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2023-03-31T06:52:00+01:00By George Pitcher
When we fail to see people as made in God’s image, we fail them as humans, says George Pitcher. It is our ability to ‘other’ people and put them in categories that leads to the worst of human behaviour
2023-03-27T12:45:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
Recently we decided to add a digital notice board to the outside of our church building. Some might feel this is an extravagance, and many churches would not have the resources (or desire) to spend money on signage, but a road study revealed that around 11 million cars pass our ...
2023-03-27T12:22:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
My mum’s teen years were characterised by routine bomb scares. But the most frightening part isn’t the horrifying violence she witnessed, but the nonchalance with which she talks about it. Northern Ireland’s atmosphere of hatred was her version of normal.
2023-03-27T11:52:00+01:00By NT Wright
Bible scholar Tom Wright gives his answer
2023-03-27T11:44:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
In the first century, something or someone stopped Jesus’ second coming. David Instone-Brewer explores what happened and asks: What is it that is holding him back today?
2023-03-27T09:25:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
I was nine years old when Stephen Lawrence was murdered, 30 years ago this April. It was the early 90s, and far-right extremist groups were making a resurgence in many parts of south-east London, including Eltham, where I lived, and where Stephen was killed.
2023-03-24T08:26:00+00:00By George Pitcher
John Spedan Lewis was one of many philanthropist business owners birthed by the Victorian era. Whether his desire to create a wealth structure that benefitted all came from a Christian faith or not, there is much to commend it, says George Pitcher. And much to miss if it is diluted
2023-03-22T14:08:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Is the focus on what the ex-prime minister knew about gatherings at No 10 a distraction from the real issues of politics, asks Tim Farron, or is it an opportunity to highlight the importance of honesty and integrity in high office?
2023-03-16T09:22:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Tim Farron MP says the government’s proposed legislation is disproportionate and simply won’t work. We need a system that honours human rights - and Christians should be fighting for that harder than anyone, he says
2023-03-09T17:07:00+00:00By George Pitcher
When considering the case of Isabel Oakeshott and her decision to leak Matt Hancock’s WhatsApp messages, fidelity matters far more than loyalty, says Rev George Pitcher
2023-03-02T15:01:00+00:00By George Pitcher
When secular puritanism is pitted against religious beliefs, it can produce no winners, argues Rev George Pitcher. He’s not sure he wants any part in it
2023-02-28T10:15:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Kate Forbes has been “incredibly brave” in the way she’s fielded questions on her Christian beliefs in recent days, says Tim Farron. Given she’s continuing to top the polls in the race to become Scotland’s next First Minister, the public clearly value her honesty and integrity, he says
2023-02-24T14:55:00+00:00By George Pitcher
The Church should not be an echo chamber, says George Pitcher. Splitting over disagreements about same-sex marriage is not what Jesus modelled
2023-02-23T14:48:00+00:00By Krish Kandiah
There are times when our culture seems conflicted and confusing and the things we normally rely on to help us navigate our way through the fog seem to fail us.
2023-02-23T14:30:00+00:00By Jeff Lucas
Looking back, it wasn’t the greatest idea. The care home had warned me that my mother was just days from dying. Agitation was robbing her of sleep and so I decided I would sit with her through the night.
2023-02-23T11:40:00+00:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
I recently polled my Instagram followers, asking them three questions: “Is it important to you to be a ‘biblical Christian’?”, “Is it important to challenge leaders whose worldview is ‘unbiblical’?” and “Have you actually read the whole Bible?”.
2023-02-23T11:35:00+00:00By Natalie Williams, Jubilee+
The first thing I noticed when I started leading Jubilee+ was how tired I became. Formerly a night owl, suddenly I just couldn’t handle working late. It started out as mental tiredness – at the end of the working day, my brain ached. But it soon progressed to physical and ...
2023-02-22T16:05:00+00:00By Chris Goswami
Are we ready for robot-generated sermons, prayers and worship songs? Chris Goswami investigates
2023-02-22T15:39:00+00:00By Lucy Peppiatt
As Lent begins, Lucy Peppiatt looks at what scripture teaches about fasting, and why it’s a practice Christians can benefit from
2023-02-22T14:30:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
My husband and I have just finished shared parental leave for the second time. This time, I returned to work six months after the birth of our second son as my husband started three months of staying at home to look after him. I’ve been fascinated by the range of ...
