephesians 4:17-5:2, ‘Why Christians need a brain transplant’. Chris Tapp speaking. Missed previous ‘Cosmic’ talks? Catch up in our talk

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