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Opinions/reflections - January - June 2020

Why we have to form churches that are not based on what Christians like, but on what non-Christians need the church to be, writes Michael Shaw
This is a decade when Christians can be a voice for change for the elderly, says Louise Morse - and here's what I'd like to see happen
An explosion in church social action projects, yet worship still focusing on a more individualistic understanding of salvation. Why we need to acknowledge this, and other divisions
Chris Goswami summarises some of the trends in churches being enabled by new technology: real trends happening now, not in ten years’ time
Malfunctions are so distracting - could dumping the tech altogether just possibly be a way ahead?
Baptist minister Maki Mico travelled to Albania following the earthquake in November. He reflects on how the country - and UK Baptists - have responded
We know in our heads what we believe about God, but the life of His Spirit feels remote - how do we restore harmony between our lives in Christ and our lives in this world? By Anne Le Tissier
Jon Kuhrt has lived in Streatham for 17 years, and led a youth group at Streatham Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon (2 February). He offers these thoughts following the stabbings in his community
I would like to encourage you to lay down your aspirations before God, writes David Morris. Until we surrender all, we will remain the rulers of our own lives.
Batting for the Poor, the authorised biography of the former Bishop of Liverpool and Test cricketer, David Sheppard, has just been published. Here the author, Andrew Bradstock, reflects on his subject and why he wrote the book
Let's reclaim the art of storytelling in our churches, writes Steve Morris
Retirement is an opportunity to discover new ways of living that fullness of life that Jesus promised, writes Paul Beasley-Murray
Eric Gaudion battled pancreatitis for more than 20 years. He shares some of what he learnt living with this dreadful disease
Creative storytelling, warmth and kindness goes down amazingly well with all kinds of folk - as it did on Valentine's day
Reflections on a recent church process to discuss differing views to same-sex relationships.
An awkward but significant presence, Scripture shows us that an encounter with the stranger that leads to life giving change
The current coronavirus advice is a strange irony for the millions of older people for whom isolation is their daily reality
Associate Baptist minister Chris Goswami offers two Scriptural principles for living when you are fearful and anxious
Baptist minister Shaun Lambert offers some simple but profound spiritual exercises to help handle heightened anxiety and stress during this Coronavirus pandemic
Drawing from the book of James and the Psalms, Colin Sedgwick offers this reflection in these strange and unsettling times
Louise Morse, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, shares tips for helping us manage during isolation and social upheaval
The pandemic highlights the need for improved detection and protection for the most vulnerable and exploited in our communities, writes Dan Pratt
Let's not lose sight of the simpler things in life as we look after our flock in this strange new world, writes Mental Health Chaplain Vicky Martin
Alex Drew took her dad’s funeral on 25 March, just two days after the Government announced strict new restrictions. She shares how her family adapted to provide a meaningful service
This is an extremely pressurised situation for our pastoral caregivers. Amie Aitken offers some pointers to consider when it comes to caring for them
Andy Goodliff begins a series of theological and biblical reflections from Baptists for Holy Week and Easter
A reflection on the sharing of virtual communion. By Simon Woodman
We are in an unfolding, multifaceted tragedy. Let's not be hasty with glib responses; better to follow Bonhoeffer's lead in leaving the unsolvable unsolved
We read this story in the light of nurses, chaplains and others who are being present with those who will die... At the beginning of the passion narrative, the unnamed woman is a sign of truth and of hope
As we experience another dimension of waiting, an experience we nearly always find uncomfortable, Geoff Colmer shares this Holy Week reflection
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