2023-02-17T11:22:00+00:00By George Pitcher
In comparing spiritual growth to economic growth, George Pitcher comes to an unexpected conclusion
2023-02-08T08:12:00+00:00By Lois Tverberg
The Church of England is considering alternatives to referring to God as “he” after priests asked to be allowed to use gender-neutral terms. Some have said a change in language would make the church more inclusive. But Lois Tverberg disagrees. She argues Christians should embrace the fact that God chose to reveal himself through male images in the Bible
2023-01-31T12:50:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
As the scandal of child asylum seekers disappearing from UK hotels continues to unfold, Tim Farron says Jesus doesn’t care where the missing children are from. He’s more bothered that we don’t seem to care
2023-01-27T14:30:00+00:00By Carrie Lloyd
As the brotherly brawl between William and Harry dominates headlines, Carrie Lloyd considers what a Christian response should look like
2023-01-27T14:22:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Whatever our views on the ongoing strikes that continue to disrupt our public services, Christians should be committed to praying for peace, justice and God’s wisdom, says Tim Farron
2023-01-27T13:42:00+00:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
Darkness isn’t all bad, says Rend Collective’s Chris Llewellyn
2023-01-27T12:08:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
We’re twelve years on from ‘Bellgate’ - the furore over the release of Rob Bell’s controversial book on heaven and hell. But Chine McDonald says the questions raised by that episode are more pertinent than ever
2023-01-26T13:35:00+00:00By NT Wright
The Bible scholar gives his answer
2023-01-26T13:14:00+00:00By RT Kendall
Bible teacher RT Kendall explains why he believes the Church of England must urgently change course on last week’s decision to allow same-sex blessings
2023-01-26T09:23:00+00:00By David Instone-Brewer
David Instone-Brewer wrestles with the key biblical texts that appear to condemn gay sex
2023-01-25T14:53:00+00:00By Jeff Lucas
Jeff Lucas says God is a searcher too
2023-01-19T17:43:00+00:00By George Pitcher
Taking sides without properly listening to the arguments that don’t match our own may be the undoing of us, says George Pitcher. Stop your ears at your peril
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
2023-01-12T10:12:00+00:00By Chris Goswami
Christians have nothing to fear and everything to gain from the latest tech, says Chris Goswami. He explores the four biggest trends and explains what they may mean for society and the Church in the year ahead
2023-01-06T10:52:00+00:00By George Pitcher
As Christmastide draws to an end, George Pitcher reminds us of the latent hope celebrated in the Christian festival of Epiphany, and challenges us all to bring something to the party
2023-01-04T12:53:00+00:00By Jeff Lucas
Night intruders are usually experts in stealth.
2023-01-04T11:55:00+00:00By Lucy Peppiatt
In her debut column, Dr Lucy Peppiatt wonders why Jesus needed something more than the Holy Spirit to comfort him in the desert
2023-01-04T10:12:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
I have spent much of my career trying to improve the Church’s PR. As part of this, I wanted to write an article on why I still go to church and why you should, too. It was going to be one of those numbered lists: for the music, for community, ...
2023-01-03T12:15:00+00:00By Natalie Williams, Jubilee+
In her her debut ‘Lessons in leadership’ column, Natalie Williams says God calls the unlikely
2023-01-01T15:40:00+00:00By RT Kendall
RT Kendall explains why your New Year’s resolution should be to drop this common phrase
2022-12-19T15:35:00+00:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
Chris Llewellyn has noticed a fascinating similarity between the message of the cross and the science of resistance training
2022-12-19T14:49:00+00:00By Joseph D'Souza, Good Shepherd Church of India
World Vision India is just one of many charities to have its license to receive foreign funds suspended by the Hindu-led government. It’s another clear sign of Christian persecution, says Bishop Joseph D’Souza. What happened to peace on earth and goodwill to all people?
