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Paul Beasley-Murray

An ordination charge While going through the papers of my late father, I came across the notes of the sermon my father preached at my own ordination some thirty years ago. I found it quite a spiritual tonic to read them. I confess that I had totally forgotten what he ...

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Just Managing Is Not Good Enough

Sue Walrond-Skinner

In February this year, Sue Walrond-Skinner resigned from her post as Adviser in Pastoral Care and Counselling in the Diocese of Southwark. She explained her reasons in the following open letter which appeared in the Church Times. While the context is specifically Anglican, we are grateful to the author for ...

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Finding Lost Shepherds

Paul Beasley-Murray

This article is a transcript of a paper presented at the Ministry Today 2001 Conference, ‘Lost Shepherds’ Too many shepherds are in danger of being lost In a recent survey of leaders of Evangelical Alliance churches, conducted in 1999/2000, it was discovered that “Two out of every five pastors feel ...

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Mixed-Up Men: The Male Identity Crisis & the Church

Roy McCloughry

When the women’s movement of the 1960’s began to make claims about men being oppressive, they could not foresee what the impact of that claim would be on men. Men had run society and it suited them to dominate public life while women held the fort in the private realm ...

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The Experience of Women in Ministry

Ruth Scott

The following article is a transcript of a sermon preached at the National Stewardship Advisors Conference at Hothorpe Hall in January 2001. We are grateful to the author for permission to reproduce it here. It’s not every week that Joan Mason, sitting in the front pew, is hit by a ...

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Should Men Be Ordained

Author unknown

The following arrived on the editor’s desk from an unknown source, although we understand that it originated with the Norwich branch of the Movement for the Ordination of Women. We publish it here, confident that our readers, including the authors of the previous two articles, will enjoy its wry humour! ...

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Worth the Effort - Re-Integrating the Outcast


Author’s name withheld Sex offenders have become pariah figures in our culture. As Christians, however, we believe in the redemptive power of the gospel. This is the true story of how one parish has worked to re-integrate a convicted sex offender into parish and community life. Needless to say, a ...

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Taming the Committee!

Chris Skilton

We’ve all had the experience of sitting in a committee meeting feeling as though we are wasting hours taking minutes. Chris Skilton offers his experience of doing things a little differently. “Please may we have the minutes of the Working Party on the ‘Colour of Music Stands’ from the Musical ...

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What Do Baptists Mean When They Dedicate "Things"?

Paul Beasley-Murray

“500 words - by the end of the week - on what we, as Baptists mean, when we dedicate things!” What a daunting request, especially for a pastor whose books have been in store for the last eighteen months because his church has been engaged in a major re-building exercise. ...

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Do What You Do Do Well!


One Sunday evening, over 30 years ago, I went with some friends to a well-attended Pentecostal church. The occasion sticks in my memory, not for the sermon (totally forgotten!), nor for the company (excellent though it was) nor even for the warmth of the welcome (I’m sure it was), but ...

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Book Reviews

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The Message of the Living God - his Glory, his People, his World Peter Lewis Inter-Varsity Press, 2000; 359pp; £9.99; ISBN 0 85111 509 8 The Old and New Testament series in IVP’s The Bible speaks Today have long proved their worth. Now comes the first of a new series ...

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