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Innovative communication of the Christian story

RealityBites specialises in telling real-life stories that unlock Christian faith and get people thinking about Jesus. Our goal is to create spaces for people to learn about faith in dynamic and engaging ways, comparing and contrasting different views of the world to understand how our faith shapes the way we live.

For example, we explore:

  • the faith of Mafia hitmen;
  • what James Bond might say about worshiping rats;
  • five different mindsets (Materialist, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan and Christian) and how they see evil;
  • Christians pioneering incredible businesses, orphanages and banks;
  • Paris Hilton, Russell Brand and Lionel Messi and how they see the world;
  • the importance of story, and how to understand the story you are living in;
  • how to understand Christian faith by contrasting it to secular faiths.

RealityBites has worked with organisations including Keynote Educational, Premier Christian Radio, Damaris, Urban Saints, the Keswick Convention, Spring Harvest, Youthwork the conference, Youthwork magazine, schoolswork.co.uk, Church Army, Leeds Faith in Schools, Luton Churches Education Trust and numerous schools, colleges, academies and churches.

Mark Roques has quickly developed legendary status at Hill House; he is a key element in our Sixth Form lecture programme, being thought-provoking, entertaining and inspiring in equal measure. With his use of real-world examples and infectious humour, he consistently challenges our students and delivers a first class experience. He ticks so many boxes in such an appealing package, especially for SMSC and stretching students. We were even lucky enough to have him with us during our ISI Inspection…

David Holland, Principal, Hill House School, Doncaster

It's vital that churches and youth groups ground their young people in thinking that helps them connect their faith with the world around them. RealityBites does just that with fantastic stories that equip people with a truly Christ-centred worldview and teaches them not only how to understand the culture around them but also to impact it. An invaluable tool for teaching Kingdom values in a way that will engage any young person.

Jason Gardner, Youth Pastor, St Peter's West Harrow

Mark Roques of RealityBites is a rare find: a great communicator with something of real value to communicate! Our students found Mark's story-telling gripping, and it caused them to question preconceived opinions – to think for themselves about ideas they'd adopted unquestioningly up to that point. Great education!

Jonathan Winch, Principal, Emmanuel College, Newcastle

Jehoshaphat, Jihadists and Evil

Last night I delivered my presentation on Mafia and the Problem of Evil to about thirty members of the evening fellowship at St Peter's in Harrogate.

At TFN we are committed to giving Christians an opportunity to think through challenging and difficult topics. Almost every day we hear about atrocities perpetrated by IS jihadists etc. How do we make sense of these terrifying stories? In my presentation I try to help sixth formers (RB in schools) to understand five ways of looking at evil and atrocity.

1) Evil is caused by bad karma (Hinduism)

The gospel, the fakir and the bed of nails

An Indian fakir had been living on a bed of spikes for 18 months. Why was he doing this?

The desperate man said this: "I worship God in this way but I confess that the pricks of these spikes are not so bad as the pain I get from my sins and evil desires. My object is to crush the desires of self that I may gain salvation."

There are four ways of looking at this self-torturing fakir.

Some say: "Get off the bed of spikes and lie down on this Bonaparte French bed worth £2,700."

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