2022-12-18T09:14:00+00:00By RT Kendall
Into the darkness of Galilee a great light came. RT Kendall wonders if we could be on the cusp of our own revival this Christmas
2022-12-15T16:44:00+00:00By George Pitcher
Christians must not let distance or disinterest prevent us from being the good Samaritan this Advent, says George Pitcher
2022-12-13T12:19:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
After watching the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix documentary and reading newspaper reports of Ngozi Fulani’s experience at Buckingham Palace, Chine McDonald challenges Christians not to turn away in discomfort from the racism that still exists in our society
2022-12-12T10:56:00+00:00By Chris Goswami
Christmas is a time of great celebration, says Chris Goswami. But we must be careful not to assume that everyone finds it easy, and that we’re giving a good invitation to a year-round, life-long relationship with Jesus
2022-12-09T17:02:00+00:00By George Pitcher
This year’s Reith Lectures are underway. And they’re a fascinating reminder that serving God is perfect freedom, says George Pitcher
2022-12-02T14:29:00+00:00By Krish Kandiah
Mary and Joseph sought sanctuary in Bethlehem and then Egypt, but also welcomed strangers to their home. Even when times are tough, we can find sanctuary in Christ this Christmas, and extend that hope to others, says Krish Kandiah
2022-12-01T17:37:00+00:00By Krish Kandiah
This portrayal of the horrors of war and inter-religious violence, makes for difficult viewing says Krish Kandiah
2022-12-01T12:05:00+00:00By George Pitcher
When a research fellow preached an Evensong sermon at Trinity College Cambridge that claimed Jesus has a “trans body”, congregants were outraged. But Christ doesn’t need us to be offended on his behalf, argues George Pitcher
2022-11-27T13:16:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
Around the Christmas dinner table, millions of families will be gathered across generations. It’s one of the things that makes this time of year so special. The great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers, the matriarchs and patriarchs who have seen many festive seasons come and go, tucking into Christmas dinner alongside newborn babies.
2022-11-25T17:44:00+00:00By Jeff Lucas
It is one of my earliest childhood memories. I am probably not more than two or three and there is music playing on the radio. Suddenly my dad picks me up, gently wraps his arms around me, and begins to slowly dance with me. I can still feel the warmth ...
2022-11-25T17:39:00+00:00By NT Wright
The Bible scholar NT Wright gives his answer
2022-11-25T16:08:00+00:00By David Instone-Brewer
Looking for answers? Draw near to the one who gives life it’s meaning, suggests David Instone-Brewer, as he takes a closer look at the book of Ecclesiastes
2022-11-24T15:22:00+00:00By George Pitcher
As Germany posed for a team photo, they placed their hands over their mouth in protest against FIFA’s sanctions of the One Love armband. George Pitcher ponders the power of silent protest
2022-11-24T09:29:00+00:00By David Instone-Brewer
Most churches in the world today preach that homosexuality is a sin, citing biblical references to support their case. But what if the word “homosexual” was added to the Bible by mistake? That’s the claim of a new documentary film, 1946. Premier Christianity’s resident Bible scholar, David Instone Brewer, went to see it
2022-11-23T10:53:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
We are all made in God’s image, says Tim Farron. Taking good care of the most vulnerable in our society is a fundamental part of what it means to follow Jesus
2022-11-18T09:48:00+00:00By George Pitcher
If supporting Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression is just, Christians must also back an adequately-funded military, argues George Pitcher.
2022-11-16T07:54:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
By showing that he can brave the insects and the ick factor, Matt Hancock is hoping to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of the nation. But even if he wins I’m a Celeb, will the public penance really offer him the release that he is seeking? And what happens if he doesn’t?
2022-11-14T12:35:00+00:00By Joseph D'Souza
Despite persecution by extremist Hindu factions, there is a revival happening among India’s Sikh community in the Punjab that is now attracting the attention of the national media. You can’t stop the work of the Holy Spirit says Bishop Joseph D’Souza
2022-11-10T16:50:00+00:00By Krish Kandiah
But it’s a poignant reminder that being attentive to the little things can make all the difference to those in need, says Krish Kandiah
2022-11-09T15:50:00+00:00By George Pitcher
But the Church would do well to consider blessing same-sex partnerships – the distinction is an important one, says Rev George Pitcher
2022-11-03T11:33:00+00:00By George Pitcher
Matt Hancock’s decision to appear on reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! is a classic sign of a midlife crisis, says Rev George Pitcher - something vicars are well used to dealing with. Here’s his advice to the former health secretary
2022-11-02T11:44:00+00:00By Jeff Lucas
My landing on Planet Church in 1975 was not without turbulence. Those Christian people seemed very strange. But I am so grateful for the local church that welcomed me in as a brand-new Christian.
