On not answering the question

a response to David Runcorn’s article ‘And how would I know when I am wrong?’   Introduction Anyone who has marked student essays or exam answers will be familiar with the sinking feeling that sets in when you realize that the student has failed to answer the question that was set. I had a similar […]

Taking risks in faith

Taking risks in faith

Licensed Lay Minister Emma Major tells how she followed the fresh expressions’ ‘journey’ to develop People, Prayers and Potatoes (PPP) Messy Church… People, Prayers and Potatoes at St Nicolas in Earley, Berkshire, does what it says on the tin – we bring people together once a month at midday for a Bible story, craft, activities, […]

A most memorable week

A most memorable week

By Jayne Ozanne , Accepting Evangelicals I had gone to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church at the invitation of Integrity, a pioneering LGBT organisation that was formed exactly 40 years ago (such a biblical number!) to help campaign for full inclusion and acceptance of LGBT Christians within the Episcopal Church. The chapter that […]

Prune and prioritize

Prune and prioritize

Phil Potter, Archbishops’ Missioner and team leader of Fresh Expressions, discusses making space for new things to bear fruit… A group of people were preparing for an ascent to the top of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, and were told to leave behind all unnecessary equipment as it was an arduous and difficult climb. […]

Will you teach?

Will you teach?

By Susie Leafe, Reform “Will you teach the doctrine of Christ as the Church of England has received it, will you refute error, and will you hand on entire the faith that is entrusted to you?” “By the help of God, I will”   Such is the promise made by a bishop in his (or her) […]

“In mission we are all foreigners”

“In mission we are all foreigners”

Sarah Holmes of Church Mission Society met Harvey Kwiyani, who leads a pioneering new African think tank and training centre in Birmingham, and is forging a partnership with the 200-year-old society, whose mission work began in Africa. During a charismatic revival in his home country of Malawi, a 12-year-old Harvey Kwiyani was told: “God has […]

Different but not divided

Different but not divided

By Laura McWilliams, New Wine. I am from near London and have been in the North for 22 years. It has struck me that there is a divide between the North and the South – and I have no idea where the Midlands fit in! These divisions are spoken about a lot in Christian circles. […]

Changing trends in hymn singing?

Changing trends in hymn singing?

By Heather Bamber, Royal School of Church Music One only needs to look at the classified adverts in publications such as this one to see how many churches have a stack of used hymn books looking for a new home. Is this because the church has invested in a newer edition of a favourite hymn […]

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