2023-01-27T13:51:00+00:00By Mark Landreth-Smith
Kate Jackson’s brilliant book is marketed as “a seven course Bible study” – seven chapters, seven meals with Jesus. It will be well received by small group leaders everywhere. There are excellent individual and group questions, quotes from biblical scholars, useful cultural insights and thoughtful reflections from the author.
2023-01-27T13:49:00+00:00By Thomas Creedy
Have you ever disagreed with another Christian? Do you have questions about the bounds of Church unity, or wonder at what point you should leave a church or recognise a state of disunity? Writing from an Anglican perspective, Christopher Landau’s new book aims to tackle these questions.
2023-01-26T09:23:00+00:00By Dr Ian Paul
Responding to David Instone-Brewer’s claims that God only condemned certain types of homosexual relationships, Ian Paul argues that there is no such basis in scripture
2023-01-13T10:44:00+00:00By George Pitcher
If we’re looking for hope of a royal reconciliation, it’s Jacob and Esau we must look to, not Cain and Abel, says George Pitcher
2023-01-04T12:39:00+00:00By Emma Fowle
The Song of Songs is a controversial book. Erotic poem or allegory of Jesus’ love for the Church? Aimee Byrd’s latest offering sets out to explore this often-misunderstood portion of scripture, using it as a lens through which to explore the issue of male-female relationships.
2022-12-19T12:04:00+00:00By Megan Cornwell, Deputy Editor, Premier Christianity
Premier Christianity has been at the forefront of unpacking all the big stories of 2022 from a distinctly Christian perspective. Here’s a round-up of our favourite long-reads the year
2022-12-02T13:41:00+00:00By Graham Tomlin, Centre for Cultural Witness
Advent is a time for reflecting on the return of Jesus Christ. But such a tricky task requires imagination, not logic, says Graham Tomlin
2022-11-25T14:25:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
Many younger people are put off by organised religion. Justin Brierley speaks to two social media influencers, Mikhaila Peterson and Jon McCray, about their conversion stories and how Christians can better reach millennials and Gen Z
2022-11-24T11:40:00+00:00By Brian Brodersen, Calvary Chapel
Despite 2,000 years of people trying to disprove the Bible, no one has ever succeeded. And that’s why you can trust that scripture is truly God’s inspired word, says Brian Brodersen
2022-11-15T11:40:00+00:00By Dr Ian Paul
The Bishop of Oxford, Rt Rev Dr Steven Croft has come out publicly in favour of the Church of England changing its doctrine of marriage to include same-sex partnerships. But having studied the bishop's 48-page booklet, entitled Together in Love and Faith, Ian Paul believes the arguments are unconvincing
2022-11-11T08:00:00+00:00By Caroline Pattenden
Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Caroline Pattenden considers the significance of the God-given directive to remember Jesus during Communion
2022-10-21T15:04:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
Ahead of the launch of Season 3 of the largest crowdfunded TV show of all time, our editor was invited to Texas to meet the cast and crew of The Chosen. Here’s what he discovered
2022-10-21T08:39:00+01:00By Dr James Patrick, Love Never Fails
The leaders of the largest churches in the UK have all opposed moving the British embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But Dr James Patrick says their views are not representative of many in the pews
2022-09-29T11:57:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
In exploring why God changed the name of key biblical characters, David Instone-Brewer wonders whether it might be time for modern Christians to drop the ‘Evangelical’ label
2022-09-29T11:27:00+01:00By Cameron Smith
Billy Graham said it bordered on blasphemy. Comedian Tim Minchin dubbed it a ‘radical atheist’ production. But 50 years on from its London debut, this classic rock musical endures. Were the protests of yesteryear misguided?
