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Paul Beasley-Murray and Alun Brookfield

I’ve been in full-time Christian ministry now for 26 years - a mere beginner compared to some. Along the way, I’ve taken my share of brickbats and bouquets - a few of the brickbats were thoroughly deserved and many of the bouquets belonged to others probably more than they did ...

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Preaching for Biblical Literacy

Krish Kandiah

It is the best-selling book of all time, with billions sold worldwide, yet it is increasingly becoming the least-read book on our shelves. Within evangelicalism today, there is a such a crisis in confidence in the Bible that it is in danger of being sidelined from being the central foundation ...

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Ministry in a Small Community

Ann Morisy

I often give lectures, and one of my themes is that of flows. My aim is to encourage people to look at their ‘place’ 24/7 and 365 days of the year, because when we do this we see things that easily pass us by. For example, when I worked for ...

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Funerals Are Not Always Celebrations

Paul Beasley-Murray

I wish to acknowledge friends belonging to the Ministry Today Network, who made a number of helpful comments on the initial draft of this article. A day of grief Recently I went to the funeral of a great friend who died far too young, with still so much to offer. ...

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Blisters & Blessings Galore

Alun Brookfield

In recent years it has become common for Christian leaders of all sorts to go on retreats, to take time out from the busy-ness of day to day ministry to think, reflect and pray. Many have taken advantage of the explosion in the numbers of retreat houses available throughout the ...

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Ministry in One Place

Colin Marchant and Judith Marchant

What follows is both quirky and profound, very unlike the articles we usually offer. With great skill and a minimum of words, Colin and Judith capture an image - both beautiful and challenging - of what it means to embed oneself in ministry to a local community, in all its ...

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Sleeping the Sleep of the Just


How come I’ve never heard a sermon, nor, to the best of my knowledge, have I ever preached a sermon, ever, in any church, of any denomination, in any country, on the theme of sleep? Weird, isn’t it? After all, we spend one third of our lives sleeping, so you’d ...

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Short Notes

Paul Beasley-Murray and Alun Brookfield

The SPCK Book of Christian Prayer (SPCK London: first published in hardback in 1995, this paperback edition 2009; 490pp; ?14.99; ISBN 978 0 281 06151 8) brings together over 1,200 prayers, both classic and contemporary. It is a truly delightful compilation and is a great resource for all who lead ...

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You are reading Issue 46 of Ministry Today, published in July 2009.

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