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Paul Beasley-Murray

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

Timothy And Charlotte (Issue 35)

This article is a transcript of the sermon preached by the author at the wedding of his son and daughter-in-law. When you announced that you were going to get married in this church, I was both pleased and intrigued. I was pleased that you wanted to be married in church, ...

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Short Notes (Issue 35)

Katharine and Richard Hill have written a very useful guide called Rules of Engagement: How to Plan a Successful Wedding, How to Build a Marriage that Lasts (Lion/Care for the Family, 2005; 140pp; £6.99; ISBN 0 7459 4886 3). Thankfully, the book is more concise than the title! It’s an ...

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Editorial (Issue 34)

Busy Days and Mondays "Sunday is your busy day". If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times. And it infuriates me. Yes, I know that it is normally meant in jest, but I find it insulting and unthinking. Sunday is not my only busy day, for although ...

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Job Specification for a Senior Minister (Issue 33)

Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford and Chair of the Ministry Today Board of Management At the beginning of this year, I found on my desk a letter for me to sign. Addressed to my leadership team, it had been written by one of my deacons. It read as ...

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Editorial (Issue 33)

A course for grandparents? As a minister I am accustomed to helping people through the various rites of passage. Recently, however, I went through a rite of passage myself when Caroline and I became grandparents - and proud ones at that! As I reflected on this experience, I suddenly realised ...

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Editorial (Issue 32)

Is Ministry In Crisis? Ten years ago at the launch of Ministry Today, then known as the Richard Baxter Institute for Ministry, I said: "Christian ministry is in crisis. And yet strangely many church people seem to be oblivious to it. In the last 25 years somewhere between a quarter ...

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The Seventh Day - A Naming Ceremony (Issue 32)

Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford and Chairman of the Board of Management of Ministry Today Many Christian leaders now find themselves ministering, not just in multi-racial environments, but in environments containing a variety of Christian cultures. The author of this short article recently found himself being asked to ...

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Is Suicide a Sin? (Issue 31)

Scarcely a month goes by without somebody asking this question in one form or another. This article is the notes of a sermon preached in my church on this subject. Suicide - a major problem The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide approximately one million people die from suicide every ...

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Editorial (Issue 31)

The Boring Church Last night I was visiting a couple new to our church. In conversation they mentioned that their son gave up attending church at the age of ten. "Church", he told his parents, "bores me stiff". Sadly that young lad was - and still is - typical of ...

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Editorial (Issue 30)

TEN YEARS - AND STILL THRIVING! In March 1994 a new interdenominational agency was launched - Ministry Today. Initially known as the Richard Baxter Institute for Ministry, right from the beginning the focus of Ministry Today was on the well-being of the ministry. For as that great 17th century pastor ...

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