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Editorial

Paul Beasley-Murray

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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We want it all, & we want it now?

Paul Goodliff

For activist pastors, the idea of waiting, of finding ourselves disempowered or helpless is difficult. We want news of how to be successful, how to be present and empowered for ministry. We do not like talk of waiting, we want it now. But any spirituality that is adequate for ministry ...

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Ancient-Future Faith

Chris Ellis

What does it mean to be faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ? How are we to ‘do church’ in the 21st century? If modernity is looking threadbare, what might it mean to bear witness to the gospel in a post-modern world? Many people have cause to be grateful for ...

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Metaphors for Pastoral Care & Spiritual Direction

John Reid

Introduction It was a surprise to get my essay back. I found this lecturer to be a compelling teacher. He was a person who brought the best out in me. Now I was to read his comments for the first essay I had written on Life Long Learning. There it ...

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Lay Ministry: Training, Equipping & Authorising

Alun Brookfield

If you are not a minister in the Anglican communion, you may feel tempted to pass over this article, because, after all, you may surmise, most other denominations (especially Baptists, Brethren and the Pentecostals) have no problems with Lay Ministry. We’ve been doing it for centuries. And anyway, the independency ...

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Why ministers freak out under the stress of having to be 'nice'

Ian Gregory

The effort of being 'nice' to fellow Christians in church life is proving too much for some clergy, according to new research in the Church of England. Many find it impossible to respond with a good grace to the demands made on their time and energy, and suffer 'burn out' ...

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Why ministers freak out under the stress of having to be 'nice'

Ian Gregory

The effort of being 'nice' to fellow Christians in church life is proving too much for some clergy, according to new research in the Church of England. Many find it impossible to respond with a good grace to the demands made on their time and energy, and suffer 'burn out' ...

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The Revd Paul Bennett: a Reflection on his murder & its implications for the rest of us

Alun Brookfield

The murder, on the doorstep of his vicarage in Trecynon, of the Revd Paul Bennett, a week ago as I write, meant that the only conversations I had in the parish for the next few days were on that subject. Paul’s parish is just 15 miles from my own (although ...

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Why ministers freak out under the stress of having to be ‘nice’

Ian Gregory

The effort of being ‘nice’ to fellow Christians in church life is proving too much for some clergy, according to new research in the Church of England. Many find it impossible to respond with a good grace to the demands made on their time and energy, and suffer ‘burn out’ ...

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A draft policy for the treatment & care of the homeless

Paul Beasley-Murray and Martin Hills

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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An Informal Termly Review

Paul Beasley-Murray and Alun Brookfield

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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Short Notes

Paul Beasley-Murray and Alun Brookfield

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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