Theology & Church

Royal wedding sermon: stop the internal church critique and use the opportunity

At my church on Sunday afternoons, I lead a youth group which mainly consists of children whose families don't go to church. Most of them are boys aged between 12-14 and many know me from a football club that I have run for many years. Types of love This Sunday our theme was love.  After… Continue reading Royal wedding sermon: stop the internal church critique and use the opportunity

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Rev. Curry’s sermon summed up why I am a Christian 

There has been an incredible reaction to Bishop Michael Curry's sermon at the Royal Wedding today. Both the content and the manner of his talk broke the formality which so easily straight-jackets Anglican services and especially any religious events involving the Royalty. There was power, authority and a bold confidence in the way that Bishop… Continue reading Rev. Curry’s sermon summed up why I am a Christian 

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Beauty arising from the ashes of despair – by James Mercer

Behind All Saints’ church in Harrow Weald, North London, a woodland has been transformed into a Forest School for local children. It is only a few hundred yards from a busy London road, but for the children who visit the school established within the woods, it is a place of magic and surprise. The small,… Continue reading Beauty arising from the ashes of despair – by James Mercer

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The Way of Love – by Simon Hall

I reckon most people can get to this point with me... There was a man from Nazareth in Galilee, who taught that love was the only law, and that God was returning to make the world right. He showed his miraculous love by befriending and healing those whose sickness or position in society made them outcasts.… Continue reading The Way of Love – by Simon Hall

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Cheap grace: theology which fails to safeguard the vulnerable

At the moment the Church of England is being investigated by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Initially the focus is into the safeguarding of children in Chichester diocese.  This will be followed by a focus on the handling of Bishop Peter Ball, who was imprisoned in 2015 after admitting abuse of 18 young people… Continue reading Cheap grace: theology which fails to safeguard the vulnerable

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Grace in the face of oppression: what I saw in Egypt – by Martin Kuhrt

Land of the Nile, pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, a centre of early Christianity; Egypt well deserves its status as ‘a cradle of civilisation’. But its glories do not all lie in its past. Its fast growing, population of roughly 100 million people is among the most youthful in the world, with a staggering… Continue reading Grace in the face of oppression: what I saw in Egypt – by Martin Kuhrt

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Seeking Francis and finding renewal in Assisi – by Danny Daly

Last month I was fortunate enough to be part of a group undertaking an Ignatian Pilgrimage of Rome. Before joining them, however, I had decided to spend a couple of days by myself in Assisi. 'Francis effect' I have been influenced by a Francis effect, generated by the Pope choosing to take Francis as his… Continue reading Seeking Francis and finding renewal in Assisi – by Danny Daly