2022-11-02T10:57:00+00:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
There is a strange intimacy that forms between fans and the bands they love.
2022-11-02T10:50:00+00:00By Lois Tverberg
In spite of its negative connotations, fear is a common word in the Old Testament. Lois Tverberg explains how Christians should understand it
2022-11-01T20:27:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
A few days ago, I was sat in a coffee shop with my four-month-old son. The coffee was getting colder and colder as I bounced my baby up and down on my knee, patted his back and tried to feed him or just distract him from crying.
2022-11-01T11:55:00+00:00By Joseph D'Souza, Good Shepherd Church of India
In a complex and diverse world, Bishop Joseph D’Souza makes a case for tolerance, understanding and freedom of religious expression for all
2022-10-27T11:28:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Our traditional understanding of Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is that of the humble being exalted, and the exalted being humbled. But what might it teach us about taxes, tithing and our new Prime Minister’s economic policy?
2022-10-24T12:20:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
Chris Goswami introduces simple principles to ensure you read the Bible as it was meant to be read
2022-10-24T09:50:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Jesus warned us that “those who exalt themselves will be humbled”, says Tim Farron MP, as he recaps a tumultuous week in politics and argues that if service is beneath a politician, then leadership should be too
2022-10-20T10:19:00+01:00By George Pitcher
In protesting against the death of Mahsa Amini, women and girls in Iran are showing breathtaking courage. So why have we in the West been so lukewarm in our condemnation of Iranian violence against women, asks George Pitcher?
2022-10-13T08:44:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Much like our current leaders, Israel’s King Ahab preferred advisors to echo his own opinions rather than give him godly challenge. Now, like then, it’s likely to end in disaster, warns George Pitcher
2022-10-06T09:36:00+01:00By George Pitcher
It’s mildly amusing to watch clerics trying to express how much they despise each other’s tribes while using the vocabulary of Christian love, says George Pitcher
2022-09-29T13:24:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The UK government have been warned that their economic policy favours the rich. The IMF are not divine, says George Pitcher, but their words witness to gospel values
2022-09-29T12:02:00+01:00By Charlotte Gambill
Conflict is inevitable when we are leading people.
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
2022-09-27T10:52:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
A mature faith neither glosses over the glaring problems in our movement, nor abandons it in its time of need, says Rend Collective’s Chris Llewellyn
2022-09-21T09:44:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Within two days, the UK had a new prime minister and a new king. As an era ends, George Pitcher is praying for winds of change to bring God’s reviving fire
2022-09-16T08:47:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The function of the funeral is as vital to state as it is to the individual, says George Pitcher. Here’s how it helps us in our grief
2022-09-13T15:29:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
The vast majority of Brits are uncomfortable with talking about death. Chine McDonald wonders if the pandemic coupled with the death of our Monarch might change that
2022-09-13T14:19:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
The Queen was never shy about sharing her faith, says former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, and this is why her wise counsel was so vital for Britain’s political leaders
2022-09-09T13:45:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Though she lived an intensely public life, the Queen had a deeply private faith. And through it, she modelled the classic Christian virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. We would do well to follow her example, says George Pitcher
2022-09-09T13:17:00+01:00By NT Wright
The former Bishop of Durham recalls being invited to spend a weekend with Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh in Sandringham
2022-09-09T08:56:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
Jeff Lucas shares a story from his childhood, when he attempted to interrupt the Queen’s official birthday celebrations
2022-09-08T10:46:00+01:00By George Pitcher
George Pitcher makes an impassioned plea for all Christians to own the sins of our collective past
2022-09-05T13:40:00+01:00By Joseph D'Souza
Christians need to understand that sloganeering such as “reaching unreached people groups” is deeply problematic, says Bishop Joseph D’Souza
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
2022-09-01T08:56:00+01:00By George Pitcher
How are you preparing for the coming recession?
