2021-07-30T08:45:00+01:00By Paul Kerensa
After receiving their gold medals at Tokyo 2020, the Fijian Rugby team sang, “We have overcome, by the blood of the lamb”. Paul Kerensa reports
2021-07-29T16:06:00+01:00By Cara Bentley
Comedian Frank Skinner is an unashamed Christian. He makes prayer sound normal and natural, and God the obvious person to talk to. So much of his theology is spot on – God’s omniscience and power to save people, his own humility in knowing he is a sinner and his conviction ...
2021-07-29T16:03:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
In life we’re often presented with straightforward instructions. ‘Mind the gap’, ‘look both ways’, or maybe more recently, ‘wear a mask’. These brief but simple directives are repeated relentlessly to make sure they really sink in. But we’re not stupid, so why are we bombarded with messaging, rather than just ...
2021-07-29T16:02:00+01:00By Roger Harper
After the runaway success of 12 Rules For Life, Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson is back with…more rules. Those already familiar with Peterson’s writings will recognise these, restated here: Accept that life is difficult. Adopt personal responsibility for improving your life and others’ lives. Tell the truth. Cherish ancient religious ...
2021-07-29T16:02:00+01:00By Jane Carey
High-profile science-based scepticism about belief in a creator God has percolated into the popular consciousness in the West. But since the late 1960s empirical evidence has been stacking up from cosmology, theoretical physics and now biology, which puts a different slant on things.
2021-07-29T15:50:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
Dr Michael Brown was a drug-addicted teenager in a rock and roll band when he was converted during the Jesus People movement of 1960s America. His experiences led him to a charismatic expression of Christianity strongly connected with his Jewish roots.
2021-07-29T15:36:00+01:00By Phil Loose
The CEO of Essential Christian, which resources and inspires Christians through events such as Spring Harvest, shares the songs he is currently enjoying.
2021-07-29T15:18:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
‘Hope deals the hardest blows’.
2021-07-29T14:55:00+01:00By Claire Musters
The past 18 months have been characterised by waiting for restrictions to end. Hopes were dashed when lockdowns were extended or reintroduced, often at short notice. Waiting has been painful for many, but Claire Musters believes there are lessons God wants to teach us in this time
2021-07-29T14:42:00+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
2021-07-29T14:13:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
The Mayor of Bristol tells Sam Hailes how the parable of the talents is inspiring him to fight poverty, and why he no longer views doubt as a dirty word
2021-07-29T13:48:00+01:00By Jon Yates
I bring good news and bad news. The good news is that the people of Britain are right about something. The bad news is that they are right about how awful something is. Half of our fellow citizens tell pollsters that our country is “more divided than ever before”. Following ...
2021-07-29T13:22:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Simone Biles’ Christian faith has seen her through the highs of sporting success and the lows of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. And they’ll see her through this too, says Lauren Windle
The co-founder of Mumsnet shares her insights on faith, leadership and work-life balance
2021-07-29T10:36:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
God calls us to rest in him, not run ourselves into the ground, says Chris Llewellyn
2021-07-29T07:31:00+01:00By Marty Woods
When Covid-19 hit, four years of planning for outreach and evangelism during the Tokyo Olympics went out of the window. But in it’s place, God raised up a vision for a million hours of prayer to bring revival to Japan. Marty Woods explains
2021-07-27T16:18:00+01:00By Megan Wilkie
The number of children being educated at home has risen by 75% this academic year, with "Covid anxiety" being listed among the reasons. Megan Wilkie, who recently took her daughter out of school, tells us about the highs and lows of being a Christian home educator
2021-07-27T13:54:00+01:00By Derek Walker
The popular Hillsong worship track has won awards and been sung by thousands across the world. Derek Walker explains how the song was born
2021-07-26T13:52:00+01:00By Tim Bechervaise
With their size, scale and recent scandals, it’s no surprise that the BBC chose to investigate Hillsong Church, says Tim Bechervaise
2021-07-26T13:33:00+01:00By Sarah Lumgair