2022-09-02T18:32:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
The James Webb telescope is sending back unprecedented images, including of a planet beyond our solar system. It's hoped the $10bn project will shed light on the origins of the universe, and perhaps even the search for alien life. Chris Goswami speaks to Christian astronomers to find out how they're interpreting the images, and why they see no contradiction between science and their faith
2022-09-01T08:33:00+01:00By Rev Dr Fiona Haworth
A church in Norwich is learning from the experiences of Christians 6,000 miles away, as two congregations come together to study the scriptures over Zoom
2022-08-30T10:04:00+01:00By Paul Valler
Joseph Boot gives the proverbial boot to secular humanism in the public square
2022-08-30T09:49:00+01:00By Joan Taylor and Helen Bond
Far from being a male-only cast, there were plenty of women among Jesus’ disciples and the early Church leaders.
2022-08-26T20:06:00+01:00By Tony Wilson
Tony Wilson spent 30 years in the evangelical Church before converting to Catholicism. He describes his extraordinary journey
2022-07-29T15:06:00+01:00By Jamie Cutteridge
In everything from trans rights to the inclusion of gay people in our churches, people on both sides of the debate believe they’re losing the argument. Jamie Cutteridge explores why
2022-07-29T14:36:00+01:00By Jon Kuhrt
Was Jesus a revolutionary leader of a non-violent, anti-colonial movement which advocated for the dispossessed and affirmed racial equality and sexual diversity?
2022-07-11T15:56:00+01:00By Adesanya Adewusi
Creflo Dollar has become the latest celebrity pastor to change his position on prosperity teaching. Adesanya Adewusi asks: Did he go far enough?
2022-07-03T09:13:00+01:00By Lois Tverberg
When read in their cultural contexts, Jesus’ responses to the Jewish teachers look far less harsh than what many have assumed, says Lois Tverberg
2022-06-17T15:31:00+01:00By Dr Ian Paul
There are no growing church denominations in the UK that don’t hold a traditional view on sexuality and marriage, according to a new report. But is it that simple? Dr Ian Paul investigates
2022-05-26T09:12:00+01:00By Alister McGrath
Far from being boring and irrelevant, theology is how the Church finds the words to describe the treasure it has been entrusted with, says Alister McGrath. Without it, Christianity collapses
2022-05-10T10:51:00+01:00By John Hosier
The spirit of antichrist is present in much of the world, including Russia, says theologian and end times teacher John Hosier. He explains why world events are a challenge to church leaders to once again start preaching about the second coming of Christ
2022-05-04T12:17:00+01:00By Jennifer Rosner
When Jennifer Rosner became a Christian at university, she had no idea that her new-found faith would lead her ever deeper into her Jewish heritage. Here, she shares her story
2022-04-29T13:45:00+01:00By Nigel Griffiths, St Mary's Reigate
The Church of England has been encouraging its congregations to "grow together" on issues related to sexuality, identity, relationships and marriage. Nigel Griffiths has been taking part and helping to facilitate the church's Living in Love and Faith (LLF) course, and offers his reflections on what has - and hasn't - worked
Why is UK Church attendance falling, and what can we do about it? 12 leaders respond
2022-04-26T14:11:00+01:00By NT Wright
Q: I’ve got a deep regard for the Sermon on the Mount but I’ve always been bothered by Matthew 6:15: “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Likewise, the Lord’s Prayer says: “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who ...
2022-04-26T13:52:00+01:00By Lois Tverberg
In explaining the connection between the Old and New Testaments, Lois Tverberg unpacks why the resurrection of Jesus really does change everything
2022-04-13T00:00:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
The Bible contains many different metaphors that explain what Jesus achieved on the cross. But David Instone-Brewer says this doctrine is special
2022-04-05T09:13:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
Seth Walker went from the heights of evangelical passion and unquestioning trust in God to total loss of faith and attempted suicide. Chris Goswami says there are lessons from Seth's life that the Church needs to learn
2022-03-29T16:39:00+01:00By Nigel Biggar
Can Christians ever justify war? Yes, says Prof Nigel Biggar. He explains the just war theory, a doctrine of military ethics, and how it applies to Ukraine, while encouraging us all to keep praying for peace
2022-03-29T11:59:00+01:00By Alistair Forman
Despite being the leader of a church for many years, Alistair Forman didn’t fully appreciate the grace of God. When he delved deeper into the parable of the prodigal son, he discovered a loving father who really is as good as he says he is
2022-03-28T16:12:00+01:00By Rachael Newham
Jesus’ resurrection takes place against a backdrop of grief and despair. As the world grapples with war in Europe, Rachael Newham reflects on how the sadness of Good Friday and Holy Saturday reveals a king who came to minister to us not through power and might but through scars and tears
2022-03-28T13:58:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
Anyone who has studied theology understands how much of a challenge it can be to your faith. I arrived at university, many years ago, having grown up in conservative evangelicalism and having had little reason – or opportunity – to question its theological teachings. So when I began my study, ...
