Mission means. . .not having a Plan B

Anglican Life CMS   Debora and Levi Santana and their two children are planning to relocate to Goiania, Brazil with Church Mission Society, a move which, they admit, may not be “sensible”.     This Christmas was a special one, as it marked the beginning of a new season in our lives. We are beginning to […]

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4th Sunday of Epiphany — Sunday 29 January 2017   1 Kings 17:8-16 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 John 2:1-11   With the feast of the conversion of St Paul on 25 January, we continue our mini-series looking at the lectionary readings we are given from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. In this week’s selection, the […]

Does theological conviction affect church growth?

Does theological conviction affect church growth?

Anglican Life Reform   I have lost count of the number of times I have been told that theological conviction has no implications for church growth in the Church of England. Time and again the report, From Anecdote to Evidence, has been waved in my face, when I have dared to suggest that theologically conservative […]

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3rd Sunday of Epiphany — Sunday 22 January 2017   Isaiah 9:1-4 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23   With the feast of the conversion of St Paul on 25 January, we continue our mini-series looking at the lectionary readings we are given from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. In this week’s passage, we are […]

Reading the Bible upside down

Anglican Life Anglican Mainstream   In our annual focus on the Bible’s Christmas stories we’re reminded of a strong theme: God’s kingdom challenging and even reversing our natural human understandings of how things are. Mary, on being told that she is to be the mother of the Son of God, praises him for his agenda […]

The forgotten strategy

Anglican Life The Latimer Trust   According to one popular meme doing the rounds after Donald Trump was elected US president back in November, 2016 is the year future history teachers will want to gloss over. ‘2016?’ they’ll say, ‘We don’t talk about 2016…’ This is nonsense, of course. We’ll be talking plenty about 2016 […]

Anglicans worldwide: Being the hands and feet of Christ

Anglicans worldwide: Being the hands and feet of Christ in the communities they serve   Anglican Life UPSG   For USPG, 2016 has been a year of standing firm in the face of changes and challenges in almost every country where we work. We have seen political upheaval and many instances of man-made or natural […]

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2nd Sunday of Christmas — Sunday 1 January 2017   Isaiah 63:7-9 Hebrews 2:10-18 Matthew 2:13-23   We continue to enjoy the book of Isaiah in the Lectionary for a few more weeks. Isaiah 63 reminds us that in his great mercy, God deals with us far more graciously than we deserve by getting his […]

How to grow mature disciples

How to grow mature disciples

Anglican Life Fresh Expressions   Be a good companion, whether as a friend, mentor or leader. New believers may have little Christian background and their faith journey may be very different to yours. So be understanding. Walk at their pace. Remember how patient the Holy Spirit is with you, and be patient with them. Don’t […]

A new wave of carols

Anglican Life RSCM   One of the many good things about seeing in 90 Christmasses has to be having 45 Christmas-card poems up one’s sleeve to offer to the church! Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith, who has sent his family and friends a work of theological and poetic beauty each Christmas for over 40 years, has now […]

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