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Most popular reflections/blogs 2018


Whether churches should declare where they stand on the LGBT issue from the outset; Christian mindfulness in coping with anxiety; Brexit and reflections on that sermon were among the most read blogs/opinion pieces in The Baptist Times in 2018


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1 Why churches should avoid 'agreeing to disagree'
It only leads to more pain in the long term - better to declare where you stand on the LGBT issue from the outset

2 Mindfulness, resilience and Gethsemane
A Baptist minister shares what it's like to feel anxious all the time - and what has been helpful in working through it

3 A prayer for Brexit  
Baptist minister Jonathan Beer is urging congregations to pray for the Brexit separation negotiations, whatever our political views. He offers this short reflection and prayer

4 Reflections on 'that sermon'
Bishop Michael Curry's sermon at the royal wedding on Saturday had everyone talking. What can preachers learn?

5 'Not for me' - critiquing Michael Curry's sermon
Jesus was preached and the crowd responded; and the religious were too busy critiquing the doctrine

6 ‘Who do you think you are?’
Reflections on identity, and life as a Baptist minister in training.

7 Recapturing joy in evangelism
How a story-telling approach, aware of secular mindsets, is more in keeping with how Jesus communicated 2000 years ago

8 'Listen to our stories - then choose to change'
A reflection on the recent ‘Celebrating, Surviving and Thriving: Women in Baptist Ministry’ conference

9 How to thrive (not just survive) at university
Baptist minister Michael Shaw has this message for new students and their sending churches this summer

10 Mindful worship - wider than any style
What does mindful worship look like?


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Baptist Times, 30/12/2018
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