2021-03-25T11:57:00+00:00By Claire Musters
‘If we pull together everything will be OK.’ That was the message politicians gave us when the pandemic began. But, more than a year on, serious questions are being asked about the cost of lockdowns. Claire Musters takes a closer look at how months of isolation have affected us all
2021-03-25T11:40:00+00:00By Duncan Evans
The open, but agnostic journalist Duncan Evans meets evangelical Middle Eastern pastor Nabil Zakhary
2021-03-24T16:58:00+00:00By Nick Page
Christian cliches. We all know them. And we all use them. But are they more than harmless sayings? Nick Page wonders whether there is more danger in them than we think
2021-03-24T16:10:00+00:00By David Booker
In tackling the subject of grief, Marvel’s WandaVision is resonating with millions of viewers. But what can Christians take away from the series?
2021-03-24T16:03:00+00:00By Bekah Legg
1 in 4 churchgoers have experienced abuse within an intimate relationship. And almost all of the women you know have been sexually harassed at some point in their lives, says Bekah Legg
2021-03-24T15:54:00+00:00By Alister McGrath
Alister McGrath remembers the distinguished academic and Anglican priest who has died at the age of 90
After becoming a Christian at the age of twelve, Luis Palau began preaching on street corners. He went on to reach millions with the gospel. J.John pays tribute to the Argentinian evangelist
2021-03-18T00:00:00+00:00By David Booker
In tackling the subject of grief, Marvel's WandaVision is resonating with millions of viewers. But what can Christians take away from the series?
2021-02-22T00:00:00+00:00By Tim Wyatt
A global pandemic, which no one was expecting, has had drastic and far-reaching spiritual implications. In speaking to a host of different Christian leaders, Tim Wyatt uncovers three important ways Covid-19 has altered every congregation in the land
Following the shock resignation in February of Pope Benedict XVI, Justin Brierley examines his legacy
He may have lost the last election, but Jeremy Corbyn also inspired a generation of young people to engage in politics. How did he do it, and what can the Church learn? Andrew Buttress explains
2021-02-01T00:00:00+00:00By Paul Woolley
As we approach the centenary of John Stott’s birth, it’s an ideal time to reflect on the global impact of this Anglican priest and theologian
2021-01-25T00:00:00+00:00By Nathanael Smith
Disney/Pixar’s new blockbuster is themed around the afterlife. In his spoiler-free review, Nathanael Smith says the film contains an unusual but timely message
The recent scenes of protesters holding placards with 'Jesus saves' while they stormed the US Capitol, have shocked and disgusted many Christians around the world. Historian Martyn Whittock analyses the rise of the 'evangelical right' in America and asks: has Christianity become corrupted by politics?
2020-12-14T00:00:00+00:00By Simon Ponsonby
Writing ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Simon Ponsonby exposes the ‘Christian’ roots of the worst massacre in modern history
2020-12-14T00:00:00+00:00By Liz Dodd
This time last year we published a cover story entitled ‘2020: The Year of Evangelism’. In light of Covid-19 Liz Dodd revisits her article and asks: did the prophets get it wrong?
2020-11-23T00:00:00+00:00By Nick Page
Christmas is coming! And with it the usual stories telling us that the festival has pagan origins. But is it true? Nick Page investigates
2020-11-23T00:00:00+00:00By Marcus Jones
We set our news editor the challenge of rounding up 2020 without mentioning you-know-what. Here’s how he got on
2020-10-26T00:00:00+00:00By Megan Cornwell
The coronavirus crisis has led to a substantial global rise in violence against women. While the Church hasn’t always been a safe place for survivors of domestic abuse, it now has an opportunity to be a light in these dark times. Megan Cornwell investigates
2020-09-23T00:00:00+01:00By Caroline Pattenden
Caroline Pattenden has struggled with negative feelings about her body for as long as she can remember. She explains why the current trends of Body Positivity and Body Neutrality contain some truth, but fall short of the Bible’s life-changing message
2020-09-21T00:00:00+01:00By John Wyatt
The coronavirus pandemic has led to an exponential rise in mental health conditions triggered by all-pervading death anxiety. Prof John Wyatt says Christians must daily rekindle biblical hope as an antidote to fear-driven government policies
Pete Greig reveals his theological U-turn.