2022-08-30T10:11:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
I started playing guitar because of that scene from Back to the Future. Any child of the 1980s knows immediately what I’m talking about: Marty McFly’s blistering ‘Johnny B Goode’ solo. As I watched it, my jaw hit the floor.
2022-08-30T08:20:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
For much of last year, the lightbox in my office displayed the words: “All shall be well.” The full quote from Julian of Norwich reads: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well”; the repetition resonant of the constant and regular ...
2022-08-30T08:02:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
There were just ten seconds left in the game, a dreary nil-nil draw. Sensing that victory was still possible, the crowd tensed as my friend John carefully placed the football to take the corner.
2022-08-30T04:26:00+01:00By Carrie Lloyd
A growing number of Christians are experimenting with psychedelic drugs to heal past trauma and find God. But it’s akin to spiritual Russian roulette, says Carrie Lloyd
2022-08-26T20:29:00+01:00By NT Wright
The Bible scholar NT Wright gives his answer
2022-08-25T15:13:00+01:00By George Pitcher
What does Christian hope look like in the aftermath of this unspeakable tragedy, wonders George Pitcher
2022-08-19T11:06:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The stabbing of the author of The Satanic Verses and an old college photo of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, reminds George Pitcher that living self-sacrificially is a key tenet of the Christian faith
2022-08-11T11:20:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The way the Christian Legal Centre handled the tragic case of Archie Battersbee was an insult to palliative care and end-of-life professionals, argues George Pitcher
2022-08-03T15:59:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The pure joy seen in the Lionesses’ celebrations during Euro 2022 echoes the gender-equality joy that runs through the gospels, says George Pitcher - if only we are looking for it
2022-07-29T15:03:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
Jeff Lucas takes another look at Philippians 4:13
2022-07-29T14:32:00+01:00By Charlotte Gambill
When it comes to ministry, we need to ditch the single-rider option, says Charlotte Gambill
2022-07-29T14:29:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
There’s a difference between adding to the conversation and adding to the noise, says Rend Collective’s Chris Llewellyn
2022-07-29T14:21:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
Is it true that God has no favourites? David Instone-Brewer investigates
2022-07-29T10:34:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
Wonderfully told Bible stories laid the foundation for Chine McDonald’s decision to become a Christian. She says the Church needs to find innovative ways to engage the next generation in the richness of our faith
2022-07-27T15:04:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Even before Anglican bishops gathered for this week’s long-anticipated Lambeth Conference, the topic of sexuality threatened to dominate proceedings. By failing to recognise the distinction between relationships and marriage, George Pitcher argues the Church of England has got itself into a mess over the issue
2022-07-22T12:48:00+01:00By George Pitcher
God doesn’t seem to be so interested in our modern concepts of democracy, observes George Pitcher
2022-07-20T10:34:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Praying for those in authority should not be seen as a last resort but an urgent imperative – especially in times of change, says Tim Farron
2022-07-16T18:41:00+01:00By Carrie Lloyd
The co-senior leader of Bethel Church, Beni Johnson, passed away on Wednesday following a prolonged battle with cancer. Carrie Lloyd pays tribute to her
2022-07-13T16:13:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Many of the contenders are responsible for the alleged policy atrocities they now decry, argues George Pitcher, as he conducts an exegesis on the term ‘shame’
2022-07-13T11:31:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Rev Les Isaac, founder of Street Pastors UK, speaks to Tim Farron about his sermon, which appeared to inspire ex-health secretary, Sajid Javid, to quit the government
2022-07-07T15:49:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
There are few things that say church and community more than a meal train. If you’ve not heard of it, it’s the practice of providing a rota of meals for church members who are going through a major life occurrence.
