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Ministry Today 61 Editorial

Alun Brookfield

Welcome to this latest edition of Ministry Today. This time we’ve gone a bit more controversial than most previous editions, for the simple reason that we at Ministry Today UK believe that all of us in pastoral ministry are faced with a huge range of issues not faced by previous ...

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Should I Be Worried About Growth?

Kim Hitch

Take a look at the adverts in the Church Times. Everybody’s doing it! “Doing what?” you say. Growing! That’s what. There’s the Missionary Diocese of… and the Growing Archdeaconry of somewhere else. Frankly, I’m exhausted just looking at it all. I need to lie down in a darkened room for ...

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The Challenge of Assimilation

Paul Beasley-Murray

We are very fortunate as a church. There is never a Sunday when we do not have visitors. Some are ‘out of town’ visitors who are perhaps spending the weekend with friends. Some live locally, and normally attend another place of worship, but have decided to play ‘truant’ for the ...

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Dispelling the myths & defining the task

Mike Thornton

Today we know more about the world than ever before. World issues are presented to us every day; children do projects on world issues at school; Fair Trade products are in the news and on our supermarket shelves; our televisions, radios and newspapers ‘show and tell’ to a degree that ...

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Thinking about change

David Parsons

Soon after I entered Bristol Baptist College in 1983, I watched an amazing display of laser projected images showing pictures and messages on cloud formations in the sky. This was a public demonstration of the newly developed technology. It attracted great publicity as laser technology was just emerging and had ...

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Ministry Today UK Annual Conference/Retreat

Alun Brookfield

Date for your diary Next year’s Ministry Today UK conference/retreat will be on Tuesday and Wednesday 10-11 March 2015, at the Diocesan Retreat House, Pleshey, Essex. Please note this date in your diary and plan to join us if you can. Details and booking forms from: The Revd David Parsons ...

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“Is Allah God?”

Jesse S Wheeler

(Editor’s note. As I write, large parts of Iraq have been overrun by Sunni Islamist extremists and they have declared their conquered land to be a caliphate. The rest of the world is long on condemnation and short on action. As Christians, perhaps it behoves us to understand Islam better than we do. This excellent article seems to good place to start.)

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Whither Preaching?

Brian Harris

The June 1, 1897 edition of the New York Herald reported Mark Twain to be “grievously ill and possibly dying” leading to Twain’s famous but often misquoted reply, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Many have announced the death of preaching. The first notification I received of its ...

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Equal Rights

Alun Brookfield

(Views expressed in this article are those of the author alone, and do not necessarily reflect the position of Ministry Today UK on this subject)

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