A writer who wishes to remain anonymous considers the ethical implications of the NDA
2020-07-29T00:00:00+01:00By Ruth Valerio
The coronavirus crisis has revealed just how injured God’s earth is, but this pandemic has also given us a rare opportunity to ask big questions. Could a dramatic societal shift be on the horizon? Dr Ruth Valerio thinks so
2020-06-02T00:00:00+01:00By Megan Cornwell
From facing infertility to dealing with a breakdown, five Christians share the hope they have in Jesus
2020-04-29T00:00:00+01:00By Marcus Jones
Our head of news Marcus Jones reports on how Christians are serving their local communities
2020-03-20T00:00:00+00:00By Megan Cornwell
Megan Cornwell investigates the sect that believes African Americans are the true Hebrew Israelites
Daniel Kerrigan is a Christian working inside UK prisons. In this extract from his diary, he lifts the lid on his time with Britain’s most infamous criminals
2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00By Glen Scrivener
Following his debate with a leading atheist, Glen Scrivener explains why rejecting Christianity can result in chilling moral consequences
2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00By RT Kendall
RT Kendall explains why God’s opinion is the only one that matter
Kallie Skaife reveals how understanding the language of the New Testament has deepened her relationship with God
2020-01-07T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
Justin Brierley has moderated hundreds of lively debates on Christianity and atheism, but when a renowned Christian apologist met a popular YouTube personality at a Californian megachurch, it turned out to be one of the most remarkable events the broadcaster has ever hosted
2019-12-13T00:00:00+00:00By Heather Tomlinson
Instagram pumps out millions of images that could inspire us to get fit in 2020, but Heather Tomlinson says the trend should come with its own health warning
2019-12-13T00:00:00+00:00By Mal Fletcher
Futurist Mal Fletcher considers how Christians will be living in 20 years
2019-11-21T00:00:00+00:00By James Cary
As Christmas approaches, so does the temptation to overindulge. James Cary reviews his own dramatic weight loss in light of what the Bible says about gluttony
2019-11-21T00:00:00+00:00By Peter J Williams
Following his debate on The Big Conversation, Dr Peter J Williams explains why we can be confident in the story of Jesus’ birth
2019-11-21T00:00:00+00:00By Derek Walker
As Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) turns 50 years old, Derek Walker says the genre has lost its way
2019-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By Megan Cornwell
Megan Cornwell reviews the most anticipated book of 2019
2019-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By Dr William Lane Craig
Following his Big Conversation with cosmologist Roger Penrose, renowned Christian philosopher William Lane Craig outlines three ways the science of the universe points to God
2019-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By John Wyatt
Retired intensive care doctor Professor John Wyatt shares his unique perspective on what it means to die well
Thousands of people are turning to the academics who make up the so-called Intellectual Dark Web with their questions about the meaning of life. As The Big Conversation from Unbelievable? relaunches, Esther O’Reilly asks whether they‘ll find the right answers.
Today’s teenagers and 20s make up the first truly biblically illiterate generation. Tim Alford explores how the Church can best communicate the gospel to this unreached people group
Bestselling author Paul Hattaway gives us a rare glimpse inside China’s underground Church
2019-08-19T00:00:00+01:00By RT Kendall
Christians have taken sides for too long. Either we’ve pursued strong biblical teaching, or we’ve gone after an experience of God’s presence. It’s time to end the war, says RT Kendall
2019-07-18T00:00:00+01:00By Megan Cornwell
Megan Cornwell spends 48 hours with the Christian community where all possessions are shared, faith sits at the centre of daily life and crime is nonexistent. But is this mere escapism, or a much-needed return to the model the early Church gave us?