The Christian apologist Hatun Tash was stabbed at Speaker’s Corner yesterday. Tash is a former Muslim and an outspoken critic of Islam. In the following column, originally published in February, Sarah Lumgair explains how Hatun’s life has been threatened on numerous occasions
2021-07-23T13:15:00+01:00By Andy Robertson
As the school summer holidays commence, many parents worry about how to manage the time their children spend gaming. But should Christians even let their children play games such as Fortnite? Gaming expert, Andy Robertson, gives his view
2021-07-23T12:05:00+01:00By Caroline Gregory
Jesus cared for the least and the lost, and we should be free to do the same. But the government’s new bill may criminalise anyone helping refugees, even if they’re drowning in our seas, says Caroline Gregory
2021-07-22T20:41:00+01:00By Tony Cummings
From deep biblical truths to sharp social commentary, the world of Christian music has produced some heart-stopping, soul-rendering, conscience-pricking lines. Veteran music journalist Tony Cummings shares his ten favourites
2021-07-21T13:45:00+01:00By Derek Walker
’Cornerstone’ is a modern take on an old hymn, written by Reuben Morgan in the midst of a gun shooting. Derek Walker explains more
2021-07-21T12:05:00+01:00By Fiona Bruce MP, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion
Universities should be environments of open debate. Instead, Christian academics fear their careers will be adversely affected if they speak about their faith, reports Fiona Bruce MP
2021-07-20T11:18:00+01:00By Nicky Gumbel, Pioneer of the Alpha course
After the last pandemic, the West experienced a period of economic prosperity and innovation. What will follow Covid-19? Nicky Gumbel is longing to hear the roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah
2021-07-19T10:09:00+01:00By Graham Nicholls
Now ‘Freedom Day’ has arrived in England, the government says masks only need to be worn in crowded public places - but should that include churches? Graham Nicholls argues not, and that Christians need to be wary of turning mask wearing into a legalistic, loveless debate
2021-07-19T10:09:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Paul wasn’t married and neither was Jesus, so why do two thirds of Christians say they feel getting married is expected of them? And what can we do about it?
2021-07-16T09:37:00+01:00By Stephen Timms MP
Despite near-universal opposition from Christian charities and politicians, the Chancellor confirmed the Government would be cutting foreign aid by £4bn. After a heated debate, during which Sunak appeared to quote from the Bible, Stephen Timms MP asks why the government didn’t listen
2021-07-13T18:37:00+01:00By Simon Edwards
Simon Edwards presents four big questions that point towards the existence of God
2021-07-13T18:26:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Tim Farron MP explains why he believes we should continue to wear masks - even after July 19
2021-07-13T09:29:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
For those who thought the fight against racism in football was over, the behaviour of some England fans after the Euro 2020 final has proved it is not. Being anti-racist is not a side-issue for Christians, says Tim Farron, it lies at the heart of our beliefs
2021-07-13T08:56:00+01:00By Dave Tomlinson
Dave Tomlinson, the author of How to be a Bad Christian, responds to Boris Johnson’s latest statement on faith
2021-07-12T15:36:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
The young English squad did their nation proud, says Emma Fowle. Shame about the fans though
2021-07-12T14:15:00+01:00By Derek Walker
Matt Redman wrote his most popular worship song in record time. It’s enduring appeal lies in encouraging Christians to worship God in the pain of our everyday realities, says Derek Walker
2021-07-09T18:06:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
Ahead of the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, we take a look at the Christian faith of Bukayo Saka, one of the new breed of England players better known for their hard work and decency than off-the-pitch antics
2021-07-09T09:55:00+01:00By Dr Pete Phillips
As lockdown eases, and onsite church services return, leaders have every reason to carry on investing in digital, says Dr Pete Phillips as he launches Premier's new Hybrid Church Charter
2021-07-08T14:24:00+01:00By Tim Wyatt
The UK Methodist Church has voted to allow same-sex marriage. But what happens now? Will all Methodist churches allow gay weddings? And what about those - including ministers - who disagree? Tim Wyatt explains all:
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?
