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Chaos in the Commons - a Christian response

2024-02-22T20:33:00+00:00By , Director of Communications, CARE

This week’s Westminster meltdown was a seriously bad look for Britain, and damaging for our democracy, says James Mildred. Vital issues are at stake, and we need our leaders to model convicted civility. 

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Building a diverse church is hard. Here’s how to make it easier

2024-02-22T16:03:00+00:00By , Gather movement

150 Christian leaders gathered at Gateway Church in Leeds last month for a one day conference to explore how to better build intercultural churches. Rev Osoba Otaigbe, who instigated the event, shares some of the group’s findings

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The Church of England must repent. It’s the only way to stop the decline

2024-02-22T15:14:00+00:00By , Head of public policy, Christian Concern

As the church’s governing body prepares for another round of debates over same-sex relationships and the decision to host raves in cathedrals causes consternation, Tim Dieppe suggests that radical repentance is the only way to stop the rot

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Alan Wilson (1955-2024): A courageous and prophetic pastor

2024-02-21T09:10:00+00:00By , Former Bishop of Oxford

The Bishop of Buckingham and former Premier trustee, Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, has passed away at the age of 68. He was well known for his advocacy on behalf of church abuse survivors and for encouraging the Church to embrace the opportunities provided by digital media. The former Bishop of Oxford Rt Rev John Pritchard pays tribute to him

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The Christian faith of Alexei Navalny

2024-02-20T12:50:00+00:00By

Alexei Navalny fearlessly fought against corruption in Russia and was poisoned, imprisoned and now, allegedly murdered by the state. Dr Krish Kandiah asks what we can learn from the life, death and faith of the activist was also an atheist-turned-Christian

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The death of Christianity in the West has been greatly exaggerated

2024-02-19T15:51:00+00:00By

The tide is turning on belief in God. There’s a growing interest in the Christian message, says Stephen McAlpine

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A luxury Lenten retreat for £950? Come on, Canterbury Cathedral. You can’t be serious…

2024-02-15T12:55:00+00:00By

Fergus Butler-Gallie suggest some other ecclesiastical-themed breaks that could also come with a hefty price tag

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Jesus said do not be afraid of rumours of wars. Here's how you should live instead

2024-02-15T10:13:00+00:00By

Amid growing conflict in the Middle East and continued aggression in Ukraine, rumours of a third world war and conscription abound. How should Christians respond in a time of deepening international crisis?

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8 top tips for wise Christian dating

2024-02-14T09:25:00+00:00By

Just because you’re on a Christian dating site doesn’t mean that everyone you meet there will share your views on love, sex and marriage, says Abigail Thomas. In fact, her research showed just the opposite

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How Valentine’s Day and Lent both point to God’s perfect love

2024-02-13T12:24:00+00:00By

Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same date this year. But what do a commercialised day celebrating romance and a period of religious fasting have in common? A surprising amount, suggests Andrew Bunt

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How to be a good witness in a modern, multicultural society

2024-02-13T12:19:00+00:00By , LICC

Christians may be in the minority, but we can still work for the good of wherever we are, says Sam Brown. If we do so, we’ll bring God’s shalom to a disillusioned and hurting world this Lent

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Millions saw an advert for Jesus at the Superbowl. So why are Christians upset?

2024-02-13T11:48:00+00:00By

Communicating the Gospel in 60 seconds was always going to be a tricky task, says Sam Hailes. Did the He Gets Us campaign miss the mark on repentance? Was it a colossal waste of money? Or was its message of grace, one our culture desperately needs to hear?

