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The sign of a dying church

by Richard on April 16, 2013

Dave Faulkner points to 5 signs of a dying church and asks “What does a dying church look like?”
This is a really simple question, assuming that we’re talking about the church as you can see it in our towns and villages. (The Church Triumphant is, of course, a different matter) It isn’t a matter of [...]


Question of the day

by Richard on September 13, 2011

Lesley’s Blog :: Are large growing churches successful?


Supersized church?

by Richard on June 16, 2011

More brilliance from ASBO Jesus


Bring back slavery!

by Kim on April 6, 2011

I don’t know why I didn’t think of it years ago. Or rather I do: it’s the zeitgeist, the spirit of the age, the values of secular culture – it’s like the invasion of the body-snatchers, like being taken over by an alien force, and before you know it the church has been colonised [...]


Thoughts at St Govan’s Chapel (reblogged)

by Richard on February 10, 2011

This is St Govan’s Chapel, set almost at the bottom of a sea cliff on the Pembrokeshire coastline. It dates from the twelfth century, but is reputed to be on the site of a sixth century hermitage. The origins of the place are lost in myth, but it has long been (and remains) a place [...]

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Churchgoers and what to do about them

by Richard on January 25, 2011

Another splendid cartoon from Dave Walker which originally appeared in the Church Times.

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New media and the church

by Richard on October 21, 2010

Bishop Alan: Why new media matter in church


Worthwhile articlette from Spencer Burke on The Ooze.
via maggi dawn, to whom thanks are due.


Ministry of Lies

by Richard on April 22, 2010

Angela Shier-Jones has another terrifyingly honest post about ministry.


Frank Skinner responding to church decline

by Richard on March 5, 2010

I’m not a fan of Frank Skinner, but there’s no denying he hits a few nails on their head in today’s Times.
To many British people, Christianity seems like a weird but unexciting theme park. Personally, I like our ever-dwindling status. I even like our ever-dwindling numbers. There was a time when social pressure made [...]


Safe here

by Richard on January 9, 2010

I don’t know whether it was intentional or not, but this cartoon from Dave Walker seems very appropriate as the Church prepares to think about the baptism of Jesus.
Dave’s aim is very sure - he rarely misses. Find out how you can use his cartoons.


Church music

by Richard on December 8, 2009

Banksy Boy, inspired by this cartoon from ASBO Jesus and this video of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, suggests “disposing of worship groups/bands, just give everyone a Ukulele instead”.
I don’t want to say he’s wrong. I don’t want any controversy here.
But it would be better if only half got ukuleles. The other [...]


More on climate change and the church

by Richard on September 11, 2009

Following on from yesterday’s post, the Guardian has another letter on the subject of the role of faith communities in responding to climate change.
My experience suggests Lord May has a challenge on his hands if he expects most church leaders to play a role in mobilising people to take action against global warming (Report, 7 [...]


Climate Change and the church

by Richard on September 10, 2009

Former chief scientist to the British government (and now President of the British Science Association) Lord May on Monday called for faith communities to take a lead role in motivating people to respond to the challenge of climate change.
Lord May highlighted the value of religion in uniting communities to tackle environmental challenges ahead of [...]


Good stuff from Olive

by Richard on July 13, 2009

Olive is on a bit of a roll at the minute. First, she reminds me that I haven’t welcomed the election of our new President and Vice-President for next year. That was remiss of me.
Second, she points to a report in the Telegraph that Only 10% of Britons know the Bible. Olive is right - [...]


A cause of schism

by Richard on January 30, 2009

Church Times Blog: It seems that personal disorganisation is splitting the Anglican Church. Do the bishops need a dose of GTD. But Bishop Alan has an iPhone so he can’t possibly be disorganized. Could he be the next Archbishop?
Another fine cartoon from Dave Walker.


Churches Urge Prayer For Justice in Zimbabwe

by Richard on January 16, 2009

Another item from the Methodist Church news service…
The people of Zimbabwe will be held in the thoughts of Methodists and United Reformed Church members on an Africa Day of Prayer.
The two denominations have backed the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC’s) call for churches around the world to pray for Zimbabwe on January 25.
The cholera [...]


Britain’s churches to discuss economic crisis

by Richard on January 16, 2009

A news release from the Methodist Church
On the initiative and at the request of those working for several of Britain’s major churches on church and society issues, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is to hold a one-day conference on “The economic crisis: towards sustainable economies and livelihoods”.
The aim of the conference is to examine [...]


Church marketing

by Richard on January 13, 2009

There’s a worthwhile article over at Christianity Today. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson argues with the conflation of evangelism and marketing in Jesus is not a brand.
The difficulty with the pro-marketing arguments, however, is the failure to recognize that marketing is not a values-neutral language. Marketing unavoidably changes the message—as all media do. Why? Because marketing is the [...]


Why Methodism?

by Richard on December 18, 2008

Having told us why he is glad to be a Methodist, Dave Warnock owns up to some stuff that worries him about the Methodist Church. His post, and the subsequent conversation, is very helpful. Meanwhile, Kim’s comments here contribute a critical friend’s reflection on whether there is any continued need for a seperate Methodist denomination. [...]