2022-03-28T12:08:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer, Biblical scholar
Archaeologists have long claimed that David and Solomon’s kingdoms were just exciting myths. David Instone-Brewer explains why we can trust the Old Testament’s version of history
2022-03-22T12:01:00+00:00By Mary Wren
The Church of England is providing less moral clarity on the key issues of the day than most FTSE 100 companies, says this ex-Catholic ordinand’s wife.
2022-03-10T15:51:00+00:00By Dr Calvin Smith, King's Evangelical Divinity School
Some Christians and Jews have viewed recent events as a partial fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy. Evangelical scholar Dr Calvin Smith looks at the biblical evidence
2022-03-08T12:10:00+00:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
The frontmen of two of the biggest Christian bands in the world hold opposing views on faith and doubt. Rend Collective’s Chris Llewellyn responds to John Cooper of Skillet’s contentious remarks
2022-02-23T16:35:00+00:00By Lois Tverberg
Loving our enemies might seem impossible, but it’s central to what it means to be a Christian. Lois Tverberg expands on Christ’s most challenging command
2022-02-23T16:33:00+00:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
“This is not a gentle request. It’s a command. When God uses it, he’s grabbing us by the collar, urging us to notice something incredible that we’re currently ignoring.”
2022-02-17T17:04:00+00:00By Johnny King
It is vital that Christians read the first 39 books of their Bibles, says Johnny King.
2022-02-08T10:01:00+00:00By David T Lamb
By ignoring hard passages of scripture, we’re missing an opportunity to understand God better, says David T Lamb. Here’s some ways to tackle the bits of the Bible where God’s behaviour seems hard to understand
2022-01-27T15:42:00+00:00By Chris Goswami
Artificial Intelligence is already being used to mimic the dead. If you could chat online to a loved one who had died, would you?
2022-01-27T14:33:00+00:00By David Instone-Brewer, Biblical scholar
What exactly did Paul teach in the New Testament, and how should Christians understand and apply his teaching today? David Instone-Brewer sheds some light on this deeply divisive issue
2022-01-27T10:39:00+00:00By Emma Fowle
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, Rachel Gardner says discussing sex may make us squirm, but not talking about it is far worse
2022-01-21T12:33:00+00:00By Charmaine Yip
Charmaine Yip delves into the scriptures to assess whether allowing LGBT people to attend church services, but preventing them from serving, is justifiable
2021-12-21T09:16:00+00:00By Karen Murdarasi
The virgin birth is one of Christianity’s wildest – and most disputed claims. But was it just a case of misinterpretation?