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We’re contending for what we saw at Asbury - and more - in the UK

2024-02-12T10:22:00+00:00By , Worship pastor, KXC

When worship pastor, Rich Dicas, visited Asbury University last year, what he experienced of God changed him – and his church – profoundly. Now, they’ve written a song to help all of us do the same

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‘Blest is the man whose bowels move’

2024-02-09T16:43:00+00:00By

This year marks 350 years since the writer of ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’ was born. Dr Daniel Johnson takes a closer look at one of Isaac Watts’ lesser-known works

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Why I’m pleased Carey Mulligan isn’t a “super-super-Christian”

2024-02-09T12:17:00+00:00By

Being a Christian is about your everyday walk with Jesus, not just what you say in public – and that is as true for celebrities with a faith as it is for us all, says Tim Bechervaise

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Christians don’t have to choose between love and justice

2024-02-09T11:11:00+00:00By , Director of Justice, Churches Together

Love or justice? It isn’t really a choice, says Richard Reddie, as churches across Britain and Ireland mark Racial Justice Sunday by praying and taking action to address inequality and discrimination

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Exclusive: CofE bishops offer ‘theological vision’ on Christian life and discipleship

2024-02-08T10:00:00+00:00By Church of England bishops

Eight bishops in the Church of England have today released a new document entitled ‘A theological vision’. Here’s the text in full 

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My open letter to King Charles as he faces cancer

2024-02-08T09:56:00+00:00By

Following King Charles’ cancer diagnosis, Claire Gilbert writes an open letter about the lessons she learned while battling the illness, and the strength she drew from the teachings of the ancient mystic, Julian of Norwich

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Should Christians attend a same-sex wedding?

2024-02-07T11:48:00+00:00By , National director, FIEC

It is an incredibly complex issue, says John Stevens, but not one we should divide over

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Asylum seekers are coming to your church. Here are 6 ways to help them

2024-02-07T09:58:00+00:00By

The numbers of asylum seekers turning to churches for help is rising fast, says Rev Dr Malcolm Patten. Here’s how church leaders can wisely help them find or continue in their Christian faith

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No Suella, the Church is not facilitating bogus asylum claims

2024-02-06T12:34:00+00:00By

Despite Suella Braverman’s claims, the Church is not to blame for Abdul Ezedi remaining in the UK, says Evan L John. It’s a broken system that deports vulnerable Christians and allows violent criminals to remain. MPs should stop slinging mud and work out how to make assessments safer

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Please don’t forget about Palestinian Christians like me

2024-02-05T15:19:00+00:00By

The plight of persecuted Palestinian Christians is being forgotten, including among Christians in the West, argues Jack Nasser

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The National Prayer Breakfast was a reminder of gospel hope amid political division

2024-02-02T14:49:00+00:00By

Amid the raucous ructions that often divide US politics, Carrie Lloyd saw a desire for togetherness that gave her hope at the National Prayer Breakfast. And with hope and prayer, we can move mountains, she says

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UCCF - it’s time for me to say sorry

2024-02-02T09:16:00+00:00By

A former team leader at the Christian charity UCCF apologises for her part in developing an “unhealthy” culture that “damaged” employees 

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The death of Gazans has reached biblical proportions. Christians must speak out against it

2024-02-01T15:26:00+00:00By

The killing and displacement of Gazans must be stopped, says George Pitcher. It’s time for Christians to demand the British government cease supplying arms to Israel

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Depictions of Jesus have always been controversial. Seville’s Holy Week poster is no exception

2024-02-01T11:32:00+00:00By

Can a ‘sexy’ poster of Christ serve as a good invitation to church? Or does the furore that has surrounded it say more about our relationship with our body than the artist’s actual intention? 

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Should Christians listen to secular music?

2024-01-31T14:36:00+00:00By , CalledOut Music

Worship music on your wedding night? I don’t think so, says musician and worship pastor, Samuel Nwachukwu, otherwise known as Calledout Music. Our playlists should not be explicit, vulgar or packed with filth, but music is a good gift from God, he says

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Racist remarks aren’t confined to football stadiums. The Christian response shouldn’t be either

2024-01-30T11:08:00+00:00By

In recent weeks, Milan’s Mike Maignan and Coventry’s Kasey Palmer have both been subject to racist abuse during football matches. The cost can be high, but wherever it occurs, fighting racism is kingdom work, says Sam Brown

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The biggest threat to the Church isn’t secularism. It’s ourselves

