The Challenge of Growth

The Challenge of Growth

By Peter Brierley   The 2018 Edition of UK Church Statisticshas just been published and gives a detailed overview of British Christianity at this moment in the 21st century. It reflects what we already know: that the big institutional churches (the Church of England, Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Churches) are all continuing to […]

Beware: your friends might be making you ill

Beware: your friends might be making you ill

A Chat With Tim Cantopher   Your friends might be making you ill. That is the message in Tim Cantopher’s new book, distilled from his long career as a psychiatrist in London. What is interesting is that most of his patients were surprised to find that their illnesses were being caused by those around them. […]

How do churches die?

How do churches die?

Rev Jeremy Morris   In the 1960s and 1970s, faced with the rapid contraction of churchgoing in Britain, sociologists, social commentators and theologians often predicted the demise of the mainstream churches.Traditional Christianity, it seemed, was in headlong flight: once popular organisations, such as the Mothers’ Union and the Church of England Men’s Society, were subsiding […]

Why churches shouldn’t do charity

Why churches shouldn’t do charity

Rev Bob Mayo   My church doesn’t do charity. We have relationships with people in difficult circumstances. This means being with people rather than doing things for them. One such relationship was with Michael. For my first five years in the parish he came every evening to the vicarage for a cheese sandwich and a […]

Women priests 25 years on. . .

Women priests 25 years on. . .

Anglican Life WATCH   On 11 November 25 years ago I, along with many others, spent the day waiting. I did my waiting in London outside Church House Westminster. The day began with the singing of songs and the waving of banners as I joined other members of the Movement for the Ordination of Women […]

Sub-Saharan African Christianity

Sub-Saharan African Christianity

The latest joint editing venture by Professors Kenneth Ross OBE and Todd Johnson is a 10-volume projected series covering every country in the world with associated statistical data, the first of which was published in 2017 (retailing at £150), by Edinburgh University Press, entitled Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Editorial matter for this volume is shared with […]

You can. We can. Toucan.

You can. We can. Toucan.

A Chat With Mark and Christine Daniel When he picked her up for their first date Mark Daniel was in leathers and on his motorbike. All these years later when I met them, it was Christine who was wearing the leather jacket. They were here to talk about their new relationship app, Toucan. And there […]

Back to basics with the Bible

Back to basics with the Bible

Richard Borgonon has been a busy man. He has just returned from South Africa where he gave 28 talks in four cities in 10 days. He was there to promote The Word One to One, a brilliant resource that enables everyone, whatever their background or biblical knowledge, to share the faith with their friends. It […]

A book that changed the life of the church

A book that changed the life of the church

James Catford   When Richard Foster wrote his masterpiece Streams of Living Water 20 years ago this year, there was little to prepare him for the events that were to unfold. Published by one of the three largest global publishers at the time, Harper Collins, the book was quick to make an impact. Richard toured […]

Pentecostal growth slowing down

Pentecostal growth slowing down

By Peter Brierley   One of the key features in the church scene over the last 40 years, when the story seems inevitably about yet more decline, is the acknowledged exception of the growing Pentecostal numbers. The Pentecostals grew quite rapidly from their humble beginnings in 1906 to just under 40,000 church members by 1950, […]

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