2021-07-07T11:10:00+01:00By Liam Thatcher
Restrictions may be coming to an end but 66 per cent of British people still think masks should be worn indoors. And while some Christians are celebrating a return to congregational singing from Sunday 25 July, others are more cautious. As church leaders face tough decisions on what to allow in their services, Liam Thatcher explains why ‘personal choice’ is a double-edged sword
2021-07-06T16:14:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Following yesterday’s House of Commons debate on the divisive issue of abortion, Tim Farron MP says we need to remember the humanity of all involved
2021-07-06T11:52:00+01:00By Derek Walker
The writing of the classic hymn 'In Christ Alone’ by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty shows how teamwork and grabbing the moment can change lives
2021-07-05T15:59:00+01:00By Rev Mark Woods
The comedian’s attempt to read the Bible is admirable, says Mark Woods. But going cover to cover may not be the best approach
2021-07-05T14:41:00+01:00By Patrick Regan
On NHS Day, Patrick Regan says Covid has changed what our society values. Is it time for the Church to do the same?
2021-07-02T10:16:00+01:00By Tim Bechervaise
Is there a growing influence of faith in the England dressing room, asks Tim Bechervaise? And if so, where and who is it coming from?
2021-07-01T10:49:00+01:00By David Landrum
Christian and Muslims in India are being systematically raped and murdered by Hindu extremists, according to a shocking new report from Open Doors and the London School of Economics
2021-07-01T09:50:00+01:00By Marcia Dixon
Marcia Dixon pays tribute to the former general secretary of the Evangelical Alliance, who passed away yesterday aged 70
2021-07-01T09:04:00+01:00By Dr Pete Phillips, Premier's Head of Digital Theology
The Methodist Church has overwhelmingly voted to overturn its ban on online communion. Dr Pete Phillips, who believes online church is just as ‘real’ as meeting in buildings, and has pioneered the term ‘hybrid church’, welcomes the news
2021-06-30T19:54:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
There is an honesty about Christine Caine that is rare in high-profile leaders. When the bestselling author, internationally acclaimed speaker and leader of multiple international organisations appears on our morning Zoom call, she is straight off the treadmill, laughing and apologising for her appearance in a sorry-not-sorry way that epitomises ...
2021-06-30T19:51:00+01:00By Jonty Langley
Hundreds of Glaswegians surround an immigration enforcement van, defying the authorities, demanding that the people inside be allowed to return to their homes. The crowd chants: “These are our neighbours!”
2021-06-30T14:42:00+01:00By Oliver-James Campbell
Matthew Byrne’s knowledge of English churches is unmatched. With his own beautiful photographic portraits throughout, he illustrates why the architecture and art of England’s churches is crucial in understanding the history of Christianity in the nation.
2021-06-30T14:42:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
Saint Augustine (AD354-430) is one of the most influential Christian thinkers of all time. Even if you’ve never read him, you’ve almost certainly heard modern preachers quote him – the most famous example being: “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest ...
2021-06-30T14:41:00+01:00By Paul Valler
The authenticity of Eugene Peterson’s walk with God is what makes this book so compelling. He had all the struggles and temptations common to man, yet an inner, burning desire for God and a long obedience to him. Winn Collier was given free access to Peterson’s prayer journals and I ...
2021-06-30T12:54:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
It happened during an evening spent in the home of a family from our church. Craig and Andrea are missionaries serving on the campus of Colorado State University. Their commitment is impressive, their home often crammed full of students. Their daughter, Zoe, is a little lady with a big smile, ...
2021-06-30T11:53:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
I like Starbucks. I like the way I can be on literally any street, in any major city on planet Earth and know that there is a ready supply of reliably average coffee and baked goods just around the corner.
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
2021-06-30T11:21:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
Christians are twice as likely to adopt than the general population, but thousands of children are still in need of a safe, stable home. Emma Fowle explains how every Christian can help create an environment where children can thrive
Here’s what 8 top Olympians have said about their Christian faith
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
2021-06-29T15:29:00+01:00By Dan Hitchens
The secular journalist known for critiquing left-wing ideas has attracted a huge following in recent years. He might identify as an atheist, but the former Christian remains fascinated by faith
2021-06-29T15:21:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
A few years ago, I went on a trip to Israel-Palestine with Christian Aid. I arrived at a mobile clinic where the other journalists and I were surrounded by young Palestinian children who excitedly practised their English on us and asked questions about SpongeBob SquarePants. After spending some time speaking ...