2024-01-29T12:56:00+00:00By

It’s not the external forces of secularism, individualism or consumerism that are the biggest threat to the Church today. If we want to understand Church decline, we need to look at ourselves, says Deborah Sloan

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Jesus doesn't want you to 'follow your dreams'

2024-01-29T12:02:00+00:00By

The popular messages of our culture tell us that if we work hard, we can achieve anything. But this isn’t the truth of the Christian gospel, says Geoffrey Thomas. It’s much, much better than that

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I was fired for my sermon on LGBT issues. But I will not apologise for speaking the truth

2024-01-26T14:48:00+00:00By

Former school chaplain, Bernard Randall says he was sacked for gross misconduct and reported to the Government’s anti-terrorism programme after delivering a sermon which contained Christian views on sexuality 

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Rest well, or you’ll run out of energy. Just ask the Christian football manager, Jurgen Klopp

2024-01-26T14:10:00+00:00By

Jurgen Klopp is stepping down as Liverpool manager after eight and a half years in charge, saying that he is “running out of energy”. The pressures of performance and schedules are not just restricted to elite sport, says Jonny Reid. We all need to learn how to rest in God

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The Traitors is brilliant TV. And it reveals a lot about our society

2024-01-26T14:07:00+00:00By , CARE

As The Traitors finale hits our screens, Peter Ladd explores why it is gripping our nation and what Christians can learn from it

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The complicated case of Russell Brand’s (sort-of) conversion

2024-01-24T15:58:00+00:00By

How do we cheer on someone’s walk towards Christ without minimising the pain of their past actions? As Russell Brand speaks of needing a personal relationship with Jesus months after being accused of sexual offences, Emma Fowle explores

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Why Christians should oppose the banning of Muslim prayer in schools

2024-01-23T10:22:00+00:00By , Evangelical Alliance

‘Britain’s strictest headteacher’ is in court over the decision to ban Muslim pupils from praying during their lunchbreak. Christians should defend the rights of other religions to pray, says Danny Webster

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These are the 10 most dangerous places to be a Christian. Here’s how you can pray

2024-01-22T14:22:00+00:00By , Senior parliamentary officer, Open Doors

Christian charity Open Doors has revealed the most dangerous places in the world to follow Jesus in 2024. Here’s the top ten list, and how you can pray for Christians who face imprisonment and even death because of their faith

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Ichthus founder Roger Forster (1933-2024): Passionate preacher, evangelist and intellectual

2024-01-19T12:09:00+00:00By ,

The founder of Ichthus Fellowship, Roger Forster, has died at the age of 90. Roger was widely considered to be one of the most prominent figures in the UK evangelical church. The worship leader Graham Kendrick, and current Ichthus leader Henry George pay tribute to him

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In Trump we trust? Most evangelicals are still backing him

2024-01-18T13:47:00+00:00By

As Donald Trump celebrates an overwhelming victory in the US’s first election contest of 2024, Jared Stacy notes that most white evangelicals are among his supporters. What does this mean for the future of the American Church?

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Dawkins dodges a debate…again

2024-01-18T11:47:00+00:00By , Director, Solas

The most famous atheist in the world has stated "there are no good arguments" for God’s existence, yet continues to run away from debating a philosopher who appears to have plenty, says Andy Bannister

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Lil Nas X is antagonising Christians again. But I still believe in showing him kindness

2024-01-18T11:02:00+00:00By

Lil Nas X’s latest music video ‘J Christ’ has been widely denounced as offensive and blasphemous by Christians. But George Luke believes the rapper is trapped between two worlds, and part of him is still drawn to the faith of his youth

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I used to think antisemitism was a past problem. Christian reactions to Gaza have changed my mind

2024-01-17T16:18:00+00:00By

If you don’t think that antisemitism has become magnified in recent weeks, then you’re definitely not Jewish, says Michael Coren 

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Why Christian parents of LGBT kids are afraid to talk

