Note from the author: For over three years I’ve had the privilege of being a consultant on the Co-Ordinating Group of Living in Love and Faith (LLF) which released its work on 9th November. It’s been a fascinating, often challenging, but overall positive experience. I’ve been asked by Fulcrum to respond to some questions about … Continue Reading
Before this pandemic I would imagine that most Christians knew very little about how the Church has responded to pandemics and plagues in the past. In recent months however I have seen an increasing number of articles highlighting how Christians have always had to deal with what they would have called plagues. Moreover, the way … Continue Reading
With the death of J. I. (‘Jim’) Packer, Anglican evangelicalism has lost one of its most significant theological voices, as well as a guiding figure of the National Evangelical Anglican Congress at the University of Keele in 1967, which many consider to have inaugurated a new phase in the history of evangelicalism within the Church … Continue Reading
In preparing for our retirement move to Cambridge later this summer, I rediscovered a paper I had written 37 years ago. I prepared it for a workshop which I was leading on ‘Combating Racism in Britain’ for the ‘Eclectics’ conference of 1983. This group of evangelical Anglican clergy, under the age of 40, was founded originally … Continue Reading
I feel a distinct uneasiness as I attempt to write some reflections on the brutal killing of George Floyd and the subsequent events. It’s an uneasiness borne of the tension in accepting that sheer silence represents a failure to reckon with what is and has been happening, yet knowing ahead of time that words will … Continue Reading
In her recent presentation at Beer and Theology, Hannah Swithinbank explores how Christianity and Christian discipleship intersect with international development and looks at ways that our own lifestyle choices – in relation to food, travel, home and “stuff” – connect with successful, sustainable development.
It is striking that in all his letters, Paul modifies the tradition greeting from ‘grace’ to ‘grace and peace.’
The most important affirmation in Scripture about Mammon is the claim that ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it’ (Ps 24.1). Ultimately, no individual owns anything, but has it on trust from God.
“So what is Christian discipleship? I have come to define it like this: discipleship is a form of apprenticeship undertaken in community. It’s practical, and it’s corporate. To recognise this radically changes our understanding of it. It means that the focus of our discipleship should be not on what we know but on who we are becoming”. Chapter 2 of Alison Morgan’s new book “Following Jesus : The Plural of Disciple is Church”.
Sermon thoughts for everyday discipleship: Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-end