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The Rise and Fall of Mark Driscoll

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…)

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Saturday, 22nd November 2014 at 16:52 UTC Leave a comment

Ice Bucket: some very sore losers?

I have not, as yet, taken the Ice Bucket challenge. I say “as yet” because, subject to my forthcoming travels, I’m happy to give it a go (48 hours notice, please!). Meanwhile, there’s a rather predictable patter of grumbling amidst some surprising reimagining of the idea. Meme-driven fundraising has truly come of age. (more…)

Friday, 29th August 2014 at 13:21 UTC Leave a comment

Familiarity lost: coping with new people

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…)

Tuesday, 24th June 2014 at 7:00 UTC Leave a comment

Space for divergence?

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.

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Monday, 23rd June 2014 at 6:00 UTC Leave a comment

You are what you watch?

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).

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Friday, 6th June 2014 at 15:37 UTC Leave a comment

Mondeo Man, Movements and Russell Brand

On June 21st Russell Brand will perform on stage at the culmination of the People’s Assembly’s "No More Austerity" march. Its raised a few eyebrows, and I’ll be honest, his contribution isn’t what excites me about the demonstration and make me want to fill a coach full of people. But maybe that’s not the point, and getting Mr Brand on stage is about a wider, more important goal…

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Friday, 30th May 2014 at 14:03 UTC Leave a comment

Where have all the Jesus Freaks gone?

Once upon a time, when I was young, there was a Christian rock song called Jesus Freaks by a band called dcTalk. On the back of it, the band put their name to two books of modern ‘hero’s of the faith’, which included some very hardcore and actually persecuted Christians, some of whom were recent martyrs. All that now seems long-forgotten. (more…)

Saturday, 26th April 2014 at 15:07 UTC Leave a comment

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