2021-06-29T15:19:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
The first meeting of world leaders in over a year was a disappointment, say charities
2021-06-29T09:54:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
The Bishop of St David’s ‘Never trust a Tory’ tweet has re-ignited a debate about the ‘politicisation’ of the clergy. But church leaders should not be muted when it comes to public life, argues Tim Farron. They should speak graciously, but they should speak
2021-06-28T12:28:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
The Bishop of Manchester says he’s more worried about Matt Hancock breaking the Covid rules than him having “a bit of a fling”, but Christians should care about the personal lives of their politicians, and they shouldn’t be afraid to say so, says Emma Fowle
2021-06-28T11:42:00+01:00By Dr Kalpana Dein
New bills to legalise assisted dying have been lodged in both Holyrood and Westminster, while in Jersey a citizens’ jury has already voted in favour of changing the law. But Dr Kalpana Dein, a Christian and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, believes such a move would bring about devastating consequences
2021-06-28T10:36:00+01:00By Alun Ebenezer
Children from many ethnic communities largely do as well as or better than white pupils, according to a new report. Alun Ebenezer is the headteacher of a Christian school. He explains why he agrees with the chair of the education committee, that the concept of ‘white privilege’ is damaging and should be dropped.
2021-06-25T15:42:00+01:00By James Mildred
Sex scandals rarely end a political career these days, says James Mildred. But how concerned with the morality of our political leaders should Christians be?
2021-06-25T12:14:00+01:00By Becky Murray
When 12-year old Becky Murray read from the Bible in her church, a man stormed out. Decades later, despite speaking to politicians and at conferences around the world, she still says it’s a man’s world
2021-06-24T11:17:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
The US President could be denied communion in the Catholic church because of his liberal stance on abortion. The story raises important questions about which issues Christians should divide over, says Chris Goswami
2021-06-24T10:38:00+01:00By Carleton Raisbeck
In the week that MPs said white working class pupils have been failed by decades of neglect in England’s education system, Carleton Raisbeck, 29, shares his story: from drugs, eating disorders and hopelessness to a new life in Christ
2021-06-23T11:01:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Our post-Covid world may never be the same, says Tim Farron
2021-06-22T15:25:00+01:00By Paul Kerensa
When it comes to social media, we should all tweet each other as we’d like to be tweeted, says Paul Kerensa
2021-06-22T09:19:00+01:00By Calvin Robinson
English Heritage caused a media storm last week after stating that Enid Blyton’s books contain racist material. Some have suggested her books are no longer suitable for modern audiences, but Calvin Robinson says we should be contextualise people and stories, not ban them
2021-06-21T12:26:00+01:00By Anne Beverley
When Rev Anne Beverley started making TikTok vidoes for the seven young people in her church, she did not expect to become an internet sensation
2021-06-18T15:36:00+01:00By Rick Hill
We spend two and a half hours on social media and more than three hours watching TV every day. We need to fight the distractions if we want to follow Jesus, says Rick Hill
2021-06-18T13:57:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
Following the success of the vaccine role out, it’s time for churches to open up the doors and let the music play, says Sam Hailes
2021-06-17T14:17:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
We’re all frustrated by the delay to easing lockdown, says Tim Farron MP. But it’s how we respond that sets us apart as Christians
2021-06-17T10:55:00+01:00By Ben Cohen
It was the D-Day of Bible smuggling: a million Bibles secretly unloaded onto Chinese shores in one night. Forty years on, some of the key players recount the remarkable and often miraculous operation
2021-06-15T09:20:00+01:00By Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)
There are thousands of people worldwide who have been ‘disappeared’ for their beliefs – or because of the action their faith inspires them to take.
2021-06-14T19:50:00+01:00By Ruth Valerio
Tearfund’s Ruth Valerio says the G7 leaders have failed to deliver financial support for less wealthy nations
2021-06-14T10:07:00+01:00By Lois McLatchie
Edinburgh Council has admitted that they were wrong to cancel a Christian event on the basis of the beliefs of the keynote speaker
2021-06-11T13:35:00+01:00By Andrew Owen
Discrimination against Christian organisations is on the rise, but this victory makes it easier for others to fight in the future, says Andrew Owen
2021-06-10T11:04:00+01:00By Alun Ebenezer
According to a new Ofsted report, sexual harassment has become ‘normalised’ in some schools, with 9 in 10 girls reporting sexist name-calling or being sent explicit photos or videos. Alun Ebenezer is the executive headmaster of the Fulham Boys School. He believes the answer to our modern crisis of masculinity can be found in beholding Jesus, the ultimate example of what it means to be a man