2019-06-25T00:00:00+01:00By James Cary
Love him or loathe him, the atheist comedian Ricky Gervais is back with a new Netflix show. We asked James Cary, the self-professing sitcom geek and writer behind some of television’s most popular programmes, to review it.
From money turning up in bank accounts out of the blue to the family of God responding to each other’s financial needs, here are five incredible testimonies.
2019-05-21T00:00:00+01:00By Megan Cornwell
While researching various Christian views on sexuality, Megan Cornwell uncovered a conspiracy of silence. Is it time for churches to come out and say what they really think?
Trevin Wax explains what the historic search for the North Pole teaches us about the dangers of following your heart.
2019-03-18T00:00:00+00:00By Sam Hailes
I Kissed Dating Goodbye changed the way a generation of Christians thought about sex, relationships and purity. But two decades on, intense criticism has led Joshua Harris to pulp his bestselling book and issue an apology
2019-03-18T00:00:00+00:00By Nathanael Smith
As the phenomenally popular Marvel film franchise continues this month with the release of Avengers: Endgame, film critic Nathanael Smith explains why he believes the franchise stands for very little and resists substance at almost every opportunity
2019-03-18T00:00:00+00:00By Sam Hailes
A new generation is re-thinking what they've been told about Christianity, the Bible and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. They argue a 'new reformation' is taking place as they voice their doubts and embrace a process known as theological deconstruction. Those who have walked this road say it's a life-giving and ultimately faith-affirming process, but others are sceptical. Sam Hailes investigates
2019-02-21T00:00:00+00:00By Liz Dodd
The Japanese cleaning guru Marie Kondo is in vogue, but should Christians adopt her ideas? Liz Dodd gives her view
2019-02-21T00:00:00+00:00By Lisa Mainwaring
After experiencing a period of intense emotional stress, Lisa Mainwaring booked herself into a fasting retreat in Germany. What happened next dramatically changed her outlook on grief and her relationship with God
2019-01-22T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
Our young people are increasingly being influenced by popular vloggers who upload hours of footage to YouTube every week. But even though these videos are often aimed at children and teenagers, Justin Brierley explains why some of them make for disturbing viewing
2018-12-13T00:00:00+00:00By Sam Hailes
The former missionary explains why he’s produced a somewhat controversial new translation of the Bible called The Passion
ITV News at Ten presenter Julie Etchingham recently travelled to Lebanon to see CAFOD’s work supporting Syrian refugees. During the trip she kept a diary detailing her experiences
2018-12-10T00:00:00+00:00By Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson explains how a fresh understanding of wine in the Bible will make you want to praise God on both the loud cymbals and the loud symbols
2018-12-10T00:00:00+00:00By Megan Cornwell
Public attitudes toward the third commandment have undergone a radical shift in recent years. Megan Cornwell wonders what we should do about it
2018-11-21T00:00:00+00:00By Andy Bannister
It is 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. Following his Big Conversation debate with Peter Singer, Andy Bannister says the document still poses a significant problem for atheists
2018-11-21T00:00:00+00:00By Megan Cornwell
These men are pushing their bodies to the limit. But their aspirations aren't as pure as you might think
2018-10-24T00:00:00+01:00By Derek Walker
Martin and Rachel Riddall share their view of the valley of the shadow of death
2018-10-23T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
Free will vs determinism isn’t just a debate for Christians. Atheists face a similar conundrum, as Justin Brierley explains
2018-09-20T00:00:00+01:00By RT Kendall
The popular author and speaker explains why every Christian should seek notoriety among angels and demons
2018-09-20T00:00:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
What began as a single Sydney congregation is now a global church famous for producing some of Christendom’s best-known worship songs. As Hillsong gears up to plant yet more congregations across the UK, we take a peek behind the scenes of this pioneering megachurch
2018-08-23T00:00:00+01:00By Megan Cornwell
Megan Cornwell reports on the Christian case for urgent action on climate change