2022-07-06T14:54:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Political leaders have too often worshiped at the altars of selfhood and individualism, but this week’s ministerial resignations show a longing for integrity at the heart of our democracy, says Rev George Pitcher
2022-07-05T12:57:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Opinions are more polarised than ever and scandals have made many feel disinterested in politics. That’s why it’s more important than ever to come together in unity and listen well, says Tim Farron
2022-07-04T08:13:00+01:00By Carrie Lloyd
Can you really think yourself rich, married or successful? Carrie Lloyd investigates
2022-07-03T14:22:00+01:00By RT Kendall
The temptation to seek affirmation from people rather than God will send you down an unfruitful path, warns RT Kendall
2022-07-03T13:15:00+01:00By NT Wright
Bible scholar NT Wright gives his answer
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
2022-07-02T13:30:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
Rend Collective frontman Chris Llewellyn confesses he still isn’t entirely comfortable with the commercial side of his ministry
2022-07-02T13:06:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
Jeff Lucas had to quietly control the urge to weep when his farmer friend asked him to help castrate a bull. Here’s what it taught him about perspective.
2022-06-30T16:03:00+01:00By George Pitcher
53 migrants travelling in the back of a lorry have lost their lives in what has been described as the deadliest human trafficking incident in US history.
2022-06-30T10:03:00+01:00By Joseph D'Souza
Britain cannot ignore its Christian roots. It must handle the complex problem of illegal immigration in a more humane way, argues Bishop Joseph D’Souza
2022-06-23T14:38:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
When ministers criticise Church leaders for being too political, they are fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of politics, says Tim Farron - and the Christian faith
2022-06-22T18:04:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The Levelling Up secretary recently said the government can’t help everyone struggling with the cost of living crisis. Rev George Pitcher asks: why not?
2022-06-17T15:56:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Far from being contrary to his position, speaking out about Rwanda is the future king’s moral and religious imperative, says George Pitcher. And it would be a dereliction of his Christian duty not to do so
2022-06-13T14:19:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
New BBC documentary Two Daughters follows Mina Smallman, an Anglican Priest whose daughters were stabbed to death in a London park. How did she find the strength to forgive?
2022-06-10T09:49:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Boris Johnson was given self-condemnatory words from the most powerful book in the world, says George Pitcher, as he suggests some other verses for former prime ministers to examine
2022-06-09T10:56:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
Are you guilty of any of these…?
2022-06-01T14:40:00+01:00By George Pitcher
As we prepare to celebrate 70 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne, Rev George Pitcher points out the parallels between the Defender of the Faith and the King of Kings
2022-06-01T08:43:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
When you’ve spent your whole life referring to God as ‘he’, moving away from male pronouns for the divine takes a little getting used to.
2022-05-31T14:34:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
There’s a sentence that sounds to my ears like the removal of a pin from a grenade, sending me scrambling for cover and bracing for a doctrinal explosion: “I just have to speak the truth in love.”
2022-05-30T15:06:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
David Instone-Brewer explains how the removal of sin enables us to survive God’s presence
2022-05-30T15:01:00+01:00By Charlotte Gambill
A few years ago, I went on a skiing trip. Everyone in the group was much more experienced than me. After a few days, it became apparent that I was holding the group back. One afternoon, I encouraged them to head off to more testing slopes while I ventured out ...
2022-05-26T13:06:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Australia’s recent election results are a good reminder that whatever side we’re on, Christians must respect authority while working for the common good and demanding high standards from those in leadership
2022-05-25T15:45:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Jesus drank with sinners and outcasts. The image of our Prime Minister raising a glass at a Number 10 party during the pandemic reeks of self-entitlement and worldly power, says Rev George Pitcher
2022-05-23T16:21:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
Professor Robert Beckford’s new documentary looks at how the UK Church developed a whole theology in support of slavery from one verse in Genesis. What happened next and where we go from here is well worth an hour of your time, says Chris Goswami
2022-05-20T09:02:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Food policy and Christian ministry are indistinguishable, says Rev George Pitcher. That’s why addressing the fat of the land should exercise those who follow Christ’s teaching
2022-05-17T14:49:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Responding to a controversial suggestion from a government minister about how families can tackle the cost of living crisis, Tim Farron reflects on what the Bible says about our true value
2022-05-12T11:55:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Boris Johnson and Priti Patel are commodifying refugees for personal political survival and it’s an abomination, says Rev George Pitcher
2022-05-05T14:30:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
The controversial commentator speaks to Tim Farron about his journey from atheism to Christianity, and why Christian politicians should expect to be reviled by their colleagues
2022-05-05T09:04:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Christians may prefer not to engage in complex and divisive debates about abortion, but there are too many lives at stake not to take a position, says Rev George Pitcher
2022-05-04T10:04:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
The corridors of Westminster, and some of our churches, may seem reminiscent of a soap opera. But when Christians are tempted to gloat, we must take a look at our motives, says Jeff Lucas
2022-05-03T09:40:00+01:00By Lois Tverberg
Lee Wilson recently argued that Jesus could have been married. Lois Tverberg responds
2022-04-28T15:45:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Don’t listen to Elon Musk: the kind of free speech Twitter enables is not essential to a functioning democracy, says Rev George Pitcher
2022-04-27T14:31:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Last week’s debate on whether Boris Johnson should be investigated for lying included more Bible references and Christian language than Tim Farron recalls hearing in the House of Commons for a long time. On issues of morality, we are still deeply shaped by Christian values, he says
2022-04-26T16:03:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
Imagine this being spoken in the cowboy drawl of a Texan church employee and it gets a whole lot better: “Well here’s the thing about church. It’s like Noah’s ark. It’s a mess. There are animals everywhere, doing their business, and it kinda stinks a lot of the time. But ...
