2023-11-13T11:28:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
Some Christians have expressed their strong dislike for the M&S Christmas ad. But for Chine McDonald, it’s a healthy reminder that we all need setting free from impossible standards, and the need to keep up appearances
2023-10-24T11:21:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
In a world filled with war, conflict and increasing anxiety, the Church can offer a better story, says Chine McDonald
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
2023-07-25T08:48:00+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
2023-07-03T10:12:00+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.
2023-06-05T10:17:00+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, ...
2023-05-02T08:46:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
This month marks 20 years since Alastair Campbell famously told a reporter: “We don’t do God.”
2023-03-27T09:25:00+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.
2023-02-22T14:30:00+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 ...
2023-01-04T10:12:00+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, ...
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
2022-11-27T13:16:00+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.
2022-11-01T20:27:00+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.
2022-09-13T15:29:00+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
2022-08-30T08:20:00+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 ...
2022-07-29T10:34:00+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
2022-07-07T15:49:00+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.
2022-04-26T15:11:00+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, ...
2022-04-26T11:35:00+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.
2022-03-28T13:58:00+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, ...
2022-02-24T05:09:00+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 ...
2022-01-28T09:31:00+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
2022-01-27T14:57:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
This top-rated book deserves a place on your shelf, says Chine McDonald
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 ...
2021-12-16T20:39:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
So you want to be a vicar? No. A nun? No. An RE teacher? No. This was usually how conversations went when I was a student. It was as if people couldn’t quite fathom why anyone would choose to study theology instead of other subjects deemed more ‘useful’, like medicine, ...
2021-12-02T13:40:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
Just seven per cent of the population of Africa have been vaccinated against Covid-19. The inaction of developed countries shows black lives do not matter, and will ultimately prevent us beating the virus, says Chine McDonald
2021-11-26T09:38:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
When I walked into Liverpool Cathedral a few weeks ago, I audibly gasped. Stepping inside the magnificent building, I was taken aback by its awesomeness. Built between 1904 and 1978, it is the largest cathedral in Britain and the eighth largest church in the world.
2021-10-25T10:01:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
Those of us who are raising boys have a responsibility to nurture men who will stand up for women, says Chine McDonald
2021-09-27T12:21:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
Chine McDonald explains why she changed her mind on climate change
2021-09-03T10:42:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
As Beyonce turns 40 years old this weekend, Chine McDonald explains why the singer is so inspirational
2021-08-24T08:40:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
There was a moment during the BBC Storyville documentary on Hillsong Church that I broke down and wept. It wasn’t a quiet type of crying – the type where you can easily wipe away a tear – but a cry that roared from somewhere from deep within me. A broken ...
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 ...
2021-05-25T08:25:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
Today marks one year since George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis
2020-10-30T00:00:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
Comic Relief’s brave decision to no longer send celebrities to African nations as part of its fundraising appeals is a welcome move, and will hopefully go some way towards dispelling the myths that exist around Africa, says Chine Mcdonald
2020-03-17T00:00:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
Chine McDonald explains how the coronavirus has led to a deeper level of connection and community among her neighbours
2018-09-10T00:00:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
Last month, the popular preacher and founder of Grace To You ministries John MacArthur wrote a blog post called "Social Injustice to the Gospel". In the piece he claimed the "detour in quest of 'social justice'" was "the most subtle and dangerous threat" to the gospel. Now, MacArthur has joined over 6,000 other pastors and leaders in signing a controversial statement on the subject. Chine McDonald from Christian Aid responds to the news
2017-10-30T00:00:00+00:00By Chine McDonald
Chine McDonald explains why she changed her mind about Halloween