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Syrian Christians: the forgotten casualties of war

Syrian Christians: the forgotten casualties of war

Jeremy Moodey As I write this column, the news is all about the small but strategic Syrian city of al-Qusayr, close to the Lebanese border, which has just been re-taken…

Spreading the Word

Spreading the Word

By Chris Sugden CEN has a long history dating back to the founding of The Record in 1828. Certainly from the 1920s it had become a bastion of conservative evangelicalism;…

Church is last refuge for victims of Congo violence

Church is last refuge for victims of Congo violence

Two weeks ago Ban Ki-Moon, UN secretary general, landed in the city of Goma, to announce 3,000 more troops for eastern DR Congo in the wake of yet another flare-up…

Would Paul of Tarsus make a cheerful vicar?

By Graham Archer   Every congregation wants a vicar who is happy and fulfilled, and so do those who are their nearest and dearest. Most vicars have developed faces, voices…

‘Being’ church for the missing generation

‘Being’ church for the missing generation

By Beth Keith   The Church of England’s annual statistics for 2011 were released to much fanfare recently with glowing reference being made to ‘an increase in child and adult…

The Christian message for today’s society

Mark Burkill Apparently there is a village in Cornwall with 864 road signs. That means one road sign for every three inhabitants. However the council has agreed there are too…

Shaping disciples in fresh expressions

Bishop Graham Cray, Archbishops’ Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team, looks at discipleship… The ultimate test of any local church’s ministry, whether in ‘inherited’ mode or a fresh…

An adventure with God

Church Army’s Xplore gap year programme for 18- to 25-year-olds offers young people the chance to do mission in Romania, Ireland and the United Kingdom. This year’s Xplorers tell Hannah…

When they were gathered together

When they were gathered together

By Paul Harcourt I remember David Pytches regularly quoting John Wimber, who said: “The meeting place is the training place for the market place.” The vision for an empowered and…

A tale of two schools

A tale of two schools

One of the capital’s oldest C of E schools – which shared its bicentenary year with Charles Dickens – linked up with a rural village in South Sudan and the…

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