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2023-09-28T11:09:00+01:00By George Pitcher
In declaring her intention to rip up the UN refugee convention, the Home Secretary is creating the extreme politics she espouses to fear, says George Pitcher. Until the UK looks after its global neighbour, our migration problems cannot be solved
2023-09-27T11:07:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Having recently interviewed Kate Forbes MSP on the challenges of working as a Christian politician, Tim Farron MP says the political sphere needs voices of faith more than ever
2023-09-26T13:19:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
Macaulay Culkin is in his 40s now but, for many, he will forever be Kevin McCallister, the precocious eight-year-old in the blockbuster 1990 comedy Home Alone. For those unfamiliar with the film, Kevin’s parents take off for a Christmas in Paris, unaware that they have left their young son behind. ...
2023-09-26T11:53:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
Neuroscience might provide some unexpected answers to two complex theological questions, says David Instone-Brewer
2023-09-08T14:30:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Is there is something of the end times about our government, asks George Pitcher? And if so, what does this say about God’s created order?
2023-08-31T10:12:00+01:00By Natalie Williams
Learning to trust God - in leadership or in life - is an ongoing adventure, says Natalie Williams. You never feel ready, but God never fails
2023-08-30T14:51:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
Perhaps you’ve been there. A family from church invite you for a meal. You don’t know them well, but are pleased by the opportunity. You chat while you wait for the food, and then, as the plates arrive, tension grips you.
2023-08-25T09:47:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
Rend Collective’s Chris Llewellyn has never released a song with profanity in. But neither will he condemn other artists who choose to use fruity language. Here, he explains why
2023-08-25T08:21:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
As Donald Trump is arrested on charges of plotting to overturn the result of the last US election, Chine McDonald says his evangelical supporters are turning young people off the faith
2023-08-24T16:28:00+01:00By Joseph D'Souza, Dignity Freedom Network
Western mission agencies who use old language, like “conversion” or “unreached people groups” are putting lives at risk, says Bishop Joseph D’Souza. The majority world does need the gospel, he says, but so does the UK, Europe and the US
2023-08-04T13:14:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
He may have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, but Donald Trump continues to attract widespread support among white evangelicals. Chris Goswami explains why
2023-08-02T15:23:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The devastatingly powerful opera is a testament to human courage and, distinctly, female martyrdom. It also points to Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross, says George Pitcher
2023-08-01T11:01:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Is climate activism the new religion? Amid the party politics surrounding green policies - from the Uxbridge by-election to new oil and gas drilling licences in Scotland - George Pitcher argues there is much the Church could learn about loving our enemies from those on the frontlines of campaigning for change
2023-07-25T13:40:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
Negotiations are not allowed, says Jeff Lucas as he explains how anchor habits are helping him stay fit
2023-07-25T11:33:00+01:00By David Instone-Brewer
Throughout Christian history, those at the bottom of society have been most receptive to the good news, explains David Instone-Brewer
2023-07-25T08:48:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
What are Christians to make of the billionaires who take trips into space, or to the bottom of the ocean? Chine McDonald gives her view
2023-07-20T13:50:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Two new films from the BBC and Humanists UK, featuring Chris Packham and Dr Alice Roberts, seek to explain the origin of our planet from a scientific, secular point of view. But in ignoring the divine, they raise more spiritual questions than they answer, says George Pitcher
2023-07-18T14:05:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
As the world’s most successful Bible app turns 15, Chris Goswami chats with YouVersion’s CEO to find out how the technology is changing our discipleship
2023-07-03T14:13:00+01:00By Jeff Lucas
Decades ago, when my wife, Kay, and I were courting, we would exchange excruciating love letters loaded with syrup and spirituality: “Dear Kay, I love you so much, hallelujah, praise the Lord, but not as much as I love Jesus, glory to God.” Yuk.
2023-07-03T13:36:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
I’ll be honest. Until now, I’ve felt a little smug about the rise of Artificial Intelligence.
2023-07-03T10:12:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
I recently joined thousands of fans for the London leg of Beyoncé’s Renaissance world tour. I’ve written in these pages before about my love for the Queen Bee, and how I believe much of her artistry over the past few years has pointed her fans towards God.
2023-06-28T08:40:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
The death of five people on the Titan submersible and up to 500 on a migrant boat off Greece were both tragic, says Tim Farron. But they did not provoke an equal response – from the media or the authorities
2023-06-27T14:35:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The Christian faith has a long tradition of caring for the least, the last and the lost. So it was a joyous surprise to hear the heir to the throne – and future Defender of the Faith – champion such Christian values through his new scheme to end homelessness, says George Pitcher
2023-06-13T16:08:00+01:00By George Pitcher
When we exchange objective truth for the lies and deceit of self-interest, we make an idol of ourselves, says George Pitcher. Only in Jesus do we find a better way
2023-06-12T15:19:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
Nicola Sturgeon has been arrested. Boris Johnson has resigned as an MP and Donald Trump has been indicted. The murky world of politics may be mucky, but only by being involved can Christians clean it up, says Tim Farron
2023-06-12T10:21:00+01:00By George Pitcher
As a consortium of AI experts warn of the risk of human extinction at the hands of AI, hundreds attended a church service in Germany generated and hosted by ChatGPT. How should Christians view such things, asks George Pitcher? Can we find a theology of AI?