Popular atheists including Steven Pinker say that science, human rights and reason are a result of the Enlightenment conquering religious superstition. That’s just another fairytale, argues Nick Spencer
2018-07-26T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
The UK’s most famous illusionist recently sat down with the country’s best known vicar to talk about faith and happiness. Justin Brierley introduces their conversation
2018-07-19T00:00:00+01:00By Megan Cornwell
Megan Cornwell explains what we should learn from ITV2's most-watched programme
2018-07-19T00:00:00+01:00By Liz Dodd
Liz Dodd wasn’t expecting a spiritual encounter when she set off from England to cycle around the world. But God had other ideas
2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00By Megan Cornwell
The leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics is facing increasing hostility within his own Church. Is he a heretic leading the flock astray or a revolutionary reorienting Catholics back to Christ’s vision in the New Testament? Megan Cornwell investigates
Do you recognise the description of this kind of Christian? Rob Parsons encourages us to heed the Bible's warnings about "divisive" Christians
2018-05-24T00:00:00+01:00By Megan Cornwell
As government austerity is blamed for a rise in UK poverty, Megan Cornwell reports on how churches are intervening to help those in need
Society’s attitude towards women has undergone a massive shift in recent years. But does the Church also need to re-examine its views? Katie Harrison investigates
Christian ideals are no longer celebrated. Instead we are being pushed to the margins, argue researchers David Kinnaman and Gareth Russell
You’ve checked your privilege, fought oppression and resisted the patriarchy. But is your campaign motivated by love or rage? And should Christians even get involved at all?
2018-04-19T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
Justin Brierley travelled the length and breadth of the USA to go behind the scenes of some of the country’s biggest churches
Danny Webster tackles the President's online rhetoric
Thousands of pilgrims will soon gather in Jerusalem to witness the Orthodox Church's biggest miracle. But is it real?
The Bible contains many different metaphors that explain what Jesus achieved on the cross. But David Instone-Brewer says this doctrine is special
God has placed within you an instinct to matter and to influence. Here’s how you can use that for good.
Hamilton is now playing in the UK. Kevin Cloud explores the often-overlooked spiritual messages
Wes Sutton, director of Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, offers guidance on how to respond when God doesn’t heal our loved ones
With gang culture on the rise and 26 teenagers stabbed to death in the capital last year, we meet the Christians battling for peace
Attending college can often be a turning point in people’s lives. Here, seven Christians share their life-changing experiences
Modern hymn writer Keith Getty explains why he wants to get families singing together again
2017-12-13T00:00:00+00:00By Sam Hailes
Contrary to popular opinion, the Church is not on its deathbed. Sam Hailes tells positive stories of growth from across the UK
The idea of a 'robot takeover' is no longer limited to sci-fi movies. As technology develops, Artificial Intelligence is becoming a reality in our world. Richard Woodall investigates
From Muslims seeing Christ to the provision of a marriage partner, God is reaching people through dreams
2017-11-23T00:00:00+00:00By Claire Musters
We all wear masks. But when Claire Musters experienced a marital meltdown, the mask she wore slipped for good. She explains what she learned in the process
Krish Kandiah explains how discovering a biblical vision of adoption changed his life forever
The Jews of Jesus’ day devised a clever way to encourage marital faithfulness. Should the Church implement something similar?
2017-10-26T00:00:00+01:00By Lucinda van der Hart
Searching through refuse tips for thrown away clothes may not sound very fashionable, but Christina Dean isn’t your average designer
Authentic faith and effective evangelism require the courage and compassion to invest in deep relationships. I thought StoryHouse, our new missional coffee shop, was good at this, but now I realise we’re still amateurs.
Pro-life protesters could be banned from standing outside a west London abortion clinic following a “ground-breaking” and unanimous decision by Ealing Council.
A painting of Jesus by Leonardo da Vinci is expected to sell for $100m. Dmitry Rybolovlev is auctioning the picture to help fund a $605m divorce bill.