2021-12-17T14:35:00+00:00By Lois Tverberg
The creation story was utterly unique among Ancient Near Eastern cultures. Instead of warring, angry gods, the Bible tells us that we were created in love, says Lois Tverberg
2021-11-26T11:38:00+00:00By Jo Swinney
If you read the Christmas story in isolation, you will miss the beauty of the Bible’s bigger picture, says Jo Swinney
2021-11-26T10:30:00+00:00By Jonathan Sarfati PhD, Creation Ministries International
Following David Instone Brewer’s column which presented evidence for why the flood could have been local, Jonathan Sarfati shares an alternative perspective
2021-11-03T09:11:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
“If your objection to the notion of original sin is that you think humanity is basically good, then I admire your optimism but I doubt that you’ve ever stepped outside your own front door,” says Tim Farron MP
2021-10-28T11:20:00+01:00By Andrea Williams, Christian Concern
As peers debated assisted suicide in the House of Lords last week, one Lord’s contribution jumped out as particularly remarkable
2021-10-28T10:00:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
It might be commonly taught, but Augustine's concept of original sin doesn't have scriptural support, argues David Instone-Brewer
2021-10-27T13:19:00+01:00By Howard and Holly Satterthwaite
Confessing our sins doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs. But if we don’t give it the attention it deserves, we miss the joy that God wants for us, says Howard and Holly Satterthwaite
2021-10-25T12:33:00+01:00By Lois Tverberg
The biblical writers instructed us to believe in the name of Jesus. But what does that mean? Lois Tverberg explains
2021-10-25T10:30:00+01:00By James Cary
Now, what kind of a statement is that? You are probably already wary of this title, assuming the headline is clickbait to catch your eye and hook you in. That’s what clickbait does to you. It piques your interest. But once you’ve clicked and read, it turns out to be ...
2021-10-25T10:15:00+01:00By Jonty Langley
A relative newcomer to the UK, Black Friday is now the biggest retail event of the year. But is it a flagrant celebration at the altar of mammon or a legitimate way for businesses to drum up trade? And how, asks Jonty Langley, should Christians respond?
2021-09-27T16:05:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
Each of these words describe an important way that God relates to us. But the third one is the most special
2021-09-27T13:18:00+01:00By Matthew Arnold
Most Christians have been taught that ghosts aren’t real. But is this what scripture teaches?
2021-09-16T15:19:00+01:00By Jonty Langley
Spong didn’t believe in the resurrection, and rejected mainstream Church teaching on prayer, miracles and the nature of God
2021-08-24T15:20:00+01:00By Philip Yancey
As someone who has been writing for half a century, I read the Bible differently to most people. Accepting it as our primary source for what God wants us to know about reality, I also can’t help peeking behind the words to its human authors. I read Isaiah and marvel ...
2021-08-24T14:49:00+01:00By Lois Tverberg
Giving extravagant presents to rulers of nations is a custom which dates back thousands of years, and continues to this day. Lois Tverberg unpacks what it tells us about Christ and his kingdom
2021-08-10T13:39:00+01:00By Jim Mason
Writing in response to Dr Luke Barnes' article on why he no longer believes in young earth creationism, physicist and engineer, Dr Jim Mason shares his own story, and explains why he believes a “plain reading” of Genesis leads to a young earth viewpoint
2021-08-02T14:42:00+01:00By RT Kendall
Following Jesus means walking a narrow road, filled with difficulty and suffering. But we persevere because of the promise of heaven, says RT Kendall
2021-07-07T12:02:00+01:00By Dr Ian Paul
Last week the Methodist Church affirmed the status of cohabitation. Many Christians have assumed the Bible forbids sex outside of marriage. But what do the texts actually say?
2021-06-30T11:35:00+01:00By Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos professor of science and religion at the University of Oxford
CS Lewis’ books communicate some of the most profound truths of the Christian faith in a way that all can understand, and remain classics to this day, says Alister McGrath
2021-06-30T09:07:00+01:00By Sarah Yardley
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that change is unavoidable. Sarah Yardley shares her top tips on choosing joy regardless
2021-05-04T13:52:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn
I used to sneer at ‘mindfulness’. As a Christian, I thought I was automatically an expert when it comes to the interior, ‘spiritual’ life and there was nothing I could learn about it from the secular world.
2021-04-28T14:16:00+01:00By Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury says we have an unprecedented opportunity to build a global community that reflects God’s heart for the poor and respects our planet. But real change will require courage – from all of us
2021-04-28T10:59:00+01:00By Lois Tverberg
Lois Tverberg unlocks a Jewish idiom that Jesus used, but many of his followers have scratched their heads about
2021-04-01T07:57:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
Dig beneath the surface of the Easter story and you will find some intriguing characters, says Chris Goswami. But just because they’re not given centre stage doesn’t mean we should pass them by. If we do, we miss a great story and some powerful life lessons.
