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Paul Beasley-Murray

Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford<br>and Chair of Ministry Today

Editorial (Issue 40)

As a result of damaging my wrist by falling off the top of a ladder and not having power-assisted steering, I have been walking most days to my church this past week. It has been an interesting experience, for on my way I pass Chelmsford railway station, apparently the busiest ...

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Some Immediate Reflections On 40 Days Of Purpose (Issue 40)

Ministry Today is keen to encourage ministers to reflect on their experience of pastoral life, and hence the inclusion of this article. Further articles on aspects of pastoral life are always welcome! Rick Warren, a Southern Baptist and founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, first became a ...

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Short Notes (Issue 40)

Growing Together in Unity and Mission: Building on forty years of Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue (SPCK, London 2007; 64pp; £7.99; ISBN 978 0 281 05393) forms "An agreed statement of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission", and deals with such issues as belief in God as Trinity; the ...

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Dreaming Dreams (Issue 40)

For a number of years we have been running a small café at the front of our church premises, four days a week, selling soups and sandwiches, pizzas and jacket potatoes, and a range of desserts, together with a variety of drinks. Staffed by volunteers, it's well patronised by students ...

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Short Notes (Issue 39)

Roland Allen was a man ahead of his time. As far back as the 1920s, he seized on the issue of the stipendiary professional clergy as the outstanding difference between St Paul’s methods and our own, and the outstanding bar to the growth of the church. Although at the time ...

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An Informal Termly Review (Issue 39)

Almost all of us in ministry rely on the work, paid or volunteer, of a number of other people. One of the most important rewards for all staff is to know that they are valued by their employer, doing a good job and that they are getting better at doing ...

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Editorial (Issue 39)

What Bible shall we use?Over the last 50 years a revolution has taken place in the British churches. Fifty years ago the vast majority of churches used the Authorised Version of the Bible (better known in other parts of the world as the ‘King James Bible’) in their worship. Today ...

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A draft policy for the treatment & care of the homeless (Issue 39)

In the light of the recent murder of the Revd Paul Bennett at Trecynon in Wales, we are pleased to be able to publish this draft policy on dealing with homeless people, but which could easily be a useful set of guidelines for dealing with any unexpected callers at the ...

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Short Notes (Issue 38)

IVP has established a great reputation for its dictionaries. Its latest biblical dictionary, The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books (IVP, Leicester 2006; 1060pp; £32.99 hardback; ISBN 0978 1 84474 094 9) edited by Bill T Arnold and H G M Williamson, is a superb production and an absolute ...

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Editorial - a Five- Star Experience of Church (Issue 38)

On one of my summer holiday Sundays this year, I went to church. Actually that is quite unusual for me, for more often than not the places where we go for holiday are not in easy reach of a church where the language is known to us. However, since we ...

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