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Opinions/Reflections July - December 2014

Considering a multi-million pound building is a daunting, faith-filled challenge. How to go about it?
John Rackley wonders what ministers and churches could be doing in the summer
With tensions so high people of faith in the Middle East need to repent of our hatred and contempt for each other
How can Christians respond amid this violence and hatred? A response from an Arab-Israeli church leader
As a society, we have legislated against any discrimination or harassment based on someone’s sex
An interview with a volunteer in an innovative scheme that is helping to reduce sexual reoffending
John Rackley is concerned by the absence of one sort of prayer among the different churches he has visited
A lesson in sacrificial giving from a primary school child
Colin Sedgwick draws encouragement from the glimpse of the early church in the book of Romans
J.John imagines how the devil would use the media to undermine the Christian faith
Great support sees redundancy averted for now, and church is growing.... but we're not out of the woods
Baptist comedian and evangelist Tom Elliott on using your gifts creatively for God
Wendy Reakes stopped gambling when she became a Christian - but it has not stopped the windfalls
With a little imagination, an ageing population provides rich and rewarding opportunities to serve
The custom of saying grace is dying out and that's a shame, writes Colin Sedgwick
The invaluable support a whole fellowship can give a family which is adopting or fostering
Michael Shaw wonders what would happen if we applied Jubilee principles to our churches
What might a non-violent response to ISIS look like?
First in a new series on leadership from Baptist minister Darren Blaney
Examining CH Spurgeon's words on the Holy Spirit, Don Attenborough says we should seek to be filled repeatedly
An encounter with an elderly newspaper man leaves Sally Claydon wondering where we can deliver the gift of Jesus
And Christians should care, writes Jonty Langley
In the sometimes painfully quiet months after graduation, Ruth Clemence is discovering a renewed trust on God
Five keys to avoid wandering off on your own, not God's, agenda
Most of us would agree that we need to lift our prayer life to a higher level, but how?
Exploring how we can proclaim the Christian message in First World War commemorations
Everyone can exercise leadership regardless of their title
Robin Lane finds hope in a poignant question
It is not enough to remember the past: to honour the past we have to make a difference in the present
Churches can help schools seeking to comply with the law on collective worship - or risk seeing its reform
What criteria do people use to assess a would-be leader - and how might this enable us to become more effective?
... says the Establishment? Lindsay Caplen on some revealing conversations at the Lord Mayor's Banquet
We all have different roles, and these are best expressed when we work in partnership with each rather
There are circumstances when we should become part of different churches at the same time
Is climate change a key issue for Christians or a distraction from more pressing Gospel issues?
Andrew Kleissner's thoughts on the 'little town of Bethlehem' as we celebrate Christmas
Baptists have a long heritage as human rights advocates, writes Robert Parham
The first person you must learn to lead is... you! The latest in the leadership blog
The Apostle has something both unique and relevant to contribute to our thinking on economic issues
It's a material world, particularly at this time of the year - but there's only one gift that truly satisfies
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