2021-03-29T15:08:00+01:00By NT Wright
Ahead of Pentecost Sunday, one of the world's leading New Testament scholars, Tom Wright, gives his view on the gift of tongues
2021-03-29T15:07:00+01:00By NT Wright
Q) Is it our Christian duty to always vote in elections, or is it OK to abstain if you don’t feel able to back either candidate?
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
Pete Greig reveals his theological U-turn.
2020-03-20T00:00:00+00:00By Megan Cornwell
Megan Cornwell investigates the sect that believes African Americans are the true Hebrew Israelites
2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00By RT Kendall
RT Kendall explains why God’s opinion is the only one that matter
2020-01-22T00:00:00+00:00By Chris Llewellyn
In his latest column, Rend Collective's Chris Llewellyn explains what answering phones taught him about God's word
Kallie Skaife reveals how understanding the language of the New Testament has deepened her relationship with God
The Church Mouse uncovers the Christian origins of the bearded gift-giver
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
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
2019-05-21T00:00:00+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?
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
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
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
2018-10-23T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley, Premier Unbelievable?
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
2018-06-21T00:00:00+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
2018-03-06T00:00:00+00:00By James Mildred
Why do Christians follow the Bible's teaching on sexuality, but ignore the laws about not eating pork? Are they being selective and 'picking and choosing' which commandments they feel like following? James Mildred offers an explanation
Wes Sutton, director of Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, offers guidance on how to respond when God doesn’t heal our loved ones
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 Nick Page
Sorry to intrude on the Reformation celebrations, but Nick Page has some not-so-great-news to share
2017-08-24T00:00:00+01:00By Katie Stock
Katie Stock looks at the rise of women in church leadership positions
It’s time to change the way we consume scripture, says Glenn Paauw
When Martin Luther began the Reformation, one of the doctrines at stake was Purgatory. Five hundred years later, London School of Theology’s Professor Tony Lane asks whether Protestants should reconsider the value of being purified before we reach heaven
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
David Instone-Brewer wonders if some church traditions need to be ditched
Nick Page, with the assistance of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, explains how to turn your crisis into a chrysalis
2017-03-23T00:00:00+00:00By RT Kendall
We must get ready for the second coming, says RT Kendall
David Instone-Brewer investigates whether or not churches should teach that the Bible is without error
Prof Graham H Twelftree of London School of Theology separates the Hollywood fiction from the real face of demonic possession
I recently had the pleasure of watching a stage production of CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters featuring a magnificent solo performance by actor and director Max Mclean as the titular devil of the play. His turn as a senior demon who works in a middle management office in hell was both serious and silly, just as Lewis intended it to be.
David Instone-Brewer investigates the doctrine of male headship within marriage
Too often the ministry of the Holy Spirit is limited to a few people on Sunday ministering to the many. Mike Pilavachi explains how the many can start to take the Spirit’s power into their everyday lives
Following the death of Left Behind author Tim LaHaye in July this year, John Tancock takes another look at the theology that inspired the books and films
2014-10-08T00:00:00+01:00By Heather Tomlinson
The controversial Islamic teaching that women should cover their heads is often viewed as oppressive. Yet, until recently, head coverings were not uncommon among Christian women. Is this an outdated, sexist concept? Heather Tomlinson dons a headscarf to find out.
2014-05-14T00:00:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
The Evangelical Alliance’s decision to remove Steve Chalke’s organisation Oasis from membership raises the question of what defines an evangelical today. Justin Brierley reflects on why homosexuality has become the latest tipping point.
If you think theology is the slightly irrelevant pursuit of out of touch academics, and that Christians in the real world have more important matters to attend to, this should make you think again....
Russell Rook and Sherri Golisky maintain that sometimes not even all the King’s horses and all the King’s men and women can put a profoundly broken person back together again.