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New Directions for the Church 6: accept diversity of belief

This post continues my series looking for new ways to conceive of the Church and its role. Here I argue that we need to accept diversity of belief as normal and not treat it as a problem. I have been … Continue reading

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New directions for the Church 5: open membership

This is the fifth in a series of posts looking for new directions for the institutional churches. Here I argue that they need fuzzy edges. One of the unfortunate features of the post-1970s version of Evangelicalism currently so dominant is … Continue reading

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New directions for the Church 4: beyond church services

This is the fourth in a series of posts looking for new directions for the institutional churches. I am hoping we can move on from what I have called the post-1970s dominant Evangelicalism of church leaders, to find better answers … Continue reading

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Women priests: are liberals being inconsistent?

No, sex and women priests are not the same thing. In the continuing debate over the Bishop of Sheffield, liberals are often accused of saying one thing about women priests and the opposite about same-sex partnerships. I am grateful to … Continue reading

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Substitute Christianity

What makes churches fail? So asks Andrew Brown in an article on the continuing threats of schism over same-sex marriage. This time it is the Church of Nigeria which is winding us up, though to be fair its concern about … Continue reading

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Two directions for liberal theology

Now that recent controversies have revealed the downside of hardline dogmatic Christianity, there is increasing interest in liberal theology. What is it, and who are the liberals? I have been involved with Modern Church for 30 years and have just … Continue reading

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What needs to be freshly expressed?

A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.   It will come into being through principles of listening, service, incarnational mission … Continue reading

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