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A Call To Excellence

Paul Beasley-Murray

Excellence: ‘the quality of being outstanding or extremely good’ (Oxford Online Dictionary)Society applauds excellence. Businesses present awards for excellence to encourage the pursuit of excellence amongst its employees. Universities proudly set up centres of excellence. Porsche markets its cars through its magazine, Excellence. Excellence is a quality to be admired ...

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Immortal Longings

Nick Mercer

The founder and Chairman of Ministry Today UK, the Revd Dr Paul Beasley-Murray, retired from local ministry on Sunday 16 March this year, after 43 years in ministry. What follows is the sermon preached on that occasion. We feel that it contains valuable encouragement for all of us in ministry, ...

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Preaching the Messianic Prophecies

Emma Maggs

What principles should be applied by Christian preachers when addressing Isaiah’s allegedly messianic oracles, particularly the ‘Immanuel’ prophecy of Isaiah 7.14? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. When I was ...

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What Has Liberation Theology to Say to the Local Church?

Wale Hudson-Roberts

Last year, it was 50 years since Martin Luther King’s famous speech, “I have a dream…”- seemingly delivered without preparation, possibly prompted by Mahalia Jackson’s cry: “Tell them about the dream, Martin. Tell them about the dream”. The speech was an extraordinary one, delivered on the steps at the Lincoln ...

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The Fifth Mark of Mission

Richard Dormandy

In 1984 the Anglican Consultative Council began to develop a mission statement for the worldwide Anglican Communion and in 1988 the Lambeth Conference adopted these ‘Five Marks of Mission’: To proclaim the good news of the Kingdom To teach, baptise and nurture new believers To respond to human need by ...

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Growing Old: Some Preliminary Thoughts

Paul Beasley-Murray

Growing old is a strange business. In one sense, ever since we are born we are growing older. But growing ‘old’ is another matter – not that there is any agreement on what ‘old’ actually is. True, the Psalmist states that “The days of our life are seventy years, or ...

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The Challenge of Change

Mark Meatcher

Working as a minister is challenging enough, but when the context in which you are working is one of decline and the church appears to be unhealthy, the task would appear, at first sight, to be made more difficult. On my journey to ordination as a minister within the United ...

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