Mark Driscoll was, until very recently, the head of a very large church in Seattle, called Mars Hill. Priding itself on reaching out to Men (with a capital M), the church has been in a very public catastrophe for over a year, and is now headed for closure. But when did that disintegration begin? (more…)
The 1662 Book of Common Prayer was not the original English-language prayer book, but it is certainly the most recognisable. At the time, it provided services in a language that the people of England could understand. That may no longer be universally true – today’s detractors cite the dated language top of the list for reasons to ‘move on’.
It was six months since the new vicar had arrived and an elderly gentleman from the congregation had asked for ‘a word’. He told the new vicar in quite honest terms that, having wished for many years that new people would join the church, he couldn’t cope with the new influx of strange and unfamiliar people. When he died a few years later, he still left the church £20,000. (more…)
I wonder what sort of response you would get if you surveyed the general attendance of British churches on the following two questions: Have you heard of the Christian Industrial Complex? What does the term mean to you? Yet I know that I’m not the only one who’s starting to feel we need new space to deal with its smothering of new ideas in today’s church.
I want to pick up on something that was recently posted around regarding the Recovery ‘movement’ within Mental Health by Charlotte Walker, and which chimes with some observations of my own regarding the evolution of movements. sum up the point I want to pick up, she points out that those who won’t or don’t make all-out recoveries from conditions can feel at odds with the dominant narrative in mental health campaigning.
How many of us assume that the news media has no effect on our behaviour – that what we see and hear does nothing to mould our views of the world? Or indeed, that stories we read or see acted out are things we consume, but have no effect on us? But the power of the media to shape opinions is all around us. After all, in every ad break, people pay big money to show us images they hope will change our minds. (C/W: mentions sexual violence).