2022-04-26T15:50:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
Bitcoin is here to stay – but what exactly is it? How does it work? And should Christians invest?
2022-04-26T15:11:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
This anthropological study from Dr Katie Gaddini delves into the lives of evangelical Christian women in the US and the UK who find themselves on the fringes of their church traditions, and includes Dr Gaddini’s own journey out of evangelicalism. The book explains how women end up leaving when patriarchy, ...
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
2022-04-26T11:35:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
Pussy Riot would never have performed at the Christian festivals I attended as a teenager, nor would they ever have been invited. But when it was announced that the Russian feminist punk rock band would be the artists in residence at Greenbelt 2018, it felt apt.
2022-04-25T15:35:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
Once in a great while, we bump into one-of-a kind people.
2022-04-21T08:50:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Church leaders should use their platform to speak truth to power, but I would much rather they use it to unequivocally preach the gospel, says Tim Farron
2022-04-21T08:33:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The Archbishop of Canterbury has been attacked for using his Easter Sunday sermon to lash out at the Government immigration plans. But George Pitcher believes the critics have misunderstood Welby’s message
2022-04-14T13:08:00+01:00By George Pitcher
In this Holy Week, Christians are invited to walk the way of the cross. But what does that actually mean?
2022-04-13T16:40:00+01:00By RT Kendall
RT Kendall reflects on the emotions Christ experienced at Calvary
2022-04-13T13:23:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
At Easter, Christians remember that Jesus’ death and resurrection turned all our notions of politics and power on their head, says Tim Farron
2022-04-13T00:00:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement has divided Christians in recent years. David Instone-Brewer takes a fresh look at what the Bible says
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
2022-04-13T00:00:00+01:00By NT Wright
Tom Wright explains why, as an ancient historian, he resurrection of Jesus from death makes historical sense.
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
2022-03-30T14:35:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
It isn’t just the war in Ukraine that is threatening our food supply and pushing up prices. God has given us a mandate to steward the earth well and it’s more important than ever that we look after it, says Tim Farron MP
2022-03-30T14:28:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Happiness might be in short supply in Ukraine at the moment, but Rev George Pitcher believes it’s hope that will make all difference
2022-03-29T14:36:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
If you want a nice Christian book for your mother-in-law, look somewhere else. This is a disturbing read.
2022-03-28T14:08:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
There was something about me that was screamingly obvious, but I hadn’t noticed it myself.
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
2022-03-24T16:26:00+00:00By George Pitcher
The recently released British exile, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, may not have exuded gratitude on her return to the UK from Iran, but she doesn’t deserve our condemnation, says George Pitcher
2022-03-24T10:00:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Jesus warned us that there would be trouble in this fallen world. But we can rejoice in his promise that he will overcome it
2022-03-18T10:40:00+00:00By George Pitcher
The Church has a responsibility to explore the 'rabbit holes' of gender politics, argues George Pitcher. But we need to get it right
2022-03-14T10:47:00+00:00By Joseph D'Souza, Archbishop of the Good Shepherd Church of India
It’s not enough to sanction the Russian oligarchs, it’s time to put pressure on Putin’s spiritual oligarch too, says Bishop Joseph D’Souza
2022-03-13T00:00:00+00:00By Krish Kandiah
Dr Krish Kandiah explains how Jesus’ words from the cross reveal God’s hospitality towards us
2022-03-10T16:07:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Climate change still poses the biggest threat to humanity, says Tim Farron MP.
