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‘It’s the most relatable thing I’ve ever seen.’

Such was my housemate’s review of Normal People, the BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel, and what finally convinced me to watch it. Twelve half-hour episodes later, I can confirm: she was right.

When I was growing up, I inexplicably longed for a film or a book or a TV series that contained no real drama. No deaths, no explosive break-ups, no extraordinary wealth or unbelievable meet-cutes… just something that showed life as it is.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

I was reminded, recently, of a Hasidic tale which evokes Deuteronomy 11:18, and seems especially apt for now: ‘The pupil comes to the rabbi and asks, “Why does Torah tell us to ‘place these words upon our hearts’? Why does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts?”

‘The rabbi answers, “It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place them on top of our hearts. And there they stay, until, one day, the heart breaks, and the words fall in.”’ 

It’s often the case that our own break-throughs seem to happen when we, ourselves, break open, isn’t it?

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity

Is the nation turning to God in prayer? Well, not quite yet, but research from Tearfund has shown that prayer is more common than many would think, with just under half (44%) of UK adults saying that they pray, and one in twenty (5%) saying they have started praying during the lockdown. Daily data from Google for 95 countries corroborates this increased interest, as searches for prayer are at their highest levels ever recorded.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity

Personal Bible Study



NEW FOR 2021

Curious to learn more about Jesus either by yourself or with others? Visit our Personal Study page. Each week we'll be adding some personal study material to go through. It'll include a brief audio message, a short video and a section of your Bible to read. No Bible? Click here for one on our site.

This material is provided by our friends at BibleProject.




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