2017-10-25T00:00:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
Channel 4 wanted to create a utopia. Instead their reality TV show Eden went very wrong indeed
An Oxford university college which banned the Christian Union (CU) from exhibiting at its Freshers’ Fair in order to maintain a “secular space” has come under heavy criticism.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s media strategy is perplexing, argues James Mildred
Hundreds of thousands of commuters experienced major disruption during rush hour after commuters fled from a man who was reading the Bible out loud on a London train.
Is your family's digital diet out of control? Mark Ellis explains what happened when he began 'tech-free Sundays'
2017-09-18T00:00:00+01:00By Michael Reeves
It’s 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg and kickstarted the Protestant Reformation. Michael Reeves explains why it matters
2017-09-18T00:00:00+01:00By Roger Harper
The treatment of immigration detainees has made TV headlines recently. Chaplain Rev Roger Harper shares the stories of those he has prayed with behind the barbed wire fences of a removal centre
Daniel Jarsdel who suffers from schizophrenia reveals what it’s like to seek help through the NHS
2017-08-24T00:00:00+01:00By Katie Stock
Katie Stock looks at the rise of women in church leadership positions
It's 50 years since thousands of hippies found Christ on the beaches of California and made their way to the UK. Andrew Whitman traces their legacy
The elderly are often overlooked by the Church. But running a memory café for people with dementia has led to a rebirth of Rev Steve Morris’ congregation. He explains how every church can help combat loneliness
From developing your prayer life to working on your marriage, when it comes to embarking on a Christian course there’s more choice than ever. Six ordinary people explain how giving up just a few hours a week dramatically changed their lives for the better
2017-08-24T00:00:00+01:00By Peter Kerridge
With UK Church attendance in steady decline, is it time for Christian leaders to take advice from people with a track record of running successful organisations? Peter Kerridge asks three Christian business people hard questions about the future of the faith
How can learning about our brain’s hardwiring enable us to be more persuasive? Steve Adams explains
Rev Cindy Kent MBE explains how the widely acclaimed BBC One drama series, Broken, starring Sean Bean, portrays the complexity of church ministry 15 BBC Pictures
2017-06-23T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
What makes an atheist want to listen to a Christian radio show? Drawing from his new book, Justin Brierley explains why believers need to learn the art of good conversations again
It’s time to change the way we consume scripture, says Glenn Paauw
Is meeting together online a valid expression of church? Joe Ogborn investigates
2017-06-23T00:00:00+01:00By Katie Stock
There are no simple answers when it comes to prostitution. Katie Stock reports
An album titled Gang Signs and Prayer recently reached number one in the UK charts. Grime record label boss turned church pastor Ben Lindsay explores the connection between hip-hop and faith
Following the third national vote in just over two years, Jo Swinney looks at what nationalism might mean for citizens of the kingdom of heaven
2017-04-21T00:00:00+01:00By Les Moir
Les Moir, the producer behind the UK's best known Christian albums, explains how a new way of worshipping God began 50 years ago
2017-04-21T00:00:00+01:00By Heather Tomlinson
With another election around the corner, Heather Tomlinson asks, "Is engaging in politics really part of our mission and calling as Christians?"
2017-04-21T00:00:00+01:00By Most Rev Justin Welby
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby introduces a new prayer movement
Nick Page, with the assistance of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, explains how to turn your crisis into a chrysalis
Grief and British culture often don’t mix well. It’s hardly a surprise that the nation of the ‘stiff upper lip’ struggles to articulate the emotional web that is grief. It appears that men in particular struggle in this area. Some have suggested that a reluctance to talk about grief has contributed to the high suicide rate among young men.
2017-03-23T00:00:00+00:00By RT Kendall
We must get ready for the second coming, says RT Kendall
2017-03-22T00:00:00+00:00By Sarah Lothian
There’s an unholy trinity of post-truth, alternative facts and fake news pervading our culture. Former tabloid journalist Sarah Lothian explains how Christians should respond
2016-02-11T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
Donald Trump stumbled at the first hurdle of his campaign to win the Republican nomination for the President of the USA. Losing the Iowa vote to rival Ted Cruz seemed to deflate Trump a little, whose rhetoric up until that point had been all about winning (‘We’ll have so much winning you’ll get bored with winning,’ he had told his supporters).