2024-01-17T15:30:00+00:00By , Transformed Ministries

Parents who are wrestling with issues of sexuality and gender in their family are too scared to admit they hold traditional Christian views, warns Sarah Sedgwick

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The Methodist Church is wrong. ‘Husband’ and ‘wife’ are not offensive terms

2024-01-17T11:02:00+00:00By

The latest iteration of the Methodist’s ‘Inclusive Language Guide’, suggests replacing ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ with neutral terms to avoid offence. But these are biblical terms imbued with theological meaning, argues Aaron Edwards. We lose them at our peril

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The ‘Reacher’ actor is a Christian. And he’s fighting back against unfair criticism

2024-01-16T12:30:00+00:00By , Comedy writer

Alan Ritchson, the Christian actor who plays Jack Reacher in Amazon’s hit TV show, has defended his decision to play the vigilante. James Cary says the Bible is full of moral ambiguity. If Christians don’t like it, they’ll need to take it up with Jesus when they see him

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Beset by Januworry? 4 tips for Christians this Blue Monday

2024-01-15T11:38:00+00:00By

Christians are not immune to feeling overwhelmed during these short, dark January days. On Blue Monday, Dr Sharon Hastings offers her top tips for improving your mental wellbeing in 2024

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Process isn’t sexy but it matters. The Church is in a mess over same-sex blessings

2024-01-12T09:03:00+00:00By

Failing to follow good process always results in more problems and more pain. That’s why the Church of England’s wranglings over same-sex blessings are bound to continue, says Rebecca Chapman

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‘Jesus is worth it’ Why I’m encouraged by Lecrae’s deconstruction

2024-01-09T11:26:00+00:00By

Christians have nothing to fear from deconstruction, says George Luke

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Young people are open to God. And he is meeting them where they are

2024-01-05T16:09:00+00:00By

The gospel is looking more and more attractive to younger generations, says George Pitcher

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No, you weren’t abducted by aliens…But you might have had a spiritual experience

2024-01-05T16:01:00+00:00By

Kate Orson says the claimed existence of alien life isn’t what it seems

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Chris Marriott (1977-2023): A Good Samaritan who loved God and loved people

2024-01-04T14:02:00+00:00By , CEO, Community Money Advice (CMA)

Tributes have poured in for the Sheffield-based Christian charity worker, Chris Marriott, 46, who was hit by a car while helping a stranger. The tragic circumstances of his death led to police praising him as a “Good Samaritan”. In a statement his family said, “Chris was also a man of faith who wanted others to also experience the joy he had found trusting in Jesus. We take comfort in these most difficult of times in our belief that he is with his Lord and Saviour.” 

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The most popular Bible verse of 2023 isn’t sweet and comforting, it’s challenging and disturbing

2024-01-04T10:55:00+00:00By , Bible Society

The promise of God’s strength in the face of fear is a comforting truth, but Isaiah 41 also warns God’s people against setting up idols in their lives. Are we prepared to take the challenge as well as the comfort contained in the Bible?

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5 reasons Christians should be hopeful about the Church in 2024

2024-01-03T15:38:00+00:00By , CEO, Counties

As we reflect on the events of the past twelve months, ‘hopeful’ may not be the first word we’d choose to describe how we’re feeling this New Year. But God is on the move, says evangelist Martin Erwin. Here’s why the good news of the gospel can still bring hope amid the chaos

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The Pope’s guidance on same-sex blessings will cause confusion

2023-12-21T14:34:00+00:00By

If you read it closely, the Fiducia Supplicans does not move away from the Catholic Church’s historic teaching on sex outside of marriage. But in saying anything at all, the Vatican has introduced confusion, says Peter D. Williams. It is an act of gross imprudence

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New transgender guidance for schools isn't a victory for Christians. But it is progress

2023-12-21T12:16:00+00:00By , Association of Christian Teachers

The government’s draft guidance for schools on gender-questioning children has been a long time coming, says Lizzie Harewood. It’s far from a victory for Christians when it comes to trans issues, but it is definitely a step in the right direction