2023-06-09T15:56:00+01:00By George Pitcher
In daytime TV, as in all aspects of our lives, we are often eager to reach a quick resolution. But sometimes, the work of forgiveness takes time, says George Pitcher. And rushing it doesn’t help anyone
2023-06-06T21:09:00+01:00By Tim Farron MP
In the court of public opinion there is rarely room for forgiveness or redemption, observes Tim Farron MP
2023-06-05T13:21:00+01:00By Clare Williams
Q: When the rapper Jahaziel renounced his Christian faith, he listed a number of objections to belief, including “Christianity’s involvement in the slave trade”. He spoke about wanting to “return” to the religious traditions of his African ancestors. His story is representative of a large number of young Black people ...
2023-06-05T13:18:00+01:00By Natalie Williams, Jubilee+
Want to be the best leader you can be? You need to sleep well, eat well, exercise well and pray well, says Natalie Williams. Here’s how she changed her daily habits
2023-06-05T13:06:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
The relentless news of scandals and failures in the Church is breaking my heart. It can feel really hopeless - and then it becomes easy to slide into despair.
2023-06-05T10:17:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
It’s a sobering thought, but the next time the Census religion data is revealed in ten years’ time, the Church in England and Wales is unlikely to have grown. Look ahead to 30 years’ time, and the number of Christians will make for even more grim reading. Unless revival happens, ...
2023-05-24T14:03:00+01:00By George Pitcher
Good law should protect most of the people, for most of the time, says George Pitcher. He won’t condemn the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Home Secretary for speeding, but he does expect them to face the consequences honourably
2023-05-19T21:18:00+01:00By Krish Kandiah
Tim Keller had a soft spot for the UK, notes Krish Kandiah. The pastor, theologian and best-selling author exerted a worldwide influence while maintaining a humble spirit and modelling generosity towards those he disagreed with
2023-05-11T09:02:00+01:00By George Pitcher
God’s justice isn’t the same as ours, explains George Pitcher
2023-05-09T10:57:00+01:00By Chris Goswami
Once described as “the most hated woman in Britain”, Camilla Rosemary Shand is now Queen. Chris Goswami argues that there is much Christians can learn from her quiet resolve to turn the other cheek
2023-05-04T10:02:00+01:00By George Pitcher
In introducing an oath of allegiance into the coronation service, the Church of England has forced Christians – even those who support the monarchy – into a difficult position. We have only one King, says George Pitcher, and his name is Jesus
2023-05-02T08:46:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
This month marks 20 years since Alastair Campbell famously told a reporter: “We don’t do God.”
2023-04-26T13:47:00+01:00By George Pitcher
In looking to the Bible’s example of humility, we can all learn something about empathising with others, rather than fighting our own causes, suggests George Pitcher
2023-04-20T08:27:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The prime minister has called for all pupils in England to study some form of maths up until the age of 18. But Rev George Pitcher believes education should help children to understand the world they live in – and numbers can only go so far in doing that
2023-04-15T14:34:00+01:00By Joseph D'Souza, Moderator, Good Shepherd Church Asia.
The founder and former director of the global Christian mission agency, Operation Mobilisation died last night surrounded by his family at his home near London. He was 84. Bishop Joseph D’Souza remembers him
2023-04-13T10:19:00+01:00By George Pitcher
The reported wranglings over the shape of the King’s coronation service suggest that Church and state need to be kept separate, argues George Pitcher
2023-04-12T09:02:00+01:00By Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
’Thoughts and prayers’ Christianity makes our sinful passivity look heavenly, says Chris Llewellyn, but we are called to be active participants in bringing about societal change and social justice
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.
2023-03-27T09:25:00+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
2023-02-23T11:40:00+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
2023-02-22T14:30:00+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
2023-01-26T13:35:00+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
2023-01-19T17:43:00+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.
2023-01-04T10:12:00+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
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?
2022-12-15T16:44:00+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 ...
2022-11-24T15:22:00+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.
2022-11-01T20:27:00+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?
2022-10-24T09:50:00+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
2022-09-16T08:47:00+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 ...
2022-08-25T15:13:00+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
2022-07-29T14:21:00+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
2022-07-13T11:31:00+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
2022-07-03T09:13:00+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.
2022-06-30T10:03:00+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
2022-06-22T18:04:00+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
2022-06-01T14:40:00+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
2022-05-30T15:01:00+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
2022-05-12T11:55:00+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
2022-04-27T14:31:00+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, ...