2016-01-13T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
I enjoyed writing an article for this month’s magazine about new theological ideas that we think the readers of Premier Christianity would like to know about (p36). I look forward to receiving an inbox of emails from people objecting to the controversial ones too.
2015-12-15T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
When an advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer was deemed to be unsuitable for consumption by cinemagoers recently, the press had a field day covering the story. Digital Cinema Media (DCM) ruled against the advert as it might offend people of other faiths or none (see News, p11).
2015-10-12T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
One of my favourite reads over the summer was Andrew and Rachel Wilson’s new book The Life You Never Expected (IVP). The couple, who are both involved in church leadership, share how their lives were turned upside down when their two children unexpectedly regressed into a form of severe autism.
My four-year-old son recently asked me whether God was Jesus’ brother.
2015-05-14T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
Due to the nature of our printing schedule, I always write this editorial page for Premier Christianity at least two weeks ahead of this magazine actually landing on your doormat. What this means is that as you read this, you will know the outcome of the British general election, whereas I (at the time of writing) do not.
2015-04-08T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
If you are reading this, it’s reasonably likely that you are an evangelical Christian. And if you are an evangelical Christian, it’s very likely that you will be voting in the general election on 7th May (indeed, 94% of evangelicals are very likely to vote, according to a recent poll from the Evangelical Alliance).
2015-03-11T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
When a video of Stephen Fry angrily denouncing God as an ‘evil, capricious, monstrous maniac’ went viral online, it was proof that the subject of religion still stirs strong emotion, even in a largely secular society.
2015-02-09T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
I recently caused a few laughs during a lunch break with my magazine colleagues when I attempted a rap: ‘Living and driven, given a vision/ Fulfilling the commission with spiritual intuition/People you need to listen’. I was told to leave it to the experts.
2015-01-06T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
It was a last-minute decision. To complement Martin Saunders’ article on pornography we commissioned an anonymous online poll of Christians. The aim was to see what percentage of believers would admit to regularly accessing porn online.
2014-12-16T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
New Year is always a boom time for health and fitness clubs. The guilty aftermath of Christmas excess produces a spike in gym membership. Of course, the number of guilt-induced resolutions that actually result in long-term change is debatable. I went for my first run of the New Year on 1st January, 2013. I haven’t yet been on my second one.
2014-11-12T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
The BBC’s long-running TV show The Apprentice returned to our screens this autumn. Once more, a set of candidates with egos larger than their actual business acumen are battling it out for the chance to become Lord Alan Sugar’s business partner.
2014-09-11T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
Two trends filled up my Facebook feed over the summer months. The first was innumerable videos of people pouring cold water over themselves (and yes, I took the ice-bucket challenge, too). The other was witnessing half my friends’ profile pictures turning into a depiction of the Arabic letter ‘N’ (see our cover image).
There are some things we can plan for, and other things we definitely cannot. The new year is a traditional time to take stock of where we’re at with God, and make some plans for where we want to go next. For us in the office, it became obvious after ten ...
Happy spring! The sun is shining and we have a lot of inspiring articles for you this month, from the Pope embracing the charismatic movement to miracle stories from all around the world. You’ll also notice a few changes…
The British will find any excuse to talk about the weather. But surely blaming the floods on God’s judgement for legalising homosexual marriage is taking it a little far? Christian and former UKIP councillor David Silvester thinks not.
2014-03-05T00:00:00+00:00By Lucinda Borkett-Jones
Is there anything left for Christians to get excited about in politics? Politics has a PR problem. The last few years have been characterised by a loss of trust in institutions, broken promises and yet more expenses scandals.
There are some things which just should not have been invented.
2014-03-05T00:00:00+00:00By Ruth Mawhinney
I never cease to be amazed by the number of different arguments about who Jesus was – and how attractive some of the more outlandish ones seem to be.
2014-03-05T00:00:00+00:00By Ruth Mawhinney
This issue is about perception versus reality.