2022-03-09T14:14:00+00:00By George Pitcher
The obstruction of Ukrainian refugees is not just cruel and unpleasant, it’s also deeply unholy, says Rev George Pitcher
2022-03-09T11:04:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
The Christian Conservative commentator helped put Boris Johnson in Number 10. He tells Tim Farron why he can no longer back the PM
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
2022-03-04T10:02:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Tim Farron MP says the Government policy on refugees is wrong. We need to be welcoming our innocent neighbours, not turning them away
2022-03-01T16:43:00+00:00By George Pitcher
Prayer isn’t a shopping-list petition of God, says George Pitcher
2022-02-24T05:09:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
At this year’s Brits, rap artist Little Simz proudly walked on stage to collect her award for best new artist. “My name is Simbiatu Ajikawo. I’m from north London, Islington. I grew up on a council estate, I’m an independent artist and to be here tonight receiving this award is ...
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.”
2022-02-23T16:13:00+00:00By NT Wright
Q: My husband and I live in the USA and have been heartbroken by our church’s lack of precautions during the pandemic. Now that we are fully vaccinated, we’re looking forward to worshiping in person again, but we’re struggling with whether to go back to church. We love it deeply, ...
2022-02-23T13:12:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Whether we believe in just war or take the path of pacifism, all Christians should inform themselves about the deepening crisis in Ukraine, and pray for peace in the region says Tim Farron
2022-02-22T17:19:00+00:00By George Pitcher
Down the ages, darkness has been associated with its so-called prince, “the enemy” or the devil…
2022-02-22T15:31:00+00:00By Jeff Lucas
Jeff Lucas remembers a case of mistaken identity
2022-02-15T13:54:00+00:00By George Pitcher
There is a seam of religiosity in the brewing conflict, says George Pitcher
2022-02-10T14:36:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
More young people than ever are suffering with poor mental health, and services are badly underfunded. This children’s mental health week, Tim Farron MP says our churches need to support, campaign and love
2022-02-09T22:14:00+00:00By George Pitcher
A new “Brexit bishop” and “Covid bishop” would make the Church into a ‘shadow government’
2022-02-03T13:31:00+00:00By Krish Kandiah
This new film gives us a sympathetic portrayal of a Christian ‘power couple’ who dominated religious TV broadcasts in the 1980s
2022-02-03T10:29:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Jesus came to save souls, but he also fed people. We should do the same, says Tim Farron
2022-02-02T12:30:00+00:00By George Pitcher
There is a Truth with a capital T, before which Caiaphas, Pilate and even Boris Johnson, will be measured, says George Pitcher
2022-01-28T09:31:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
This film deserves an audience far wider than just those who are already critical of the Church’s patriarchal past, says Chine McDonald
2022-01-27T16:02:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Religious intolerance is growing, warns Tim Farron MP
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?
2022-01-27T14:57:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
This top-rated book deserves a place on your shelf, says Chine McDonald
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
2022-01-27T13:37:00+00:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
There’s only one quality I look for when auditioning a new band member – and it’s probably not your first guess.
2022-01-27T10:32:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
A few years ago, I was having a particularly challenging time navigating my way through doubts around a decision that I had to make. As I sought guidance from friends and loved ones, some were adamant that I was to go in one particular direction, convinced that the Bible was ...
2022-01-27T06:14:00+00:00By Jeff Lucas
Don’t resist the good news, urges Jeff Lucas
2022-01-26T13:59:00+00:00By Chris Goswami
If online church is going to be sustainable and fruitful, Christians have some serious questions to ask themselves, says Chris Goswami
2022-01-26T09:52:00+00:00By George Pitcher
As Christians we must defend the rights of people from other religions to practice their faith, argues George Pitcher
2022-01-19T12:18:00+00:00By Tim Farron MP
Be willing to get your hands dirty and your heart broken, says Tim Farron MP
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